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March 20, 2011 at 8:32 AM

North Carolina game thread

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IT’S OVER — North Carolina 86-83.
WHAT WAS THAT? — Overton threw up a prayer inside the halfcourt line that sailed out of bounds.
DOWN THREE —Strickland drained two free throws. UNC 86-83, 5.4 seconds.
TURNOVER — Holiday’s in bounds was tipped by Henson. UNC at the line.
MARSHALL AT THE LINE — Marshall he missed the first. Overton went the distance and drove in for a layup that was swatted. The ball fell out of bounds. UW retains possession. UNC 84-83, 7.4.
BIG BASKET — Suggs drained a three-pointer. The Huskies have to foul. UNC 84-83, 17.3 seconds.
OH NO — Barnes swiped the ball out of Ross’ hands. The turnover led to a Tar Heels fast break layup. Romar called timeout. UNC 84-78, 1:58.
BIG BASKET — N’Diaye stopped the bleeding with a putback. UNC 80-78.
WASHINGTON TIMEOUT — Romar called timeout after Barnes drained a three-pointer that put UNC ahead 78-76 with 4:02 left. Smart move. The Huskies need a play. Their past three possessions have been a Holiday turnover, Thomas turnover and Byran-Amaning missed a short jumper. Gant collected the rebound, but Henson spiked his putback. Every possession is critical now. This is what postseason basketball is all about.
ROSS FOR WILCOX — Ross comes in, Wilcox goes out. UW 76-73, 5:17.
RANDOM QUESTION — What is a Tar Heel? I’ve been looking at this blue-clad ram for two hours and it got me wondering. UW 71-69, 7:20.
MEDIA TIMEOUT — The game is shaping up for a fantastic finish. Thomas has been on the bench for awhile. He should be rested for the end. Ross has 19 points and Bryan-Amaning 12. Zeller has 21, Barnes 17 and Henson 10. UW 69-69, 7:27.
ATTACKING — Venoy Overton wisely attacked Zeller and got a foul on the big man. Overton sank two free throws. UW 69-67, 8:45.
FOUR ON N’DIAYE — N’Diaye collected his fourth foul. He’s out. Bryan-Amaning is in. UW 62-62, 9:53.
GETTING HEATED — Bryan-Amaning missed a short jumper and he tussled with Leslie McDonald while going for the rebound. Both guys had it and they wouldn’t let it go. UW 60-58, 11:08.
SMART MOVE — The Tar Heels made three straight baskets and this place was getting loud again. It felt as if Romar should call a timeout, but he resisted. He called a play for Ross and the freshman came through with a short jumper that tied the score at 56-56. There’s 13:56 left.
HEAT CHECK — Ross got the ball in the middle, ran out to the three-point line and fired up a jumper. Good. He’s still hot. UW 54-50, 16:12.
GRAB THE REBOUND — The ball is spinning out Bryan-Amaning’s hands. He’s got to secure the rebound.
THREE ON MBA — Bryan-Amaning has three fouls. He’s staying in. UW 51-50, 18:06.
SECOND HALF — Gant is starting for N’Diye. Same starters for UNC. Bryan-Amaning flushed a dunk. UW 47-44, 19:13.
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HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Good start for the Huskies. They’re doing everything they had to do. Washington has a 24-20 lead in rebounds. They’ve limited one of UNC’s big forwards. Henson has four points on 1 for 6 shooting. Zeller is hurting them with baby hooks on the baseline. Barnes is also killing the Huskies. He’s 6 of 10 from the field. Washington has to realize he’s their main three-point threat. UNC’s guards have been silent.
N’Diaye and Ross are the early stars. N’Diaye has eight rebounds and three on the offensive glass. He’s been a monster. His last foul could come back to haunt the Huskies.
Ross has given UW a lift offensively. He’s connected on 4 of 5 shots and has 12 points off the bench. Gant has also knocked down 2 of 3 three-pointers.
This is the game the Huskies needed to play.
Now what will Carolina do? My money says they throw the ball inside to Zeller repeatedly and let him go to work. Washington will need an answer. Not sure if the zone will do it. Maybe the Huskies double and they’ll have to scramble to find Barnes and the open shooters.
Still waiting for Thomas to find his groove offensively. If he can knock down some shots, obviously that helps UW’s cause.
And the Huskies should continue to pressure UNC’s guards. The press is creating turnovers and leading to easy baskets.
The big question will be can UW’s front line hold up?
This should be a fun second half.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — UW 45-44.

