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  • shwineka 2:53 pm on February 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    How UNC fans interact socially on Duke gameday 

    DukeGameFlowChart (1)

     
  • admin 2:09 pm on February 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Game Preview: Duke [YouTube Edition] 

    hansbrough indoor stadium

    There are enough other previews and coverage of this game, including our our beaten to death podcast, that we don’t need to give you, like, statistics. We made this preview out of some of YouTube’s most popular UNC and Duke clips. We’ll decide who has the advantage in tonight’s match-up in the rivalry according to these videos.

     The Leattner UNC/Duke preview

    One of the ultimate Dukies filmed a webcam-quality preview video for Fox Sports that was put up on the official Fox Sports YouTube page. It was published two days ago and at time of posting this has received only 34 views. That’s an L in our book.

    Advantage: UNC

    The Game-Winning Shots

    Speaking of Christian Laettner, we have to bring up game winners. Obviously Duke has a pretty good buzzer beater from last year with Austin Rivers’ shot in the Dean Dome, but their most famous winner has to be “The Shot” against Kentucky. UNC has its own game-winner and this one launched the legacy of Michael Jordan. Sure UNC’s version wasn’t as time expired, but because it was for a national championship and that image of Jordan has become iconic, we’re including it. Also, Laettner totally stomped a dude earlier in that  UK game and should have been ejected.

    Advantage: UNC

    The Most-Viewed Clip

    After a quick search for both “unc basketball” and “duke basketball” we chose the video with the most views that related directly to that search term. By that I mean we used the highest viewed video that either included game action or an organized team event. That type of thing. No endorsements or Hoop mixtapes or former players no longer wearing a collegiate uniform. The video that fit that description for UNC was Tyler Hansbrough’s dunk over 7’7″ Kenny George with over 3.4 million views. In Duke’s case it was the Rivers shot from last year with about 2.3 million. The UNC video is almost five years old while Duke’s is only a year. The Rivers shot will most likely surpass the Hansbrough dunk in view total, but seeing as how it’s an ESPN video from a nationally televised game and the Hansbrough vid is just some dude’s grab from a game that wasn’t even on ESPNU most likely, we think UNC deserves more credit. And that Kenny George head drop is classic.

    Advantage: UNC




    The Dunks of the Rivalry

    Finding UNC dunks on Duke was easy. The reverse search gave inconclusive results. By that we mean none.

    Advantage: UNC

    The Stuff You Don’t Show Recruits

    Sure that UNC video is unflattering, but if you have a whole video tribute comparing players to fainting goats I think that means you’ve built up quite a reputation.

    Advantage: UNC


    The Pure Entertainment Factor

    I’ll admit Kyle Gets Buckets and its subsequent sequels are solid, but trick shots are a dime a dozen. And it only involves one player. The UNC pick-up game videos feature the majority of the team (and most of its best players) hitting the public courts and chopping it up with the regular people like us.

    Advantage: UNC


    The Harlem Shake

    Considering the timing, we had to do this. These were the best videos we could find under “unc harlem shake” and “duke harlem shake.” Too many shirtless dudes and lack of creativity for Duke. Good setting, unique use of a trash bin lid and banana are nice touches for UNC.

    Advantage: UNC

    Surprise! UNC wins the YouTube preview.

     

     
  • bwineka 3:11 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Roy Williams Tie Tracker: Duke 

    One thing all UNC fans have come to know, love and expect of Roy Williams is his fashionable selection of ties, most often courtesy of Chapel Hill outfitter Alexander Julian. The same man who put the argyle on the side of the basketball uniform is still turning heads with what he’s putting around Ol’ Roy’s neck. So, here at The Rafters we decided to pay homage to the best accessory in college hoops, if not the entire sporting world, and document every tie Roy Williams wears this season.

    Yeah, we still laugh when we think about Saturday too.

    Here are this year’s stats:

    Media Day – Pink tie with blue flowers and green dots, white shirt and pinstriped suit.

    Late Night with Roy – Carolina blue tie with red and white diagonal stripes, pink shirt and white pocket square.

    Exhibition, UNC-Pembroke, W 100-58 – Purple and teal square pattern tie with lavender shirt and patterned coat.

    Michigan State, W 67-55 – No tie, blue polo, khaki pullover and combat boots with UNC-Carrier Classic logo.

