#1 UNC vs. #5 Duke Live Blog

No pressure, dude. No pressure at all…

No speedos. For the love of God, no speedos.

9:01 pm: A very touching moment of silence for Eve Carson.

9:02 pm: No speedos. For the love of God, no speedos.

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9:03 pm: Quentin Thomas will start tonight ahead of Ty Lawson.

9:06 pm: 3-0, Duke. 20 seconds in and already Duke hits an open three. Did Carolina learn nothing from their last matchup?

9:07 pm: 4-3, UNC. Ellington and Hansbrough each hit tough baskets, and Carolina takes the early lead.

9:08 pm: Q!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! gets a block on Lance Thomas.

6-3, UNC. That may have been goaltending on Thompson, but we’ll take it.

9:10 pm: Lawson comes in and immediately makes a great assist to Green.

Carolina is also honoring Eve Carson with black “EVE” patches on their right shoulder. Everyone in the stadium is wearing a light blue ribbon in her honor as well.

9:11 pm: 10-5, UNC. Scheyer with the basket, but he doesn’t get back on defense. Ginyard makes him pay with a huge dunk.

First TV timeout. A nice pace, if a bit inconsistent, and the speed favors Carolina right now.

9:15 pm: 10-7, UNC. Zoubek is in the game for Duke. We’ll see what kind of effect it has on Hansbrough.

9:17 pm: 10-9, UNC. Duke’s bench players seem to be playing better offense than the starters. The same might not be said of the defense, as Zoubek picks up two quick fouls.

9:18 pm: That was a cheap foul. Danny should know better.

This game is starting to get a little sloppy on both sides.

9:19 pm: Scheyerface is playing point. Cue the obligatory photoshop:

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13-9, UNC. Green hits the three off the Ginyard assist.

9:24 pm: Taylor King is left WIDE OPEN for three. Fortunately for us, he misses. Duke’s been pretty cold from the perimeter so far this game.

9:25 pm: The line so far: The two teams are a combined 10-35 shooting. Ugh.

9:27 pm: The exact opposite of Ugh: Only 2 turnovers for Carolina. Green hits another shot to make it 17-9, UNC.

9:28 pm: 20-9, UNC. Q saves a bad pass, and Green is open for three again! Carolina brings the lead to double digits.

9:30 pm: 22-11, UNC. Hansbrough scores inside. Kyle Singler had no chance.

24-11, UNC. There’s the Ty Lawson we know and love.

9:31 pm: 24-13, UNC. I think Scheyer makes a face even when he shoots free throws.

9:35 pm: 24-15, UNC. Henderson may be only Dukie playing well thus far in the game.

9:36 pm: Uh-oh…Speedo guy. I liked the old Speedo guy better.

9:38 pm: 27-15, UNC. Hansbrough gets another offensive rebound, and he scores on the putback.

9:41 pm: 29-18, UNC. Paulus hits the three with a hand in his face. I wonder why he hasn’t been getting the ball in the perimeter.

9:42 pm: 29-21, UNC. NO!!! You can’t leave Paulus open like that!

9:44 pm: 31-23, UNC. Danny Green stops the bleeding, but the Cameron Crazies are back in this game.

9:45 38-26, UNC. The Carolina fastbreak. Or for Duke fans: the buzzkill to end all buzzkills.

9:50 pm: 40-31, UNC. It’s a bad sign for your defense when you know your opponent’s shot is going in before he even catches the pass.

9:52 pm: 42-31, UNC. Ty Lawson gets an easy layup inside off a nice pass.

9:53 pm: That’s the end of the first half, and Carolina leads 42-31. The Tar Heels have had a good game on defense, forcing Duke’s lowest-scoring first half this season. Carolina can win the way they have been playing thus far, provided three extra factors: 1) they don’t go cold from the line, 2) Duke doesn’t storm out of the locker room (a very strong possibly), and 3) the defense doesn’t let Greg Paulus continue to light it up from beyond the arc.

