UNC 106 Nevada 70

Unfortunately my enthusiasm for how this game unfolded has been seriously dampened by the news out of Chapel Hill that Bobby Frasor is out for the season with a torn ACL.  Tough break for a great guy and the bad news has really sucked the air out of what was looking like a big freaking balloon all through the second half of the game.  At any rate, the season moves on and if this game servers any notice as to what UNC is becoming, I think we are all going to be fairly happy come March.

  • UNC came out a tad rusty off the holiday break and with three minutes left in the half, Heels led by three when basically Ty Lawson went off.  The lead was fourteen at the break after Lawson “went nuts” as the announcer so succinctly put it by stealing and scoring which included six of UNC’s final eight points of the half.  Lawson ended up with 16 points, 10 assists and five steals.  Quite frankly if he does that too often he is going to start scaring me.
  • What kind of mojo does Roy have on the bench?  Wayne Ellington missed Wednesday practice due to bad weather at home so per team rules, he does not start.  Danny Green got the nod in his place and had quite a pedestrian game for him.  Ellington on the other hand went completely nuts coming off the bench and his five of eight three pointers on his way to 23 points.  Holy balanced offense Batman!  You add what Ellington was doing to the fact Hansbrough had 26 points despite being hounded by a taller, more athletic defender, UNC looked as dangerous tonight as I have seen them look all season.
  • It is still early but Deon Thompson might be close to finding a groove by posting 12 points on 10-15 shooting.
  • One huge complaint I had last season was the tendency the Heels had for bleeding a lead away to begin the second half.  It even happened in the Davidson game this season and it was one of the more annoying aspects of game execution or lack thereof for UNC.  Now in three straight games UNC has shown the opposite propensity. This game was the third consecutive contest where UNC came out of the locker room and smoked the opposing team during the first four minutes of the second half.  And I love it.  Coming out for the second half and putting together five or six straight offensive sequences that are totally productive while shutting the other team down might not always win you the game but it gives you great odds.  With the way this game unfolded tonight, UNC put their collective foot on Nevada’s throat as the 1st half ended and within three minutes of game time in the second they had pressed that foot down and crushed any sign of life Nevada had left.  This, more than anything else, convinces me that these guys are developing that necessary killer instinct.
  • The lessons of the Nicholls State game appear to not only have been learned but very much taken to heart.  The defense was once again very good forcing 20 turnovers, 12 of those outright steals.  The Heels dominated the boards with a 42-29 edge, held the Wolf Pack to 41% shooting and disrupting Nevada at every turn.
  • The final verdict is UNC was very impressive, especially with the small break thrown in.  They showed up to play and if they continue to do so, not many teams will beat them.
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15 Responses to UNC 106 Nevada 70

  1. Howard says:

    Watching games on TV has one effect on me – it makes all the players look equal in size, and even small. It’s only with a really tall guy that the height becomes obvious. This hit me as I watched Frasor walk off the court with Coach Williams. While playing, Frasor seemed small in size. I saw him, on TV, as a “little guy.” But as he walked off, it was obvious that he was, indeed, tall, in many ways.
    I wish I lived closer to Chapel Hill so I could see some games in person. But I don’t, so I’m stuck with seeing those “small guys” on my TV screen.
    Other than this observation and the pain of Frasor’s injury, it was an exciting game. I especially liked Hansbrough’s response to the really tall, and good, guy defending him. Didn’t seem to frustrate him. He just came up with other ways to play. The TV announcer said Hansbrough probably won’t make it big in the pros, but who cares. He’s a great player and I’m sure glad he’s on our team!

  2. Joe says:

    The loss of Bobby Frasor is huge. I hope that QT will step up and play with confidence as he will be forced to play more. He’s a senior and he’ll have to show senior leadership now!!!!

    GO HEELS!!!!

  3. William says:

    Is it too late for him to get a red-shirt?

  4. William says:

    People get too hung up on this college vs. pro’s thing. They are two different games with less in common than one might think. Eric Montross was an excellent collegian and a not-so-great pro, while Brendan Haywood was a decent player by Carolina standards but far more effective as a professional than Montross. For some reason, it seems to make opponents feel better when he drops 20 and 10 on them, to say that Hansbrough won’t be a great pro.

  5. William says:

    According to the Charlotte Observer, he is not eligible for a redshirt. Apparently, the cut-off is 8 games or something like that. If there is discretion, he should seek it after missing a lot of last year also.

  6. Tar Heel Fan says:

    The cutoff is 30% of scheduled games according to the NCAA rule book. I think the CO might be wrong about the cutoff since by my count 30% would be 10 games since UNC has 31 scheduled. I assume they probably checked with someone at UNC about it, then again I am not sure that assumption can be made about anyone in the media at this point.

  7. 52BigGameJames says:

    Dave Cowens/Tyler Hansbrough–separated at birth? If I was a GM I’d sure take a chance on him!

  8. Josh Bowling says:

    Great reference Big Game. Dave Cowen had that same enthusiasm and aggression that we have come to love from Tyler. It seems so many have forgotten Cowen. That was a funny line William said “It seems to make opponents feel better to say that he won’t make a good pro when he drops 20 and 10 on you.” Yeah, he just beasted on me, but I bet he won’t make it in the big leagues like I will. Quote from Josh McRoberts. J/K

  9. 52BigGameJames says:

    why thank you Sir-no doubt here that if Red was still alive and at the helm in Boston, he would finagle a trade for the rights to Tyler–btw-Tyler has a more complete game than Cowens did, and DC had a pretty stellar career.

  10. 52BigGameJames says:

    http://www.nba.com/history/players/cowens_summary.html

    -tell me that summary doesn’t describe Tyler to a t

  11. William says:

    I thought that Montross would be a great pro and I believe that the Celtics did too.

  12. 52BigGameJames says:

    totally agree with your premise William, but must say that I didn’t believe Eric would make a good pro… I’ll go on record as saying Tyler will.

  13. william says:

    If he could handle the ball a little better and improve his jumper, maybe I could see him as more Larry Bird, than Dave Cowens.

  14. 52BigGameJames says:

    obviously a subjective issue-that comparison would be more than a stretch imo.

  15. TxTarheel says:

    comparisons to Bird do seem a stretch, I’d agree…Tyler should go onto a productive NBA career given his commitment to work his tail off. He bulks up a little more, could become a rebounding fiend at the next level

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