A Fan's Guide to North Carolina Basketball 2012-13 provides unique and comprehensive coverage of UNC's upcoming season from Barry Jacobs and a stellar cast of contributors. Carolina fans will find their team covered in more depth here than anywhere else.
The analysis is thorough, unflinching, and steeped in the rich tradition of one of the premier programs in the game. ConsA Fan's Guide to North Carolina Basketball 2012-13 provides unique and comprehensive coverage of UNC's upcoming season from Barry Jacobs and a stellar cast of contributors. Carolina fans will find their team covered in more depth here than anywhere else.
The analysis is thorough, unflinching, and steeped in the rich tradition of one of the premier programs in the game. Consider Barry’s take on the upcoming season:
“Tar Heel adherents will always associate 2012 with 1977 and 1984, when possible national championship runs were derailed by injury.
Arguably last year’s blow, the loss of Marshall against Creighton in UNC’s second NCAA game, was the toughest to handle, coming too late to adjust even if much adjustment was possible.
Then four of the top six players in All-ACC voting -- senior Tyler Zeller, the league’s 2012 Player of the Year; junior John Henson; and sophomores Harrison Barnes and Marshall -- joined the NBA, leaving Carolina with plenty of talent but modest seasoning.”
You'll also find an interview with Roy Williams, a close look at his stellar freshman class, analysis of this season's team and its prospects, a look around the ACC and at the national Top 25, a glance back at Dean Smith’s last championship, along with a close examination of the schedule.
The rest of the ACC is also covered in depth, from a conference preview to a look at the ramifications for Syracuse as one of the new kids on the block.
The Fan’s Guide is also stuffed with charts, stats and photos. It's a resource you can count on from October through April!
About the Authors
Barry Jacobs has covered ACC basketball since 1976. He has written five books on ACC basketball, covered the league for 20 years for The New York Times, and for 14 years wrote and edited Barry Jacobs' Fan's Guide to ACC Basketball. He currently writes for ACC Sports Journal and the Web sites ACCSports.com, DukeBasketballReport.com, GoHeels.com, and GoDuke.com and for the magazine, GoDuke.
Julian King co-founded Duke Basketball Report in 1996. He also has edited Blue Devil Tip-off.
Lauren Brownlow has covered ACC football and basketball since 2005. She worked exclusively for Tar Heel Monthly magazine and GoHeels.com from 2005-11, and has helped author Adam Lucas write multiple books about North Carolina basketball. Since 2011, she has worked as a freelance writer covering ACC football and basketball for the Sanford Herald and has covered the league for her blog, lebrownlow.wordpress.com. She has also contributed to FoxSports.com and DukeHoopBlog.com.
Art Chansky is a UNC graduate and former Sports Editor of the Daily Tar Heel. He also was Sports Editor of the Durham Morning Herald for seven years. Chansky has written five books on UNC Basketball, including Blue Blood on the history of the Duke-Carolina rivalry. A long-time sports marketing sales exec, Chansky remains in the media as a commentator for WCHL AM/FM in Chapel Hill and a columnist for Chapelboro.com. The Boston native lives (and dies) for the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics.
Robert Crawford has photographed 33 ACC Tournaments and been the official photographer for the New Orleans Jazz and the Atlanta Hawks. He has also worked extensively for Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wake Forest and the ACC.
Brett Friedlander is a freelance writer based in Cary, N.C. He has covered the ACC for 25 years, doing most of his work for the Wilmington (NC) Star-News, CBS Sports Interactive and Blue Ribbon college yearbooks. He has won 24 regional, state and national writing awards.
Joe Giglio covers N.C. State for the News & Observer, where he has worked since 1995.
Carl Heimel is a freelance writer and a contributor to DukeBasketballReport.com and Blue Devil Tip-off.
Eddy Landreth has been covering ACC basketball for 25 years and worked for three major daily newspapers in North Carolina. Today, he is a senior analyst for TarHeelIllustrated.com.
Ron Morris is the longtime columnist for The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., Morris has previously been lead columnist for Durham’s Herald Sun and the Tallahassee Democrat. He is the author of the authoritative book ACC Basketball, An Illustrated History.
Brick Oettinger has been the recruiting columnist and talent evaluator for the ACC Area Sports Journal since 1977. From 1991 to the present he has been the talent evaluator for Prep Stars Recruiter's Handbook. From 1995 to the present he has been a member of the McDonald's All-American Game selection committee.
David Teel is the senior sports columnist for the Daily Press in Newport News, Va., and has covered 29 consecutive ACC tournaments. He is a former two-time free-throw champion of Lefty Driesell’s University of Maryland basketball camp.
Mike Waters is a veteran sports writer who has covered Syracuse University and the Big East Conference for the Syracuse Post-Standard for 23 years. Waters has won numerous awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. He has written three books on Syracuse basketball. His work has appeared on ESPN.com, the New York Times and The Sporting News. Syracuse's move to the ACC will take him back to his old stomping as he is a graduate of the University of North Carolina. He lives in Camillus, N.Y., with his wife, Robin, and their children Chris and Anna Kate....more