In One Week: College Basketball Armageddon 2008, Part 1

And the ramp up has already started.

Via Charlotte Observer:

With the teams meeting Feb. 6 at North Carolina, Henderson’s foul will make headlines again over the next few days. Krzyzewski and North Carolina coach Roy Williams both were asked about the incident Monday during the ACC’s weekly coaches’ teleconference with reporters.

“We’ve had a lot of hard fouls in our league and people forget about them,” Krzyzewski said. “But they won’t forget about (Henderson-Hansbrough) because of that rivalry. The people who are cheering for Carolina don’t want to forget about it. And that’s their prerogative. To me, Gerald … got a lot of punishment, and he handled it great.”

Krzyzewski said it was obvious Henderson was trying to block Hansbrough’s shot, not hurt him.

“Tyler’s a great kid and a great player, and he got hurt on it,” Krzyzewski said. “The blood made it look like somebody was shot, and I think people overreacted, but that’s the way it is.”

Williams said he likes Henderson and tried to recruit him, but was upset when some in the media portrayed the player as the victim after he was suspended. Meanwhile, Hansbrough was playing with a protective mask.

“Look at (Hansbrough’s) stats (10.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game) during the ACC tournament, he’s never had a three-game stretch like that,” Williams said. “So he … was the victim, there’s no question about it. And I wanted to make sure that people remembered that.”

Wow, can Krzyzewski dig the hole any deeper on this subject? I can think of only two individuals who believe people overreacted to The Foul and that is Krzyzewski and [UNNAMED ANALYST]. Everyone else is pretty much on the same page that while Henderson did not intend to injure Hansbrough he was still pretty danged reckless in what he did and committed a brutal looking foul which would still have been a brutal looking foul without the blood. And the real shame in all of this is Roy still has to remind people that Hansbrough was the victim and not poor little Gerald Henderson who somehow got portrayed as getting the short end of the stick despite the fact he was duly punished for an act he is solely responsible for.

At any rate this game is going to be boiling with storylines such as control of the ACC standings, inside track for the #1 seed in the East Regional, the fact both teams are top 5, Dick Vitale’s return, the media hyping the payback angle for The Foul and, yeah, it’s UNC-Duke.

Seven days and counting….


26 Responses to In One Week: College Basketball Armageddon 2008, Part 1

  1. Wilson says:

    Wow, you’ve already got me hacked up with that last paragraph. I can’t wait to get in the DOME!

  2. Wilson says:

    Yikes, I was not referring to coughing or a horror movie in that last comment. *jacked up*

  3. Chris says:

    I have a picture of the foul which clearly shows the ball nowhere near Henderson’s elbow into Tyler’s face. He was overly excited, didn’t do it intentionally, and the only shame about the whole thing is K’s snooty reaction and comments about it. The entire Carolina nation can be proud of Tyler’s, Roy’s and the fans restrained reaction to the whole thing. I doubt the same would have occurred had this happened to Gerald in Cameron. K’s problem is that he now thinks he’s above everyone else and is extremely arrogant, eg. why can’t he give a halftime interview like all the other coaches do? He sends Collins or Dawkins or Wojo because he’s beyond that now and can’t lower himself to the level of others………….Let’s Crush Duke. The Super Bowl means nothing compared to this game…………….

  4. Tar Heel alum and fan says:

    Classless and surprising comments from a collegiate coach. Just another reason to beat Duke twice. That and the fact the #1 seed in the East gets some early “home” games in North Carolina.

  5. Given what they collectively have coming to them, I would not want to be in the same building with K and Billy Packer. It’s liable to be hit by a comet or something.

  6. 52BigGameJames says:

    Sorry, but I ain’t buying it. Somebody tell me how many times you’ve seen a player ready his jump for a blocked shot with a clenched fist. Watch Henderson’s approach from the very beginning. Having said that, it’s understandable that a college kid lets his emotions get away with him. It’s completely unacceptable however for a (responsible) grown man to tacitly approve it.

