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Thoughts on the UNC win at Dook

Here are some random thoughts on a classic game last night that was even better when I took another look at it today. Let’s go to some oh-so-random of UNC’s 76-68 win over the hated Blue Devils.

  • Both teams played fantastic games, but UNC had a little more in the tank at the end. Being able to have seven legitimate players (the starters plus Ty Lawson and Danny Green) instead of Dook’s six (the starters plus Jon Scheyer) was a huge factor. That 10 unanswered points at the end were all about conditioning and bench play.
  • Here’s an interesting stat, if the box score is correct… Dook took 29 three-pointers and 47 two-pointers.  Since I don’t think UNC blocked any 3s, then the Heels 15 blocks mean that UNC blocked right at one-third of all Dook two-point attempts.  Green had seven.  Not bad for a 6-5 guard/forward.
  • Interesting call by the refs to just let the teams play in the second half. It was bizarre that a 9 p.m. game got over with at 11:02 p.m. Both teams were playing good D, but seriously, neither team was close to the bonus at the end of the second half. When is the last time you saw that? But at the same time…
  • How does an oaf like Brian Zoubek and an underweight like Kyle Singler play Tyler Hansbrough throughout the second half without committing a shooting foul? Well, they did, but they weren’t called.
  • On a related note, I’d hate to be Zoubek’s geometry professor. “Brian, show me how to make a straight line.” Zoubek puts his hands over his head and leans forward at a 30-degree angle from the waist. “Groan,” says the professor before swallowing a bottle of pills.
  • It’s official. Greg Paulus has now joined my First-Team “God, I hate that guy” Dook All-Star Team. (Other starters include: Christina Laettner, Bobby Hurley, Shane Battier and Greg Newton). His smiling and flopping… man, there’s so much to hate.
  • But, even a baby-blue wearing freak like me was totally in awe of Paulus’ four straight 3s in the first half. But, he tried to make a fifth – over 6-9 Hansbrough – from 28 feet. Just a horrible, horrible shot. Of course, it predictably clanged off the iron and started a UNC fast break leading to…
  • Danny Green’s poster-worthy dunk over Paulus. For the first time all season, I got out of my seat and screamed at the TV. Not sure what I said, but I’m ashamed to admit that the phrase “nuts on your tonsils” slipped out. Sure glad my son was asleep.
  • Seriously, Paulus, I know you had no other options, but next time, go ahead and just ball up in the fetal position. Makes it easier that way.

Finally, much love to the Dook faithful for the moment of silence and the other displays of solidarity on the passing of Eve Carson, UNC’s student body president, earlier in the week. I met Eve at a couple of alumni events, and in a couple of brief conversations, I can attest that she was everything that the news has reported.

After talking to her back in October, I remember thinking that the school was lucky to have someone like that. Of course, the first thing you noticed was her good lucks, which fell somewhere between stunning and “girl-next-door” beautiful. When you spoke to her, you got the sense that this was a young woman with drive, intelligence and poise. Students are often a bit ill-at-ease at alumni functions, but she moved from person to person with the grace of a much older person. The university lost a terrific leader and a wonderful person. My heart goes out to her family and friends.

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  1. alt4unc
    March 10, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Hey! Did you mean to misspell Laettner’s first name in this post? Because, I have to say, that “Christina” made me laugh out loud. By the way, he looks OLD!!! Complete agreement on the Danny Green dunk on Paulus. My friends and I enjoyed about a five-minute-dance-around-the-room-and-scream-like-banshees celebration over that one. Glad it made the Sports Center Top 10!! GO HEELS!!!!

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