UNC 74 USC 64

Wow.

I have to put that one up there on the top tier of Tar Heel comebacks.  I honestly thought I was watching any number of UNC losses in the NCAA Tournament over the years with little hope of a comeback then all of sudden it happened.  The depth factor surprised me but that was actually a follow-up to the fourth foul on USC’s Gibson who was so effective in hindering Hansbrough.  With Tyler basically relegated to rebounding duty UNC needed a real team effort and they got it.  Wright had a monster game.  Green has some suspect moments but came up with a huge steal and tip-in.  Terry, despite his illness came in and keep them treading water in the first half.  But the real star of the game was Marcus Ginyard who posted a double-double and had no less than three clutch baskets.  Ginyard started in place of Terry and did not disappoint in the least.  He was out there doing the little things which you need to win a game like that.

The Heels advance showing a lot of heart and toughness and on Sunday they will face Georgetown in a rematch of the 1982 title game.  We can only hope Fred Brown is somewhere in the building.

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30 Responses to UNC 74 USC 64

  1. williamodouglas says:

    You are too young to remember the Notre Dame comeback on St. Patrick’s day in 1977, but this was pretty darn good!

  2. williamodouglas says:

    Ginyard was a man of two halves. Not too good in the first half, but he never seems to get down on himself.

  3. williamodouglas says:

    We easily covered the spread. I can’t believe that you guys were worried about this game.

  4. Josh Bowling says:

    You are very funny William!!

  5. williamodouglas says:

    You are a great audience, Josh. Now, I won’t be able to sleep for a while. I guess I can finish the biography of Pistol Pete that I am reading. Just think that he almost went to NC State.

  6. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Good thing he didn’t because that is all we would hear about.

  7. williamodouglas says:

    That ‘s what the State fans say about UNC in general, lol. Do we get more pub than NCSU? Maybe if they took the smokestacks and railroad tracks out of the middle of campus…..

  8. Brent says:

    Tim Floyd is not only the worst coach ever in the NBA when he was with the Bulls, he is easily the biggest moron in the NCAA. The technical foul at the end was ridiculous.

  9. Brent says:

    This comeback was still better.

  10. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Yeah, I will give you that one. That game was incredible.

  11. williamodouglas says:

    I don’t know if I agree with that. Obviously, they made up a lot of points in very little time, but Arizona was not a great team and went into a melt-down. Illinois was also playing more or less at home. If you truly want to talk about the best comeback in NCAA tournament history, it would probably be Kentucky vs. Duke in 1998 (17 points, I believe) or NC State vs. UCLA in 1974(11 points twice, I belive and then came back from 7 points down with under 3 minutes in the 2nd OT without a shot clock or 3pointer.)

  12. Tar Heel Fan says:

    What a shill. You cannot argue that the coach who has signed him to play at his school should not have his phone number. His mother is no more running the show there than I am. And let me clue Floyd into something else: Roy Williams does not recruit kids like OJ Mayo. Roy has said he recruits high character kids who also happen to be top tier recruits. I would take Brandan Wright over OJ Mayo any day.

  13. 52BigGameJames says:

    good call william–NCSU/UCLA gets my vote-against Walton & The Wizard no less!

  14. T Square says:

    Georgetown will be a real problem. I watched the end of that last game and bad calls, or no calls, let them advance. They are tough this year. I hope our Heels will be tougher.

  15. 52BigGameJames says:

    if Terry’s right & our guys show up, I’m not worried. USC did the best job I’ve seen of collapsing in the middle with their interior speed, last night & we still found a way. Hoya’s are vulnerable inside imo.

  16. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Georgetown has the same depth as NC State. Five guys and Ewing, Jr. get most of their minutes. UNC needs to push the tempo and wear the Hoyas down. The biggest problem in that regard will be rebounding. UNC needs to be able to pull defensive rebs to deny the Hoyas second chance points and to push the pace. I think the foul calling will be paramount. Can they get Hibbert in foul trouble as he tries to guard Hansbrough or will it be vice versa. I would think Terry will be closer to recovered on Sunday and if he shoots like he did last night, UNC will be in great shape.

