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Thoughts on the Big Game

Posted February 8, 2007

     Well, it worked. I went to bed early last night and got up early this morning and watched a recording of the Duke-Carolina basketball game. And I still made it to work on time. I did pass on the popcorn and stuck with my usual morning fare of Cheerios, yogurt and vegetable juice.

     What did you think of the game? Please share your thoughts. Here are mine.

     I was really impressed with Duke's spunk and spirit in the first half. They looked much hungrier than the Heels in the opening stanza. Carolina has got to do a better job defending the three point shot if they want to win a national championship. Reyshawn Terry played an inspired game for Carolina. He wasn't perfect but his zeal was contagious and helped trigger the turning of the Tar Heel tide in the second half.

      Fans criticized the play of Wes Miller and Bobby Frasor after the NCSU game. I thought Miller and Frasor played great defense against Duke as did Marcus Ginyard. And the long arms of Brandan Wright helped rule the paint during some important Duke possessions

     Duke would have won the game if they had done what they usually do well. They missed crucial free throws which is a sign of fatigue. Carolina's depth helped win this game. They have superior talent this season but Duke showed tremendous heart.   Duke may want to give Gerald Henderson more opportunities one on one.

     I prefer a thorny Billy Packer over a talkative Dick Vitale because Packer tells me more things I don't already know. I do think Packer should back off from some of his historical comments and concentrate more on the present moment. Good plays often go unannounced.

     I love my new HD video recorder. It is so easy to operate. The picture is absolutely stunning. I could even pick out my boss Jim Goodmon and his son Jimmy at the game.

     One final thought. It's hard to watch a great game and be quiet at 3:00A.M.

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  • cagerat42 Feb 9, 2007

    I think it speaks volumes for The Blue Devils to have Carolina Fans giving them credit on the game that they played.Without Carolinas Freshman I dont think the Heels would have won the games that they have won.Our future at Duke is great.We have a young team as well as a good recruiting class coming in.

  • Celt Feb 8, 2007

    As a Duke alum and huge Blue Devil fan, I was obviously disappointed, but give credit where credit is due. Carolina's depth was amazing....they were able to pull five off the floor and put five fresh players back in at will...making it very difficult for Duke to run at Carolina's well-known pace. When playing against Carolina, a ten point lead is not a safe margin.

    Having said that, I was proud that our team with so many talented freshmen was able to push UNC to the edge of the envelope. While we may not be Final Four material this year like the Tar Heels ostensibly are, it bodes well for our future.

  • ajstarrrn Feb 8, 2007

    I was very disappointed that Duke lost; already looking foward to the next duke/unc game!! What a great night for Duke's Scheyer!!

  • mothermac Feb 8, 2007

    I agree with most everything you say, Bill, except Dick Vitale is the lesser of the two evils for me. Billy thinks he knows everything and has always hated Carolina and never has anything good to say about them during the game.

    I want to take some of your other comments further. As I have said many times before the Tar Heels have not looked great to me all year. Offensively they look discombobulated to me all year and their defense is hit or miss. And I felt that Ty Lawson was the player who made the most difference for the Tar Heels

    Duke looked terrific until they started to get tired. Carolina should not be winning games just because the opposing team is tired. Hansbrough does not seem as focused this year. Maybe he has a girlfriend. I just want my hard playing Tar Heel back. Great game, Duke

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