Thursday, January 11, 2007

A Dose of Reality

The steamroller was bound to run out of gas eventually. After winning 11 blowouts in a row, the Tar Heels stuggled to beat the pesky Virginia Cavaliers last night. In the end, the good guys prevailed, 79-69 - but it wasn't pretty.
Most of the frustration came from the fact that the Tar Heels missed a lot of easy shots. Despite grabbing a season-high 21 offensive rebounds - a full 13 more than the Cavs - the Heels were unable to convert those boards into second-chance points. Brandan Wright missed 11 of his 16 shots. Tyler Hansbrough missed over half of his. The team only made 37.9% of its shots overall.
The good news is that they never lost control of the game. They never caused me to panic, and I was always sure that the worst case scenario would be a close and ugly victory. Our defense looked great, Quentin Thomas continued his solid play, and Marcus Ginyard submitted more proof that he is the second-coming of the heroic George Lynch.
Next up: VA Tech, 3:30 on Saturday


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