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  • shwineka 11:54 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Deja Vu: UNC Handles Michigan State 

    UNC 89, MSU 82

    Box Score

    It’s becoming a common thing. UNC plays Michigan State. UNC wins.

    The Heels have taken their last five meetings with the Spartans, and these aren’t just in the Big 10-ACC Challenge games. I recall an April day in 2005. A hot Spartan team was in the Final Four making some noise and ready to take down the No. 1-seeded Tar Heels. Or wait was that 2009?

    Anyway, for all the things that Tom Izzo does well, he can’t seem to figure out his Carolina conundrum. And honestly, who didn’t think Tuesday was going to be his night?

    A completely different UNC team showed up in the Smith Center than I’ve seen this year. The froshs and sophs played like upperclassmen right from the tip-off, with UNC jumping out to an early lead. It had to feel sickening for MSU fans, a horrible case of deja vu. Us DC-based Rafters bloggers sat with a decent contingent of UNC fans at Buffalo Billiards. A great idea emerged. Anyone not privileged enough to live in Chapel Hill, like our esteemed colleague Benn, should tweet us to meet up in the DC area for game viewings. We like to go out. If we go out anyway, we’ll make sure to say where we’re going.

    Hey, we might even put your picture on the internets.

    Before I get all hot and bothered thinking about tweet ups:

    Takeaways:

    • The recruiting class of 2008 came out of its shell. LD and Easy Ed both notched career highs in points (18 and 22 respectively). LD hit some clutch shots and had a 2-to-1 assist to turnover ratio in 27 minutes. Davis was his normal smooth self. You must watch this guy on Ustream sometime. Just follow him on twitter and he’ll notify when he’s getting on. If you want to know why we love him so much that will tell you everything.
    • If there’s only 5 seconds left in a half, who gets the rock? Answer: Dexter Strickland. Strickland hit his second buzzer beater of the year at the end of the first half, sinking a trey.
    • Will Graves is a starter, but he logs bench minutes. He’s getting about the same run time as Strickland, John Henson and Tyler Zeller. Gut tells me that once Roy is more comfortable with Henson or Strickland they’ll get the start. (And after last night I gotta be leaning towards Strickland)
    • Back to Dex. Strickland had zero turnovers while logging some significant minutes at point. And as Luke Winn reminds us, he is a converted shooting guard. Got to be happy with that.
    • Are the Wears twins? …………or clones? Travis – 2 pts, 3 rebs in 6 minutes; David – 2 pts, 2 rebs in 7 minutes

    Superlatives

    • Players of the Game: Larry Drew and Ed Davis –  see above
    • Lookin’ Fierce Award: Roy Williams
    • John Henson, if there was an award for throwing the ball between your legs to save it from going out, we’d give it to you. I don’t think even the Rafters has an award for that.
     
    • Zach Evans 12:46 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      With all due respect to Henson, maybe the award should be the “Don’t Save the Ball Underneath the Other Basket” Award. As impressive as it looked, it did lead to an easy MSU basket.

      I guess I’m just never satisfied.

  • shwineka 9:02 pm on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Belmont Abbey vs. UNC Exhibition Game Prices! 

    So us D.C.-based Rafters bloggers are sitting here debating whether or not to pay the $9.95 to watch the Belmont Abbey exhibition.

    It’s a dilemma.

    We have searched far and wide across the internet for a radio feed or some kind of video. None to be had. 1360 in Chapel Hill is broadcasting high school football online. High. School. Football. As the game has probably already started and NOW our $9.95 will be less worthy, we’ve decided to cry in our beers and read other people’s wrap ups. Go Heels! (even though we can’t figure out what you’re doing now)

     
    • Charlie 10:28 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I had the same dilemma, but was able to catch it on channelsurfing.net. This site has most of the games during the season, even when they are on espnu or fox sports south. My hometown radio station, http://www.1010wspc.com airs Woody Durham.

      • gonzologist 10:53 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the info, Charlie. Some of us here at The Rafters just had to purchase a certain satellite provider’s college basketball package in order to catch all the games. I’m glad that you’re keeping up with Woody. He’s still my favorite voice to hear during Tarheel games, and his Thursday night radio shows with Roy are classic.

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