Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Heels jamming: On with the show

GREENSBORO - Tyler Hansbrough waved his arms to incite a spirited crowd that filled about two-thirds of the seats in the lower bowl at the Greensboro Coliseum.

During open practice for the NCAA Tournament on Wednesday afternoon, North Carolina’s players had been showing off their best dunks to a crowd of more than 6,000.

In the past, coach Roy Williams has referred to the open practices as a dog and pony show that are a waste of time for the teams playing in the NCAA Tournament. The sessions are so short – 40 minutes – that teams usually schedule serious practices at another site in the host city.

But for the fans – especially those who can’t afford costly tickets – open practices are a treat. And to Williams’ credit, he lets his players put on a heck of a show.

Forwards Danny Green and Ed Davis can dunk with the best of them. (Green missed a couple Wednesday, but Williams said he is practicing better after a 3-for-25 performance from the field in the ACC Tournament).

It was up to Hansbrough to close the show. He galloped left to right along the baseline for a spinning, 360-degree dunk that brought the crowd to its feet.

The NCAA Tournament doesn’t start until Thursday. After seeing the energy in the Greensboro Coliseum for practice, it’s sure to be a great show. – Ken Tysiac


Anonymous said...

It's all fun and games until someone comes down from a 360-degree dunk, and cracks his ankle.

Anonymous said...

Right! You would think Williams of all people this year would think of that.

Anonymous said...

Pride before the fall.