Heels back their way into poll

December 25, 2001 1:33 AM
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When the Dirty Dozen was created for basketball, never in our wildest dreams would we have thought North Carolina would be a part of this group.

The Tar Heels earned their way into the 12th and final slot, thanks to their embarassing play this year. UNC is 0-5 against the spread, not even getting credit for an upset win over St. Joseph’s that had no odds posted on the board.

The season has been a nightmare for Matt Doherty, who was placed with the task of replacing three starters that figured to be playing this year.

Julius Peppers is too valuable a football commodity to play hoops this year and Ronald Curry decided to just play QB and not point guard. Doherty then had to deal with the loss of star player Joseph Forte, who opted for the NBA as an underclassman, The results have been catastrophic in Chapel Hill, where losses are not easily tolerated.

The shock began early with opening game losses at home to Hampton and Davidson. Later, Binghamton with just three lifetime Division I wins, lost by one point at the Dean Dome. Next came a six-point loss to the College of Charleston, a power in the Big South, but not nearly in UNC’s class.

Maybe the win over St. Joe’s will mark a turnaround, but this figures to be the year ACC teams can beat up on the team everyone loves to hate.

Dirty Dozen

  

W-L  

 ATS

1 Farl. Dickinson  

 0-10  

0-0

2 Long Island U.  

0-7  

0-0

3 Liberty  

0-8  

0-0

4 Ark-Pine Bluff  

0-10  

0-0

5 IP-Fort Wayne  

0-10  

1-3

6 Morgan St  

0-9  

0-0

7 New Hampshire  

0-8  

0-0

8 SE Missouri St  

0-8  

3-2

9 Southern U  

0-9  

0-0

10 Nicholls St  

0-8  

0-0

11 SE Louisiana  

0-7  

0-0

12 North Carolina  

3-5  

0-5

Dozen record:
1-104 SU, 4-5 ATS

Morris Brown, Mount St. Mary’s, Mary Queen of Scots, Mary Tyler Moore, Mary Matalin.