UNC players: Snowstorm wasn't a horrible thing
Posted February 19, 2014
Updated February 20, 2014
Disappointed students who walked away without seeing the Battle of the Blues last Wednesday may disagree, but the North Carolina Tar Heels said the snowstorm wasn’t a horrible thing.
“A week off didn’t hurt us,” said James Michael McAdoo. “The game being cancelled definitely gave us time to rest and catch up with schoolwork. And off course it gave us time to be kids and play in the snow.”
And believe him, people played in the snow.
“Yes, I played in the snow, why wouldn’t I?” McAdoo said. “I didn’t go sledding because the coach wouldn’t like to hear ‘McAdoo out for the season.’”
“We went outside and threw snowballs around with the students on campus. It was a good time,” Marcus Paige said. “I didn’t think it could snow that much down here. I’m from the Midwest so I’ve seen this much snow. For me it’s no problem but I didn’t think North Carolina was capable of getting this much snow.”
The cold of that winter blast provided Carolina a chance to keep heating up, adding two more wins since the postponed game against Duke. Carolina bolstered its battle of the blues resume and has now won seven straight games.
“It gives us a little more confidence,” said Marcus Paige. “The game against Pittsburgh was a really big game for us. We taught we really got better that game.”
“You don’t have to psych yourself up, if you do, you’re not breathing,” said Coach Roy Williams. “And I know I’m alive.”
That’s for the snowstorms side effect of four games in eight days. Marcus Paige is looking at the silver lining of that storm cloud and calls this week a great preparation for next month’s ACC tournament.