    UNC-Asheville, W 91-75 – Orange tie with yellow pattern, blue shirt and blue pocket square.

    Mississippi Valley State, W 101-75 – Yellow tie with orange, purple, blue and green pattern, white pocket square, grey pinstriped suit and Eve Carson lapel pin.

    Tennessee State, W 102-69 – Carolina blue tie with red and white diagonal stripes and white pocket square.

    South Carolina, W 87-62 – ?

    UNLV, L 80-90 – Grey tie with red squares and blue diagonal stripes, white shirt, blue crosshatched jacket and no pocket square.

    Wisconsin, W 60-57 - Very light Carolina blue tie with white pocket square, white and Carolina blue vertically striped shirt and pinstriped suit.

    Kentucky, L 72-73 - Purple gradient tie with pink square accents with white pocket square.

    Evansville, W 97-48 – White diagonal stripes on Carolina blue tie with white shirt and pinstriped shirt with pocket square.

    Long Beach State, W 84-78 - Pink tie with blue flowers and green dots, white shirt and pinstriped suit and white pocket square with blue accents.

    Appalachian State, W 97-82 – Blue and white textured tie with white shirt, grey and blue jacket and white pocket square with blue accents.

    Nicholls State, W 99-49 – Yellow tie with large paisley pattern, blue shirt and blue pocket square.

    Texas, W 82-63 - Carolina blue tie with red and white diagonal stripes and white pocket square.

    Elon, W 100-62 – Carolina blue and silver paisley tie with white pocket square and pinstriped suit.

    Monmouth, W 102-65 – Carolina blue tie with navy square pattern, Carolina blue pocket square and pinstriped suit.

    Boston College, W 83-60 - Pink tie with blue flowers and green dots, white shirt, pocket square and pinstriped suit.

    Miami, W 73-56 - Purple gradient tie with pink square accents with white pocket square.

    Florida State, L 57-90 - Carolina blue with zig-zagging right angles with white pocket square, white shirt and pinstriped suit.

    Virginia Tech, W 82-68 – Carolina blue tie with white pocket square.

    NC State, W 74-55 - Very light Carolina blue tie with white pocket square, white and Carolina blue vertically striped shirt and pinstriped suit.

    Georgia Tech, W 93-81 - Carolina blue tie with red and white diagonal stripes, white pocket square and white/pink sneakers.

    Wake Forest, W 68-53 - Pink tie with blue flowers and green dots, white shirt, pocket square and pinstriped suit.

    Maryland, W 83-74 - White diagonal stripes on Carolina blue tie with white shirt and pinstriped shirt with pocket square.

    Duke, L 84-85 - Pink tie with blue flowers and green dots, white shirt and pocket square.

    Virginia, W 70-52 - Blue and white textured tie with white shirt, grey and blue jacket and white pocket square with blue accents.

    Miami, W 73-64 - Carolina blue tie with navy square pattern,  white pocket square with blue accents and pinstriped suit.

    Clemson, W 74-52 – Yellow tie with large paisley pattern, blue shirt and blue pocket square.

    NC State, W 86-74 – Carolina blue and white paisley pattern tie, white shirt, blue pocket square and blue crosshatched jacket.

    Virginia, W 54-51 – Carolina blue tie with white pocket square and pinstriped suit.

    Maryland, W 88-64 – Very light Carolina blue tie with blue and white vertically striped shirt, white pocket square with blue accents and pinstriped suit.

    Duke, W 88-70 - Carolina blue and silver paisley tie with white pocket square with blue accents and pinstriped suit.

    (Photos via N&O)

     
  • shwineka 2:59 pm on March 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Duke/Regular Season Wrap 

    UNC 88, Duke 70

    Box Score

    By now you’ve probably read all the game stories that told you what you already knew about the Duke game Saturday, if you call that a game. We prefer any of the following: demoralization, domination, shellacking, destruction and ol’ fashioned whooping. You don’t need us to break down exactly what happened, because you remember the onslaught of put-back dunks and offensive rebounding and Duke’s horrendous shooting on its home floor.

    More importantly, what does the win mean?