10:11 pm: As the second half begins, it appears that Duke is outhustling Carolina in the opening possession. Duke had more offensive rebounds in one possession than in the entire first half.

10:12 pm: 44-35, UNC. I don’t care who’s driving inside, and if they’re about to dunk. NO ONE can be left open on the perimeter.

10:14 pm: 44-37, UNC. Carolina has seven blocks in this game, but I have yet to see them box out effectively in the second half. Duke is outhustling us to every rebound.

10:15 pm: 46-37, UNC. Another game, another double-double for Hansbrough.

46-40, UNC. Paulus can’t miss right now!

10:16 pm: 46-42, UNC. For God’s sake, Carolina, FIGHT FOR A REBOUND!

10:18 pm: 51-44, UNC. Ellington hits a three to help quiet the crowd.

51-46, UNC. It;s a tale of two halves so far. Duke is playing like their lives depend on it this hald, while Carolina has looked mostly flat. Zoubek is consistently outhustling Hansbrough on the boards.

10:22 pm: 53-48, UNC. Ty Lawson is the only Carolina player who seems to be playing with any sense of urgency right now.

10:23 pm: 55-48, UNC. Ellington with a nice jumper.

10:25 pm: WARNING: Side effects of Cameron Indoor Stadium include gayness. Exhibit A: Dick Vitale.

10:26 pm: 57-54, UNC. Lawson has been key in the second half, but I have yet to see Hansbrough make a difference since he came out of the locker room. Meanwhile, Scheyer hits his first three of the game. Cue the Scheyerface:

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10:31 pm: Hansbrough needs to get to the line in the second half.

DANNY GREEN, WHAT KIND OF A PASS WAS THAT!

10:32 pm: Carolina is committing the two worst acts of fundamental offensive basketball right now. First, they are taking rushed, low-percentage shots. Second, they are not getting in the paint fighting for rebounds. Most importantly however, I have yet to see Hansbrough get a meaningful touch in the second half, and we’re more than halfway through.

10:34 pm: 57-57. For the last time, STOP FALLING FOR THE KICKOUT!!!

10:35 pm: 60-60. Do my eyes deceive me? did Quentin Thomas just hit a three pointer? WHOOOOO!

10:36 pm: 62-62. Hansborugh finally gets a basket, but Lance Thomas answers on the other end.

10:37 pm: Hansbrough now stands at 1,999 points for his career. One more and he will be the first player in school history to score 2,000 points before his senior year.

10:39 pm: 66-64, UNC. Alex Stepheson get the tip-in.

This is the back-and-forth game we expected to see.

10:40 pm: 66-66. How did Ellington’s shot not go in?

Q…control thyself.

10:44 pm: 68-66, Duke. No…Scheyer for the lead!

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10:46 pm: 68-66, Duke, 3:36 left. Less than four minutes left to decide the ACC regular season championship, and the difference is two points. Carolina will have the ball. It doesn’t more nerve-racking than this.

68-68, 3:00 left. Ellington ties the game.

70-68, 1:58 left. Carolina takes back the lead thanks on an offensive rebound and putback by–guess who?–Tyler Hansbrough. With that shot he eclipses the 2,000 point mark for his career.

1:48 left. Paulus finally misses, and it’s Carolina basketball.

72-68, 1:25 left. Lawson hits his free throws.

1:07 left. Duke gets the ball after a UNC turnover.

44.2 left. Lawson steals the ball, Green scores off the tip, and Carolina leads 74-68. The Heels have stepped up big in final minutes, and time is running out for the Dukies.

22.7 left, 76-68, UNC. Carolina gets the ball, Duke doesn’t foul and Green gets the HUGE dunk! My rational side says it may be impossible for Duke to comeback now. My irrational side says ITS OVER! ITS OVER!!! ITS OOOOOOOOOOOOVEEERRRRRRRRRR!!!

FINAL: 76-68, UNC. CAROLINA IS THE ACC CHAMPION!!!

