Friday, February 13, 2009

UNC-DUKE: ENOUGH ALREADY!

Billions of words have flooded the Internet since Wednesday night’s Carolina victory at Duke. We won’t belabor the game itself much longer, but here are a few things that need to be added to the list.

ITEM #1: There was much talk about Hansbrough, Green, Copeland and Frasor winning all four of their visits to Cameron Indoor Stadium. Few mentioned, UNC stalwart, the injured Marcus Ginyard, who is also undefeated as a team member by class (he’s a senior as well).

We presume the omission is related to the fact that the Ginyard didn’t play in the game due to injury and now redshirt. However, we bet he counts it as a “win” in his career memory banks.

ITEM #2: Speaking of numbers, we don’t have the database or the patience to research it manually, but how many times has a team given up 51 points in the first half and come back to win? Win by double digits? We’d love to know.

ITEM #3: The margin of victory and UNC’s second half dominance are understated by the final score of 101-87. For the first 16:30 of the second half, the Heels outscored the Blue Devils 44-20 building an insurmountable 17 point lead at 88-71 with 3:30 left in the game. Coach K’s boys narrowed the margin to eight during the final “Oh My God! We’re Gonna Beat Duke Again Angst, Panic, Celebrate” minutes, but the Heels regained their composure to close out the game.

(Photo by Robert Willet/Raleigh News & Observer)

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