Carolina's 'D' shines vs. Sooners
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The number stretched the entire length of the dry ease board in the North Carolina locker room, its grand size reflective of the importance it conveyed: 4.
"We won't be satisfied until that number in our locker room reads one," said
Yes they will. The Tar Heels have been criticized in many quarters this season -- including by their own coaching staff -- for their indifferent play on defense. But North Carolina completely flummoxed OU with its D. The Tar Heels continually collapsed on likely player of the year
"Defense wins championships," said Ellington. "We proved that tonight."
On Sunday he started fast, hitting two quick three-point shots and another floater in the lane. His accuracy from beyond the arc forced Oklahoma to stretch its defense, which opened up room inside for Carolina's
"I'm not saying we're impossible to beat when Danny is hitting his shots, but it just makes us that much harder to defend," North Carolina assistant coach
"He is LeBron James-like," said North Carolina coach
This was likely Griffin's last college game. Though the Sooner has two years of eligibility remaining, most NBA scouts project him to be the top pick in NBA draft. Griffin had a spectacular run in the tournament, but ultimately he couldn't pull a
One of the top first-year players in the country and the unanimous Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Warren told SI.com's
The Tar Heels play Villanova on Saturday in the second game of the Final Four at Ford Field in Detroit. I think the national championship is North Carolina's to lose. The Tar Heels have the nation's best point guard (Lawson), one of the three best post players in the nation (Hansbrough), a lethal deep threat (Green), and on Sunday they played their best defensive game of the year. Sure, Carolina is beatable -- but only if the Tar Heels have an off night.