Monday, March 24, 2008

UNC-Arkansas

With less than 10 minutes gone in the game last night, Carolina held a 33-11 lead over Arkansas. Think about that for a minute - if you extrapolate that out for an entire game, that would mean a 132-44 final score. That's pretty darned impressive. I was reminded in the first few minutes of the semi-final game against Houston in 1982 when I think we scored the first 14 points of the game before the Cougars woke up and caught up by half-time (I'm not sure they didn't even have a lead by then). I kept waiting for the Razorbacks to do the same but by the end of the half it seemed pretty clear that they were not going to be able to. Certainly they started hitting their shots in the second half but they were unable to make UNC miss, so at best they kept it within 25 points for awhile and avoided an even more embarassing final score.

Ty Lawson looked closer to 90% of his healthy speed and 90% of Lawson is 110% faster than just about anyone else out there. Wayne Ellington's playing with the kind of drive and confidence that was crucial to the ACC Tournament win. They're certainly capable of letting up and letting another team beat them, but there's frankly no reason this team shouldn't win the whole enchilada.

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