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  • shwineka 12:41 pm on December 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , Lexington, , , UK,   

    Kentucky Diatribe 

    (pic from Kentucky.com)

    Kentucky.

    Are there really any worse fans than those who support Big Blue? ………..Well, I can think of a few.

    But anyway, a link tweeted by Adam Lucas  has me fuming this morning. A light snow is falling in Lexington, but it was already a cold place before that. It’s not that they don’t have the history to be as boisterous as they are, it’s that they don’t have any respect for any other program. They are too good for your team who has less wins than them, too good for your team that has less championships and too good to hire a respectable coach. For UK, the ends justify the means. Thing is this time, those ends (wins) might not eventually be counted. It’s a theory known as “Cali-vacate-ology.”

    Fine. It’s their choice. But please don’t go crying when your wins record disappears (UNC has 1,991, UK 1,995). Don’t get mad when Roy Williams makes UNC the team with the second-most national titles (not that they had any respect for UCLA anyway). And certainly don’t get mad when Easy Ed and company wipe the floor with you in Rupp today.

    I hope the snow keeps falling. It’s gonna be a long, cold afternoon.

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  • shwineka 9:09 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Dickie V, , , UNC Girl, UNC student, Zen   

    No Kissie for Dickie 

    And for your pre-game moment of Zen, watch closely for Dick Vitale getting denied a kiss on the cheek here from a female UNC student. (video from ESPN coverage)

    “It’s sad….really sad.”

     
  • shwineka 5:51 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: A Legacy Fulfilled, , Big Z, , , , , Durham Herald Sun, , , High Five, , , , , Spartans, , , ,   

    UNC Takes on Michigan State in ACC-Big 10 Challenge 

    (pic from Edthesportsfan.com)

    Tonight begins what could be the toughest two weeks of the Tar Heels’ season. The defending champs are taking on the team they ousted for the title just eight months ago. The headlines back on that glorious April day: “A Legacy Fulfilled” – DTH and “High Five” – Durham Herald Sun, among others.

    The headlines might be a little different tomorrow as the Spartans are the favorites favored about equally tonight, but the test could prove to be a turning point for the Heels. Win or lose, I can’t see the impact of tonight’s result being negative. A win could start a wave of confidence that helps the Heels plow through December. A loss would identify the main weaknesses in a young team, preparing them for their other Top 10 match-ups this month and getting them ready for the ACC season.

    Some think we’ll win, others think we’ll lose. (No link for the lose crowd. After all, who actually picks the Heels to lose?)

    BTW that was the first time I’ve ever used the term “we” when talking about Carolina on this blog. I’ve tried staying away from it, but c’mon. You know you say it, too.

    Here’s a Rafters-worthy prediction:

    The Heels bigs hassle the tiny Spartans side-to-side and up and down the court. MSU shoots a horrible percentage while Big Z, Easy Ed and damn-he-needs-a-sweet-nickname Deon Thompson corral the boards and teasingly hold the ball above their heads. John Henson, who is also in need of a sick nombre, will have a breakout game and play 20 minutes, scoring 20 points. LD will teach Kalin Lucas to respect the wood — as Lucas will be on the floor after his ankles get broken so many times — and UNC will win by 15.

     
  • hiphopobserver 2:10 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Seth Davis picks UNC to beat Michigan State in ACC/Big Ten Challenge 

    Seth Davis just put up his predictions for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge over at SI.com and has UNC with the win over MSU. He also has the ACC prevailing 6 games to 5. Bold prediction, I’m not as comfortable saying that after watching some of the others in the ACC play this year.

    Here’s what Davis said about the Tar Heels:

    On a neutral court and a 10-game series, I would go with the Spartans. But since the game is in Chapel Hill, I’ll give the edge to the Tar Heels. Michigan State is much stronger on the perimeter, but the Spartans are a short team, and the one thing North Carolina has is a lot of size inside. The big question will be whether the Tar Heels’ defense can hold down Michigan State’s impressive field-goal shooting.

    Prediction:North Carolina 80, Michigan State 76

    I’m hoping for that outcome as well.

     
  • hiphopobserver 3:12 pm on November 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Who’s got a 9 in the Clutch column? 

