Danny Green has made coming off the bench something of an art for top-ranked North Carolina this season.
The junior matched his career-high with 20 points and sparked the decisive second-half spurt Sunday night to help North Carolina beat Valparaiso 90-58, keeping the Tar Heels rolling as they head into the final games of their nonconference schedule.
Tyler Hansbrough had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Tar Heels (13-0). The Heels are off to their best start since winning 17 in a row to start the 1997-98 season. portions of above info from goheels.com
William Graves from Greeensboro, out of Dudley High School, finished with 14 points on 5-6 shooting in just eight minutes. This was the best outing of the year for Graves, a red-shirt freshman. If the mumbers compute, then Will hit four 3-pointers for 12 points and had 1 two-point field goal. He was 0-1 at the foul line. The Graves kid can shoot the three and it will help the Heels to have another man step up after the loss of Bobby Frazor, even though Graves does not play the point it will still help the Heels with their rotation.
The Heels are the team to beat and they will be the team we will be watching here at GREENSBOROSports.com as 2008 rolls in. The other ACC teams may give it a shot but the Heels are the team to stop and they might just be ready to rule the ACC. It will be fun watching to see who might be able to knock the Heels off but they are at the top alone in ACC Basketball. This is not football, this is a real North Carolina sport and the Heels and Duke are the Kings of the Carolinas.
When all the dust settles, North Carolina and Duke are the best there was, the best there is and the best there ever will be and for 2008 the Heels look like they are ready to rule the ACC. Other than Duke who is going to give them a fair game? Clemson, Miami, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Florida State, all pretenders. Georgia Tech lost to UNCG, Miami lost to Winthrop, Clemson lost to UCONN,(maybe that was back in the Eldon Campbell days) but the clock always runs out on Clemson after midnight December 31. Remember the year Clemson lost to Elon and that was before Christmas. N.C. State lost to New Orleans and barely got past the Western Carolina Catamounts on Saturday.
Yes, the North Carolina Tar Heels are ready to rule the ACC in 2000/2008 and William Graves from Greensboro’s Dudley High School is going to be right there in the middle of it.