UNC 93 UNCA 81

Can you say let down game?

Well, actually it was a huge letdown on the defensive end as UNC gave up 53% shooting to the Bulldogs and not just because 7-7 center Kenny George does not have to jump to dunk the ball.  Based on the radio account, UNCA got away with a lot of dunks as well as plenty of open shots which will obviously peeve Roy in ways that cannot be described on this family friendly blog. At the same time, UNCA had two very experienced guards and with George in the middle creating all sorts of havoc on both ends the Bulldogs found a way to hang around within 10 points for most of the game.  The bottom line is the defense was just bad and I am not sure whether to chalk it up as just another poor effort or as a poor effort resulting from being a little spent following the Clemson game.  UNCA was also better than most people give them credit for and it showed in how much they took advantage of the flimsy defense.

On the offensive end, lots of good stuff there.  Ty Lawson has 17 points, 7 assists and zero turnovers.  Wayne Ellington is still smoking hot hitting 3-6 three pointers on his way to 19.  Danny Green had a great all around game on the offensive end with 14 points and seven assists of his own.  Tyler Hansbrough found a way to score 23 despite the presence of George in the lane.  The one oddity in the way the offense performed is UNC only shot 42% from the floor but still came off as fairly effective in the process.  A tad scary to think what might have happened had UNC actually been hitting shots closer to 50%.

At any rate, that closes out the non-conference portion of the schedule against which UNC went 15-0.  Time to step it up(again) for ACC play.

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10 Responses to UNC 93 UNCA 81

  1. Matt says:

    It was a letdown game, but at least the Heels won theirs. Clemson? Not so fortunate.

  2. Creecher says:

    One great game highlight…THEE dunk over George. It was the kind that makes you jump out of your seat and scream to all of your buddies with hand over your mouth while giving high-fives and fist bumps….

  3. Howard says:

    Wish I could have seen this game. Radio didn’t do it justice. I’d love to see a guy dunk the ball without leaving the floor! Can you imagine how UNCA will be next year when/if George actually gets better?

  4. william says:

    I saw it. We looked sloppy. Basically, George can only play so many minutes at a time. Asheville would pull closer when he was in and then the Heels would pad their margin by six points everythime he went to the bench.

    Bottom line: George is a freak of nature and we will not be playing any teams in the tournament with centers over 7’2″. I would not spend a lot of time worrying about or analyzing this one. I will say that Ginyard and Thompson have got to up their games. Ginyard is becoming unproductive on offensive and misses free throws. Thompson needs to start playing more like Antawn Jamison and less like Brendan Haywood(the college version-the pro version is pretty good).

  5. william says:

    George is a lot less fun to watch than you might think, Howard. The Wizards have had two different players his size and both of them were much more mobile. George pretty much lumbers around and tends to reach for the ball instead of jumping.

    Having said that, he does look solid, unlike Manute Bol or Muresan, and might actually be able to have a real NBA career without his body breaking down the way most players over 7’2″ do.

    In general, the optimal size for a center is between 6’10” and 7 feet 1 inch. With the exception of Artis Gilmore and Kareem, who were slightly taller, and Yao, who does seem injury prone, this range of height seems to provide the optimal combination of strength, height and stability for success.

    Consider the following all of whom fit that interval: Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Mose Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, Tim Duncan, Brad Daughtery, Robert Parish and Nate Thurmond. Several other great centers were between 6’8 and 6’10”, such as Patrick Ewing, Elvin Hayes, Willis Reed, Mitch Kupchak and Wes Unseld, who was only 6’7″. Ewing was listed at 7 feet but revealed after he retired that he was closer to 6′ 9″.

  6. Tar Heel Fan says:

    It is very bizarre watching him dunk the basketball without leaving his feet.

  7. william says:

    Haven’t you ever had a NerfHoop, THF? You can try it out.

    I used to pretend that I was Phil Ford while listening to the games, which often weren’t televised back in the day.

  8. Tar Heel Fan says:

    I had one and I also have a goal in the front yard now I can put at 7.5 feet which allows me to dunk like George can!

    I also had a goal on the driveway when I was young and played outside with a radio plugged into the outlet by the front door. I pretended to be on the team and UNC never lost, won four straight national titles and had a win streak over 120 games.

  9. william says:

    Wow! They broke UCLA’s 88 game win streak. Go going.!

  10. Josh Bowling says:

    Being a little younger than you William, I used to do the same thing, with exception. It was Jimmy Black instead of Phil Ford.

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