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Tar Heels in Puerto Rico Spotlight, But Beware of Rin-Tin-Tins

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Andy Katz writes about the expectations and question marks surrounding Roy Williams’ high-profile team. Coming off a wildly disappointing 2009-10 season but loaded with talent, UNC is sure to be the focus of much attention in San Juan.

If that’s the case, consider it an opportunity to do exactly what J.B., M.D. noted Vandy does best: fly under the radar and quietly build success. Of course, it isn’t lost on AK that the Dores may have a new weapon capable of stealing the show:

“Vanderbilt’s Brad Tinsley: Vandy coach Kevin Stallings said at SEC media day that Tinsley was ready to assume the reins of the point from Jermaine Beal. He couldn’t have been more prophetic as Tinsley started the season with a triple-double against Presbyterian with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Guards Jeffery Taylor and John Jenkins get more of the headlines, but Tinsley could emerge as a star after this weekend. You could make the argument that the Commodores might have more offensive fluidity without A.J. Ogilvy. This tournament will be a good indicator to see whether that’s true.”

I agree with Katz 100% that it is highly likely — nay, I will say a lead-pipe cinch — that Vandy’s offense will be more fluid this season without AJ in the mix. That was one of the biggest takeaways for me in watching the Presbyterian highlights. These ain’t your Mommy’s Commies, folks. Look again.

Curious about the Nebraska matchup? Stanimal’s got you covered. How ’bout some excitement, Nation?

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Commodores in San Juan – Day One

The men’s basketball team is in San Juan, and on Tuesday, the Commodores headed to the arena to check out their surroundings for the next few days here in Puerto Rico.

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