It’s actually an extraordinary win considering the Hansbrough shot zero free throws tonight. Give tremendous credit to the Carolina backcourt who came up big after a lackluster performance in the first Duke game. Ellington, Lawson, Thomas, Ginyard and Green made the big plays when they absolutely needed to make them, and Duke missed their last eleven shots when they mattered most. But it’s worth repeating…congratulations to UNC on the ACC regular season championship.

 

 

 

 

Goodbye, Josh McRoberts!

We’re going to miss your flopping and inside turnovers, as you venture into the NBA.

Seriously, McRoberts has talent, but for him to succeed he’s going to need an attitude adjustment. I, for one, am not counting on it based on this video evidence.

UNC vs. Duke Women Live Blog: Goestenkorsopolis Is a City of Lies

Today is a double dip for the Tar Heels. First the Women play their regular season finale against the Dookies in Cameron Indoor at 4:00. Then the UNC men play the Maryland Terrapins in College Park at 5:30. I have to somehow find a way to cover them both. Meanwhile, the Extrapolater is covering Wisconsin-Ohio State at Digital Headbutt. In the first matchup, Alison Bales and Elrana Larkins canceled each other out, and the game was decided in the backcourt. Harding and Waner had great games for Duke, while Ivory Latta may have had the worst game of her career, shooting 3-20, including 0-11 from three. She and Larkins will need to be effective if the Heels want to win this game. It’s a big day in college basketball, so enjoy.

4:04 pm: 3-0, Dook. Harding draws first blood with a three from the top of the key. UNC needs to box out better, that opportunity happened because of Dook’s lowpost presence.

4:05 pm: 5-0, Dook. Alison Bales shows her range with a nice midrange jumper.

4:06 pm: 5-2, Dook. UNC finally gets on the board as Larkins hits a basket off an offensive rebound. We need her to dominate the offensive glass for us to win.

4:07 pm: 5-4, Dook. Latta hits a nice jumpshot to reduce the lead to two.

This Cameron Indoor crowd is almost as intimidating as during a men’s game. I have to give them a lot of credit for that.

4:08 pm: 7-4, Dook. Dook scores easily again to bring the lead back up to three. What’s worse is that Larkins makes a nice move and misses an easy layup on the following possession. We simply cannot afford to miss those kinds of opportunities against such a defensively sound opponent.

4:13 pm: 9-7, Dook. Harding steals the ball and drives for an easy layup, but Camille Little hits a three to reduce the deficit to two. She’s usually in the post, so she was left wide open.

4:14 pm: 12-7, Dook. Alison Bales hits a three. Her versatility is unbelievable. I can;t believe i’m complementing a Dookie.

Big trouble for the Tar Heels: Larkins seems to have injured her ankle. UNC cannot afford to have her out long.

4:16 pm: 14-7, Dook. UNC commits their fourth turnover already, and it leads to a nice floater by Harding. How is allowed to be that open?

4:17 pm: 14-9, Dook. The good news: UNC hits another ourside shot. The bad news: She forced a turnover on the next possession, drove into the lane, and missed her layup.

4:19 pm: 16-9, Dook. Wow. Alison Bales can block our shots without even jumping.

Jessica Breland steals the ball and gets an easy basket inside to make it 16-11, Dook.

4:20 pm: Interesting story: my siser and I were at Carmichael Auditorium to pay our last respects to Latta and Camille Little at their home finale against Wake. We blew them out, but what was fun for me was that we ended up sitting next to Jessica Breland’s entire family. Wake is at the bottom of the ACC barrel, so Breland, a bench player, got significant playing time and ended up scoring a season high 14 points. They were completely ecstatic. I had a lot of fun watching their reaction. Every time she had the ball her mom said “Shoot it!”, and eventually I got into it and started rooting for Jessica specifically.

4:24 pm: 16-15, Dook. UNC definitely has the momentum now. Larkins is back in the game after the TV timeout, UNC score two straight baskets (the latest by Larkins), and the Heels are really starting to force turnovers defensively.