    Well, first off, it probably had a lot to do with the Heels allllllmost netting four players on the All-ACC first team. The entire Heels frontcourt trio of Barnes, Zeller and Henson made the first team, with Barnes just edging Kendall Marshall for the final spot. Marshall finished 20 points higher in the voting than the next person on the second team, Terrell Stoglin.

    It also had an effect on NCAA tournament seeding. As of this writing, many analysts are predicting a No. 1 seed for the Heels, and if they win the ACC tournament this weekend, that’s probably a sure thing.

    It also puts some more pressure on UNC heading into the postseason. In our opinion, Carolina had been flying a bit under the radar — as much as a Top 10 team with four losses can fly under the radar anyway. The blowout loss to Florida State and then 1-point loss to Duke had moved most national writers’ focus to teams like Kentucky or others making surges like Michigan State and Kansas. Because the preseason expectations for Carolina had been so high, it seemed like the Heels were an afterthought, the next Baylor of the year, after dropping only four games — all to ranked opponents by the way.  (There’s your Sam’s-butchered-sentence-of-the-week.) Meanwhile, UNC “quietly” won every game after that Duke loss, resulting in an ACC regular-season championship.

    I’m sure most of the team will welcome the extra scrutiny, however, seeing as it’s the result of that brownie-stealing affair in Cameron last Saturday.

    Takeaways

    • Kendall Marshall. Marshall’s hit 20 points twice in the last four games, and while we’d love for him to continue that torrent, he’s already sent the right message. Teams used to be able to game-plan and give Marshall time and space for his own shot. It won’t be nearly as easy for opposing coaches going forward. Now they know he can score if given the chance and will have to guard him normally. Hopefully that will open things up for a few patented Butter dimes.
    • Tyler Zeller is a rock. In case we hadn’t noted before. (We have.) Zeller has been a model of consistency in ACC play. The difference — that resulted in him winning ACC Player of the Year – is that whereas he used to be dependable for double digit points and seven or eight rebounds, he’s upped his production to almost 20 and 10 levels.
    • We still have other players too, ya know. There’s those other guys that made first-team All ACC. Henson picked up ACC Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. (In link above). That Bullock guy can play, and James Michael McAdoo has picked up his play of late. He’s also been on repeat on SportsCenter:

     

    Superlatives

    Player of the Game: Kendall Marshall (20 pts, 10 asts, 4 rebs, 1 stl) Marshall was the best player on the floor.

    Stat Stuffer: Reggie Bullock (12 pts, 6 rebs, 1 ast, 1 stl) We should just give it to Marshall, but Bullock had a great all-around game and spent a lot of time guarding Austin Rivers. He deserves it. Also, Stat Stuffer regulars John Henson and Tyler Zeller combined for only one block between them.

     
  • bwineka 1:52 pm on March 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Preview: UNC at Hansbrough Indoor Stadium 

    It happens every time UNC and Duke meet. That true feeling of disgust and loathing that can only live in the depths of one’s being. Where it dwells before being conjured up two, sometimes even three, times a year no one knows. I don’t like to think that I hate anyone, but hating an idea, an institution, is another thing.

    But this hate. It make you feel something. Truly feel…alive. To steal from Will Blythe’s wonderful eponymous memoir, to hate like this is to be happy forever.

    Growing up in the middle of North Carolina, I never understood how people could align themselves with such a school. In the land where college sports rule, why choose to lend your support to a private university that hides behind faux gothic stylings and pretension. You don’t have to be a UNC fan, I never mean to act the collegiate missionary, I don’t mean to convert you, but in a state filled with PUBLIC universities, and very good public universities at that, how is that with no former affiliation would you decide to champion a university the like of Duke?

    There’s reasons I hate Duke. My own. Not just because I was raised a Carolina fan either. It pains me to admit that I do respect Coach K. He has proven to be a good coach, both on the collegiate and Olympic level. Do I like the guy? Of course not. The level of hatred far surpasses the level of respect, but it’s there. For the rest of the program, I have no respect.

    Just look at the current crop of Duke players. Turncoats. All of them. Not an ounce of honor between the bunch. Just a group of sellswords likely to drop their royal blue banners and pick up another at any time. [Sorry, I've been reading a lot of George R.R. Martin].

    Austin Rivers - Previously committed to Florida. Reopened recruitment late to Duke, UNC and others. Everyone knew where he was going. Only Duke was right for someone like that. A spoiled coach’s son reneging his prior commitments in search of greener pastures. Please.