    So, the main thing that worries me about tonight’s showdown against Ohio State is what happens when the game is close in crunch time?

    No player has yet to stand out as a go-to man in this sort of situation, and after watching Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan St. and other ranked teams take early games down to the wire, it made me wonder.

    Let’s run down the players:

    Ed Davis is always a viable option, and I really think kid’s got ice water in his veins. My only concern would be getting the ball down low to him for an easy basket. Same goes for Deon Thompson. I know he can score, but can we get the ball to him?

    Larry Drew II has proven that he’s a much improved point guard this season, but I’ve never seen him have to take control of a tight game. Again, not questioning his skill, but sometimes it takes an experience in this sort of situation to have what’s needed. I just don’t want tonight to be a trial by fire and come out on the wrong end of it.

    Moving out to our shooters, there really isn’t one that I completely trust. Will Graves’ shots always look like they are going in, but that’s not always the case. Drew II has knocked down a couple jumpers as well from outside, but he’s not going to take the shot. And Marcus Ginyard has also been reliable from outside, but only when the game has not been in jeopardy.

    I almost like the idea of having John Henson taking a 15 footer around the charity stripe. A couple times this year his defender has played off him and he’s knocked the shot down, but I’d hate to put the ball in his hand, have something go wrong and lose confidence. I’d rather take an early L then that.

    Here’s what I think, Tyler Zeller for a short jumper or Marcus for a drive to the basket.

    Tyler has showed us he can put up the points and knock down open shots. If Ed, Deon and Zeller were all in the game, any big will be down low on Ed and Deon, move Tyler right outside the paint and Bam!, easy two points.

    Otherwise, clear it out in the middle and let Marcus drive. He’s not going to lose the ball and he’s strong enough to take it up and either draw the foul or get a good shot off. Dude is a 5th year player and has been through it all, he’s the one with the confidence and athleticism to get us the points.

    That’s just my take, what’s everybody else think?

     
  • shwineka 2:21 pm on November 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Buckeyes, , , Dallas Lauderdale, David Lighty, , , , James Madison, JMU, John Diebler, , Kyle Madsen, madison square garden, , OSU, Player of the year, , Thad Matta, , , , WIlliam Buford   

    Trees vs. Bees: UNC vs. Ohio State Preview 

    Tomorrow under the blazing lights of Madison Square Garden, Carolina will get its first test of the season against  No. 15 Ohio State in the 2K Sports Classic.

    The matchup will be tricky as the Heels are a frontcourt-heavy team, and Ohio State is guard-laden — star guard-laden.

    The Buckeyes’ point guard, in case you hadn’t heard of him, is Evan Turner, and he might challenge for National Player of the Year. If you get a chance — which if you read this blog, you probably will tomorrow night — you should watch this guy play. At 6’7″, he’s OSU’s point guard and fifth tallest player. He chalked up a triple double in the Buckeyes’ first game of the season, with 14 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists, and followed it up with 24 points and 17 rebounds against James Madison last Thursday. As you probably inferred from that stat line, the guy is active on the glass, and once he gets a defensive rebound the ball is consequently in the hands of  OSU’s point guard, making the outlet pass a threat.

    Other than Turner, they’ve got David Lighty, William Buford and John Diebler, who are all 6’5″ or 6’6″, play guard and log starter’s minutes. After watching the James Madison game, it appears Turner and Lighty look to drive first, but are certainly not shy about popping a trey. Diebler and Buford seemed more perimeter oriented. As a team, they don’t take a ton of threes, but don’t leave them open because they can shoot them at a good percentage.

    Sounds like a pretty dangerous team right?

    Here’s where the matchup gets interesting. Of the four players taller than Turner (6’8″ and up), only two of them play significant minutes. At 6’9″, Kyle Madsen has been starting and last year’s starting center, 6’8″ Dallas Lauderdale, has been coming off the bench while he recovers from a broken bone in his hand. Against JMU, Madsen played 19 minutes and Lauderdale 13. OSU doesn’t really depend on its post play.

    Carolina, however, does.

