Monday, April 7, 2008

North Carolina Final 4 Run Over

North Carolina never really had a chance in their semifinal game with Kansas. Their undoing was what everyone said was their weak spot was all year - defense. The Jayhawks came out out at a torrid pace on offense setting screen after screen on the Tar Heels for easy shots. Meanwhile, Carolina just could not get their shots to fall.

The Tar Heels did make a run in the second half to get it down to 4 points, but the loose balls starting going Kansas' way and the lead was back up to up 10 before you could blink. It is weird how those things work...loose balls, shots that rim out, rebounds off fingertips. When things are going your way you get those. After the run to get back into the game, it seemed like Carolina was getting the same shots as Kansas except the Jayhawks' shots were falling and the Heels' were rimming out. Loose balls would be within reach, only to roll to a Kansas player. Tyler Hansbrough was frustrated all night by double teams. Hansbrough had not seen that kind of size in the ACC .

I have to give Kansas credit. They really impressed me with their overall play on Saturday. I think the championship game is going to be a really, really good one. Two teams who are long, athletic, up tempo, can defend, and score from anywhere on the court. I think if both teams play well, Memphis will win. Kansas will have to depend on their bigs to gain an advantage over the Tigers.

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