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Still in the running

I would like to point out at this time I am still in the running for head men’s basketball coach at NC State. With so many people withdrawing, I thought it my responsibility to let you know that there are some folks still willing to take the job.

It’s a program with a lot of promise. I don’t understand why everyone is pulling out of the job. I can see the Wolfpack competing evenly with the top teams in the state, maybe even under their next coach. 😉

Of course, if they hire me, the goals will have to be more modest. Perhaps we could compete evenly in Wake County.

Update: Sidney Lowe, huh? Well, if the Pack isn’t going to show any love for me, I can go on not showing love for them. 🙂

UNC 95, NC State 71

Weird for a young team. Starts two freshmen, brings several more off the bench, goes 3-3 at home in the ACC so far, and wins 6 games out of 7 on the road. Two of those wins this season were against NC State, which is supposed to have an experienced team on the upswing.

The win last night was business-like, not the result of a young team riding a wave of emotion. This UNC team is incredibly mature, considering the lack of experience, and could prove a formidable opponent for a lot of NCAA Tournament teams in March.

UNC’s Tyler Hansbrough scores 40

UNC freshman record…Dean E. Smith Center record…ACC freshman record…one point behind the current ACC high score. What more can be said?

Last night was the first time I’d seen a team come out and try to really beat up Hansbrough. Georgia Tech deserved every foul they got…it was the college version of Hack-a-Shaq. Problem is, Hansbrough was still putting the ball into the basket, and he’s good at free throws. Pretty amazing performance.

Duke/UNC tonight

The Rivalry heats up again tonight, with Duke playing at Carolina. Given Carolina’s personnel losses, Duke would seem to have the advantage, but this series never works out that easily. (Anyone else thinking of the 1995 double-overtime thriller which a powerful UNC team barely managed to win against one of the weaker Duke teams in recent memory?)

I’m hoping UNC can keep a guy on J. J. Redick tonight. Given Duke’s recent game plan of “Get him the ball,” that can prove difficult. Ah, Jackie Manuel, why couldn’t you have just one more year of eligibility?

BTW, since I’ve noticed a lot of traffic coming by here for the occasional Jackie Manuel news, I should point out that I haven’t really heard anything for a while. As far as I know, he’s still in the situation of recovering from an injury, and therefore not on the Fayetteville Patriots’ roster.

However, the last couple of games we attended, he attended as well, sitting behind the bench with Damion Grant. So, like seemingly every UNC basketball alumni, he’s probably hanging around Chapel Hill as much as possible. One can only hope he is imparting defensive wisdom to the team.

I’m imagining this scenario: Jackie’s talking to 5’11” Wes Miller about defending J. J. “It’s possible to shut him down. You just need to be quick, tall, and have really long arms…you’re quick.” 😉

Who knows, maybe if Wes does get J. J. to defend, Wes’ defensive “stay within two inches at all times” approach will rattle him? Either that, or maybe he’ll look over at Jackie, sitting behind the bench, and just have a bad game through the power of suggestion. 🙂

Update: Darn. Duke 87, Carolina 83. So close. 😐

Jawad Williams goes to Europe

Recent National Champion Jawad Williams, UNC grad, has played his first game for Spain’s Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada, a team located just outside Madrid.

Also, in the same article: Fellow UNC grad Jackie Manuel is about to start the NBADL season with the Fayetteville Patriots. Oddly enough, Wake Forest’s Taron Downey was released from the same team last week. (I don’t know know the reasons behind it, but if he wants to, I hope Taron can play basketball somewhere. He’s an impressive player.)

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