UNC at BC: Game Thread

Roy told Woody Durham that Ty Lawson will possibly play and they are really concerned about Deon Thompson. With Duke pulling the rabbit out of the hat in Raleigh, Heels need this one to keep pace. 3:30 game so the upset watch is one.

Open thread for comments, have at it guys.

3:53 PM: Well apparently the Heels were concerned about how that AFL game ended because they are asleep at the wheel to start the game and Tyrese Rice has gone nuts scoring 14 points, four of them threes. Heels need to tighten up down 18-5.

3:58 PM: Lawson. Returns.

4:01 PM: Come on. This is absolutely insane. 23 points in seven minutes? Can he really keep that going? Holy crap.

4:03 PM: Bad News: Rice is on pace for like 60 points. Good News: No one else on BC appears capable of shooting the ball. Lawson does not look good, but that was to be expected though he did have a nice pass to Hansbrough for the dunk. I say you keep feeding Hansbrough, his shot should last all game, those three usually do not.

4:15 PM: Down 14 here. If you take way about half of Rice’s points and assume he is on pace for average I still think UNC is down in this game. Heels are out of sync. QT had issues at the start and the BC interior defense is much better than it was in Chapel Hill. Of course UNC also ran the ball more in Chapel Hill.

4:26 PM: Seven threes for Rice. The rule generally is he will cool off but all that means is UNC needs to make sure they get rebounds on the defensive end which they are not going a great job with right now. Will Graves providing some offense and UNC needs to step up the defense and gets some stops.

4:38 PM: UNC down 54-40 at halftime because Tyrese Rice has 34 freaking points. I will say this. UNC is not playing their A game, but they did put up 40 points which is only a tad off their pace and they did not shoot well. I also noticed that the BC players were acting like the game was over on the court after the buzzer. There might be a psychological edge to be had over them in the 2nd half. I would be even more shocked to see Rice come out and keep the pace up especially since Ginyard is now going to be guarding him. The problem is if he misses, UNC has to get rebounds. The Heels need Ellington to get on track and play better defense.

5:02 PM: Roy went Blue team and got a three from Green. They need a sustained run to get this game manageable before it gets inside 10 minutes so they can run again and hopefully win the game.

5:08 PM: UNC closes it to six as Ellington gets on track with a three. Despite the ankle, Lawson is doing a better job on Rice in the 2nd half.

5:13 PM: Heels within one at the 2nd TV timeout of the half. The defense has turned it because Ty Lawson is draping Rice. I don’t know how many minutes Roy had in mind for Lawson or if he can even handle what is being asked of him but Rice only has four points this half and they came in the first minute of the half.

5:25 PM: Yet another stunning rally for the Heels now up seven with six minutes left. This has been all defense. BC has something like 8-9 fewer FG attempts in the 2nd half pointing to fewer opportunities for BC to score. This is probably a result of forcing turnovers and controlling the boards on both ends.

5:34 PM: Heels now in control by 10 with under four to go. If the Heels play smart and hit their FTs they should wrap this thing up and head back to Chapel Hill.

5:44 PM: Done deal.  Heels survive.

114 Responses to UNC at BC: Game Thread

  1. Jim U. says:

    ummm… why am I watching arena football!?!?!?!

  2. Tar Heel Fan says:

    That is what I thought. 3:45 tip now though I would think there are more UNC fans wanting to see the Heels play than both these AFL teams combined.

  3. Jim U. says:

    shewww! they just announced the tip will be at 3:45 PM. So, did they push the tip back so we could watch the end of this silly sport?

  4. Tar Heel Fan says:

    The last 3:30 game versus MD started at 3:45 and that was part of the way they broadcast it.

  5. villageheel says:

    Carolina basketball = Forbes most profitable college brand
    AFL = corporate writeoff

  6. villageheel says:

    I think that Dallas QB hand-polished my car last weekend.

  7. villageheel says:

    My God! That was exciting, now get the hell off my TV.

  8. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Thanks Oates! We will take the two points that basically negates your dunk.

  9. villageheel says:

    Duke alum obviously running ABC sports control room.

  10. Jim U. says:

    what is it about the heels and 3 point fests for the other team?

  11. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Well this is not starting well.

  12. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Are you freaking kidding me?

  13. villageheel says:

    Hansbrough – 41 points, Heels by 17.

  14. Tar Heel Fan says:

    What did we piss off to get Jimmy Dykes today?

  15. Jim U. says:

    do that every time.

  16. Jim U. says:

    holy crap

  17. C. Michael says:


  18. Jim U. says:

    rice have 23?

  19. Tar Heel Fan says:

    I have never seen anything remotely close to that save Jordan doing it versus Portland in the NBA Finals.

  20. 52BigGameJames says:

    flied Rice?

  21. villageheel says:

    Let Rice have his little show. He’ll be as cold as a dook cheerleader in the 2nd half.