4:26 pm: 18-16, UNC. WHOOOOOO!!! Latta hits a three to give the Heels their first lead of the game. But she got hit hard by a Bales screen and may miss time.

4:27 pm: 20-18, Dook. The Devils take the lead thanks to UNC not bothering to box out. If Duke gets three straight chances, they’re going to score.

4:28 pm: 20-20. Good news: Latta didn’t miss any minutes. Better news: Larkins just tied the game.

4:34 pm: 22-21, UNC. UNc gains the lead, but can;t extend it despite 4 opportunities in the paint. Dook makes them pay and takes the lead.

4:35 pm: 23-22, Dook. What?!? A travel? THAT WAS A FOUL!

4:36 pm: 26-22, Dook. I have to say, UNC is playing a lot better in this game than the first matchup at Carmichael. But it looks like the same things are starting to happen. Latta is starting to take ridiculous shots, and Abby Waner is starting to make it rain like Pacman Jones.

4:38 pm: 26-24, Dook. UNC reduces the deficit to two, as Rashad…er, Rashanda McCants finally gets on the board.

4:40 pm: 28-24, Dook. The reason Dook is winning is because they have 13 second chance points to 4 for UNC. If not for them, the Heels have a 5 point lead.

4:41 pm: 28-28, Dook. Wait a minute…since when does Rashanda play out of her mind? Surely this must be Rashad changing places with her in drag. Which is understandable, because the Timberwolves only play him 3 minutes a game anyway.

4:47 pm: 35-28, Dook. What the hell just happened? Dook seemed to have just opened the floodgates. UNC is simply not getting their rebounds.

4:48 pm: 35-30, Dook. UNC stops the the momentum with a great assist from Latta to Larkins.

4:49 pm: the half ends, Dook leading 35-30. The scoreboard is eerily similar to the last matchup, and Latta’s performance is similar (7 points, 2-9 shooting). But this game seems to be going at a much faster pace. UNC needs to hit the shots that the Dookies are allowing them. Right now that’s the 10-15 foot jumpers. If they can hit those and outrebound the Devils in the second half, they have a very good chance of winning.

5:06 pm: 35-32, Dook. Larkins scores the first points of the second half for the Tar Heels.

It’s nice to see at least a decent UNC constituency in the stands.

5:07 pm: 35-34, Dook. Larkins gets another shot (she now has 12), but butmore importantly the second half has begun very sloppy. In fact, this game ahs been pretty sloppy since midway in the first half.

5:09 pm: 37-34, Dook. Bales is left all alone in the middle and gets an easy layup.

5:10 pm: 40-36, Dook. Wainisha Smith hits a three to extend the lead to 4. She led the Dookies with 17 in the last matchup.

5:11 pm: 42-38, Dook. Smith hits another outside shot, and Latte gets her first points in the half from the one place her shots are uncontested: the free throw line. The Devils’ defense has been more tenacious than a trial lawyer.

5:15 pm: 42-42. One of the UNC forwards (I think it’s Pringle) makes a great left-handed layup, and then Larkins drives right past Bales to tie the game.

5:17 pm: 45-42, Dook. Just when the Tar Heels get the momentum, Lindsey Harding gets three the hard way to swing the pendulum right back.

5:19 pm: 46-44, Dook. Jessica Breland’s mom: “Oh my God! Yeah! Whoooo! That’s my baby! That’s my baby!”

5:21 pm: 51-46, Dook. There is no excuse for Abby Waner to be that open on the perimeter.

5:22 pm: 51-49, Dook. UNC steals the ball, and Latta gets an easy layup.

The UNC men play the Terps in ten minutes. I still don’t know how I’m going to pull this off.

5:26 pm: 51-51. Latta drives the lane and ties the game with a tough layup over the trees. She’s really heating up in the second half. More importantly, she’s making better decisions.

5:29 pm: 52-51, Dook. Wow. Lindsey Harding is missing her free throws. She must be getting really tired.

