ToughMarch 25, 2007 at 7:47 pm | Posted in Basketball, Jackie Manuel | 4 Comments
That one hurts….oh…does it hurt. It’s a (not) funny game. We played well for about 7 minutes on Friday night and were victorious. We played well for about 30 this afternoon and were eliminated. After 10+ beers it is pretty difficult to be reasonable or reflective, but I’ll give it a shot in the hope that the heartache will begin to heal.
Georgetown is a very good basketball team. Most basketball teams would have faded this afternoon. North Carolina made everything difficult for them. The first 10 minutes of the second half was some of the best basketball we’ve played all season. The back door cuts have always caused our aggressive defense problems, but we really shut that down. They had to work extremely hard for every shot. Obviously the papers and blogs will all point to North Carolina’s shot selection and/or failure to make more than one field goal in the last 14 minutes, but that was no accident. The Hoyas did a great job switching to zone and hoping that we would settle for permieter shots and when we missed (every f*cking time) they were tremendous on the boards.
Hopefully Tudor and the local hacks won’t write some nonsense about ironic depth or our lack of toughness. I honestly feel really good about how hard we played tonight. Everything had to go perfectly for Georgetown to pull that game out. If any of those questionable shots go down, if any of their tough ones don’t, if any of those calls go the other way…North Carolina is in the Final Four. The 2006-07 Tar Heels were a very tough basketball team. Unfortunately, so were Georgetown.
A painful glance at the box score will point the finger at Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington, and Reyshawn Terry. The three combined for a woeful 8-33. The freshman guards may take the brunt of the criticism too with only 10 points, 6 assists, and 6 turnovers. Did they take bad shots? No doubt, and clearly those stats explain some of what happened. Still, Rey has made a lot of those shots in the last three weeks. I thought for sure one of those Lawson jumpers would go down, and Wayne had a great look at the end of regulation. To beat a team like G-town you have to get a bit of luck, and as mentioned earlier there was nothing lucky about the Heels’ last 9 minutes and overtime.
I hate that we went out like that, but I sure hope that tomorrow it will be easier to remember how young and spectacular this basketball team was. We beat Dook twice, won the league, won the league tourney, advanced to the Elite 8, and went out giving it all to a team that shot 58% to our 35%. A pretty solid season, and a pretty solid future.
Also? F*CK Billy Packer.