Thursday, February 12, 2009

It was a hot, slick time in Durham

DURHAM — It wasn’t surprising how many times the players slipped during North Carolina’s 101-87 victory over Duke on Wednesday night, considering how hot it was at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The balmy daytime temperatures, combined with the tight confines and yelling fans led to some wet conditions on the court.

“We could wring our jerseys out … there was so much water,’’ said reserve guard Bobby Frasor, whose team has now won eight straight games. “It was hot and balmy, but a fun place to play.”

CRAZY MISSING? One of the more entertaining locker room moments began when Tyler Hansbrough — now one of only four players to play in four wins at Cameron Indoor Stadium since Mike Krzyzewski took over as Duke's coach — was asked if he would miss the Cameron Crazies.

“I won’t miss them, but I’ll miss playing here, though,’’ he replied.

Then he was asked whether he would ever come back to visit.

“C’mon man!” he said, laughing.

STRONG START FOR DEON: Forward Deon Thompson scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half, but his offensive aggressiveness was a good sign for the Tar Heels, considering the junior had managed only two double figure scoring performances in his previous nine ACC games.

THE SHORT LIST: Hansbrough and Danny Green joined Wake Forest’s Rusty LaRue and Tim Duncan as the only players to beat Duke four times at Cameron in the Krzyzewski era.

“It means a lot; I’m honored to be on that short list,’’ Green said. “I’m kind of jealous of Marcus [Ginyard who is redshirting the rest of the season with a foot injury] because he’ll get another chance to do it, and he might get out of here 5-0. I don’t know how short that list is, but I’m pretty sure it’s really short.

-- Robbi Pickeral