Sunday, March 20, 2011

Duke, UNC win nailbiters

A few notes on UNC and Duke as the Tar Heels and Blue Devils each advanced to the Sweet 16 out of Charlotte on Sunday, winning two outstanding NCAA tourney games by a combined total of only five points:

-- Sunday was a lot better day than Friday was in general for both Charlotte and the NCAA tournament. The games were great, the crowd was far more into it, and both Washington and Michigan proved to be excellent sparring partners for the two ACC rivals. If it had gone just a little differently, it could have been a Black Sunday for both UNC and Duke (the 1979 edition, for those with long memories), but both did just enough at the end to win.

-- I thought the officials needed to do some more video review at the end of the UNC-Washington game. First of all, Washington should have had about 1.1 seconds left to get off that final shot, not 0.5, but no official corrected that.

-- I also thought John Henson goal-tended Washington’s final shot, although since it was mistakenly shot from two-point range it would only have made the score a one-point UNC margin instead of the three-point UNC win (86-83) that officially resulted.

-- Henson is involved in so many weird plays, isn’t he? Just in the final 10 seconds, he tipped a ball on an in-bounds pass to cause a turnover, then dropped a desperate heave from a Washington player out of bounds, then did his “was it a goaltending?” act.

-- I know Duke guard Kyrie Irving is supposed to be the next John Wall and all, but he still looks rusty. There’s no doubt that Duke’s Nolan Smith, the ACC Player of the Year, remained the best player on the floor Sunday in Duke’s 73-71 win.

Smith (24 points) was great. He almost broke a Michigan defender’s ankles with one crossover move. Irving was just OK, but he did hit a key bank shot in the final minute (his only field goal of the game).

-- Congrats to Coach K and his 900th career victory. Amazing.

-- The attendance at Time Warner Cable Arena Sunday was a bit better than Friday. There were about 1,500 more tickets sold for Sunday’s session compared to Friday’s – the Sunday session ticket was $77.

The announced crowd was 18,329 Sunday, compared to 16,852 Friday. Still, it’s a stunner the whole weekend wasn’t a complete sellout with both North Carolina and Duke in the house.

-- I am off until Monday, March 28 and won’t be posting on this blog until then. Thanks to all of you so much for reading this blog, and have a good week!

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

UNC-CHeats. Note the huge differences in free throws. UW was robbed. What will Roy complain about now. His hotel room service?

Anonymous said...

state idiot! you forgot to mention something about football. I am suprised you watch TV on such a nice day to ride your tractor.

right said...

Anon: 5:42 You are an idiot. UNC outclassed the Huskies at every turn. Those thugs in shorts from the Northwest need to go back home. That stuff does not play around here.

Anonymous said...

It wouldn't be a real UNC victory if there wasn't a State idiot whining about the refs somewhere.

Seriously, don't you people know that State hasn't legitimately lost a game in 30 years? It's always the refs.

Anonymous said...

Did you watch the game? UW was taking 3s and rarely went inside. You don't shoot free throws when you shoot jump shots. You are an idiot.

Anonymous said...

Thank God those Carolina teams play in NC if not they would be on there way HOME

Anonymous said...

Scott, you apparently don't understand the rules in college basketball. The clock does not stop until the ref blows his whistle, not when the ball hits the floor.

From every review, the clock stopped at the same moment the ref blew his whistle and acknowledged the ball going out of bounds.

I understand being a sports writer doesn't mean you have to understand or comprehend silly little things like the rules of the sport you're writing about, but the time was appropriate.

Henson also didn't touch the shot, you might want to get your eyes checked as well to picking up a rulebook. That said, Henson was a knucklehead for even jumping and putting his hand up to even give that illusion.

Onto Irving - of course he's rusty. If you couldn't play tennis (or whatever sport you actually play) for two to three months, would you expect to be as good now as you were after playing and practicing for a number of consecutive months, if not years? Give Irving a full week of practice with the team, I think he will look much better next week.

Rhyno said...

Anon 5:42, if you watched the game you would understand why North Carolina shoots more free throws. It's because they are much more aggressive on the offensive end of the court and force the opposing defense to either give up easy baskets or commit fouls.

Anonymous said...

The cheaters from chapel hill slither forward.

Anonymous said...

www.UNC-CHeats.com

Anonymous said...

NC State has gotten to exactly ONE Sweet Sixteen in the past 22 seasons and have avoided double-digit ACC losses only 6 of those years.

State has as many former hoopsters in pro baseball (Brackman) as they do in the NBA (Hickson).

Anonymous said...

>> State hasn't legitimately lost a game in 30 years

State hasn't played in a relevant game in 28 years.

Anonymous said...

The UNC-CH Heels made a good comeback but made a some simple stupid critical almost fatal mistakes in the final few seconds not to mention blowing those final easy foul shots to out it away.

To win the it all they better use their brains better and RoyBoy needs be screaming to them what to do. They almost blew it.

It was funny as hell to watch the typical reaction from the national sports networks who were highly pissed North Carolina won.

The Barkley lug couldnt even talk he was so pissed.

Everybody always hates to see UNC win the big ones as usual

BWAHAHAHAHHAHAHAAHAHAHA .....

Anonymous said...

Yea we heard Tom Sorehead was so pissed he stuck his foot thru his brand new used analogue tv he bought off Goodwill for 20 bucks.

Anonymous said...

Same crap every year. NC and Duke have the refs in their back pockets. When Roy Williams was at other places his teams didn't get the calls he gets now playing the same offense.

Anonymous said...

Same crap every year. NC and Duke have the refs in their back pockets. When Roy Williams was at other places his teams didn't get the calls he gets now playing the same offense.

Anonymous said...

UNC-CH and Kentucky !!!

!!! CLASSIC !!!!

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