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Block Party

Don’t bring that weak tot action!

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Third Time’s the Charm: Hatchell Gets 600th at UNC

The Carolina men’s basketball team wasn’t the only team to get back on track in Blacksburg on Thursday night.

UNC’s women’s team shook off the worst loss in program history (a 51-point beatdown at the hands of UConn) and an upset loss last week to Clemson to claim a 56-37 win over the Hokies and give Tar Heel coach Sylvia Hatchell her 600th win at  Carolina.

Hatchell is now 872-308 in her career, and 600-228 at UNC. Only two other coaches - Debbie Ryan at Virginia and Kay Yow at NC State - have won 600 or more games at an ACC school.

I’m sure many Carolina fans would be surprised to know Hatchell is the 4th all-time winningest basketball coach in women’s Division I history, trailing only Rutgers’ C. Vivian Stringer, legendary Texas coach Jody Conradt, and the standard-bearer of women’s hoops, Pat Summitt of Tennessee. Both Stringer and Hatchell should reach the 900-win plateau next season and pass Conradt to vault into the top three.

The legacy of basketball coaches at UNC is simply beyond compare - from Frank McGuire to Dean Smith to Sylvia Hatchell to Roy Williams. Those four coaches have combined for nearly 3,000 career wins.  Congratulations to Coach Hatchell and the Carolina women.

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UNC 82 Virginia Tech 68

A great win overshadowed by a potentially damaging personnel loss.

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UNC-Virginia Tech Game Thread

In light of the last game I am going to implore everyone to please keep it civil. I am not going to play the perspective card or anything but all I ask is a fair amount of self control and civility in the comments section during a game.

Hopefully the Tar Heels won’t give anyone a reason to be pissed tonight but as noted in the preview, I don’t have much of a read on this one.

In other action you have Duke playing Wake Forest at 7:00 PM on ESPN and NC State taking on Boston College at 8:00 PM on the ACC Network. According to the “UNC plays the next game so we won’t see the first 10 minutes of it” rule, Duke-Wake Forest should be a triple OT game which seems impossible but every time UNC follows any game, weird crap happens.

Comments if you have ‘em.

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#8 UNC at Virginia Tech

Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, VA
When: Thursday, January 19th, 9:00 PM
TV: ESPN
Records: UNC 15-3, 2-1 ACC; Virginia Tech 11-6, 0-3 ACC

I have no idea what to expect.

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Some Quick Stats On UNC’s Three Point Shooters

Shot selection.

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Montross Chimes In On The FSU Loss

Would have been nice had UNC played last night or was playing tonight. Feels we’re waiting forever for the next game.

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Zeller “Embarrassed” By FSU Game

The question is what are he and his teammates going to do about it?

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You Know I Really Thought I Was Going To Get Through The Day Without Writing About Those Final 14.2 Seconds

I guess it was not meant to be.

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My Practices Are Not Designed For Your Enjoyment

That was what Norman Dale told his players in the movie Hoosiers after one of them complained practice, which was all running and fundamentals, was not fun. That apparently will be the case today in Chapel Hill based on Roy Williams comments in the ACC teleconference this morning. Via UNC Now:

“We haven’t practiced yet,” Williams said. “We had a meeting this morning. As soon as I finish this call, we’ll go practice but I haven’t seen anything that I liked. There is nothing related to Saturday’s game that I liked. And we’ll have to see how we respond in practice today. But the smartest thing I’ve ever done as a coach is not say too much to them, or to not say anything to them until today.

“That’s given me 48 hours.”

So what kind of signs will Williams look to judge whether his team is responding the right way?

“See if we live,” he said.

Asked to elaborate, Williams said, “I don’t think it needs much elaboration.”

“We’ve got to have great practices,” he said. “I mean, we’re not going to go up and beat Virginia Tech just because we lost on Saturday. People say, ‘Oh, they’re going to bounce back.’ Makes no difference. We can go up there and play well and still not be successful. We’ve just got to do a heck of a lot better job.”

Roy cut the teleconference early so he could get to practice.

Well, that should make most of you happy. Not that I totally disagree. Roy should absolutely put them through a tough practice today then get back on standard routine and prepare for Virginia Tech. And when Roy said he hasn’t talked to the team he is not kidding. Apparently after the game he walked into the locker room, looked at them then walked out without saying a word which is a shot across the bow of the players that he expects them to fix it. That is why all the talk from Roy about his coaching job is public shielding but in private the players will be handled every bit like this is their responsibility.

If you are looking for a similar situation from the Roy Williams era at UNC, the loss at Virginia Tech in 2007 comes to mind. UNC went on the road to Blacksburg and had a second half similar to the one UNC had at FSU on Saturday. The Heels trailed at the break and in the second half were smacked around for 16 of the final 20 minutes. The Heels were down as much a 23 after being ahead by eight at one point in the first half(31 point swing.) The major difference between the two games is (1) that team was much younger with a freshmen starting backcourt and (2) that team was down 20 with 3:48 left in the game and got within three at point before losing by six. So it is not totally analogous in respect to how the game unfolded at the end but it certainly is in the way UNC fell apart during the game. It may also offer some insight into how the loss gets handled because I seem to recall Roy putting them through a tough practice after that loss as well. The next game was a road trip to Clemson, who was 17-1 at the time. UNC won by 22.

Will this team respond the same way? We will find out on Thursday assuming the players live.

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At Least Two Tar Heels Had a Good Weekend

Amid UNC falling to pieces at FSU and T.J. Yates’ less than stellar effort against Baltimore in the AFC Divisional Playoff game(though overall, I think Yates showed promise in his stint as a starter) there were two Tar Heels who had outstanding weekends.

Former UNC WR Hakeem Nicks continued his beast mode playoff performance from last week with another two touchdown performance to lead the New York Giants over the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers 37-20. Like last week against Atlanta, Nicks had another big catch and run for a touchdown, this one going for 66-yards. Nicks ended up with seven receptions for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Besides the big run, Nicks also caught a Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half because he is a freaking big receiver with hands that are capable of crushing small animals. Nicks has come up huge in two games during these playoffs. Can he do it at San Francisco next week and get the Giants to the Super Bowl?

On Saturday, former Tar Heel cross country and track star Shalan Flanagan won the US Olympic trials marathon in Houston to secure a place in the 2012 Olympics in London. Flanagan finished in 2 hours 25 mins and 38 seconds which eclipsed her previous personal best from the New York Marathon by three minutes. This was Flanagan’s second marathon after having spent most of her post-UNC career running 5000 and 10000 meters and cross country. Flanagan won bronze at 10000 meters in the 2008 Beijing Olympics but after than began to mix in marathon and half marathon races with cross country and 10,000 meters with a possible eye on running the marathon in the London Olympics.

Go Heels! Go America!

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