So, my North Carolina TarHeels won the game last night against Ohio State, 98-89. This was a huge game, both statistically, and I think emotionally for the squad after such a heartfelt loss to the ‘Zags last week. I wasn’t too impressed during much of the first half – sure, the offense was there, but the defense was lacking around the three-point line (a terrible side-effect of the zone), causing the Buckeyes to almost runaway with the game at one point. But during the halfway-break, Roy Wiliams rallied the troops, and the Heels came out fighting. They were in control of the game for most of the second half, surrending the lead for only a few minutes midway through it when Tyler Hansbrough just lit up and started a run of 12 unanswered points for the Heels. In my opinion, it was Tyler’s most impressive showing ever. I saw two or three shots from under the basket that I thought didn’t have a chance, fall right through the net, one particularly when he was surrounded by FOUR defenders from Ohio State and another when it was one-on-one and he just used his sheer strength to power over the guy and drop the easy layup.
All-in-all, it was a truly great college basketball game. Two really solid, talented teams, duking it out on the court for the love of the game and bragging rights, not for a six-figure salary or to get the newest shoe from Nike to have their name on the side of the box. That game was a good reminder to me of why I love it so much.