CHAPEL HILL — Harrison Barnes, the Tar Heels sophomore forward, has a message for Doug Gottlieb, the ESPN radio host and college basketball analyst: “Just text him,” Barnes told an ESPN employee who sat in on UNC’s press conference on Tuesday. “See if he can get that flight over to St. Louis. I’d love to meet him.”
The Tar Heels will travel to St. Louis later this week for the Midwest regional, but Barnes and his teammates were irked by a segment on ESPN in which the network’s analysts proclaimed UNC less of a national title contender because of Kendall Marshall’s injury.
“Our confidence hasn’t changed at all,” Barnes said. “I mean, we feel like we have people that can step up. You know, Doug Gottlieb, the person who knows everything, has his own statements.
A media member then jokingly told Barnes that Gottlieb couldn’t shoot free throws well during his playing days at Oklahoma State.
“Among other things,” Barnes said.