  17. Josh Bowling says:

    That foul situation will be key. Can Lawson get dribble penetration to the basket with their bigs? Will their long, athletic guards and wingmen shut down Terry/Ellington? We have to win the battle of the boards!!!! Can we muster up as many steals against their guards as we did last night? Our steals lead to easy baskets. Back to the first statement. If our guards can get dribble penetration, then that takes away a lot of worry for me. PULL THOSE REBOUNDS GUYS. These guys love the offensive glass, and we have to take that away. That being said, we are the Number One seed. We should win! Just take a minute to reflect on the 82 game. We have to face a Ewing again. The name Ewing dominated in ’82. If not Patrick, then JR. Yes I said it, I got tired of Larry Hagman’s on show name J.R. Ewing. If you happen to be dislexic, you have Ewing J.R. And this is not Dallas, it is Basketball. I hope we win like ’82.

    Thanks

  18. williamodouglas says:

    I always liked that show, especially when J.R. made the killing on Vietnamese oil contracts and then dumped them on all his friends when he found out they were about to be expropriated. Apparently, Jock had a number of love children, who were not officially Ewings, but some did carry the last name. Patrick was devastated not to grow up on South Fork and took out his frustrations on college opponents.

  19. williamodouglas says:

    Hopefully, we can make some three’s tomorrow. Here’s last nite’s Tar Heel line:

    3-Point Goals: 2-14, .143

  20. Josh Bowling says:

    I agree with your Ewing linkage to each other. I knew there was some affiliation with both of them, I just knew it wasn’t family affiliation. They both enjoy dominance. By the way, Linda Evans was cute. So was that blonde young girl, Charlene-was that her name? I never saw her on any other show after Dallas was off air.

    BTW-I will try to stay on topic next post!

  21. Josh Bowling says:

    2-14. All I hear is how sweet a stroke Ellington has, and every time I look at the stat sheet, his is under 40 percent. I don’t give a rat’s tail how sweet any jumper looks, it has to GO IN for me to think its pretty. Unless someone can shoot that three like Jeff Lebo and Donald Williams, I really don’t want to see it. Terry comes as close to having the green light for me as anyone on our team right now. I have confidence that when Terry shoots it, it will likely go in. That’s because most of the time when he takes it, it is a good look. Ellington will fade away on his 3’s in order to get them out. Ellington looks much better to me mid-range jumpshooting and driving in and creating plays. When Ellington and Lawson drive the ball, we’re at our best, No way we should go 2-14.

  22. williamodouglas says:

    Linda Evans was on Dynasty. I think that you are thinking of “Pam”, played by Victoria Principal. By the way, Pomeroy gives UNC a 64% chance of winning tomorrow, with a predicted score of 70-67.

  23. williamodouglas says:

    Well, Terry was shooting close to 45% from 3-point range last I looked, with ranks with the best ever at UNC. I think with young players like B. Wright, Ty and Wayne and even Tyler, they simply have more up’s and down’s. Wayne’s ballhandling has been superb; he has the top assist/turnover ratio in the ACC and his free throw shooting has been great also. The fundamentals won’t leave a player, even if his shot does.

  24. 52BigGameJames says:

    LOL–Roy just called his boy’s “a bunch of wacko’s”! Context was in how hard it is to get them (or any group of kids) playing consistently.

  25. williamodouglas says:

    This didn’t come through that great, but it shows that defense is what won the game last night. The Heels were mediocre on offense, but had their best defensive performance in terms of efficiency since the FSU game in the tournament and except for that game, their best defensive performance since that wonderful 2-week span at the end of January where they were dominating everybody.