5:30 pm: 53-52, UNC. Yes! Larkins makes a nice shot in the paint, and takes the lead for the first time in a while.

5:32 pm: 53-53. This game has been really intense. Both teams must be spent at this point. Their effort certainly has not wavered.

5:33 pm: 55-53, Dook. The other Waner sister robs Ivory blind, and gets an easy layup on the under end. NOOOOOOOO!!!

5:37 pm: 56-55, UNC. Camille Little hits a huge three to give the lead back to the Tar Heels. She was able to make that shot because of great perimeter passing.

5:38 pm: 56-55, UNC. How does Larkins miss those shots? They were point-blank! She’s been on fire today! Why did they not go in?!?

5:43 pm: 57-56, Dook. The Devils get the lead back. Don’t ask me how, I was watching the start of the men’s game. My suggestion is, watch the women’s game until it’s over. I’ll still try to double dip. Boy, that sounds weird, doesn’t it?

5:45 pm: 59-56, Dook. Abby Waner hits a nice shot to extend the lead to 3. More importantly, UNC can’t buy a decent shot attempt right now.

5:50 pm: 61-56, Dook, 2:50 left. Dook has done an unbelievable job on defense today. UNC hasn’t gotten any chances in the last five minutes. They must solve this problem quickly, as time is now a factor and the Dook band, in all their arrogance, is now playing salsa.

5:54 pm: If the Dookies were able to make their free throws, this game would be over. It’s not looking good for UNC. They have not hit a shot since there were eight minutes left in the game.

5:56 pm: 62-56, Dook, 1:03 left. It looks like the Heels have simply run out of gas.

5:59 pm: 64-58, Dook, :53 left. Latta hits two free throws, but this is their first points in 6:52. You simply cannot go clod like that late in the second half in a close game and expect to win.

6:03 pm: 66-60, Dook, :14 left. UNC gets its first basket in over seven minutes, but Dook is salting it away at the free throw line.

6:06 pm: The game goes final: The Dookies win, 68-62. Duke is the first team in ACC history to go undefeated in women’s basketball. Combine howw good this team is with the very real pssobility of playing all of their regional games in Raleigh and Grrensboro, they can pretty much punch their ticket to the final four at this point, barring something really bad happening. Congratulations, I hope Goestenkorsopolis is very, very cold tonight.

Dick Vitale Finally Loses His Mind

Well, we all knew this was going to happen eventually. Dickie V, in all his exuberance, was clearly running out of brain cells, and his cranium finally went empty during last night’s Duke-Boston College broadcast, when he said: “It doesn’t matter if Mike Krzyzewski wins games. He’s a great humanitarian.” At that point his final brain cell committed seppuku, and two hours later, the following was caught on tape in his “hotel”.

ESPN plans on a brain transplant in time for Saturday night’s game between BC and the Tar Heels. Pray for the surgery’s success, the fate of college basketball rests on it. If not, ESPN will be forced to use Digger Phelps as their color commentator. Do you want to live in a world where Digger Phelps is trying to comment on Ty Lawson’s latest turnover while sniffing his highlighter and using his matching tie as a diaper? I don’t want to live in such a world, so you’d better hope Dickie V has a successful transplant.

Live Blog of UNC vs. Duke: Enough Said.

(Note: This is the Feb. 7, 2007 matchup between Duke and UNC. If you are looking for the March 4, 2007 matchup, click here.)

I don’t even need to tell you how big UNC vs. Duke is. It’s public vs. private, neighbor vs. neighbor, light vs. dark, good vs. evil, the entire state of North Carolina vs. The entire state of New Jersey plus a small enclave in Durham. This is gonna be huge. There’s only one problem: I live in Chapel Hill. Which isn’t a problem, because it’s blue heaven on earth. It’s just that the game will be on the local CBS affiliate, so I won’t be able to see it on ESPN, which means no Dick Vitale (who is the only person who can love UNC and Duke at the same time and get away with it, by the way). It will still be awesome, though.

