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  • gonzologist 5:36 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , national championship, Pat Forde,   

    Pat Forde ranks 2005 Tar Heels “Best Champions of the Decade” 

    In his first “Minutes” column of the 2009-10 season, Pat Forde took a retrospective look at the past decade in college basketball.

    “Roy Williams, Gary Williams and Jim Boeheim were ringless. And hearing about it. Mike Krzyzewski was toying with North Carolina and seemingly would forever.”

    Oh how sweet it is to see the changes that have traken place between UNC and the Dookies since 2000. Forde also ranks the “Best Champions” of the decade, with the ’05 Tar Heels taking the number one spot, and the ’09 team taking 3rd place honors, with Florida’s ’07 team at number two, mostly due to the fact that it was a repeat (don’t forget, their Final Four matchup that year was George Mason. I get a stomachache just mentioning that horrible postseason). No doubt that the ACC was the best conference this decade. The “Best Team Not to Win a Title” was Illinois in ’05, which was a powerhouse of a team that just couldn’t hang with the All Star Tar Heels of ’05. Also an entertaining choice: “Worst Title Game” goes to last year’s game at Ford Field.

    Do you have this framed, yet?

    Blowout. Love it.

     
    • Lulu 8:46 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Ni-i-i-i-ice!

      • shwineka 11:28 am on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I think also worthy of noting, in Forde’s Top 10 College Teams of all time, UNC is ranked No. 2, after the almost inarguable UCLA, but BEFORE, yes BEFORE Kentucky, who has more national championships than UNC. I guess when you have more NCAA wins and more Final Fours than any other team it means something. Suck it, Wildcats.

  • shwineka 1:22 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Friday the 13th, , , , national championship, , Research Triangle, , ,   

    Harrison Barnes Still Undecided 

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    Apparently as of yesterday, Harrison Barnes was still undecided as to which college he will attend next year. The No. 1 recruit in the class of 2010 even said that all six schools on his short list (North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, Iowa State, UCLA and Oklahoma) were still in the running, giving his hometown Iowa State a fading bright spot.

    I don’t buy that. It’s been pretty well-documented that Barnes is likely down to two schools in the Research Triangle Area. What’s that, Kansas and Oklahoma? Never heard of the Triangle? That’s OK, it’s an area right on the border of YOUR two states. Promise.

    If he’s still undecided, which might not be true if he’s just being PC, I’m obviously hoping he’s leaning heavily in the direction of Chapel Hill. His arrival on either campus could have national championship implications in 2011, and I don’t know if my brain could handle another one in Durham.

    Let’s hope this Friday the 13th is our lucky charm.

     
    • hiphopobserver 2:08 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Barnes will be announcing his decision live on ESPNU Friday at 4 pm – http://blogs.newsobserver.com/accnow/tv-for-barnes-announcement

      • shwineka 2:16 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I believe that’s 4 p.m. Central, 5 p.m. Eastern for us folks in ACC country

        • gonzologist 3:50 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink

          I’ve seen on several sources that the announcement is coming at 3:10 pm on Friday, which would be 4pm on the east coast. Also, the announcement has been opened up to the public, which some people are reading as an indication that he’s staying in Iowa, as ESPNU wouldn’t want to broadcast a bunch of people booing Barnes decision to come to UNC, baby! I don’t know if I would read that far into it, and I’ll be tuned in for sure.

        • shwineka 3:53 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink

          Confirmed. I’ve now seen East Coast papers say 4 p.m., whereas before I was reading an Iowa paper that said “starting at 3:10” and assumed it would be at 4 Central.

          Opening to the public because he’s staying home? That does seem possible. Honestly though, as long as it’s not Duke, I’m cool with it.

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