The Collapse, Part II

Well the women have their own version of the men’s unfortunate collapse exactly one week later and I think we can call their version The Tennessee Game. With 8:17 left the Lady Heels took a 48-38 and scored exactly two points the rest of the game while UT rattled off 18 points and won 56-50. Now there are two key differences. (1) The Tennessee women are, in relative terms, far better than the Georgetown men and (2) UNC lost two players to foul trouble and one to an injury which left them with only two regular players and limited offensive options. Ivory Latta had multiple opportunities to put points on the board but had a number of three pointers hit the back of the rim long.

ESPN’s love for Tennessee is downright embarrassing and a nearly complete abdication of journalistic integrity. Unfortunately UNC could not hand them some comeuppance.

So the UNC men’s and women’s basketball teams end their respective seasons with a combined 2-30 shooting from the floor and scoring a total of eight points over 23 minutes of basketball.

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6 Responses to The Collapse, Part II

  1. Mark says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who noticed the swoon in the voice of the ESPN announcers whenever the words Candice Parker flew out of their mouths. Jesus. I also found the refs to be a bit enamoured of Parker and the Vols, and you see the result.

  2. Tar Heel Fan says:

    ESPN’s love affair with Pat Summit and Tennessee has a long and illustrious history. You have to hope Rutgers takes them down Tuesday night but something tells me that is not going to happen.

  3. Russell says:

    I am completely infuriated with the bull that went on in last nights game. I firmly believe that there is some sort of conspiracy in place. How do you expect us to have a chance if you call ticky tack ballerina fouls on two of our best players and foul them out with 5 minutes to go. Tennessee and the whole nation knows that their best could not beat our best so they had to handicap us in order to pull out the victory and bolster Pat Summit’s legacy. 7 years without a National Championship was too long for the Rocky Top faithful…

  4. Tar Heel Fan says:

    I am not one for conspiracies since the number of people involved almost certainly destroys it. That being said we were fed a steady diet ALL NIGHT LONG of Tennessee, Pat Summit, Candace Parker and how great all of the above are to the point I was sick to my stomach hearing it. To have the alleged color analyst state that “Candace Parker is going to take it to UNC in the second half” is so incredibly biased I do not know where to begin. I do not think ESPN conspired with the refs to get the team they wanted into the finals but at the same time they got an absolute gift which allows them to proceed with the never ending promotion of Tennessee women’s basketball.

    Or to put it another way, if Duke had made the finals against UT I am not real certain that I would necessarily pull against Duke in that situation. After watching last night I think the UT women may be more “Duke” than the Duke women are.

  5. LB says:

    You forgot how Stacey Dales harped on and on at halftime about how Tennessee was forcing all these Carolina turnovers and failing to capitalize on them. We had 15, but, hello Stace, Tenn had 14. It was 22-21, Tennessee. Neither team was making anything. What do turnovers have to do with it when it was so even?

  6. williamodouglas says:

    It was a horrible, horrible game. I have watched many women’s games the last 3 years but I think that I am done. The level of play doesn’t merit my time. There are way too many missed lay-ups and bad turnovers.

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