  7. Tywon Felton says:

    truthfully speaking, in all my years of playing, watching, and coaching basketball, i have never seen a foul like that, ever! It amazed me ( then and now ) how everyone acted like this goes on every other week or so, like they were afraid of speaking on how horrible it was! Everyone seems to me as though they took their que from billy packer. I’m sure they wanted to handle this situation properly to make sure no retaliation would take place, in that sense of the matter I understand (though I don’t agree ),but it was exactly what it looked like to everyone watching, A VERY INTENTIONAL FOUL. One that should have caused a player to sit for the rest of that year, and a coach to publicly apologize for the actions of his players under his control at the time, A written apology not only to tyler but even to his family for seeing their son suffer that in a sport that calls for sore muscles from contact not broken noses………………

  8. seth says:

    Anyone else pulling for two upsets tonight so we can have a potential 1 versus 2 next week?

  9. Tar Heel Fan says:

    I was just thinking about that. Houston is probably Memphis’ toughest test in CUSA and Michael Beasley promised a win over Kansas. It could happen and you know somewhere in a room in Bristol a group of execs are hoping like mad it does.

  10. Chris says:

    Ellington apparently is a friend of Henderson’s and said after talking to Henderson that no ill intent was meant. I don’t think anybody who hasn’t been out on that floor with thousands of people yelling at once understands the emotions. If Ellington is satisfied that it wasn’t intentional, that’s good enough for me. Making it more than it really was doesn’t help at all. It doesn’t change the fact however, that K is an arrogant jerk. Let’s Crush Duke.

  11. Is it wrong to hope that a dook player gets a couple of “unintentional” elbows to the chin?

  12. 52BigGameJames says:

    Ed-if it can’t be helped, it can’t be helped…I’m with Raymond Lawson!

  13. Tar Heel Fan says:

    The problem with that is I would think special instructions will be given to the coaches from the officials and possible even head of officiating John Clougherty that this game will be on a very short leash and the first sign of excessive physicality they will deal with it.

    Or they will officiate like the VT-Duke game at which point you might get away with a few things before the officials decided to do something about it.

  14. 52BigGameJames says:

    promise kept–what was his line?

  15. 52BigGameJames says:

    I really wouldn’t expect any trouble unless Duke starts it…all bets are off it they start any s**t tho–even a whiff.

  16. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Beasley? 25 points and 6 rebs in 38 mins including 4-4 from three.

  17. 52BigGameJames says:

    awesome player-SI said even better than Durant.

  18. I think a PsychoT – Singler throwdown would be uglier than if Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell had gone off on Conan O’Brien the other night.

  19. 52BigGameJames says:

    lol–I imagine Tyler would very much resemble Liddell if he ever went off.

  20. 52BigGameJames says:

    per THF’s post re: ref’s with quick whistle–if ever there was an excuse for ACC refs to exact a little retribution for all of K’s whining/berating over the years, this is it! Wanna lay odds that K get tee’d up in this one? maybe even an ejection?

  21. Tar Heel Fan says:

    K will NEVER be ejected from an ACC game. While we are there I don’t think Roy would either.

  22. Tardy Turtle says:

    I agree that THE FOUL reflects mostly on Coach K rather than Henderson, but I think its actually one of the darkest moments Coach K has ever had.

    It wasn’t just his comments about the foul and how Henderson shouldn’t be overly punished by the media, or his lack of apology. No, I’m still convinced that a freshman does not come up with that play on his own, that something was said by the staff on the sideline before the foul. Remember, it was the end of another embarrassing performance for Duke – the game was decided, and I’m sure one of the coaches said, “show me something out there, show me you care, show me you have any pride at all.” It had to come from the coaching staff, which goes a long way to explaining Coach K’s somewhat weird (guilty?) reaction afterward.

  23. Chapel Hill Dude says:

    on another note….Anyone know how the game will be broadcast in Chapel Hill? For the last few years, the rest of the country get the HD ESPN broadcast, while us locals in the state of NC get the crappy low def jp sports bullshit…

  24. Tar Heel Fan says:

    The same deal applies this time as well except according to the ACC website, this game is one of a handful that will be “in HD where available” which means you stand a good chance, if you are watching WRAL to get it in HD. You best chance to test that theory is tonight when Duke plays NCSU which is listed as a Raycom game and also in HD.

  25. Chapel Hill Dude says:

    cool…thanks for the link.. we will see what happens 2nite….

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