Tip-off vs. the No. 12 Tar Heels coming up

    CHAPEL HILL, NC - OK this is my third blog looking ahead to the Carolina game. Enough already?! Hey, this time there’s actually something coming. In about an hour. It’s called tip-off, and if you care to join me I’ll blog some during the game.

   I’m in the innards of the Dean Dome as I type, wondering if the car I borrowed from an old friend of mine to drive over here will be in the same shape as I left it. The old friend of mine is a Duke grad, and I noticed as I was walking past the back end, that she’s got a “Duke Alumni” license plate holder thing. Let’s hope nobody gets any crazy ideas walking past it, or I’ll some explaining to do when I get back to her house tonight!

   I did notice it’s a little different walking into a game here two hours early than at say Virginia. Fans were lined up out the door as I walked past into the media entrance. I’d expect it to be electric in here today as the fans try to rally their team from two losses in three games (Clemson and C of C). That is, unless Tech can establish the pace, take a lead, and quiet them down.

   A tall order, considering Tech has lost its last two road games at Virginia and at Georgia, and had to withstand a serious late push at Charlotte. And Tech has lost its last 12 games at the Dean Dome, dating back to 1996.

   I just spoke with a North Carolina writer who emphasized that the Tar Heels will come out in this game and look to pound, pound, pound it inside, after getting embarrassed by Clemson on Wednesday. In that game, post players Deon Thompson and Ed Davis combined for a total of eight points, each scoring 4 points on 2-of-4 shooting. And neither one attempted a free throw. Wow.

   So I’d imagine Roy Williams has had a thing or two to say about that in practice the past few days, and that Tech should see a team today dedicated to getting it down low. That’s something Tech could take a lesson or two on as well. And something you’d expect Tech to try to do today too.

   It is interesting, at least on paper, how many similarities these teams have, in terms of where their strengths and weaknesses lie.

   Without Tyler Zellner coming off the bench today – Carolina’s top reserve in the post is out four to six weeks with a stress fracture in his foot, which was announced on Friday – Carolina will go to the Wear twins. That’s Travis Wear and David Wear, identical twins, who wear mirror-image numbers – Travis is 43, David is 34.

   We’ll try to keep it all straight, and keep you informed as we go.

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5th in the SEC East

January 16th, 2010
1:19 pm

chad

January 16th, 2010
1:56 pm

who cares what time the tip off is. carolina is going to treat tech like a red headed step child today. fire paul blewit.

Carroll Rogers

January 16th, 2010
2:04 pm

Chad, those of us who are red-headed and are actually step-children resemble that remark….

Carroll Rogers

January 16th, 2010
2:06 pm

the bleachers i’m sitting on are now shaking cause of all the students jumping behind me. pardon the wobbly typing

Carroll Rogers

January 16th, 2010
2:12 pm

Favors just picked up his second foul in three minutes.

Technophobia

January 16th, 2010
2:18 pm

Go back to the UGA page Chad.

Carroll Rogers

January 16th, 2010
2:21 pm

Tech is up by 13, surely somebody will come on and blog with me. Or do folks come out more if they were down 13?

Technophobia

January 16th, 2010
2:22 pm

Follow your shots guys

Somebody

January 16th, 2010
2:23 pm

Sorry I’m late, what’d I miss.

KSEE

January 16th, 2010
2:23 pm

Tech is playing smart! Lets go Tech!

Carroll Rogers

January 16th, 2010
2:24 pm

Roy is about to bring in a new five players.

Jim R.

January 16th, 2010
2:27 pm

Don’t see many Tech Fans there.

thrillerdome

January 16th, 2010
2:29 pm

great game so far by tech! what do you think is the difference today compared to the end of the 2nd half vs uva??

thrillerdome

January 16th, 2010
2:32 pm

this is what me and most of the supportive tech fans have thought that hewitt and the team are capable of doing when they play well. we’re actually getting the ball inside and kicking it out when necessary. we need to keep it up! go TECH!

Carroll Rogers

January 16th, 2010
2:34 pm

thriller, they’re going inside and back out. like they did on the first possession, when lawal and favors touched the ball before favors kicked back out to Udofia for a 3. And they’re playing stronger with the ball, not sweating it as much when the pressure comes. ….long way to go but a solid, solid start

James

January 16th, 2010
2:34 pm

I wish I could watch this game!! I am at work…

chris o bomb

January 16th, 2010
2:35 pm

the game was aired around 2:15 due to the syracuse game.
These commentators are not saying one good thing about Tech…

Carroll Rogers

January 16th, 2010
2:39 pm

they must be saying bad things about Carolina then? what else would they be talking about?

Alan

January 16th, 2010
2:39 pm

How do you lose to uga and clemson and beat duke and right now manhandle unc at unc? this team is bipolar.

Technophobia

January 16th, 2010
2:40 pm

James, it’s on ESPN 360 too, I believe so you may be able to.