    Seth Curry - Piggy-backing off his brother’s success. Recruited by small Liberty University. Has very good freshman season during brother Stephen similarly breakout year and instead of playing with chip on his shoulder at small school like brother jumps on first bandwagon to pull through. This is obviously K’s parade.

    Plumlee brothers (all three, mostly the older two) - On father Perky’s advice (Yeah, their dad’s name is Perky. Would you take a grown man name Perky’s advice?) transfer to small Christ School in Arden, N.C. from their home in Warsaw, Ind. because father was upset with coach that older players were getting more playing time. Really? You pull three division-one recruits away from their home in high school and place them in the land of college basketball because you’re that mad that kids who have worked just as hard to earn a spot on the same basketball team are taking away some of your precious children’s minutes? This also feels not only desperate, but also like a ploy to stuff the stat sheet for potential college recruiters. Hell yeah these kids are going to look great in high school, look who they’re playing against? K seemed to fall for it.

    Anyway, I hate Duke. I think they’re all awful. I don’t understand people who cheer for them. I don’t understand that on UNC’s ESPN Profile it has only 9,780 fans to Duke’s 12,730. I don’t understand how this team is ranked no. 3 in the nation. I don’t understand how the Plumlees and Ryan Kelly ever expect to compete with Tyler Zeller and John Henson. I won’t accept anything put pure destruction by the hand of Harrison Barnes. I need Kendall Marshall to give Duke a little of what he gave NC State.

    If Duke somehow pulls another win out of its collective, gaping asshole, a small part of me will die, as it always seems to. When UNC smothers Duke in Hansbrough Indoor Stadium tonight though I will feel alive. And it will be glorious.

    Prediction: UNC 82, Duke 78

     

     
  • shwineka 3:32 pm on February 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Wrap-Up: Heels come back at UVA 

     

    UNC 54, UVA 51

    Box Score

    While the score was a bit closer than I’d prefer, I had the pleasure of taking in the game against Virginia this past Saturday in Charlottesville. My thoughts? It might be the Heels best win of the year thus far.

    You might think I’ve just got the “I was there” afterglow going on with that statement, and I’m sure subconsciously that’s part of it, but the environment in JPJ over the weekend was a very difficult one in which to play. The arena isn’t the Dean Dome, but it’s actually pretty large, seating 14,593 of the Cavalier faithful — plus, of course, a few of us blue-clad brethren.

    JPJ was as loud as I’ve heard an arena in quite some time, and mixing that with the style of basketball Tony Bennett employs proved to be a challenge for the Heels. It was a challenge they won, however, and now I’m going to get all soap-boxy on you and tell you why everyone is sleeping on the Heels.

    I guess sleeping isn’t exactly accurate, after all, they are ranked in the Top 10. But excluding the debacle at Florida State, the Heels’ results haven’t been drastically different than any of the other teams getting love as title favorites, and I think there isn’t as much buzz about them as might be warranted. I’m frickin’ giddy about March, and it doesn’t matter what analysts say about the Heels.

    One of the biggest criticisms we hear about this Carolina squad is that it lacks killer instinct or toughness. It should be winning all of its games by double digits a la the 2009 team. Contrary to popular belief, there are other ways of winning championships. If anyone thinks this team lacks toughness, they were not in the arena on Saturday. With the game in doubt in the final minutes, two key plays epitomized why this squad will make the Final Four: the lob to John Henson with 2 seconds remaining on the shot clock and Tyler Zeller’s pump fake. Of course, Zeller’s fake was followed by a dunk, but it was the poise to make the fake that stands out. Carolina also showed great patience in waiting for Henson’s lob to emerge, using most of the 5-second count from out of bounds before getting the ball in. Even under extreme pressure, the Heels executed at a critical time in the season.

    Well if they’re so good, why aren’t they killing everyone? I’d counter, has Kentucky — the title favorite — been killing everyone? The Wildcats have had two extremely tough games against Vanderbilt, needed  a big comeback against Mississippi State, and even had a 3-point win over Tennessee. I know, the obvious difference is that they DID win all those games, while UNC has lost four. But UNC’s losses — UNLV, Kentucky, Florida State, Duke — have not come against bad teams, all of them are ranked. Duke has had trouble with teams in a down ACC, needing OT against Virginia Tech at home on Saturday and being down by 20 to N.C. State. To NC STATE!. Kentucky’s tightest games — besides UNC — have come against teams outside the Top 25. Duke lost to Miami on its home floor. The beauty of the tourney is that once your’re in, your record is 0-0. And some of the top seeds just mentioned are every bit as vulnerable as UNC.

