Saturday, April 5, 2008

Kansas gives UNC a first-half whuppin'

The last time somebody played this perfect a half of basketball at the Final Four, Roy Williams was coaching at Kansas.

In 2003, the Jayhawks clobbered Marquette and Dwyane Wade 94-61 in the NCAA semifinals.

On Saturday night, Williams was on the North Carolina bench, coaching against a Kansas team in its first trip to the Final Four since he left. And the Jayhawks raced to a 40-12 lead.

How bad was it for North Carolina? Kansas held the Tar Heels’ offense – which ranks second in the nation in scoring – without a field goal for nine minutes. Williams screamed at Danny Green for a lane violation, sent seldom-used substitutes into the game and even called a rare first-half timeout in order to stop Kansas’ surge.

The only thing that did go well for the Tar Heels was the foul situation, as they committed just five to Kansas’ 13.

But the Jayhawks still led 44-27 at halftime.

– Ken Tysiac


Anonymous said...

Wow...if the Jayhawks didn't sit a couple of players late in the first half with a couple of fouls, which led them to play tentative at the start of the 2nd half, they might have beaten carolina by 40! domination. The national "POY" had to play defense for a change and we see the results.

Anonymous said...

TH has played D all year ass, he avg 2.3 steals a game. Check your stats next time. Good job KU. Heels--Good season!

Anonymous said...

I am a Jayhawk fan from Kansas, just tuning in to get your perspective. Under difficult circumstances, your coverage was fair and gave credit where credit is due. Nice job!

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed each and every of carolina's ass beating.The refs in the acc just let TH run rough-shod over everyone all year and if someone looked at him hard a foul was called.