THIRD ON N’DIAYE — N’Diaye picked up his third foul.
PRESSURE — UW pressed and Marshall threw the ball away. Both teams have four turnovers.
GOOD GAME — Not sure how this will end, but this is a good game at the start. Lots of high-level play. The Huskies answered North Carolina’s run with a two straight baskets. Thomas scored inside and Wilcox drained a three-pointer. Thomas also jacked up an airball three-pointer and Romar is talking to him on the sideline. UW 38-34, 3:25.
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GAME OF RUNS — Washington needs an answer offensively. The Huskies have gotten good looks. Thomas sank a layup. UW 35-34, 3:57.
TIMEOUT HUSKIES — The Tar Heels are on a run. UW led 30-23 when UNC started an 11-3 run. The Tar Heel fans are in it now. The place is loud. Romar wisely called a timeout. UNC 34-33, 4:32.
N’DIAYE TIRED — Zeller has beaten N’Diaye down the court for a layup and a dunk. N’Diaye is out and Bryan-Amaning is back. UW 33-32, 4:40
GETTING LOUD — This place is getting crazy. UW 33-30, 5:25.
ROSS IS AMAZING — Needing a hot hand, the Huskies have found it in the first half in Ross. He leads all scorers with 10 points. He’s been sensational. He’s attacking the rim and scoring on very creative layups. He’s also 2 for 3 on three-pointers. UW 30-24, 7:53.
EARLY FOUL TROUBLE — Gant and Bryan-Amaning have two fouls. N’Diaye has one. UW 30-24, 7:53.
TWO ON MBA — Bryan-Amaning has two fouls. He’s out and N’Diaye is in. UW 26-21,9:16.
N’DIAYE DOMINATING — N’Diaye has a game-high five rebounds. UW 26-15, 10:49.
HUSKIES STREAKING — Overton was fouled on a layup. He’s going to the line. Th Huskies are on an 11-0 run in the last 1:21. UW 25-15, 10:51.
HIGHLIGHT — Ross nabbed a steal and finished the play with a 1-on-2 acrobatic layup. He also just drained two three-pointers. And Gant has a trey. UW 23-15.
FIRST SUBS — C.J. Wilcox and Darnell Gant are in for Suggs and N’Diaye. UW 8-8, 15:10.
SMART TACTIC — The Huskies are dropping into a zone after made baskets and picking up man to man in transition. It’s the same thing Washington State did to them this season. UW 8-6, 15:59.
MATCHUPS — N’Diaye has Zeller, MBA is on Henson, Holiday has Barnes, Thomas is picking up Strickland.
STARTING LINEUPS — UW: Isaiah Thomas, Justin Holiday, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, N’Diaye and Suggs.
North Carolina: G Kendall Marshall, G Dexter Strickland, F John Henson, F Harrison Barnes and F Tyler Zeller.
N’DIAYE AND SUGGS STARTING — Aziz N’Diaye and Scott Suggs return to the starting lineup. Darnell Gant and Terrence Ross are sitting. The Huskies are 6-3 with N’Diaye and Suggs together in the starting lineup.
WHERE’S THE DUKE FANS? — Someone told me there’s going to be a lot of Duke fans in the building cheering for the Huskies. Well that’s not the case just yet. The stands are filled with Tar Heel fans. There’s just one section of purple. Everything else is baby blue.
BACK IN BLACK — The Huskies are breaking out the black jerseys today. It’s the same gear they wore in the Pac-10 Tournament championship game against Arizona.
ROMAR AND ROY — Washington coach Lorenzo Romar met up with North Carolina coach Roy Williams before the game. The two are old friends and they probably talked about their versions of the ice cream story.
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Photo credits: Seattle Times – Dean Rutz

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