Both teams will need to take care of the basket ball, play good defense, and crash the boards, but this will come down to two individual matchups:

  • Ty Lawson vs. Greg Paulus. The importance of the point guard will be magnified in this game. Lawson will try to speed the pace of the game, directly attack Paulus and get him into foul trouble. It will be Paulus’s job to prevent turnovers and slow the pace of the game to a screeching halt.
  • Brandan Wright vs. Brian Zoubek and Lance Thomas. McRoberts will be assigned to Hansbrough, and the rest of the Duke team is pretty small, so someone will need to step up and play against the likes of Wright, Thompson and Stepheson. Those people will be Brian Zoubek and Lance Thomas, neither of which average more than 16 minutes a game.

Let’s get it on!

9:05 pm: The game starts ominously. Dook wins the tip, UNC starts with an offensive foul, and Paulus draws first blood with a three. Brandan Wright scores on the other end off n offensive rebound. 3-2, Dook.

9:08 pm: Gerald Henderson scores for the Dookies, and Paulus follows to take a 7-2 lead.

9:09 pm: Danny Green gets an easy basket, but Jon Scheyer gets a three of his own to make it 10-4, Dook.

9:10 pm: Green gets another basket off a rebound, but Henderson hits another three to make it 13-6, Dook. Henderson is supposed to be Wayne’s Ellington’s friend and peer. So why has he only hit 4 trifectas coming into this game?

9:11 pm: Dook steals the ball and Scheyer finishes. 15-6, Dook. UNC need to attack more. The Dookies are acting, the Heels are reacting. This can’t continue.

9:14 pm: Thompson, Frasor, Stepheson and Ellington are in. They score two quick baskets, the last by Ellington. 15-10, Dook.

9:16 pm: Demarcus Nelson gets an easy basket on the other end to make it 17-10, Duke.

9:17 pm: Lawson tips in a basket to cut the lead to 5, but the Heels defense remains in a malaise and allows two straight baskets to make it 21-12, Dook. The Dookies have converted 75% of their FGs so far.

9:21 pm: This game is really starting to get intense. First Hansbrough fights among 4 Dookies for the ball and gets a cut on his forehead. Then Terry and Zoubek fight for a rebound and almost start a fight.

9:24 pm: I thought that Dook would try to slow the game down. instead they are playing UNC’s uptempo game and winning. It’s like, reverse psychology or something. Ginyard shoots free throws to make it 21-14, Dook.

9:26 pm: TAR! HEELS! TAR! HEELS! TAR! HEELS!…

9:27 pm: UNC’s defense finally wakes up, and Wright gets a huge dunk in transition. 21-16, Dook.

Henderson then gets a three point play against his friend Ellington.Terry hits a three to bring it down to 24-19 at the half’s halfway mark.

9:28 pm: UNC is finally running its transition well, and it shows. Psycho T gets a huge dunk against the mismatched David McClure. Seriously, what is McClure doing guarding Hansbrough?

9:29 pm: 26-21, Dook. Paulus is on fire. Lawson needs to stop him.

9:30 pm: Deon Thompson plays great defense. He just stopped two surefire baskets by the Dookies.

9:32 pm: Just as I praise him, he gets a technical. Ugh. 28-21, Dook.

9:33 pm: How does Scheyer keep getting open? Every time I see him, he’s taking a wide open shot. It’s a good thing his shots aren’t falling.

9:37 pm: Hansbrough gets a nice steal, but can’t convert on the offensive end. Since is Ginyard allowed to shoot the three?

Zoubek has played more in this game has his season average, and it’s not yet halftime.

9:39 pm: Psycho T gets a nice basket inside, and Lawson finally drives inside. 30-25, Dook. NUC is keeping it close, but keeping it close isn’t enough.

9:40 pm: Scheyer is open AGAIN! and he finally hits one. Ellington promptly follows with an airball. Neither big man for the Heels has touched the ball in a while.

