Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Michigan Statement

Well, it may not have been easy, but it sure looked that way. North Carolina's 89-72 win against Michigan State in Detroit last night gave the program its fifth National Championship and put an end to questions from critics everywhere. Roy Williams' ability to win the big game, the Tar Heels ability to play defense, depth ... all kinds of nonsense were exposed as just that. The closest game UNC found itself in during the tournament was 12, and that game (a 72-60 win against Oklahoma) wasn't even that close. North Carolina led by double digits for some ungodly number of minutes in the tournament and actually played from behind in less than 11 minutes. Any hopes that UNC fans had of Wayne Ellington sticking around are gone. The tournament's Most Oustanding Player, to me, proved his NBA worth and is likely to be a first round pick. Thankfully for the Tar Heels, freshman Ed Davis has said that he will return to school. Assuming he stands on that comment, North Carolina will begin next year with a front-runner for the national player of the year in the frontcourt. And that's always a nice piece to rebuild around. With the return of Marcus Ginyard, Deon Thompson, Tyler Zeller and Larry Drew III, coupled with the No. 1 recruiting class in the America, you have to think that the Final Four is an attainable goal.

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