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March 27, 2007 at 8:42 am | Posted in Jackie Manuel | Leave a comment

A Day after calling the Heels lazy, Dascenzo turns in Monday’s column on Tuesday. KenTysiac writes that the drama is not done. Nolan Hayes says 07-08 will be different. Bob Pickeral believes it was a lack of maturity. DaveSez has thoughts on a Blue Monday. Scott Fowler thinks the Heels blew it.

1. Danny Green jacks up a long 3-pointer, which Billy Packer rips on-air as a bad shot. 2. Ty Lawson turns the ball over. To me, there’s only one real difference in this UNC team and the one that won the 2005 national championship: the 2007 version didn’t have Rashad McCants. For all of McCants’ personality flaws, he was a closer. If you were a UNC fan, you wanted him shooting a 3-pointer in the final minute. This 2007 team had a Sean May (Tyler Hansbrough), a Raymond Felton (Ty Lawson) and a better version of Marvin Williams (Brandan Wright). But it did not have a McCants. Reyshawn Terry came the closest, but it wasn’t very close. 5. Green jacks up another quick 3 that misses — Packer rips the shot on-air. We’ve got a pattern. 6. Tyler Hansbrough misses a 10-foot hook. 7. Wayne Ellington misses a 3-pointer. 8. Lawson misses a 3. Georgetown is now within three points at 75-72. Why aren’t the Tar Heels force-feeding the ball inside to Hansbrough and Wright? It worked all game. It worked all season. It is what they do best in the half-court offense. 14. On the Tar Heels’ last shot of regulation, with the score tied at 81, Ellington misses a 3 that would have won the game. Ellington got a clear look. But you don’t want your season riding on the jump shot of Ellington, who was 2-for-11 Sunday and has not exactly established a Captain Clutch reputation. 18. Terry misses a 3. 19. Terry misses a 12-footer. 20. Ellington misses a 3. 21. Green misses a 3. 22. Green misses another 3. Jim Nantz says on-air: “I’ve never seen a quality team go this cold.”No kidding. But it never would have happened had the Tar Heels stayed with their meat and potatoes instead of trying to skip ahead to dessert.

It is hard to argue that North Carolina did not take some bad shots in the last ten minutes. Still shots 6,7, and 8 were all pretty good shots and someone who re-watched the game should have seen why the Tar Heels were initially not forcing it inside to Wright. He had just left the game with a phantom 4th foul. At the time, thats was only slightly concerning (to me at least), but we really missed him on both ends of the floor. The fact the Fowler does not even mention the zone which made it extremely difficult to get the ball inside to the’meat and potatoes’ reveals the oversimplicity of his analysis. Against a packed in zone you have to make outside shots to open it up. Fowler also neglects to note the last few poseessions preceding Ellington’s miss.

3:48 — 77-72, UNC; UNC: Wright hits two foul shots

2:59 — UNC: Reyshawn Terry misses 3-pointer

2:26 — 79-76, UNC; UNC: Hansbrough hits two foul shots

1:40 — 81-78, UNC; UNC: Hansbrough layup

0:45 — UNC: Missed jumper by Hansbrough

0:02 — UNC: Ellington misses 3-pointer

Looks like both meat and potato got the ball in 4 of our last 6 posessions. Poor shot selection is only part of the story, and it is the easiest to write/moan about. Scott Fowler is an fturd.The Feed imagines a conversation between Ewing and Jordan. Big Ten Wonks that the Heels might have been fortunate to be ahead by 11.

Jack Johnson signs with the Kings. Carolina visits the Leafs tonight. Erin Andrews is grossed out. Sp*rs need to lock up Berbatov. Roeder blames the badge. Jesus and Bowling. Dook Sucks. Headline of the day .

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