North Carolina vs. Gonzaga, a game that I wanted to see from the start of the 2009 NCAA Tournament is just about here. But like the 'ole master says, be careful what you wish for. Well, I am not the only one that wanted to see this matchup. There were some Tarheels fans believe it or not, and other just casual fans...
So I am not the only one that wanted to see this matchup.
First we will start with the usual and I ask the question: What the hell is a tarheel?????
Well nobody knows the exact explaination to the fact of "Tarheels" But there is one GLARING explanation that I found to be the most redundant over the internet, so here I go:
In the great state of North Carolina, just before the civil war, actually, North Carolina had three main exports. These exports were TAR, pitch and turpentine. This when it stuck to the bottom of the people's feet were called "Tar Heels" ... although I know some North Carolina fans can probably explain it better than I can, actually probably taking the time to find out the real explaination......
ANYWAYS: Here is the game preview....
For Gonzaga to win this game, they will HAVE to put an end to Ty Lawson. Make him run around on that toe, and make him chase Jeremy Pargo and Dmeteri Goodson. This is probably going to be the absolute biggest thing Gonzaga has to do. Also to halway contain Lawson and do NOT let him over 20 points. If Gonzaga lets Lawson over 20 points, then Gonzaga could be screwed.
Part 2: Tyler Hansbrough. Josh Heytvelt stopped Hansbrough two years ago, so he has the confidence to do it again. It really shouldn't be that big of an issue. HOWEVER, both players have gotten much better. Case in fact, if Hansbrough has a MONSTER game, then Gonzaga could be in big trouble. Heytvelt must have some good blocks on Hansbrough and release the tension on the backcourt to make plays.
Part 3: The new and improved Wayne Ellington. I have been told by many Carolina fans that Ellington has gotten away from most of his perimeter shooting (yes!) BUT he has to go up against the ever talented and going pro in two years Matt Bouldin. Bouldin will have his hands full If Ellington decides to drive, but I am not too worried about that. Bouldin has too many tools, but if Ellington gets screens and PnRs to shoot the three, Gonzaga might be in trouble.
Gonzaga's Keys to winning the game:
- Heytvelt needs a MONSTER game (or just completely shut down Hansbrough, half and half will work, too.)
- Matt Bouldin MUST get backdoor cuts every 10th possession or so to get 2 easy points.
- Gonzaga needs Stephen Gray and Micah Downs to shoot the 3 ball with a ton of consistency.
- Matt Bouldin must get steals and create turnovers
- Austin Daye is the X-Factor. He must give Deon Thompson a handful, and block shots. Also, he must make shots with consistency.
- Must stop Ed Davis when he comes off the bench. If he gets aggrevated and he gets moved around by Daye/Heytvelt, we might switch to a smaller lineup to fool with UNC and try to get easy point opportunities.
- I am not too worried about Danny Green, but if he starts scoring, Gonzaga could be in trouble as well.
- One last thing, If Gonzaga holds UNC to UNDER 85 points, we have a chance to win.
Good luck to Tarheel fans, and GO ZAGS!