The Tar Heels were statuesque compared to the erratic defense of the Spartans in the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship two nights ago. The end result was an 89-72 game and 34-4 closing season for the University of North Carolina.
Spartans knocked off Kansas, Louisville and Connecticut to get to the Tar Heels, but came to a screeching halt when faced with seasoned seniors Tyler Hansbrough and Danny Green of North Carolina.
Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo called his team "shell-shocked,” according to sports writer Gerry Ahern at Rivals.com.
In this battle for the trophy, shell-shocked was the appropriate expression for a team hammered the first ten minutes into the game.
Michiganders still pressed for hope with sincere screaming voices, and hollered during free throws.
But there could have been more execution and gusto for the Spartans in this easy breeze of a game for the Tar Heels.
Much credit can be handed to two juniors and two seniors of the Tar Heels. Hansbrough, small forward, finished the game with 18 points and seven rebounds. He also goes home as star player with the most free throws in the NCAA history.
Then came Danny Green, who chose collegiate instead of signing up with an NBA agent in 2008. Good decision.
Finally, two juniors finessed the court: Ty Lawson with 21 points and eight steals in the game, and Wayne Ellington, named Most Outstanding Player by the Associated Press, with 19 points and four rebounds.
UNC coach Roy Williams, lead the team to their fifth championship title. Williams made a definite comeback after an embarrassing loss to Kansas Jayhawks in 2008—a team he once coached.
But, for a coach, winning two titles is a satisfying feat.