The way I see it the difference in the game was that Duke came out with Kurt Angle’s three I’s: Intensity, Integrity and Intelligence, three adjectives most UNC fans are likely unfamiliar with.
But seriously, this game was a relative snoozer from the middle of the first half. You knew Duke was going to win, it was just a matter of waiting for UNC to die that slow, uninspired death. With the exception of Tyler Hansbrough (and possibly Ty Lawson) does anybody on that squad have any heart?
I mean, where was the pride? Where was the commitment to protect that home court? After these cats lost their Point Guard it just looked like someone came in and stole their lunch money but their big brother happened to be out of town and couldn’t protect them anymore. What a joke.
Believe me, this was NOT a close game. Duke was the superior team, really from start to finish, but most striking was how much tougher Duke was that the Tar Heels. There’s no doubt that things would have been different had Lawson played and it’s unfortunate that UNC lost him to that ankle sprain.
Is that an ankle brace or a gobment electronic monitoring device? My bad. But on the real, if the Refs weren’t under the delusion that Tyler Hansbrough can play a tough, physical brand of basketball and virtually NEVER foul, this would have been a legitimate blow out.
What is this cat doing? Seriously, how many times does Hansbrough just run into his defender where it’s automatically a foul on the defense? How often does he wrestle for a rebound and then suddenly it’s against the other guy? I’ve watched him in other games and it’s the same story, hell, in my broadcast, Packer called him “A Great White Shark.” Well, that’s close to what he is, but I’ll just leave that be (for now).
Anyway, it was a solid Duke win with more than a few gut checks from the fellas and plenty of balanced scoring across the team.
GREG PAULUS WAS NAILS from three and just played an overall great game. He feasted on Thomas, who apparently didn’t get the memo that Greg is water from deep. Not only did he shoot 6-8 behind the arch, but they were clutch shots to boot. The UvT game ball definitely goes to the Syracuse brawler, Gregory P.
He really sacked up. It’s kind of hilarious to say it, but UNC really had no answer for him. The rest of the fellas just played smart and within themselves with six guys scoring in double figures. I can’t lie, it was good to see Scheyer get going too.
He was all over the court tonight, making plays and just letting the play come to him.
That crowd full of hicks, most of whom were more consumed with their placement on Gerald Henderson’s nut sack than on the actual play in the game, got just what they deserved.
No seriously, tell me exactly what these two chicks “wanted” from Gerald?
Exactly. I guess those UNC guys just aint hittin it right.
Definitely not. Those inbreds “wanted” Gerald and that’s exactly what they got.
Happy? Now go vote for Mike Huckabee, strum that ukulele with your underfed hound howling in the background and just remember not to take 2 girls and a dude home with you after you drawn your sorrows in your best batch of Carolina Blue moonshine you undoubtedly prepared for tonight’s game..yall hear? Next... (literally).
|Duke Blue Devils|
|K. Singler, F||37||5-11||1-2||2||10||2||3||14|
|L. Thomas, F||25||5-7||0-2||2||5||0||4||10|
|G. Henderson, G-F||29||5-10||2-6||3||7||3||3||12|
|D. Nelson, G||23||3-9||6-7||1||4||5||4||13|
|G. Paulus, G||31||6-9||0-2||0||3||3||4||18|
|J. Scheyer, G||33||4-11||7-8||2||6||3||1||17|
|N. Smith, G||13||2-5||0-0||0||0||0||3||5|
|D. McClure, F||7||0-2||0-0||1||2||0||2||0|
|T. King, F||2||0-2||0-0||0||0||0||0||0|
|North Carolina Tar Heels|
|D. Thompson, F||18||5-6||2-3||3||5||0||5||12|
|T. Hansbrough, F||38||12-21||4-9||5||18||0||4||28|
|M. Ginyard, G-F||33||3-10||8-8||3||5||3||1||16|
|W. Ellington, G||34||3-14||2-2||2||5||2||4||8|
|Q. Thomas, G||35||4-8||2-4||0||3||7||4||10|
|D. Green, G-F||23||1-10||0-0||2||3||4||3||3|
|A. Stepheson, F||13||0-0||0-2||2||4||0||2||0|
|W. Graves, G-F||6||0-0||1-2||1||1||1||3||1|
|TEAM REBS: 5|