UNC vs Georgetown: Open Thread

No live blog today because of family obligations but I will put this thread out there for anyone who wants to drop comments. I will update it with my thoughts when I get a chance. So have it…if you are not too anxious to type.

GO HEELS!!

5:49 PM: I have been listening to Woody. Like what I hear so far. UNC is playing well on both ends and Hibbert has two fouls. The play of Thompson and Stepheson has been HUGE. I would love to get this to half time with a 7-10 point lead or more because I am not sure the Hoyas will have the energy to keep up.

6:12 PM: I’ll take it. UNC 50 Georgetown 44. A few things really trend well for UNC here. The pace is what UNC wants and the Heels have been able to sub liberally and get contributions from the bench while Hansbrough rested with his two fouls. I have to think G’town will hit the wall midway through the 2nd half. Secondly, UNC has been able to get penetration from Lawson and another big game from Terry so far. The final trend? UNC is 4-0 this season when the opposing coach gets a technical foul. Miami, BC, FSU, and USC.

6:35 PM: Deon Thompson is the man this game.

6:41 PM: UNC up five. I have this feeling UNC is on the edge of putting this game away and cannot quite get to that 12-15 point lead. I have to think the G’town foul trouble will start to create an impact.

6:42 PM: A much as people made of Christian Laettner being perfect from the field in 1992 how about Hansbrough being 10-10 on the line so far in this one?

7:07 PM: UNC got away from getting the ball inside and started settling for threes early in the shot clock. UNC 79 Gtown 78

7:10 PM: HUGE REBOUND FOR HANSBROUGH!!! UNC 81 Gtown 78 with the ball and a minute left.

7:17 PM: Overtime. And it should not be. UNC was up 10 with five to go and they got away from their offense. They started settling for perimeter shots without at least having Hansbrough or Wright touching the ball. Heading into OT the Hoya big men have four fouls. Wright has four and Hansbrough has three.

7:23 PM: That’s it guys.  The refs are not helping and UNC is ice cold.  Choke away a 10 point lead just like against Maryland and Virginia Tech.  Down eight with 1:38 left.

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50 Responses to UNC vs Georgetown: Open Thread

  1. Wayne says:

    I’ll start off by complaining about the NCAA’s prediction that the UNC vs. Georgetown game will tip-off at 5:05 p.m. — It’s 5:04 p.m. and the Oregon vs. Florida game isn’t even over yet.

  2. Josh Bowling says:

    Way too anxious to type myself, so forgive mis-spellings. I have a few doubts as well about this game. Size being the main one. We usually use our size to shoot over smaller defenders, and we use our size to out-rebound to get out on our breaks. We don’t have that advantage today. The questionis, can we get our shot off against taller defenders (which we are not used to), and can we get rebounds over taller men as well? If it were not for that, I would have minimal worries. William, you had a pretty good post in the other thread about this game. We still Do have some advantages over Georgetown. Only Seth Davis and Dickie V see that in the media. Why has Jay Bilas gone with Georgetown to win the national championship. Prior to our last home game, he was picking us to win it all because of our depth and athleticism. Sure beats me!

  3. C. Michael says:

    Love the start. Not worried about G’town keeping up the offense. Hansbrough is playing like the MSU game!

  4. TxTarheel says:

    Looked good in 1st half on the boards, crowd is obviously a pro-Hoya audience. Keeping up on the defensive end, at least limiting their 2nd chances. Look for Hoyas to make it to the FT line a little more in the 2nd half – just a guess. UNC taking care of the ball

    Hibbert gets tired easily. Does the crowd get Bojangles bsicuits if UNC hits 100 ?!? 20 more solid minutes & theyre going to ATL.

  5. Josh Bowling says:

    Are our Bigs good or what! Stay on that glass boys!

  6. C. Michael says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Deon becomes a 1st All-ACC / potential All-American at some point in his UNC career. He can REALLY play!

  7. TxTarheel says:

    It’s a coming out party for D Thompson – Roy’s strategy has worked well so far

  8. C. Michael says:

    I would have bet the house that 80 would win the game today… damn!!

  9. Josh Bowling says:

    Stop taking 3s and score in the paint!!

  10. TxTarheel says:

    gut-check time is here, knew it was coming. get back to what what was working

  11. Josh Bowling says:

    Let’s go again boys. Why do we rush 3’s? I just can’t understand.

  12. 52BigGameJames says:

    Wayne Ellington IS DA MAN! Thanx

  13. Josh Bowling says:

    I am proud of our guys for the great season. I am looking forward to next year!!

  14. 52BigGameJames says:

    you too Danny! Smart fellers both!

  15. C. Michael says:

    Weber St. is no longer the worst loss I’ve witnessed. I agree, with Josh, it was a great season, but this stings…

  16. Ben says:

    New tar heel fan here. I just need a friendly audience to express how disgusting that loss was. Can anyone think of a UNC choke that surpasses that one? I’m just sitting here getting madder.

  17. C. Michael says:

    I think we need to give credit to G’town. They played the game of there lives.

  18. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Ben,

    The answer to that would be I cannot think of one in that big of a game. I hear the 1977 title game was a pretty bad in this respect but this is the worst I have seen in the last 20 years easily.

  19. 52BigGameJames says:

    whatever

  20. MDTarheel says:

    How did we lose this game. Poor shot selection. Why do we wait for the clock to go to 8 seconds before running a stupid pick and ttrying a 3 pt attempt at the end of the game. All season that has been a weak spot, running a set place at the end of time. I guess the boys were thinking like me, we had this game won. They stopped placing hard and did not match GTs intensity. Great year, but we should be playing at least one more.