    blog | rpi | pomeroy ratings | stats

    2007 Game Plan for North Carolina

    Schedule Scouting Report Don’t know what the column headings mean? Read This.
    Offense Defense
    Date Opponent Result Site Pace Eff. eFG% TO% OR% FTR Eff. eFG% TO% OR% FTR
    Tue Nov 14 Sacred Heart (s) (sr) W, 103-81 h 81 127.2 63.2 14.8 31.9 41.2 100.0 51.4 18.5 30.5 16.7
    Wed Nov 15 Winthrop (s) (sr) W, 73-66 N 69 104.7 55.4 24.4 39.7 33.9 94.6 47.8 24.4 37.8 1.5
    Sun Nov 19 Gardner Webb (s) (sr) W, 103-50 H 83 124.1 57.6 25.3 62.1 50.0 60.2 33.6 25.3 16.7 10.4
    Wed Nov 22 Gonzaga (s) (sr) L, 82-74 N 76 96.8 41.2 15.7 33.3 44.1 107.2 58.1 22.2 28.2 21.0
    Fri Nov 24 Tennessee (s) (sr) W, 101-87 N 84 119.6 60.3 28.4 54.7 52.4 103.0 48.6 13.0 29.8 43.8
    Wed Nov 29 Ohio St. (s) (sr) W, 98-89 H 76 128.3 59.4 14.4 44.9 53.1 116.5 62.3 18.3 23.9 20.0
    Sat Dec 2 Kentucky (s) (sr) W, 75-63 H 72 104.2 44.0 12.5 32.2 32.8 87.5 49.1 30.6 36.2 31.5
    Sat Dec 9 High Point (s) (sr) W, 94-69 H 68 137.2 67.3 20.4 55.9 56.4 100.7 47.8 14.6 31.2 8.7
    Sat Dec 16 NC Asheville (s) (sr) W, 93-62 H 77 120.2 52.0 15.5 43.2 29.3 80.1 38.4 22.0 22.5 46.4
    Tue Dec 19 Florida Atlantic (s) (sr) W, 105-52 H 76 136.4 72.3 19.5 33.3 53.6 67.5 41.1 31.2 22.8 19.6
    Fri Dec 22 St. Louis (s) (sr) W, 69-48 A 63 109.3 48.3 12.7 33.3 30.5 76.0 37.5 19.0 17.4 21.1
    Thu Dec 28 Rutgers (s) (sr) W, 87-48 H 66 130.5 61.7 16.5 45.0 30.0 72.0 37.1 27.0 34.6 17.2
    Sun Dec 31 Dayton (s) (sr) W, 81-51 H 76 105.7 59.5 27.4 34.9 31.0 66.6 35.6 27.4 22.6 23.7
    Wed Jan 3 Pennsylvania (s) (sr) W, 102-64 H 75 135.1 60.3 13.3 41.0 38.2 84.8 46.6 26.5 35.6 25.4
    Sun Jan 7 Florida St. (s) (sr) W, 84-58 H 70 119.0 50.0 14.2 41.8 22.9 82.1 37.5 15.6 28.2 23.4
    Wed Jan 10 Virginia (s) (sr) W, 79-69 H 73 107.3 40.1 13.6 44.9 62.1 93.8 51.7 23.1 26.0 18.6
    Sat Jan 13 Virginia Tech (s) (sr) L, 94-88 A 77 113.7 49.3 22.0 52.2 39.7 121.4 58.8 14.2 32.9 66.7
    Wed Jan 17 Clemson (s) (sr) W, 77-55 A 79 97.4 54.2 27.8 35.3 28.3 69.6 36.8 24.0 31.4 27.9
    Sat Jan 20 Georgia Tech (s) (sr) W, 77-61 H 71 108.4 52.7 26.8 41.5 49.1 85.9 45.8 26.8 41.1 16.7
    Wed Jan 24 Wake Forest (s) (sr) W, 88-60 A 78 112.4 62.9 23.0 26.9 36.2 76.6 38.7 23.0 33.9 22.5
    Sat Jan 27 Arizona (s) (sr) W, 92-64 A 81 112.3 54.6 14.7 27.7 17.1 78.1 34.8 24.4 29.2 54.2
    Wed Jan 31 Miami FL (s) (sr) W, 105-64 H 75 138.7 65.6 21.1 49.1 42.2 84.5 41.9 15.8 20.7 27.4
    Sat Feb 3 North Carolina St. (s) (sr) L, 83-79 A 72 108.8 51.6 16.5 29.2 32.3 114.3 69.8 28.9 34.0 74.4
    Wed Feb 7 Duke (s) (sr) W, 79-73 A 74 105.6 53.3 17.4 30.0 29.5 97.6 48.4 21.4 28.6 30.2
    Sat Feb 10 Wake Forest (s) (sr) W, 104-67 H 80 129.1 59.4 16.1 34.9 53.1 83.1 40.8 21.1 26.7 29.2
    Tue Feb 13 Virginia Tech (s) (sr) L, 81-80 H 69 101.7 42.3 11.4 33.3 56.9 103.0 41.5 12.7 33.7 42.3
    Sat Feb 17 Boston College (s) (sr) W, 77-72 A 65 117.1 56.5 22.8 48.1 37.0 109.5 56.5 19.8 35.9 38.9
    Wed Feb 21 North Carolina St. (s) (sr) W, 83-64 H 69 119.0 54.0 18.6 47.1 35.5 91.7 50.0 24.4 16.7 34.0
    Sun Feb 25 Maryland (s) (sr) L, 89-87 A 79 109.8 52.7 12.6 31.4 22.7 112.4 52.3 21.5 45.8 39.4
    Thu Mar 1 Georgia Tech (s) (sr) L, 84-77 A 72 106.5 52.0 20.7 30.8 77.5 116.1 59.7 22.1 39.7 24.2
    Sun Mar 4 Duke (s) (sr) W, 86-72 H 74 115.9 51.6 14.8 33.3 43.5 97.0 47.7 20.2 32.5 25.0
    Fri Mar 9 Florida St. (s) (sr) W, 73-58 N 71 101.8 58.8 26.5 31.0 49.0 80.9 37.3 23.7 28.2 36.4
    Sat Mar 10 Boston College (s) (sr) W, 71-56 N 59 120.0 51.6 13.5 47.7 14.5 94.6 40.9 11.8 28.2 29.1
    Sun Mar 11 North Carolina St. (s) (sr) W, 89-80 N 67 130.9 63.5 14.7 26.8 46.1 117.7 60.4 22.1 32.7 35.9
    Thu Mar 15 Eastern Kentucky (s) (sr) W, 86-65 N 72 119.0 70.2 30.4 53.5 19.3 89.9 52.5 22.1 18.5 10.2
    Sat Mar 17 Michigan St. (s) (sr) W, 81-67 N 63 126.8 53.9 15.7 46.0 65.4 104.9 44.8 15.7 32.0 29.3
    Fri Mar 23 Southern California (s) (sr) W, 74-64 N 72 101.5 40.3 11.0 41.0 22.1 87.8 46.7 24.7 29.3 14.8