    It’s widely accepted that UNC’s frontcourt is certainly the deepest and possibly the most talented in the nation. It will be interesting to see how Thad Matta decides to defend the Heels. If he plays man-to-man, mismatches will result out the wookie, allowing the likes of Deon Thompson, Ed Davis, Tyler Zeller and John Henson to dominate down low. I’m guessing he’ll play some kind of zone, if not for the whole game, at least large portions of it. This would challenge UNC’s guards in getting the ball inside and also require them to make plays they might not normally make.

    The thing I could see hurting the Buckeyes is foul trouble. Their top six players, maybe seven, are talented enough to play with the Heels, but after that, I’m not so sure they have the depth. Another observation, is that the Bucks’ best player is also one of their tallest on the floor many times. If OSU decides to match up size-wise, Turner would end up banging down low more often than not, possibly tiring him out.

    Prediction: OSU’s shooting will suffer because of Carolina’s size on defense. UNC will win the rebounding, not often giving up more than one shot. Evan Turner will have 20 points and 11 rebounds, but his efforts will be in vain. Carolina is too deep and by the time the game’s over, Turner is worn out and his teammates are frustrated because they couldn’t get their offense going.

    Final Score: UNC 82 OSU 70

     
  • shwineka 4:23 pm on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Austin Peay, , Cal State Northridge, , , Cole Aldrich, Connecticut, , Fairleigh Dickinson, Florida Gulf Coast, Georgetown, Greg Monroe, Hofstra, Jay Wright, , , , Kemba Walker, , master of your domain, , Mississippi State, Morehead State, Penn State, Pennsylvania, , Purdue, Rider, Storrs, , Tennessee, , Top 10, , Tulane, UConn, , , UNC Greensboro, Villanova, William & Mary   

    Official College Basketball Opening Night 

    2009-ncaa-bracket

    Unless you’re one of the lucky fans whose team is playing in the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer — as per us at The Rafters — then tonight begins the best four and a half months of the year.

    And unless you are a Master of your Domain (DVR), you’re going to have to miss some of the action as many teams are playing at the same time.

    SCHEDULE SNAFU:

    Six Top 10 teams are playing overlapping games tonight. Kentucky (5)– perhaps one of the most anticipated debuts — plays at 6:30 p.m., while Michigan State (2), Villanova (6), Purdue (7) and Duke (8) play at 7 p.m. To top it off, the preseason No. 1 Kansas plays at 8 p.m., further complicating things  for the second half of the 7 o’clockers.

    As an ACC junkie, and Tar Heel alumnus, naturally I’ll be glued to the Duke game “just to see if they lose.” It’s amazing how many Duke games I watch under that pretense. I’ll also watch the first half of the first half of Kentucky, because I desperately want the Calipari experiment to fail.

    But what about during breaks in the despised Durhamites’ matchup?

    Of course, when there are multiple games on, it’s inconceivable that one would watch commercials. Here’s my hierarchy of channel flippage for tonight. (We ordered the college hoops package, so yes, be jealous. Or order it, too!) If No. 1 is at commerical, I proceed down the list until I find a game.

    6:30 p.m.

    1. Kentucky vs. Morehead St.

    7:00 p.m.

    1. Duke vs. UNC Greensboro – For Obvious Reasons
    2. Kentucky vs. Morehead St. – I told you I want him to fail!
    3. Michigan State vs. Florida Gulf Coast – Love Kalin Lucas
    4. Purdue vs. Cal State Northridge – Is it me, or is the Big 10 scary this year?
    5. Villanova vs. Fairleigh Dickinson – Will Jay Wright continue to wear pinstripes for an entire season!?

    7:30 p.m.

    Otherwise same as above:

    5. UConn vs. William and Mary – Down year in Storrs?
    6. Penn State vs. Pennsylvania – Hopefully I won’t make it down this far
    7. Villanova vs. Fairleigh Dickinson – Just not that interested for some reason

    8:00 p.m.