    What did that diatribe all mean? Usually after a tight game like the one against UVA, we at the Rafters are sometimes discouraged, but this time it’s just the opposite. We’re getting the bandwagon rolling. Who’s with us?

    Superlatives

    Player of the Game: Tyler Zeller (20 pts, 6 rebs, 1 blk) Z was the only one who could score Saturday and for the second time this season he bested fellow ACC POY candidate Mike Scott.

    You Sick, Boy!: You know that Henson’s going to get the stat stuffer (15 pts, 11 rebs, 2 blks)

    Play that should have made SportsCenter: The lob to Henson. I tweeted it right after it happened, but that dunk might be one of the best I’ve ever seen live.

     
  • shwineka 5:00 pm on February 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    As if you needed a reason NOT to pull for Duke… 

    The esteemed N&O published an article today by Andrew Carter that stated UNC fans should pull for Duke against Florida State tonight, as it would give Carolina a better opportunity to win the ACC regular-season championship.

    While this is an utterly ridiculous statement to most Carolina fans, it’s also wrong in the context of the Heels’ reaching their ultimate goal of the Final Four. Here’s why:

    While it’s true, FSU holds the tie-breaker over beat UNC — and therefore has the ability to win the ACC regular season even if Carolina wins out — the Tar Heels are still ranked higher nationally and are more or less in line to garner a  No. 2 seed in March Madness.  But they have an outside chance at a No. 1.

    Barring an unforeseen losing streak, Syracuse and Kentucky have No. 1s locked up, and thanks to Missouri tanking at Kansas State, if the tournament were seeded today, Duke would likely get the last No. 1 seed. Sorry for that butchered sentence. Anyway, the other No. 1, Michigan State, is in a precarious position as it must play Indiana on the road and then Ohio State in the last two games of the season.

    If Duke or MSU loses, Kansas would presumably take the available 1-seed. And if MSU and Duke BOTH managed to lose? UNC would take that desired No. 1 mantle.

    So not only should you be pulling against Duke out of pure, unadulterated hatred, but also because it’s best for Carolina’s NCAA Tournament hopes.

    Of course, that’s assuming the Heels take care of business at Cameron.

    #DRAMA!

     

     
    • GrahamLIOG 5:25 pm on February 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Just a point of fact: If Carolina wins out, they win the ACC Regular Season championship. It doesn’t matter what FSU does, if Carolina wins out the best FSU can do is tie them. There are no tie-breakers involved in determining ACC regular season championships. If you tie for the top spot, you are an ACC champion.

  • bwineka 2:11 pm on February 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Roy Williams Tie Tracker: Duke & Virginia 

    One thing all UNC fans have come to know, love and expect of Roy Williams is his fashionable selection of ties, most often courtesy of Chapel Hill outfitter Alexander Julian. The same man who put the argyle on the side of the basketball uniform is still turning heads with what he’s putting around Ol’ Roy’s neck. So, here at The Rafters we decided to pay homage to the best accessory in college hoops, if not the entire sporting world, and document every tie Roy Williams wears this season.

    Duke

    Roy had been having luck with this tie, chalking up three wins with this guy this season. Unfortunately, that streak ended.

    Virginia

    Roy did continue to have success with this afternoon jacket, however.

    Here are this year’s stats:

    Media Day – Pink tie with blue flowers and green dots, white shirt and pinstriped suit.

    Late Night with Roy – Carolina blue tie with red and white diagonal stripes, pink shirt and white pocket square.

    Exhibition, UNC-Pembroke, W 100-58 – Purple and teal square pattern tie with lavender shirt and patterned coat.

    Michigan State, W 67-55 – No tie, blue polo, khaki pullover and combat boots with UNC-Carrier Classic logo.

    UNC-Asheville, W 91-75 – Orange tie with yellow pattern, blue shirt and blue pocket square.