9:42 pm: Scheyer gets a layup off a putback as the Heels forget that they’re playing basketball for a split second. 35-25, Dook. WTF?

9:45 pm: Wright finally gets the ball, and knows what to do with it. 35-27, Dook. Still unacceptable. The forwards need to get the ball more. The key to winning this game lies in Hansbrough and Wright. How can we win if they don’t get the ball? It’s not like we’re at home against Florida Atlantic.

9:47 pm: Again Wright gets the ball, and again it pays off. 37-29, Dook.

9:48 pm: Quentin Thomas is in the game for the Heels. Let’s see how he plays Paulus.

9:49 pm: Q immediately attacks the Dookies, and dishes it to Terry who hits a three. 37-32, Dook.

9:50 pm: Wayne Ellington is trying to do WAY too much by himself.

What, you’re pulling Q already? UNC looked really good when he was on the court! Why mess with that?

9:51 pm: Ginyard hits a floater in the paint at the end of the half. At the end of the first half, UNC trails the Dookies, 39-34. UNC was really beginning to play well at the end of the first half. There is still room for improvement, we need to see more of that. It seems that the initial shock of the game has worn off. However, it’s no excuse what has happened so far. They still aren’t crashing the boards well enough, and Scheyer is still getting way too many open looks. UNC needs to shut him down.

10:00 pm: SOCCER UPDATE (if you’re into that stuff): USA0, Mexico 0 (international friendly).

10:08 pm: The second half begins the same way the first half did: with Paulus hitting a two point shot. Wright follows with a dunk on the other end. 41-36, Dook.

10:09 pm: Scheyer is left open AGAIN and hits a three, and Henderson follows with a steal and dunk. Wright stops the bleeding, but it’s 46-38 for the Dookies. What is UNC doing?

10:12 pm: 48-38, Dook. UNC is not getting to the boards. At all. Hansbrough has yet ro record his first rebound.

10:13 pm: 50-40, Dook. Lawson finally takes advantage of a turnover, but Nelson is allowed to the basket again. Wright is playing absolutely no defense. Frasor and Ginyard are in the game, Wright is out after hitting 1 of 2 free throws.

10:15 pm: 50-41, Dook. How is Dook getting every rebound? How? How? HOW?!?!?!?!?!?

10:17 pm: No bizarre ads so far. That in itself is bizarre. So I’ll provide one for you.

10:19 pm: This is getting so bad, Terry just missed a dunk. Strange things, very strange things are afoot at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

10:21 pm: 50-43, Dook. Hansbrough draws McRoberts’ third foul. If the inside players are in foul trouble for Dook, UNC can come back very quickly.

10:23 pm: We need to really step up on defense. If Scheyer and Paulus keep getting open looks, we can’t win.

10:24 pm: Goaltending is called on Henderson, and the score is now 50-43, UNC.

Isn’t is surreal that this is the best college game of the year, and 7 of the 10 guys on the court playing the game are white guys? Count them: Paulus, McRoberts, Zoubek, Scheyer, Frasor, Wes Miller and Hansbrough.

10:29 pm: Uh-oh. Now Hansbrough picks up his third foul. Not good.

10:30 pm: McRoberts just picked up his fourth foul with 12 minutes still to play. If Duke holds on, Zoubek will be worshipped on campus for about a week.

10:32 pm: 50-47, Dook. Hansbrough takes immediate advantage of McRoberts’ absence.

10:34 pm: 52-50, Dook: Hansbrough is triple teamed, but he passes it to a wide open Wes Miller. McClure is hurt for Dook. UNC is now in position to take this game.

10:36 pm: Hansbrough ties the game with a nice jumper. 52-52. With nine minutes left, McRoberts is coming back in.

10:37 pm: 54-52, Dook. Scheyer gets another open shot.

10:38 pm: McDouche make three unbelievable defensive plays without fouling out. Insane.

