Nice Final Four by the Tar Heels. North Carolina got their supremely-talented acts together at the start of their
national semifinal against Michigan State and rolled over the Spartans. Monday night it was reversed, with Carolina
hitting Illinois hard in the first half then holding on to bring another basketball championship back to Blue Heaven.
Roy Williams notched his first championship and is to be commended for bringing together a sometimes-contentious team [ie,
Rashad McCants] and getting them to perform at a championship level. They can also tip their light blue hats to Virginia
This marks the third straight year
that the conference to which Virginia Tech belongs has won the basketball national championship. Tech’s last two years
in the Big East saw titles won by Syracuse and Connecticut. Tech moves to the ACC and look what happens. Coincidence? I
don’t think so.
The road to the national championship this year in both football and basketball went through Tech. There was
obviously a ‘Tech Effect’ at work. The close call Southern Cal had against the Hokies last August toughened up the
Trojans to enable them to sail through the rest of their season: they hardly broke a sweat the rest of the way as they
rolled to the MNC. No doubt Carolina will look back to that taut, 34-point victory they eked out over Tech last December
in Cassell as the springboard for a really big year. Or maybe they won’t.
There didn’t seem to be many of those Tar Heels turning Franklin Street into Morgantown South Monday night singing
Tech’s praises. Roy Williams certainly neglected to mention the contribution of the ‘Tech Effect’ to his team’s
success, and none of those Carolina juniors on their cell phones making NBA Draft arrangements took time out to shout at
the camera, “Thanks, Tech.” At least Matt Leinart was gracious enough to give credit where credit was due. Not
so much as a peep of gratitude came from Raymond Felton, the ungrateful wretch.
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