I will be delayed getting this rolling since I have been called out to reboot some servers at work. I will pick up as soon as I get home. At present UVa is leading VT with under four minutes left, if that holds UNC is playing to take one step close to being the #1 seed for the ACC Tournament. More after the jump, as soon as I can get home.
8:57 PM Barring a collapse UVa is going to send VT down to third place in the ACC. UNC needs to win tonight and Sunday to win the regular season via the tiebreaker over Virginia, assuming UVa wins their final game.
9:34 PM: First of all..I have no idea why Roy had Lawson and Ginyard so far down the bench they could play rock, paper, scissors with Dewey Burke. Secondly, is this a repeat of the VT game. Good start followed by the other team scoring at will while the Heels fall behind?
9:36 PM: Down 12 with 7:30 left in the half. There is a serious need to get this down before halftime.
9:37 PM: No rebounding.
9:38 PM: UVa has given UNC a gift and like most opportunities this season, UNC looks like they want to squander it.
9:39 PM: Of course we can hope it is like the game with GT last season where the Heels rallied from down in the second half to win. This GT is better than that one though.
9:41 PM: I got nothing.
9:43 PM: I am wondering if these guys understand that if they lose this game it drops them to 3rd and if they lose to Duke and tie with Maryland it could drop them to fifth.
9:44 PM: GT cannot miss. We can only hope they wear down and cool off in the second half or this is going to be a long night.
9:46 PM: No rebounding, no discernible defense to speak of. This is really a repeat of the first VT game. All the talk these guys engage in about pulling it together and it looks like it is just that...talk.
9:48 PM: GRAB A REBOUND!!! HOLY COW THEY GOT SIX CHANCES AT THAT.
9:49 PM: Wright hits two free throws...Don't ask where that was on Sunday.
9:50 PM: Some stops here and maybe we can cut this down to a reasonable point before the half.
9:51 PM: Now it looks like the game has shifted a bit. It helps that GT has gotten sloppy.
9:52 PM: UNC down seven with 1:40 to go.
9:53 PM: Nice defensive adjustment by Roy. GT is a bit flustered and UNC has now cut it to six.
9:54 PM: Wow nice play for Ellington to bat the ball to Hansbrough.
9:55 PM: All things considered not bad to be down seven. Billy Packer is making much ado about UNC dropping into a 1-3-1 zone and that slowing down GT. I actually think keeping Lawson out there so Javaris Critteton stops eating Bobby Frasor alive is an important aspect.
10:03 PM: Four Yellow Jackets with 2 fouls. That might be an issue then again given ACC refs' tendency to call the game differently from one half to the next I wouldn't hold my breath on that.
10:12 PM: You would think at some point they would start missing those three. UNC is shooting the ball well but the defense needs multiple stops to get back into the lead.
10:15 PM: How do they keep getting layups...wide open layups in a zone defense. Wright is horrible on defense.
10:16 PM: GT timeout. The defense seems to be better except for those lapses on the interior which have led to layups.
10:20 PM: UNC traps out the timeout and gets a turnover. Now the FT shooting has not been really bad like the other night but it seems to be most of what we are getting so we need to be as good as we can be.
10:21 PM: The number of offensive rebounds being given up by UNC is horrific and now UNC turns it over down 10. I wish I could feel decent about this game like being down 10 to Duke but you got the feeling with Duke they would wear down, GT does not appear to be a team that will wear down. The five minutes will be telling.
10:25 PM: I will give Ellington this...he has been the answer on the offensive end...but GT cannot miss a three.
10:26 PM: Critteton and Young both out with cramps.
10:27 PM: UNC outrebounded 22-13 so far. 10-5 on the offensive board. Down 13 points with 13 mins left. GT missing two key players and the fouls are mounting a bit. UNC needs a run, not necessarily an all at once deal but something like 8-0 to get it within two possessions.
10:29 PM: Frasor in since Critteton.
10:30 PM: No hope if GT keeps hitting three. 14 point lead now. I am afraid this game is over.
10:31 PM: I am wondering why Raycom opts for that huge scoreboard at the bottom of the screen.
10:32 PM: Someone needs to tell Ellington that shooting from 19 feet are bad shots. 19 feet 9 inches is better.
10:36 PM: UNC needs a run and they cannot get one. You usually do not reel off 13-0 runs in a game like this so they need a small run followed by another one.
10:37 PM: Packer thinks Hansbrough is working the officials. Doesn't matter because his FT shooting has suddenly become suspect.
10:40 PM: Geez...take advantage of the opportunities! Chance to cut it to eight...give up the off rebound to go down 10 and now throw the ball away. This game is horrible in every way.
10:42 PM: This game is over. UNC is incapable of stringing together enough good plays to get back into it.
10:43 PM: Sorry if I am overtly pessimistic but I just have seen very little here to make me believe they are capable of turning this game around. Yes they have the ball back down 10 with seven minutes to go, but it is just does not seem like they can put things together long enough to climb the mountain.
10:46 PM: Nice play by Green. I think if there is going to be a run, it starts now
10:47 PM: It would help immensely if in the process of being a fast break team, you actually finish the break with a score.
10:48 PM: Wow. GT was sleeping there. UNC down seven with 5 mins to go.
10:50 PM: Here is the question. Why can't they play defense like this all game? UNC is a lot like I was in college. I did just enough to pull a 3.0 and that was it. I put in the intense effort the night before the paper was due. This is how UNC plays. They do just enough and when it comes down to the brass tacks they ratchet it up but to me it comes a little too late most times.
10:52 PM: Bad foul, under 10 seconds on the shot clock. UNC down seven.
10:54 PM: Part of what helps here is GT is content to milk clock and is not attacking offensively. At the same time it is harder to attack when all of those looks UNC was giving them have somehow disappeared because they are playing in the face defense. If I were Roy I would tell them if they were not in someone's face every play they would sit.
10:55 PM: The inability to finish around the basket is troublesome. They needed that basket from Wright to get it back to five and they end up wasting 30 seconds of clock playing defense.
10:57 PM: No execution. I am resigned at this point.
10:58 PM: With this little time left you have to score every time down and then get stops every time down. The former is not happening.
10:59 PM: Must score situation with 2 mins to go.
11:00 PM: Dickey fouls out. Hansbrough needs both of these. Scoring with the clock stopped is important.
11:01 PM: UNC down four. Need a stop here.
11:02 PM: How many freaking times are we going to bail them out with the shot clock under 10 seconds.
11:03 PM: We cannot score when we need to. Bottom line. You have to make the plays. You have to get stops and UNC has done neither.
11:05 PM: GT players fouling out a bit too late.
11:08 PM: No excuse for this.
11:13 PM: Well, so glad we could give yet another opposing fan base a huge night to celebrate. This makes the fourth time we have created a midcourt mob on the road.