Monday, March 31, 2008

North Carolina Marches On

North Carolina moves on to the Final 4 in San Antonio with a 83-73 victory over Louisville on Saturday. Lets take a look at what stood out from the stat sheet and if my keys to victory were true.

For North Carolina to win:
They have to get Tyler Hansbrough going earlier than they did against Washington State
Result: Hansbrough had a monster game with 28 points and 13 rebounds giving steady production throughout.
Need good bench production from guys like Danny Greene
Result: Greene had 11 points off the bench. Alex Stephenson had 4 points. Quentin Thomas had 2 assists. Carolina had 5 scorers in double figures
Force turnovers into transition points
Result: The Tar Heels forced 19 Louisville turnovers.

For Louisville to win:
Make someone else besides Hansbrough beat you
Result: Hansbrough had 28 points and 13 rebounds. Next closest scorer was Wayne Ellington with 13
Keep UNC off your boards defensively
Result: UNC had 13 offensive boards
Slow it down and make the Heels play 25 seconds on defense in the half court where they can have lapses.

Result: Louisville preferred to run with the Heels leading

Other Notes:
David Padgett had just 6 points on 1-5 shooting. The Kansas transfer was clearly out played by Hansbrough. Players who transfer for playing time reasons rarely come up big with the new school.

Carolina was 18-21 from the FT line.

The 'Ville had 5 blocks on the evening. North Carolina 0.

Looking ahead...
Roy Williams get his what he didn't want and that is a match up with his old team Kansas. Won't sting like it would have a few years ago because Williams did not coach any of these Kansas players. I personally was not as impressed with Kansas as other people have been. I have heard numerous radio interviews before the Sweet 16 where coaches are asked to name a team other their own who has the best chance to win it all and nearly all of them said Kansas. I don't see it right now.

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