Unfinished: Tar Heels, Oregon try to get it right this time

01 April, 2017, 01:23 | Author: Nora May

The Tar Heels will play OR for a spot in the national championship game on Saturday at approximately 8:49 p.m. ET (CBS). The Ducks played in the first championship game in 1939. If we don't beat freakin' OR, we're out there in an Uber trying to get our butts back to Chapel Hill. "But I think it was only three years ago when Duke won it with three or four freshmen starters, but that would be the easy answer". He moves well off the ball, giving opposing defenders headaches, and also makes an impact as a passer (2.8 assists per game) and a rebounder (4.7 rebounds per game).

"I've already made my statements about the old law, and I really think that's enough, to be honest with you", Williams said.

However you look at it, the Ducks are averaging nearly one rebound a game better than they did during the regular season. Luke Maye joined the clutch club this year with a jumper with 0.3 seconds to beat Kentucky to get the Tar Heels back to the Final Four. Meeks is coming off a 17-rebound effort against the Wildcats in the Elite Eight, and will need a similar performance if Carolina wants to win this one. Head coach Roy Williams is in this position for the fifth time with the Tar Heels and that experience is big. However, no one can deny that any time he is in the game, he gives the Tar Heels a chance on the glass. In fact, the Tar Heels grab over 40 percent of their missed shots as a team, good for best in the country.

In February, Williams slammed North Carolina's HB2 bill - the so-called "bathroom bill" that requires people to use the bathroom specific to their birth gender throughout North Carolina.

UNC, Oregon, Gonzaga and SC represent a refreshing change in college basketball that has a bunch of ballyhooed one-and-done players and teams. OR had more trouble in the next two rounds, escaping Rhode Island in the Round of 32, 75-72, and outlasting MI, 69-68, in the Sweet 16.

The Gamecocks play Gonzaga at the Final Four on Saturday. The sophomore reserve forward is averaging just 5.8 points per game in 14.4 minutes.

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Yes, it would be foolish to ignore Tyler Dorsey. "The East Coast is much different from the West Coast; no one really cares about professional sports on the East Coast, and North Carolina especially is all about college basketball".

But that changed Saturday evening, when the third-seeded Oregon Ducks men's basketball team defeated top-seeded Kansas 74-60 in the Midwest Regional final in Kansas City, Missouri. But he made a decision to return to his alma mater where he had played on the freshman team, served three years as a student assistant to the varsity and 10 years as a full-time assistant for Dean Smith. The Ducks rank 16th in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency (118.6) and 18th in adjusted defensive efficiency (93.7), per kenpom.com. OR has a great story as well, having not reached the Final Four since 1939. Months later, Chris Boucher went down injured for the season. The 6-foot-10 senior torn his ACL in the Ducks' Pac-12 Tournament semifinal game against California.

OR averages 36.4 rebounds per game while outrebounding six of seven opponents in the postseason. All that matters is how well the team is playing at this point. He's also scoring at a ridiculous rate, shooting 67 percent from the field (34-of-51).

"A big guy is going to possibly be on Dillon Brooks to start with because we're going to start two big guys", Williams said. That basketball coach had the right idea and had his priorities where they needed to be, which was in the classroom.

The Ducks come into their matchup with the Tar Heels fresh off a solid victory in the Elite Eight over Kansas. They can probably appreciate the dominant streak North Carolina is on, making the NCAA Tournament every year since 2011. The 'Heels defense has been its most underrated feature during this run with 44 total boards, 9 blocks and 7 steals in the win over Kentucky.


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