Brad

January 16th, 2010
2:41 pm

Nope they are talking about how great carolina is and how they will come back.

Technophobia

January 16th, 2010
2:41 pm

Alan, I agree and think a sports psychiatrist might help. It sure helped John Smotz.

Alan

January 16th, 2010
2:42 pm

Wow nice play by rice

Technophobia

January 16th, 2010
2:44 pm

2 minutes left and neither team has shot a free throw.

Technophobia

January 16th, 2010
2:45 pm

oops, my mistake, NC has shot 4 ft’s

Buzzeng

January 16th, 2010
2:45 pm

Hi Carol – enjoy the game. I’m in the Charlotte airport and watched for 12 seconds – long enough to watch UNC get the defensive rebound and drain a 3. Enough watching for me. I’ll follow the blog instead!

Carroll Rogers

January 16th, 2010
2:46 pm

Techno, Carolina has been to the line 4 times, Tech 0. But that’s amazing on Tech’s end…..Refs are letting them play, by and large.

Alan

January 16th, 2010
2:46 pm

Amazing we haven’t shot any free throws.

Jim R.

January 16th, 2010
2:47 pm

Do yourself a favor, turn the sound off and listen to the radio! TV is soooooooo NC biased.
Carroll…Haven’t heard from Chad lately. Go Tech!

Technophobia

January 16th, 2010
2:47 pm

Excellent job breaking the press, go jackets

Alan

January 16th, 2010
2:48 pm

Nice bailout timeout for unc.

Carroll Rogers

January 16th, 2010
2:48 pm

Good, Buzzeng. …safe travels.

Alan

January 16th, 2010
2:50 pm

I don’t care who it is, a team not shooting any free throws in a half says the refs are not being fair.

Alan

January 16th, 2010
2:51 pm

5 team fouls. what a joke

Alan

January 16th, 2010
2:52 pm

hey stupid announcers, the unc player was HOLDING the tech player morons

John

January 16th, 2010
2:53 pm

Boo hoo poor little carolina crybabies

Technophobia

January 16th, 2010
2:55 pm

These announcers are terrible, no mention of no free throws for Tech.

Carroll Rogers

January 16th, 2010
2:56 pm

That was easily the best half I’ve seen Tech play this season….Or would you guys say one of the Duke halves? I just thought they looked really, really active, and made some singularly excellent plays – Rice’s block on Davis, the move Shumpert just made to get to the basket at the buzzer. UNC is bringing out Tech’s athleticism. Tech is up 14 at the half with only 6 points in the first half from Lawal. Lawal has nine rebounds at the half tho.

Technophobia

January 16th, 2010
2:57 pm

Against UVA, Tech shot 11 FT’s, UVA shot 26. See a trend here folks?

Baba O'Riley

January 16th, 2010
3:02 pm

Commentators are talking about a lot of “fortunate” plays for GT.

Carroll Rogers

January 16th, 2010
3:03 pm

Tech is shooting 6-for-10 from 3-point range.

nebraska jacket

January 16th, 2010
3:03 pm

That last bucket from Shump was amazing. Looked kind of like Dr. J. If he keeps it up in the second half it will easily be the best game of his career. GO JACKETS

Mr. Phoenix

January 16th, 2010
3:04 pm

Have you noticed they aren’t standing around like they usually do. Great ball movement, just keep it going.

Baba O'Riley

January 16th, 2010
3:04 pm

The way we shot free throws Wednesday night, maybe not getting to the stripe is a good thing.

Carroll Rogers

January 16th, 2010
3:05 pm

only real lucky play I remember was when Bell bounced a ball off his foot and it went right to Shumpert, who nailed a 3. otherwise it looks like they are hustling to loose balls, which is what Hewitt has been pleading for

Technophobia

January 16th, 2010
3:06 pm

This may well be our best half so far this year. The 3 point shooting has really helped. Shumpert’s having a monster half, 19 points, 2 assists and 2 off reb.

Baba O'Riley

January 16th, 2010
3:07 pm

Patrick said, “I’m not saying Tech’s not good, but sometimes you just have one of those days.”

GTech

January 16th, 2010
3:07 pm

Watch out for UNC in the second half! It’s not a question of if Carolina makes a run, but when Carolina makes a run, how does Tech respond?
We need to get to the line and not rely so much on the outside jump shot. We shot pretty well from the field in the first half, but its very difficult to keep that up for entire game. I don’t care who you are. Get the ball inside to Lawal or dribble drive and get to the line.

Technophobia

January 16th, 2010
3:07 pm

Baba, you may be right. We may be better off just fighting for the off. rebound and putting it back up.

Technophobia

January 16th, 2010
3:09 pm

GTech, I’d agree we shouldn’t rely on outside shooting but the 3’s open up the middle. Ya gotta have an outside threat.