    Correlations
    to OE to DE
    Pace: -0.02 -0.18

    eFG%: +0.70* -0.21
    OR%: +0.40 -0.04
    TO%: -0.08 -0.24
    FTR: +0.19 +0.28

    Opp eFG%: -0.04 +0.87*
    Opp OR%: -0.24 +0.44*
    Opp TO%: -0.18 -0.43*
    Opp FTR: -0.15 +0.37

    Bold values are significant with a 95% confidence
    Bold* values are significant with a 99% confidence

  26. williamodouglas says:

    Here you go TarHeel Fan, Seth is stepping back–from SI online:

    S.D.: They are geared to win in the last five minutes because they just wear you down. I’ve never seen a faster player with the ball than Tywon Lawson, and they are just running so many guys out there who can get things done that you are going to see teams simply unable to keep pace and go man-for-man off the bench.

    Look at tonight. Tyler Hansbrough only had five points. Reyshawn Terry had strep throat, but he got them nine points. I didn’t even expect him to do much, and he did. USC lost Taj Gibson to a third foul, fourth foul, and then out, and they were not able to replace him with an equal presence. The Trojans did not choke. UNC just wore them down, like they have so many. We’ve seen it before from them: This is their blueprint and how they are designed. The first thing that I did when I filled out my bracket was put Georgetown in the Final Four, but I’m going to have to rethink that after seeing Carolina play tonight.

  27. 52BigGameJames says:

    if you can get it on TarHeelBlue, check out Roy’s interview today–one of the best I’ve heard–wide ranging & good questions.

  28. williamodouglas says:

    Here are the lines for the rest of the Men’s NCAA already set. Florida is the top favorite to go to the Final Four, followed by UNC:

    Lines for: NCAA Basketball

    NCAA Men’s Basketball
    Time Stardust Caesars-
    Hilton MGM-
    Mirage Stations
    Mar. 24 Memphis
    1:40 p.m. at Ohio State -130
    Favorite OHST OHST OHST
    Point spread -2½ -2 -2
    Total 135o/u 134½o/u 135½o/u
    Total money line -110 -110 -110
    Mar. 24 UCLA
    4:05 p.m. at Kansas -120
    Favorite KS KS KS
    Point spread -2 -2 -2
    Total 130o/u 130½o/u 130o/u
    Total money line -110 -110 -110
    Mar. 25 Georgetown
    2:05 p.m. at N. Carolina
    Favorite NC NC NC
    Point spread -3½ -3½ -3½
    Total 139½o/u 139½o/u 139½o/u
    Total money line -110 -110 -110
    Mar. 25 Oregon
    11:40 a.m. at Florida
    Favorite FL FL FL
    Point spread -7 -6½ -6½
    Total 141½o/u 141½o/u 142o/u
    Total money line -110 -110 -110
    Mar. 27 West Virginia
    4 p.m. at Mississippi State
    Favorite MSST MSST MSST
    Point spread -2 -1 -1½
    Total 145½o/u 145½o/u 146o/u
    Total money line -110 -110 -110
    Mar. 27 Clemson
    6:20 p.m. at Air Force
    Favorite CLEM CLEM CLEM
    Point spread -1½ -1 -1
    Total 124½o/u 124½u 124o/u
    Total money line -110 -120 -110

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