#1 UNC vs #4 Virginia Tech

What: ACC Semifinals
Where: Bobcat Arena, Charlotte, NC
When: Saturday, March 15th, 1:30 PM
Records: UNC 30-2, 15-2 ACC; Virginia Tech 19-12, 10-7 ACC

The last time these two met UNC won by 39.

This time I can safely say it will not be like that mainly because I hope VT has more pride than to get rolled like that again. You also have to figure on teams playing differently in the ACC Tournament usually for the better. The challenge for the UNC players is not to take the Hokies lightly. While it would appear UNC enjoys every advantage going against the Hokies, you have to hope UNC approaches the game like they do not and bring the kind of intensity you need to give you an edge.

UNC can expect another physical game though VT is striking me as a less physical team than FSU unless they are playing Duke. Still VT has great athletes in the middle to bother the Tar Heel interior players. Since the guard play for VT is so young, UNC should take advantage of what happens on the perimeter. Given that Ty Lawson will not see serious pressure from VT this game could serves as an excellent test for him to get closer to the midseason form we saw versus Miami and BC. And as always, some good outside shooting to go along with what I hope is normal production on the floor and from the line out of Tyler Hansbrough.

There is an opportunity to get an easier game in this one while the Duke-Clemson game is a grinder handing UNC an advantage in terms of being more rested if they can blow VT out and head to the title game.

UNC 88 VT 65


27 Responses to #1 UNC vs #4 Virginia Tech

  1. 52BigGameJames says:

    I hope this is not an omen, but it’s worth noting: my U-12 boy’s soccer team got annihilated by a lesser team this am, after dominating the #2 last week. kids are fully capable of temporary amnesia, at the least expected times.

  2. Josh Bowling says:

    THF, your predictions certainly speak volumes about how confident you are in our men’s basketball team. I say UNC by single digits. Not that I am not confident in UNC, but I think VTec is better now than they were in our last meeting, but we got the benefit of every call in that game, and I am not so sure we will this game. VTec defense will be better, less fouls called on them this game, they will trap/press more, possibly shoot more free-throws. I say UNC by 8-12points. BTW, I hope you’re 100%right and I am dead wrong!!!!!

  3. thesportsidiot says:

    Really poor officiating so far. Yes, it was the right call on the moving screen, but it was close to a no call to me. They can’t let that guy hump T’s leg all day down low, either. It was the right call on Ginyard for pushing off. That first shot by Greene was phenomenal.

  4. Tar Heel Fan says:

    I agree. I have no idea how that last play was an offensive foul on Quentin Thomas.

  5. Matt says:

    Ok, so we’re tied at the half. I’m content with this at halftime. The Heels are a second half team and some of the Hokies already have their hands on their knees. Tech played hard in the first half and still don’t have the lead. Go Heels!

  6. 52BigGameJames says:

    Deon has become nearly worthless imo. the guy has more talent than he’s showing.

  7. thesportsidiot says:

    Yeah, that call on Q-tip was terrible. Should be a good second half, I just hope the refs don’t do anything stupid.

  8. Sam says:

    Hey!..What’s the score and time so far?

  9. 52BigGameJames says:

    Ginyard & Green had better step up.

  10. 52BigGameJames says:

    the refs are letting Tech throw hammers today–this is absurd officiating.

  11. Santiago says:

    Six for 21 shooting by the ‘Heels this half. Yikes!

  12. Tar Heel Fan says:

    My greatest fear is two weeks from now UNC will be in the Sweet Sixteen and Green/Ellington are going to pull this stunt and that will be all she wrote.

  13. Santiago says:

    We sure could use some of that 39-point cushion today.

    Really need some Clemson/BC comeback Mojo.

  14. Tar Heel Fan says:

    I have seen this movie before…the one where we cannot get over the hump no matter what we do.

  15. Tar Heel Fan says:

    And I can do without Steve Martin and Giminski pulling for the upset.

  16. 52BigGameJames says:

    2 “make-up” calls by the dip-s*** officials so far–Ty’s charge and the T.

  17. 52BigGameJames says:

    adding to the Legend!

  18. Matt says:

    I have a man-crush on Psycho T!

  19. Santiago says:

    I don’t care what your party affiliation is (or that he’s not 35), if you don’t write in Tyler Hansbrough for president on November 4th, you are crazy!

  20. unc/uncwfan says:

    WOW! Way to be there Tyler…Yeah THF hopefully Green will have an awakening before tomorrow.

  21. Matt says:

    For those viewing on ESPN… can we agree that Opera Steve needs to go?

  22. Big Apple Heel says:

    Matt, you beat me to it. Opera Steve may be the worst concept ever for ESPN.

  23. 52BigGameJames says:

    wth is “Opera Steve”?

  24. Matt says:

    Opera Steve is this guy they show as a bumper, going to and from commercials, and he basically sings out phrases like “ACC Tournament!!!” “North Carolina!!!!” “Virginia Tech!!!” “Dickie V is in love with Coach K!!!” Ok, I made the last one up, but it’s just completely lame.

  25. Josh Bowling says:

    Hey Sports Idiot. You guys got robbed in both Duke games this year. Yeah, the shots didn’t drop in the last few minutes, but you guys couldn’t draw a foul no matter how much contact you absorbed, while all it took was a body foul to send those other guys to the line. Hopefully, more JJ Hicksons is what you will see in the future. I still miss that ruggedness from Shackleford/Washburn. Sidney can get those guys like Hickson. You will be fine going forward. No doubt about it.

  26. thesportsidiot says:

    Hope so, Josh. It’s an uphill battle but one that Wolfpack Nation is used to. Unfortunately, WN isn’t very good in this battle anymore.

  27. 52BigGameJames says:

    some of us are pulling for you guys to get better-I really thought Sidney was going to be fine after last season, but I’m sure the “4 loss” thingy didn’t help him much.

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