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Quick analysis from UNC's escape in Charlotte

Posted on: March 20, 2011 2:34 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2011 4:09 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

CHARLOTTE -- We've got more controversy in regard to officiating. It was a dogfight, all the way down to the very end. North Carolina and Washington had the feel of an Elite Eight game, not a second-round pod matchup. Roy Williams' teams are often well-known for their offense, but on Sunday afternoon in Charlotte it was their defense that advanced the Tar Heels to the Sweet 16. North Carolina withstood a barrage of attempts by the Huskies to reclaim the lead that they lost in the final minutes of the second half. But possession after possession, the Tar Heels came up with either a turnover or defensive rebound to seal the victory.

After showing no fear the entire game, the Huskies looked overwhelmed in the final minute. With an 84-80 lead and the ball, Barnes worked the shot clock down before driving the lane and falling short on an attempt to ice the game. Terrence Ross got the rebound and quickly pushed the ball to Thomas. Thomas found Scott Suggs for three to bring the Huskies within one and take all of the air out of the arena.

Things only continued to surge as Kendall Marshall missed the front end of a one-and-one. Possessing the ball down one with 15 seconds left, things got strange.

Instead of putting the ball in the hands of Isaiah Thomas, the Huskies' giant-killer, Venoy Overton drove the lane and fell short on a layup. But the ball was knocked out of bounds on the Tar Heels, so Washington was still alive.

John Henson stands at a long 6-10. But guarding the inbounds pass with seven seconds left, he appeared 15 feet tall. Henson tipped the inbounds pass up in the air and Dexter Strickland recovered. After making both free throws, the Huskies had one last chance with five seconds left.

Once again, instead of getting the ball to Thomas, Overton took charge. He let a runner fly from around 35 feet to try and send the game into overtime. The attempt fell way short, but Henson (who had just supposedly saved the day) touched the ball before it went out of bounds. With .5 seconds, they finally put the ball back in Thomas' hands for three on the baseline, only Thomas had a foot inside the line. His attempt fell short, and speculation about whether Henson goaltended Thomas' shot bubbled up. Didn't matter though: the shot was a two-pointer.

Keep it here at CBSSports.com for more reaction from Charlotte, where the story has become more about another wild, controversial ending than the team that got the victory.

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Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: March 20, 2011 9:52 pm
 

Quick analysis from UNC's escape in Charlotte

Excellent point!  The higher the seed the less you have to travel.  It's a perk the higher seeds are awarded by the NCAA.  If you want a more favorable crowd (more like a home game) win more and get yourself a higher seed. 
As for the foul discrepency, please.  I remember in the second half they were talking about how Washington was in the bonus and they had fouls to give before putting North Carolina in the bonus.  They chose to foul in the end and that led to the big discepency along with the fact that Carolina was pounding inside everytime down the court.  And really it almost worked for Washington.  Carolina is terrible at the line.
I would like to point out something that bothers me about the commentators.  They really harped on the final play where Henson touched the ball at the end.  Come on, they even said Washington probably should have been given .8 seconds instead of .5.  And Henson almost goaltending?  Please.  If you give Washington .8 they still can't get off a pass before shooting so they still get the same shot.  And just give them the goaltending that did not happen.  It doesn't matter.  It was 2 points.  We still win.  Concentrate on the great games that are going on and stop trying to stir up trouble.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2011 7:31 pm
 

Quick analysis from UNC's escape in Charlotte

Again, every high seed is supposed to have the benefit of playing closer to home.  That's why it's so important to the programs to earn those high seeds.  If Washington or those following the Huskies have an issue playing across the country...try winning more, and losing less during the regular season, and they would get to enjoy a higher seed, and the benefits thereof.
Please see Ohio State, SDSU, Florida, etc, etc.
Regarding the free-throw differential, there was actually very little "foul differential".  The free throws are a reflection of what types of fouls were called, and more specifically...when.  Carolina attempted the vast majority of those free throws at the end of each half.  In the first, due to Washington being in the bonus, and at the end, which was a defensive strategy on Washington's part.  Otherwise, during the game, the fouls called were pretty darn close for each team.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2011 7:25 pm
 

Quick analysis from UNC's escape in Charlotte

Again, every high seed is supposed to have the benefit of playing closer to home.  That's why it's so important to the programs to earn those high seeds.  If Washington or those following the Huskies have an issue playing across the country...try winning more, and losing less during the regular season, and they would get to enjoy a higher seed, and the benefits thereof.
Please see Ohio State, SDSU, Florida, etc, etc.
Regarding the free-throw differential, there was actually very little "foul differential".  The free throws are a reflection of what types of fouls were called, and more specifically...when.  Carolina attempted the vast majority of those free throws at the end of each half.  In the first, due to Washington being in the bonus, and at the end, which was a defensive strategy on Washington's part.  Otherwise, during the game, the fouls called were pretty darn close for each team.



Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: March 20, 2011 7:14 pm
 

Quick analysis from UNC's escape in Charlotte

Are you implying NCAA referees intentionally call games a certain way based on who's playing and where?



Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: March 20, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Quick analysis from UNC's escape in Charlotte

Let's see now. You can't see bias on refs (7vs23) . You can't see advantage NC playing in CHarlotte. Let me guess...NC fan?




Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: March 20, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Quick analysis from UNC's escape in Charlotte

I didnt know this game was played at Chapel Hill. Damn that home court advantage.

 



Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: March 20, 2011 6:00 pm
 

Quick analysis from UNC's escape in Charlotte

A lot of those points in the paint were in transition or on uncontested follow-ups (particularly in the first half).  Nobody was there defensively to committ the fouls.



Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: March 20, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Quick analysis from UNC's escape in Charlotte

Don't give me any of the controversy / questionable call B.S.  The story is very similar to that of Pitt and Butler last night.  1) The refs got the call right - read the rulebook.  2) Washington had plenty of opportunities to tie things up or take the lead late in the game and failed to convert. End of.



Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: March 20, 2011 5:42 pm
 

Quick analysis from UNC's escape in Charlotte

Why is it that only fans bring up the issue of the fairness of this home court advantage. Are the announcers and writters in the pocket of the ncaa ALSO? All these guys ask for is fairness. They can't do even that.



Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: March 20, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Quick analysis from UNC's escape in Charlotte

Honestly there where alot of missed calls could have been more fouls on Washington in the second half and no one recalls the goal tending in the first half when henson was fouled and the ball was hit on the way in and the refs called it a 2 shot foul. But to compare free throw attempts when most where taken by tyler zeller who is a inside offensive player and an aggressive one at that makes no sense to me. UNC played better down the stretch that is why they won Isiah Thomas was shut down by taller and just as quick guards and if he doesn't score alot the Huskies lose. Quite simply put!!



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