Why They’ll Win It All: North Carolina

  • 03/31/2009 4:39 pm in

Throughout the week, we’ll be running small capsules on the remaining Final Four teams, stating why they’ll win it all. First up: UNC.

If this was November or December, you could find very little argument against UNC for the National Title. They were the preseason favorite, and they were straight rolling teams. The Tar Heels beat Kentucky by 19, Notre Dame (ranked eight at the time) by 15 and in perhaps their most emphatic statement of the year, they crushed Michigan State at Ford Field on Dec. 3 to the tune of 35 points. The Heels were riding high behind the grit of Tyler Hansbrough, the leadership of Ty Lawson and the suave of Danny Green and Wayne Ellington.

But conference season hit and they came back down to life. The Heels lost their first two games in ACC play. Tyler Zeller missed significant time with a wrist injury. Marcus Ginyard never saw the floor all conference season due to injury. Suddenly Goliath was slayable.

But, these were still the Tar Heels, still a team full of immense talent with a stellar coach. They won the ACC, only losing one more after the 0-2 stumble. They’ve had little problem dispelling their opponents in the NCAA¬† Tournament; Their average margin of victory in four tournament games is 22.5.

The Tar Heels should win it all because they were supposed to win it all. And they are right here, right now with the opportunity to do so. No remaining team has more talent than the Heels. (Though, UConn and Nova are right there.)

If they play their game and play it well, the Heels should be cutting down the nets, and Barack’s bracket will have the winner picked correctly. Mine, however, will not.

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  • jgongora86

    I hate UNC. I hate it when they think they are the best in world when they use nothing but out of state players to win their championships. Ala Sean May and Erick Montross and this current team. There is something to be said when you championships using players from your region. Thats why I hope Michigan State wins it all.

  • Hoosier_Hound

    I can't stop watching that Guitar Hero commercial. It's hilarious. I love how Rick Pitino is just going one-hand whack-a-mole on the drums.

  • Hardwood83

    I agree Carolina thinks their crap doesn't stink, arrogant jerks that truly love themselves. But they are the most talented team and should win- but I have a hunch they won't. Roy had the most talented team in the final four a few times at KU and choked it off. MSU is the only team I can muster any desire to see win.

  • Jim

    I love this site but have never posted here. As a die hard Hoosier fan living in Raleigh the last 10 years – you have no IDEA the extent of Carolina fans….arrogance? ignorance? lack of knowledge of anything that happens outside the ACC? It's truly remarkable. I have some great friends who are Carolina fans but avoid them any time the subject of college hoops comes up.

    The same cannot be said for Duke fans and definitely not State fans (the coolest of any – prolly because they are the red headed stepchild).

    Anyway – that's my rant. Kentucky fans ain't got NUTTIN on these freakin clowns.

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    You know what, I don't mind UNC. They're a great program and an excellent school. It helps that I really can't stand Duke and they are rivals. I really hate Tyler Hansbrough though. I know he's pretty good at the college level, but he's just a big dork. He'll suck at the next level.

    That being said, I've got UConn to win it all.

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    You know what, I don't mind UNC. They're a great program and an excellent school. It helps that I really can't stand Duke and they are rivals. I really hate Tyler Hansbrough though. I know he's pretty good at the college level, but he's just a big dork. He'll suck at the next level.

    That being said, I've got UConn to win it all.

  • HoosierDavey

    I think UNC wins it, too, but I will be rooting against them like crazy. I have relatives who are Carolina fans and they have that same arrogance about them. Ugggggh!

  • JerryCT

    Living in CT I still want either MSU or Nova. I love Jay Wright and argued for him last year when we were looking for coaches. If they donot win this year keep in mind he has reloaded already and is likely to be hovering around this level again soon.

    I think each team is vulnerable but UNC is the one team I love to hate on a national level.

    I still say Knight playing guitar with Jud Heatcote, Lou Carneseca and Gene Keady might have been funnier

  • Hoosier_Hound

    You guys are talking about UNC fans being arrogant like we're not. I'm incredibly arrogant about Indiana's basketball royalty status. (Five banners, baby!) Don't try to act like you're not. (Count 'em, One, Two, Three, Four, Five!) Other great programs, and their fans, acting arrogant doesn't bother me. (Did I mention we've won Five Titles?!)

  • jgongora86

    I go to school at UNC. Its arrogance without knowledge of the game. When you go to a game at UNC, it's the wine and cheese crowd who are there for the sake of being there.

  • deedubbadoo

    Cannot stand UNC, especially Hansbrough. They talk about him during games like he is the second coming, even in the Oklahoma game, where he didn't do anything. If he wins player of the year it will be a travesty. Sure Blake Griffin didn't play hardly a spot of defense in that game but he also thoroughly dominated everywhere else. Where as a casual fan, my girlfriend was wondering why they kept talking about Hansbrough and he only had four points.

  • deedubbadoo

    Cannot stand UNC, especially Hansbrough. They talk about him during games like he is the second coming, even in the Oklahoma game, where he didn't do anything. If he wins player of the year it will be a travesty. Sure Blake Griffin didn't play hardly a spot of defense in that game but he also thoroughly dominated everywhere else. Where as a casual fan, my girlfriend was wondering why they kept talking about Hansbrough and he only had four points.