    Mississippi Valley State, W 101-75 – Yellow tie with orange, purple, blue and green pattern, white pocket square, grey pinstriped suit and Eve Carson lapel pin.

    Tennessee State, W 102-69 – Carolina blue tie with red and white diagonal stripes and white pocket square.

    South Carolina, W 87-62 – ?

    UNLV, L 80-90 – Grey tie with red squares and blue diagonal stripes, white shirt, blue crosshatched jacket and no pocket square.

    Wisconsin, W 60-57 - Very light Carolina blue tie with white pocket square, white and Carolina blue vertically striped shirt and pinstriped suit.

    Kentucky, L 72-73 - Purple gradient tie with pink square accents with white pocket square.

    Evansville, W 97-48 – White diagonal stripes on Carolina blue tie with white shirt and pinstriped shirt with pocket square.

    Long Beach State, W 84-78 - Pink tie with blue flowers and green dots, white shirt and pinstriped suit and white pocket square with blue accents.

    Appalachian State, W 97-82 – Blue and white textured tie with white shirt, grey and blue jacket and white pocket square with blue accents.

    Nicholls State, W 99-49 – Yellow tie with large paisley pattern, blue shirt and blue pocket square.

    Texas, W 82-63 - Carolina blue tie with red and white diagonal stripes and white pocket square.

    Elon, W 100-62 – Carolina blue and silver paisley tie with white pocket square and pinstriped suit.

    Monmouth, W 102-65 – Carolina blue tie with navy square pattern, Carolina blue pocket square and pinstriped suit.

    Boston College, W 83-60 - Pink tie with blue flowers and green dots, white shirt, pocket square and pinstriped suit.

    Miami, W 73-56 - Purple gradient tie with pink square accents with white pocket square.

    Florida State, L 57-90 - Carolina blue with zig-zagging right angles with white pocket square, white shirt and pinstriped suit.

    Virginia Tech, W 82-68 – Carolina blue tie with white pocket square.

    NC State, W 74-55 - Very light Carolina blue tie with white pocket square, white and Carolina blue vertically striped shirt and pinstriped suit.

    Georgia Tech, W 93-81 - Carolina blue tie with red and white diagonal stripes, white pocket square and white/pink sneakers.

    Wake Forest, W 68-53 - Pink tie with blue flowers and green dots, white shirt, pocket square and pinstriped suit.

    Maryland, W 83-74 - White diagonal stripes on Carolina blue tie with white shirt and pinstriped shirt with pocket square.

    Duke, L 84-85 - Pink tie with blue flowers and green dots, white shirt and pocket square.

    Virginia, W 70-52 - Blue and white textured tie with white shirt, grey and blue jacket and white pocket square with blue accents.

    (Photos via N&O)

     

     
  • shwineka 3:41 pm on February 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Duke Post-Mortem 

    Usually a loss to Duke is followed by utter despair. As the seconds start to wane, and it becomes evident that the Tar Heels aren’t going to pull it out, you might switch the channel to avoid the eminent celebration, or at least mute the TV. This was not the case Wednesday night. Instead we were left with confusion and mixed emotion. There was surely some despair after the loss, but with the sheer unbelievability of it, there was befuddlement. You couldn’t shake the feeling that you’d just seen a legendary game, so naturally you wanted to be excited, but the result of the game deterred that ability. It’s taken a day of mourning and avoiding ESPN at all costs, but it’s time to think about this game in a two ways: it’s implications for the rest of the season and where it falls in the UNC/Duke rivalry writ large.

    First, the obvious one: This was one of the best games in the already legendary series between the two schools. I can’t say the outcome was particularly energizing, but consider all the interconnected factors in Duke’s comeback, and it seems like something that could only happen on Tobacco Road.

    There was the timely shooting, with Duke hitting three 3-pointers in the final two and a half minutes. There was a no call on a travel violation by Seth Curry (No, this is not me blaming the refs. It happens, but it doesn’t change the fact that it DID happen.) There was the eerily precise deflection by Tyler Zeller. I mean, that thing was a swish — a perfect fucking swish. Call it an own field goal. There were missed free throws, and of course, the big last shot.