10:39 pm: Wright ties the game, but Scheyer is left open yet again to make it 57-54, Dook. He has 22 now. It’s like the same white three point shooter at Duke is kept in spirit, it simply occupies the bodies of Mike Dunleavy, Christian Laettner and J.J. Redick, and must occupy a white shooting guard.

10:40 pm: SOCCER UPDATE: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLL! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLL! De Jimmy Conraaaaaaaaad! Un gran cabezazo de Jimmy Conrad despues del tiro de esquina, el arquero no pudo hacer nada, y los Estados Unidos estan ganando contra Mexico, uno a cerooohhh. Un golazo, Si! (Soccer is so much more exciting in Spanish, I think you agree.)
10:43 pm: Scheyer misses two free throws, and Terry gets an easy bucket on the other end. 58-56, Dook.
10:45 pm: Wright gets another good look, and this time his hookshot ties the game at 58-58.

10:46 pm: 60-60. UNC and Dook exchange blows by Lawson and Henderson.

10:47 pm: Henderson is called for goaltending again, and UNC now leads, 62-60 with five minutes left! WHOOOOOOOO!!

10:48 pm: Brendan Wright gets another basket to give UNC a 64-60 lead. If the Heels manage to extend the lead, Dook may not have the gas to catch up at this point.

10:50 pm: Henderson makes an unbelievable play in the paint to reduce the lead to 64-63, UNC. Nelson is now on the line with the chance to take the lead. I just had to open my trap, didn’t I?

10:54 pm: 64-63, UNC. Nelson misses his free throws.

Dude! There’s a UNC fan in the front row! How did that happen? Hansbrough hits a shot in the paint to make it 66-63, UNC. Terry travels on his next possession Where’s his head at?

10:56 pm: Dook turns the ball over, and Scheyer picks up his fourth foul. Wes Miller hits 1 of 2 free throws to make it 67-63, UNC.

10:57 pm: This is a really, really, really bad time for Tyler Hansbrough to lose his contact lens.

10:58 pm: OOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHH!!! OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHH!!! Lawson drives to the basket, gets the hoop AND the foul! 70-63, UNC! WHOOOOOO!!!!

11:00 pm: 70-66, UNC. AAAHHHH!!! What is Ty Lawson doing? Scheyer gets a basket again!

11:01 pm: 72-68, UNC. Lawson and McRoberts exchange baskets. McRoberts’ shot was after three attempts. There are 37 seconds left. Duke may need to foul. They do foul and Scheyer fouls out. This is huge, because now the Dookies don’t have their biggest perimeter threat. He made a valiant effort scoring 26 points and single-handedly keeping Duke in this game. Hansbrough hits hits free throws, and UNC now leads 74-68.

11:05 pm: How is McRoberts still in this game? How? How did he not foul out by now? Nelson gets the basket to make it 74-70, UNC.

11:07 pm: The dream pretty much ends as Hansbrough rejects Paulus’ shot and gets the ball back. He is fouled and hits his free throws to give UNC a 77-70 lead with 12.8 seconds left.

11:09 pm: 77-73, UNC. Nelson hits a three, but is it too little, too late? You have to give the Dookies credit; they haven’t quit yet.

11:12 pm: The game goes final: UNC WINS, 79-73! WHOOOOOOOOOO!!!! This is an awesome game, another instant classic from this rivalry. Duke gave us all we could ask and more in this game, and who knows? a couple of free throws here and there and this game goes the other way. UNC really had to dig themselves out of a hole, and I believe this is the first time this season that we have successfully recovered from a double-digit deficit to win a game (except maybe the Ohio State game). I think that if Duke was a deeper team, we would have lost this game. We made a great effort to win, but I think at some point Duke just ran out of gas. But that doesn’t make this victory any less awesome. WHOOOOOOOOO!!!! Bring on the party on Franklin Street!

So ends round 1 of the doubleheader. I’ll be at Carmichael Auditorium tomorrow night for round 2.

Oh, and one more thing…

11:30 pm: DON’T TELL US HOW TO CELEBRATE, WRAL CHANNEL 5 RALEIGH!!!