Different Game, Same Ending for Tech-UNC

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Last night’s game was the latest in a series of losses to North Carolina that
went down to the wire. Each time the Hokies have arguably outplayed the Tar
Heels, but they’ve fallen in the final minutes for various reasons. I’m getting
tired of seeing the same story play out nearly every time the teams play.

With about 10 minutes left in the game, I texted a buddy that it really
stinks to watch a game that you are winning while somehow knowing in the back of
your mind that it would slip away at the end. That’s what has happened in all of
the close losses to Carolina that came down to the final seconds.

Losses to UNC
Date Score
Jan. 10, 2006 64-61
Mar. 15, 2008 68-66
Mar. 13, 2009 79-76
Jan. 13, 2011 64-61

Each of those games are very similar to each other, though they all have
their own unique story.

The 2006 loss was in Cassell Coliseum, and the Hokies were in the middle of
the season where they were dealing with so many off the court issues, such as
the illness of Coleman Collins’ father. The Tar Heels trailed for much of the
game, and were behind at the 9:27 mark of the second half before Wes Miller hit
a three-pointer to put them up for good. The Hokies had a chance to tie the game
on a final shot, but Deron Washington’s three-pointer clanked off the rim.

The 2008 loss in the ACC Tournament was perhaps the most disheartening of all
the close losses to the Tar Heels. Tech had just smacked Miami the day before,
and a win over UNC would have definitely landed the Hokies in the NCAA
Tournament. Tech wasn’t supposed to be that good, playing a number of freshmen,
but they had an excellent season and were just a game away from the Big Dance.

Instead, it was Tyler Hansbrough picking