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Ken Medlin

Relaxed Heels ready for Villanova

Posted March 22, 2013

If I had to choose one word to describe North Carolina's basketball team going into their NCAA second-round matchup with Villanova, I would probably go for "loose."

Every team is different. Some teams head into the tournament tense and tight; others seem to be having fun. Carolina falls into the second category.

By now, JP Tokoto's dunk OVER Joel James has made the Internet rounds. Check it out if you haven't seen it. Heels look to three for advantage over 'Nova Heels look to three for advantage over 'Nova

But Carolina always puts on a dunking display during NCAA practices. Roy Williams' real tournament workouts are conducted elsewhere, and the open practices at the arenas are part shoot-around and part exhibition for fans.

But while the Heels were clearly having fun showing off their aerial acrobatics, I was more impressed with the team's mood before practice. We spoke to players before the workout – that's how the NCAA scheduled it – and they were joking and goofing around a little more than normal. PJ Hairston grabbed a mic from UNC's crew and "pretended" to interview his teammates.

Is this a good thing? Probably. I'd rather see a team relaxed than overly tense. We'll find out how the good mood translates onto the court Friday night.

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  • Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer Mar 22, 9:36 p.m.

    They almost relaxed themselves out of a win!

  • Gunnstigator Mar 22, 5:53 p.m.

    I just hope they are not too relaxed they have to come ready to play a difficult game.

    — Posted by iron fist

    That thought did cross my mind as well. I think Roy will snap them to attention.

  • jacamoe Mar 22, 4:56 p.m.

    Good luck heels.

  • iron fist Mar 22, 4:52 p.m.

    I just hope they are not too relaxed they have to come ready to play a difficult game.

  • Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer Mar 22, 4:50 p.m.

    GO HEELS!!!

  • Gunnstigator Mar 22, 3:22 p.m.

    I'm glad to hear that the guys are lose and joking around, as long as they focus come game time.

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