  21. TxTarheel says:

    what’s the 3-pointer at the end of reg for exactly???? could not figure out the 2-3 zone, which protected RoyH and lulled UNC into poor shot selection. The OT was just a sick joke. Great season for an incredibly young team . . .ending is bitter right now.

  22. 52BigGameJames says:

    don’t you know–we’ve got the best 3 point shooter in the land.

  23. C. Michael says:

    Only ray of hope I am clinging to is this loss convinces everyone to come back…

  24. Josh Bowling says:

    Look here Big Game James. I don’t know what you are trying to say, but our team does not possess the best 3 point shooter in any game or in any land.

  25. Josh Bowling says:

    It will be more of an uphill climb next year as we will not have Reyshawn Terry and Wes Miller. Wayne Ellington doesn’t look like he is developing into Donald Williams. That’s who we needed this tournament.

  26. MDTarheel says:

    I thought we would have a chance in overtime, but that was ugly. We looked like USC against us.

  27. C. Michael says:

    He’s being sarcastic. Apparently not a fan of Ellington. Which IMO, is dumb, the kid is going to win a ton of games in his UNC career.

  28. Josh Bowling says:

    MD Tarheel, I don’t understand why we did that as well as you. I thought Wright/Hansbrough in the post would have been the best option.

  29. Ben says:

    Yeah, it was good to get this far. Georgetown did play great at that end. It just bothers me that we didn’t rise to the occasion. I think the 3-call at the end was OK – good look, Ellington just missed it.

  30. MDTarheel says:

    I think Wayne will only get better. He has been so streaky this year that its frustrating. You can see how good he could be.

  31. williamodouglas says:

    It’s called bad luck. They missed twenty shots in a row.

  32. Josh Bowling says:

    Pivotal moment. Up 10 with the ball 5:15 left to play. Danny Green runs the ball up court and takes a quick shot, and it is a 3 pointer that Georgetown quickly rebounds and takes up the court for a shot. Why in the world would we not start to run some clock with 5 minutes remaining and up 10? Use some clock and make them foul you. IMO

  33. Josh Bowling says:

    Isn’t it amazing in basketball you can dominate for 35 minutes, and the opposing team can dominate for 5 minutes and win?

  34. williamodouglas says:

    They missed several uncontested 3-pointers in a row. Georgetown had nothing to do with that.

  35. tarheelbaby says:

    Is it wrong that my four year old was just walking around the house saying, “It’s going to be okay, Mommy.” ?

  36. MDTarheel says:

    I wish my family showed me some love. They are happy the season is over.

  37. MDTarheel says:

    Just remember everyone, we did better than Dook and everyone else in the ACC.

  38. williamodouglas says:

    Roy is really upset about Wes Miller, not getting another chance.

  39. tarheelbaby says:

    MDTarheel, my husband just said the same thing.

  40. williamodouglas says:

    Hey, guys, come on. I was a stats major. In 1957, we went 32-0 and won both games in the Final Four in overtime and beat Wilt Chamberlain. We were a good team but we were incredibly, unbelievably unlucky that year. Here, a team that makes one out of every two shots missed 19 out of its last 20 shots. That is a statistical anomoly.

  41. fw in MD says:

    I guess Roy isn’t as good a coach as I thought! NO,that is NO, offensive rebounds! and The biggest meltdown in Carolina history. What a shame for the whole ACC! This sucks! If I didn’t know better, I would think Dougherty was back!

  42. 52BigGameJames says:

    you sound just like Dean, mouth-agape on the losing end of one of Cremin’s 3 point Turkey-shoots. It’s a good thing to express faith in a kid like Roy has with E, but at some point, you have to deal in realities. Beg-pardon, but I could see this train-wreck coming down the tracks. O ye of great faith, yes E will win a few games and will become a key player, but what does that do for this year?

  43. williamodouglas says:

    Goodness. We still would have had to beat OSU and then either Florida/UCLA, two pick-em games. The odds were far lower of winning this year than in 2005.

  44. 52BigGameJames says:

    odds/schmods–we had the best group this year-just not the smartest. I’m just upset for Miller too. He was a far bigger asset to this team than E this year, pasty white or not.

  45. williamodouglas says:

    Donald Williams was never all that great after 1993. He was great in that tournament, though. There is no doubt that we were not as good from the perimeter this year as in 2005. Felton was better than Lawson, McCants was better than anybody on this team; Jawad could make them, Marvin could make them, even Melvin Scott sometimes. It was the weak point all year. Georgetown was packed in and we had no outside shot to move them out. We were 2-13 the other night from 3 point land but you guys have all forgetten because we won. This team was mediocre from outside.

  46. williamodouglas says:

    This team was never as good as the 2005 team. Not counting the game that Felton was suspended, that team lost to 2 top five teams on the road and the defending runner-up in the tournament. They never had a bad loss. This team had many. That team had been through the ringer. and were seasoned.

  47. 52BigGameJames says:

    all the more reason you have to be judicious as to WHEN you take them, and if you prove you can’t hit early, it most certainly has a bearing late in the game.

    I’m done–have enjoyed the run & the chat with all–night, and hope everyone feels better tomorrow!

  48. williamodouglas says:

    ESPN2. 9:30 pm. The Lady Heels are just as good or better as the men’s team, so let’s not let go of that feeling yet.

  49. Ben Y. says:

    Does anyone else think UNC should have fouled when the clock went under 35 seconds in the second half instead of giving up a 3? It would have been one-and-one and even if GT makes both they would have to foul. Hindsight is 20-20, but it seems a ton of games have been tied by a late 3 this tourney.

  50. williamodouglas says:

    Yes.

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