  22. Tar Heel Fan says:

    The problem is the rest of the BC players are getting looks now and hitting them.

  23. villageheel says:

    That. And we’re takin’ it to the hole weak. powerful weak.

  24. TxTarheel says:

    BC looking Villanove-esque in their shooting touch this half…ESPN ran a piece on their win over Hoyas last night. Always interesting to see how prolific their touch was in 2ndhalf (even though Rollie knocked Heels out in elite 8)

  25. TxTarheel says:

    clarification: Villanova’s win over Georgetown in 1985. an April Fools indeed

  26. Tar Heel Fan says:

    We are passive on defense and Ellington is MIA again.

  27. Jim U. says:

    well, i would’ve taken that shot too

  28. Jim U. says:

    unfortunately, rice is totally in q’s head

  29. villageheel says:

    BC is the kind of team that can go away as quickly as they came. Heels win.

  30. 52BigGameJames says:

    finally Roy puts Ginyard on Rice–unfotunately with this Childress-like performance, it could be too late.

  31. C. Michael says:

    For some reason, I don’t get that horrible feeling that I usually get when the Heels are down double-digits at the half. I think villageheel hits on it…

  32. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Anyone remember the GT game at Chapel Hill in 2006? GT jumped out huge but the Heels ended up winning as Tyler got 40. He has 17 right now and I have to believe Rice cannot keep it going.

  33. 52BigGameJames says:

    did Heels play any zone in 1st half?

  34. william says:

    If Ellington is going to clank like that, we are going to have to put Graves in because no one else can hit consistently from outside. If Wayne were to try to go pro this year, that would make the Joe Forte decision seem only mildly bad by comparison.

    Today may be a bad karma day. It looks like we are about to get a game from State and that vanishes and Carolina comes out flat. This reminds me of 1993 when Wake blew us out and I think Frank Johnson hit like 6 three pointers in a row, but that was in the second half and Carolina went down by over twenty as I recall.

  35. william says:

    According to stats heads, there is no such thing as a hot hand. The odds are that Rice scores his usual 10 in the second half, but it is an uphill climb when Danny and Alex are making dumb mental errors out there when we have a chance to cut things under ten.

  36. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Rice hit some of those shots completely guarded. I just have never seen that in a CBB game before. As I said, if he was having a “normal” game we would probably be ahead. Heck it is a tie game if he “only” scores 20 in the first half.

  37. 52BigGameJames says:


  38. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Didn’t Nick Van Exel pull something similar to this(not as many points) on UNC in the 1st half in the 1993 East Regional Final before Derrick Phelps shut him down in the 2nd half and OT?

  39. 52BigGameJames says:


  40. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Sean Singletary had 41 against Miami in a loss. Must be something in the ACC air today,

  41. 52BigGameJames says:

    it’s called: “nothing to lose syndrome”.

  42. william said:

    “Today may be a bad karma day.”

    We just got back from Target where we had to go to four different registers before they could ring out our furniture purchase. We get home to find out that we’re locked out of the house. While waiting for the locksmith, I notice that my tire has a screw in it.

    I get in the house and turn on the tube to find out that we’re down 14 and Tyrese Rice is channeling Randolph Childress.

    I don’t know where you “go where you go and do what you do” for a game like this, but I am open to suggestions. Right now, fetal position in the closet is leading.

  43. 52BigGameJames says:

    but, you’re back home now, safe on the couch, w/cold beer in hand, ready for a Heels rally!

  44. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Many condolences Ed on your day so far!

    I had a similar experience when the Heels lost to NCSU last season. I was trying to assemble a storage building and could not get part of it together while listening to UNC get run by NCSU shooting 76%.

  45. BEER!
    okay I’m back.

  46. 52BigGameJames says:


  47. 52BigGameJames says:

    QT stands and watches

  48. Tar Heel Fan says:

    He might break Danny Ferry’s single game ACC mark which is 58 I think.

  49. 52BigGameJames says:

    I’d go zone–what the hell have you got to lose?

  50. william says:

    Is it back on? I am not sure whether to record it or not.

  51. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Blue team in! This usually bodes well for the Heels.

  52. william says:

    Let’s see Graves.

  53. william says:

    I don’t think they practice zone, James.

  54. 52BigGameJames says:

    I can only assume Roy is saving zone for the NCAA’s, so as not to tip his hand–makes me feel better anyway.

  55. william says:

    But they are good at standing around, so maybe they could just put their hands up!

  56. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Zone is not happening. They need to execute better. BC is bound to have a dry spell…I hope

  57. villageheel says:

    The eagle soars. . . but it also lays an egg. Hide and watch.

  58. william says:

    Al McGuire won a national title playing zone and that is what Frank McGuire always used, but the Kansas coaching tree guys don’t like zone.

  59. villageheel says:

    This game wil be won with the trap.