    If just ONE of those doesn’t happen, the game is different. How many of you felt sick when you saw that Duke was only down two with 13 seconds left? I personally felt like throwing up. It didn’t make sense for them to come all the way back just to miss the last shot. This is Duke-Carolina. Something was about to happen — a tie and OT, or like what actually happened, a loss.

    The fact that Austin Rivers — the recruit who chose Duke over UNC and who has the classic, JJ-esque arrogance in his game — had the ball should have tipped me off. This wasn’t going to end well.

    Chapter written.

    As for this season, this game’s implications aren’t the end of the world. An otherwise masterful 37 and a half minutes was nullified by a horrific two. Harrison Barnes (25 pts, 3 rebs, 2 stls), Tyler Zeller (23 pts, 11 rebs, 2 blks) and John Henson (12 pts, 17 rebs, 2 asts) have been playing like All-ACC candidates. Kendall Marshall (14 pts, 8 asts) is finally turning into a scoring threat with his penetration. Beginning with a run at the end of the first half, UNC played like the better team, but just couldn’t quite put the game out of reach.

    It raises the point that’s been made about this team before. It lacks killer instinct. Being up 10 with less than five minutes left to play is the time to put your foot on a team’s neck and stomp away, not to get lackadaisical.

    On the bright side, if the Heels play like they did Wednesday night, they’re going to be quite tough to beat. Currently, many observers are projecting UNC to grab a No. 2 seed. I know I wouldn’t be happy to see Carolina as the two in my bracket — a team with a huge, high-scoring frontcourt that can run the floor and block shots? Please. The Heels biggest worry is not ability, but mentality coming off this loss. They’re going to be in the tournament next month, but will they be able to make something happen?

    As we saw Wednesday night, anything is possible.

     

     
  • bwineka 2:57 pm on February 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Preview: Duke at UNC 

     

    We always attempt to write a Duke wrap-up, but it never truly works. UNC fans always know as much about the enemy as we do ourselves. No matter how much it tries to be shoved down our throats, we will never be fooled into thinking Ryan Kelly, Tweedle-Miles or Tweedle-Mason are serviceable big men. Yeah, they have some guards that can score points. Yeah, these games are always close, even in years that one program is on a downward spin. It is UNC-Duke. The greatest rivalry in sports. What more can be said?

    How about an straight-forward look at some numbers first.

    UNC ranks 1st in the nation in scoring (84.1) while Duke sits at 11th (79.8).

    UNC ranks 1st in the nation in rebounding (46.3) while Duke sits at 104th (36.0).

    UNC ranks 4th in the nation in assists (18.2) while Duke sits at 131st (13.3).

    Duke ranks 21st in in the nation in field goal shooting (.482) while UNC sits at 48th (.470).

    What this says. UNC does in fact have better big men. UNC knows how to pass the ball (like, to big men). UNC’s one major stat that Duke outranks it in is a negligible amount (1 percent) that doesn’t matter considering UNC still scores almost five more points per contest and pulls down ten more rebounds.

    UNC’s two highest scorers (Barnes and Zeller) outscore Duke’s highest scorers (Rivers and Curry) and its highest rebounders (Henson and Zeller) also outrebound Duke’s (the Plumlees).

    Also, where the hell is Ryan Kelly in all this?

    Like any UNC-Duke game, this one should be one for the ages. A battle of top ten opponents will live up to the hype yet conclude with a mass of UNC students rushing to Franklin Street to set shit on fire. It happens. We’re used to it. But it never gets old.

    Duck Fook.

    Prediction: UNC 82, Duke 76

     
    • Gthc 6:49 am on February 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Um…if one team shoots 48% while taking a ton more 3′s while another team
      shoots 47% with basically no 3′s it means the former is a MUCH better shooting team than the latter. And games are always close? I guess you’ve it’s repressed 2010 out of existence

      • admin 11:08 am on February 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Gthc,

        We never said Duke wasn’t a better shooting team. In fact, the stats mentioned indicate they are. We simply said it was negligible as UNC scores just as many points. There are these things called two-pointers and free throws.

        And I’d say we also hit the nail on the head by saying the game would be close. As far as 2010, one aberration of a game from two years ago doesn’t’ negate DECADES of close games. UNC has blown out Duke in the past as well. Perhaps you remember the 101-87 thrashing in Cameron from 2009?

        Way to comment two days after the game.

        Sincerely,

        The Management

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