UNC-Michigan State: Home Court Advantage Means Nothing
Michigan State and their home-away-from-home crowd were silenced on Monday by North Carolina. The Tar Heels picked up where they left off in their last meeting with the Spartans in December, invading their turf once again to capture the 2009 NCAA championship 89-72.
If the Spartans had a fighting chance, they probably should have taken better care of the ball, as they committed 21 turnovers resulting in 25 Tar Heel points.
North Carolina's powerful trio of Tyler Hansborough, Ty Lawson, and Wayne Ellington proved too much for the Spartans as the three were relentless on both sides of the court.
Lawson led all scorers with 21 points, eight steals (an NCAA record), and six assists, while Hansborough had 18 to match his point total against Villanova, and seven boards.
Ellington had 19, which included three three-pointers, and was voted the most outstanding player in the Final Four.
Size disparity and a fast and furious up-tempo attack allowed the Tar Heels (33-4) to jump to a commanding 31-11 lead mid-way through the half, and they never looked back.
That lead expanded to 55-34, setting an NCAA record for most points scored at the break.
As North Carolina was establishing more NCAA records, Michigan State (30-7) had trouble formulating their game plan, committing too many turnovers.
Goran Suton was the bright spot with 17 points and 11 rebounds, but his contribution wasn't enough as they contested too many jump shots, and were ineffective beyond the arc going 7-23.
Unfortunately for the Spartans, their defeat couldn't bring much hope to the problems the state is experiencing in the automobile industry due to the distressed economy.
Meanwhile in Chapel Hill, UNC coach Roy Williams and his team will bring to their fans their fifth overall national championship.
Williams becomes the 13th and fourth active head coach to win multiple championships, joining Jim Calhoun, Billy Donovan, and Mike Krzyzewski.
The Tar Heels breezed through the tournament, consistently posting double digit wins, making the team the first to do so since Duke in 2001.
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