The numbers told Gene Chizik part of the story of how bad North Carolina’s defense was a season ago but they didn’t tell the complete story. They didn’t describe effort late in games already long lost, and they said nothing of the technique – good or bad – of the players that Chizik, the man UNC hired to fix its defense, coached for the first time during spring practice.
Duke center Elizabeth Williams wasn’t the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft Thursday night at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Arena, but she said she’ll deal with it just fine after going fourth opverall to the Connecticut Sun.
UNC’s Joey Sankey learned how to use his size to his advantage, using speed and a low center of gravity to duck under defenders fighting for groundballs and squeeze his body in tight spaces around the crease of the cage to make improbable goals.
Tyus Jones loved his time at Duke, and he was so successful during his one year in Durham, leading the Blue Devils to a national championship, that he is now in position to fulfill his primary dream. “It’s every kid’s dream to play in the NBA,” Jones said.
For all the fun a basketball season provides, seeing it come to an end can be a bit of a relief, if only as an escape from watching the same TV commercials shown over and over again. And again. Over and over. Nor do you have to hear ad nauseam how talented Kentucky is. At least for a few months.
Zac Gallen pitched a six-hitter and Skye Bolt crushed a tie-breaking home run in the seventh inning, lifting the North Carolina Tar Heels to a 2-1 victory against the NC State Wolfpack in the opener of a key three-game ACC series at Boshamer Stadium.