What a Choke

By Chris Le


UNC (31-7) was supposed to be one of the most high-powered offenses in the country and they were, averaging 86.3 points a game — tops in the ACC and second in the nation overall. The Tar Heels liked to push the ball and simply out-gun their opponents, and they definitely had the personnel to do so. There’s National Player of the Year candidate Tyler Hansbrough (18.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg), a trio of outstanding freshman in Wayne Ellington (11.9 ppg), speedster Ty Lawson (10.4 ppg, 5.6 apg), ACC Freshman of the Year Brandan Wright (14.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and a bench that is as deep as they are talented.

This offensive juggernaut, however, was nowhere to be seen Sunday afternoon, particularly in overtime, when top-seeded UNC was ousted by Georgetown (30-6) 96-84. Granted, the Tar Heels posted 50 points in the first half, but they simply couldn’t buy a bucket when it really mattered.

In overtime, UNC was outscored 15-3, shooting 1-13 from the field. The lone made shot was an insignificant three-pointer by Lawson with eight seconds left that cut the score down to 95-84. Before this, UNC had not scored since Hansbrough dropped in a layup with 1:41 left in the second half. That’s a six and a half minute stretch where UNC did not score a single point. So much for that high-octane offense.

Georgetown, meanwhile, advances to the Final Four and will face Ohio State this Saturday at 3pm PST on CBS.

All images courtesy of Yahoo!


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