    1. Duke vs. UNC Greensboro – Still anticipating failure!
    2. Kentucky vs. Morehead St. – See above
    3. Kansas vs. Hofstra – Are they really THAT good?
    4. Clemson vs. Presbyterian – ACC with a capital A!
    5. Michican State vs. Florida Gulf Coast – Remember when UNC beat them twice last year?
    6. Purdue vs. Cal State Northridge – Again, I hope I don’t make it down this far.
    7. UConn vs. William and Mary – Kemba Walker is fast

    9:00 p.m. and on

    1. Kansas vs. Hofstra – I will never forgive you, Cole Aldrich
    2. Clemson vs. Presbyterian – Can Trevor Booker carry you guys?
    3. UConn vs. William and Mary – W&M has a nice campus
    4. Georgetown vs. Tulane – Greg Monroe should be beastmode
    5. Tenneessee vs. Austin Peay – It rhymes!
    6. Mississippi State vs. Rider – Blocks, blocks and more blocks
     
  • shwineka 4:54 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Division 1, , , LeVelle Moton, MEAC, Miami, N.C. State, , swine flu, , Virginia Tech   

    UNC vs. North Carolina Central 

    I know you wanted to hear even MORE about UNC  vs. NCCU! Some quick things:

    Game @Dean Smith Center, Chapel Hill, N.C., 9 p.m. EST

    NCCU Expected Starters:

    6-5 Senior Forward Joshua Worthy
    6-2 Junior Guard Vincent Davis
    5-7 Junior Guard Michael Glasker
    6-3 Junior Guard C.J. Wilkerson
    6-8 Sophomore Forward T.J. Granger

    The Eagles harbor a little more experience, if not as much talent as the Heels, though it looks like the size of UNC’s frontcourt could play a big role in the rebounding again. The Eagles are only in their third season of Division 1 classification, but that isn’t stopping them from taking on a bevy of ACC opponents this season: UNC, Miami, Va. Tech and N.C. State. NCCU will join the MEAC conference next season. I can’t say that I’ve seen them play,  but with the Eagles starting three experienced guards, it could cause some problems in the transition game. Against FIU the Heels coughed the ball up like they had swine flu. Against a guard-heavy team that could create some turnovers that lead to opposing layups.

    nccmoton.jpeg

    They blinded him with science: First-year head coach LeVelle Moton is an alumnus of NCCU (’96) and their third all-time leading scorer. His nickname was “Poetry ‘n Moton.”

     
  • gonzologist 3:02 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: C.J. Wilkerson, , Eagles, James Worthy, Joshua Worthy, , Raleigh News and Observer   

    Tar Heels Face NCCU Eagles, 9pm-ESPNU 

    Here’s a short piece from the Raleigh News and Observer about North Carolina Central’s basketball team, who will visit Chapel Hill tonight. It’s a nice story; it’s always cool to see the perspective of young guys playing at a smaller school, visiting the Mecca of college basketball and playing against a team they cheer for when they are off the court.

    visiting eagles

    I think it’s great that Central made the move to be a Division I school. It’s obvious that it’s taken a lot of hard work, and they’ve put in some tough traveling miles over the past two years. It seems to be paying off, though. As junior C.J. Wilkerson puts it, “I wanted to come here because it’s Division I and because of Coach Moton.” It’s also interesting to note that the Eagles will start a senior named Joshua Worthy. He’ll be able to look up into the rafters tonight and check out the jersey of a pretty influential “Big Game” player with the same last name. We wish Central the best of luck. We only hope the Tar Heels fare better against these Eagles than we did against the Boston College birds last year.

     
    • gonzologist 1:34 am on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Have to insert an addendum here: N.C. Central’s Joshua Worthy is, in fact, the nephew of Tar Heel and NBA legend James Worthy.

  • hiphopobserver 3:45 pm on November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Dick Vitale not questioning the Tar Heels 

    This is from Dicky V’s 10 questions of the season. At number 6, your Carolina Tar Heels:

    6. Staying in the ACC, how will North Carolina fare after losing Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington and Danny Green? Roy Williams is a Hall of Fame coach, and his team has the talent to be a co-favorite in the league. Tyler Zeller and Marcus Ginyard are back healthy. Deon Thompson and Ed Davis can be tough up front. An excellent class has come in, so this team has the ammunition to be a top-10 team.

    Word.

     
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