QT's last time on the Carolina blue court.
7:59 PM: Those of us in the Raleigh area just caught the tail end of a WRAL special on the 1983 NCAA Championship team which might be as close as NCSU will get to a national title in the foreseeable future.
8:04 PM: Those of us in Raleigh are also in the midst of some severe weather in the area and WRAL is famous infamous for interrupting whatever programming is on to talk about what the doppler radar is showing. They tend to drag these break ins out to well beyond the point of providing just what is useful.
8:06 PM: Split screen now, so small I can hardly make it out and no sound. Thanks WRAL...you know a crawl on the bottom of the screen tells me the same thing!
8:07 PM: So they drop the split screen, end the newscast and go to a commercial! What the heck is wrong with these people!
8:08 PM: Surry Wood scores the first basket?
8:09 PM: Looks like the Heels got themselves smacked in the mouth to start the game but a 7-0 run ties it up.
8:10 PM: Surry Wood is on fire!
8:11 PM: 1st TV timeout of the 1st half which seemed quick because I missed most of listening to Greg Fishel talking about the direction of winds at the upper level of some storm cloud. FSU 10 UNC 9 and only because Surry Wood came to play.
8:13 PM: Deon Thompson comes in for Surry Wood and commits an offensive foul.
8:14 PM: Lawson comes in.
8:15 PM: Wow...VT is up 20 on Wake...of course in this league no lead is safe.
8:16 PM: Heels a little out of sync, five turnovers to start the game.
8:17 PM: Whoa...very bad miss by Ellington but good news is Lawson looked very good running the break that time.
8:18 PM: Why is Hansbrough sitting so long here? Is Roy trying to give Stepheson and Thompson experience?
8:19 PM: 2nd TV timeout. UNC 14 FSU 10. There was a discussion on the ACC update post about UNC fans worrying despite how good this team is and the first eight minutes of this game demonstrates why we still worry.
8:23 PM: Nice alley-oop from Lawson!!!! Way to go get it Danny!
8:24 PM: Reid getting mixed up with Hansbrough. That will not end well for you Ryan.
8:25 PM: How you like them apples Reid? UNC needs to get the offense cooking.
8:27 PM: Roy seems to want to rest Hansbrough more in the 1st half. I guess he would rather have him all of the 2nd half so he rests him more in the first. And QT picks up two quick fouls, the last was just was not a smart play.
8:29 PM: Heels take the lead at 17-16.
8:30 PM: FSU hits a three then beats UNC down for a dunk. Roy is six kinds of pissed I am sure.
8:31 PM: 3rd TV timeout. FSU 21 UNC 19. Well so much for playing Lawson on limited minutes. QT has three fouls. FSU is dictating to UNC not vice versa and I am more than a little disturbed at the lack of intensity on the part of the Heels in this game. That along with the turnovers is making this a difficult game.
8:35 PM: Lawson looks as though the confidence is there but he is not quite up to full speed.
8:37 PM: Ellington has come out cold in this game but that does not mean he won't catch fire in the 2nd half.
8:41 PM: Lawson hits the three, UNC goes up three and the crowd comes to life.
8:42 PM: Final TV timeout. UNC up one. Again, FSU is dictating the game and UNC is playing porous defense in the halfcourt.
8:45 PM: Another Tyler Hansbrough-Dave Cowens comparison. This must be a Raycom/FSN talking point.
8:46 PM: Need a key three. Call 1-800-GREEN14
8:48 PM: How is that a double foul? When is the ACC going to deal with FSU and their thuggery?
8:49 PM: Greg Fishel on again to tell use a tornado might be touching down in the middle of nowhere.
8:51 PM: Another three by Green I think, I can't say for sure because WRAL cuts the game off to tell us they are going back to the game.
8:52 PM: This has been an ugly half. Now Lawson with ice on the hip.
8:54 PM: Too many fouls in this game. Lot of Seminoles with two fouls. Could be key in the 2nd half.
Hafltime. UNC 44 FSU 32. Ugly basketball and if I hear Billy Packer say one more time how Lawson is not 100% I am going to lose it. Lawson headed to the locker room early which means less than Packer is probably ascribing to it. UNC is a 2nd half team and with a 12 point lead they should go ahead and crush the Noles.
9:13 PM: 2nd half opens up. FSU scores and Hansbrough seems off in this game.
9:15 PM: Thanks for the bail out foul Mims! I have to wonder why it takes Ellington half a game to get started.
9:16 PM: I am becoming convinced that flat blowing out FSU is tall order since they are willing to pull the ball out down 10.
9:18 PM: That was a shot clock violation. i am not sure he got the ball off in time which is what Roy was complaining about before he blacked out.
9:24 PM: Wayward children not staying in bed had me missing a few minutes here.
9:25 PM: Foul? Ya think?
9:26 PM: Two rare items here. One, Hansbrough got in the air on the ball fake. Two, three fouls on Hansbrough though one of them was totally bogus and UNC is footing around too much here for my taste.
9:27 PM: Is it too much to hope for FSU to be down to four players at game's end like Clemson did ten years ago?
9:28 PM: 2nd TV timeout. Lawson seems to need a half to get the ankle warmed up though I thought he was decent in the first half. FSU keeps hanging around and the refs are starting to calls fouls on the interior which could lead to a serious advantage for the Heels as the game moves on. UNC by 10.
9:32 PM: Well darn. Ginyard has four fouls. This is just a rough and forgettable game for UNC. Heels need to get a good run, get this out to 15 plus and get ready for Duke.
9:33 PM: Will Graves has his moments and is starting to show that Danny Green inclination to hit a three when needed. Graves runs the lead back out to nine and Leonard Hamilton wants to further instruct his players in the ways of ugly basketball.
9:37 PM: Had Greg Fishel not been on I would know more about how this lead got to 13.
9:38 PM: This period of less speed might actually help Lawson find his jumper a little more so when he does get back to 100% he will have two dimensions to his offensive game.
9:40 PM: Reid needs to foul out. Justice demands Reid foul out of this game.
9:41 PM: 3rd TV timeout. Heels by 14.
9:45 PM: FSU does not look like they are in much of a hurry to get back in this one.
9:48 PM: Hansbrough can flat out run the floor. I love watching him on the breakaway dunks.
9:50 PM: Have I mentioned how ugly this game has been?
9:51 PM: Wait a minute. Lawson and QT in the game at the same time? Preview of Saturday night?
9:52 PM: Final TV timeout. Heels up 17 and FSU not showing any urgency to get back in it. QT with a couple of nice drives there.
9:58 PM: Ginyard has fouled out. Not sure when the last time that happened was.
9:59 PM: Thomas with the dunk down the lane which probably should have garnered a technical foul but the refs were nice about it.
10:01 PM: Well QT has fouled out which will give him his standing ovation.
10:02 PM: Surry Wood gets his ovation. And why the heck is Greg Little still playing? Spring football has started. Get out of here man!
10:03 PM: Hey Toney Douglas. Under a minute now and I am still waiting to be shocked.
Heels win 90-77.