  60. william says:

    How is that a foul on Copeland?

  61. william says:

    The offense has no flow whatsoever.

  62. william says:

    Game on!

  63. 52BigGameJames says:

    I like hamburger, but I switch to chicken ever now’n’then just to make like interesting.

  64. Tar Heel Fan says:

    The worm is starting to turn a bit here methinks.

  65. 52BigGameJames says:

    here goes…

  66. 52BigGameJames says:

    just for arguments sake, a well-timed & executed zone right now could be the dagger for UNC.

  67. 52BigGameJames says:

    what do I know?

  68. villageheel says:

    dagger schmaggger, these guys fold just like those pig farmers in raleigh.

  69. Tar Heel Fan says:

    How about Lawson’s defense on Rice?

  70. villageheel says:

    not bad for a cripple

  71. 52BigGameJames says:

    vh-next beers on me if this plays out.

  72. 52BigGameJames says:

    competitive juices flowing again for Ty!

  73. 52BigGameJames says:

    Tyler appeared to be fouled on that rebound.

  74. 52BigGameJames says:

    Lawson will be fresh for the last

  75. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Ah….Lawson with the hook. Didn’t Demarcus Nelson do the same thing versus NCSU?

  76. 52BigGameJames says:

    who’s the color guy on this broadcast? he’s actually pretty good.

  77. Tar Heel Fan says:

    It’s Jimmy Dykes and either he is drunk or you are if that is the case 😉

  78. 52BigGameJames says:

    I like him, but then I like a 3/2 zone every now and then too.

  79. villageheel says:

    hooking is something they should grow out of on the playground. i don’t understand a good player keeping a bad habit like that.

  80. william says:

    Villageguy calls it exactly!

  81. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Well, in Lawson’s defense I think if he was full speed he does not hook there.

  82. william says:

    Hey, he picked either us or UCLA and said Tyler is POY.

  83. william says:

    I dislike Oats.

  84. william says:

    Alex may have cinched it!

  85. villageheel says:

    that’s what alex does best

  86. william says:

    If you look at it, it was a mutual hook. It was a make-up call.

  87. william says:

    That was a good pass.

  88. william says:

    I guess BC is going to let us run the clock out.

  89. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Lawson is not that far off his normal level of play. He looks to be about a step off and hopefully the FSU game can shake that out.

  90. william says:


  91. william says:

    BC is giving up!

  92. william says:

    What a gutless team and coach.

  93. william says:

    What’s the line, we might cover.

  94. william says:

    Rice is going to miss the record by 3.

  95. william says:

    Never a doubt!

  96. william says:

    Never a doubt!

  97. william says:

    Texas Tech is about to beat Texas.

  98. william says:

    I can root for them now that Bob Knight is gone.

  99. william says:

    Memphis is tied with Southern Miss.

  100. Silent Sam says:

    Great comeback! Oh, boy, I’m drained. Think I’ll pop a Yeungling!

  101. william says:

    My Yeungling….My Yeungling….I want you to….

  102. Silent Sam says:

    william, that’s a pretty good pun (if, indeed it’s a pun).

  103. DG4heels says:

    I think that VillageHeel gets the nod as the best newcomer to the commentary. Heels are down 15 and he calls the win:
    “BC is the kind of team that can go away as quickly as they came. Heels win”.
    Damn, dude. That’s awesome.
    I also like the note that BC was celebrating their victory at halftime – I actually thought of that as well, keeping me from polishing off the whisky before 2nd half.

    On another note – this makes the 5th or 6th game this season that stands out in my head as a grit / character win. We simply did not have these games last year, or the last few years. This team has a lot of heart to go with their talent, and I think that it will carry them very far in March. I am excited to see where it goes!

  104. Jimmy Dykes says:

    You gotta hand it to North Carolina. They came out in the second half and played third grade defense. Between high school harrys and headhunter screens, the Heels had enough of the “it” factor to win. This is a real Joakim Noah pound your chest team.

  105. Tar Heel Fan says:

    That is outstanding. Well done.

  106. william says:

    Celebrating at halftime? A La FSU back in 1993, with Sam (Dean Smith can’t check me) Cassell?

  107. william says:

    Yeah, it’s like the Simpson’s episode, Silent Sam, where Ralph sings….

  108. Silent Sam says:

    I haven’t heard the Simpsons sing it. The only performers I’ve heard do it are Chuck Berry & Dave Clark’s group.

  109. william says:

    It was Ralph, the police chief’s son singing it at a talent show but he got the hook….

  110. Silent Sam says:

    Yikes! Apologies – I meant Doug Clark (not Dave Clark).

  111. william says:

    Glad all over….

  112. Josh Bowling says:

    Silent Sam, the Dave Clark group is called the Dave Clark Five.

  113. william says:

    The were the ones that the media predicted would end the Beatles’ dominance.

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