Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Consolation for the UNC Chapel Hill fans

For what it's worth, I had this thought today:

The Tarheels now finally have the opportunity to achieve something they've never earned before...

A National Invitational Tournament championship banner hanging from the rafters of the Dean Dome! :-P

3 comments:

eric wilson said...

We beat Duke, 73-69 in 1971 to get to the finals, then beat Georgia Tech, 84-66 to win the NIT Championship.

It's important to note that during that period, ONLY the conference champions advanced to the NCAA tourney, making the NIT much more prestigious (stronger fields).

I don't know if the banner is hanging in the rafters, might've run out of room (I would assume it is though).

Thanks for rubbing it in Chris! :-)

Chris Knight said...

Well, I stand corrected, and have learned some sports history tonight...

...and *still* get to rub it in :-P

Doug said...

Yes but consider this, UNC has won 2 national championships in the last 5 years. How many have other local(ACC) teams won in the last 10? Duke has 1 in 2001. Maryland has 1 in 2002. So not only does UNC have more in recent years, they have more in the last decade than the other local teams and they were the 1 of only 2 teams in that decade to win more than 1 title. The other being Florida in 2006 and 2007 with the exact same squads both years. UNC did it with 2 entirely different teams.

Given these records, I will very happily take 1 or if necessary 2 rebuilding years with the knowledge that this team will be more experienced and have arguably the best recruiting class in the nation coming in next season.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Consolation for the UNC Chapel Hill fans

For what it's worth, I had this thought today:

The Tarheels now finally have the opportunity to achieve something they've never earned before...

A National Invitational Tournament championship banner hanging from the rafters of the Dean Dome! :-P

3 comments:

eric wilson said...

We beat Duke, 73-69 in 1971 to get to the finals, then beat Georgia Tech, 84-66 to win the NIT Championship.

It's important to note that during that period, ONLY the conference champions advanced to the NCAA tourney, making the NIT much more prestigious (stronger fields).

I don't know if the banner is hanging in the rafters, might've run out of room (I would assume it is though).

Thanks for rubbing it in Chris! :-)

Chris Knight said...

Well, I stand corrected, and have learned some sports history tonight...

...and *still* get to rub it in :-P

Doug said...

Yes but consider this, UNC has won 2 national championships in the last 5 years. How many have other local(ACC) teams won in the last 10? Duke has 1 in 2001. Maryland has 1 in 2002. So not only does UNC have more in recent years, they have more in the last decade than the other local teams and they were the 1 of only 2 teams in that decade to win more than 1 title. The other being Florida in 2006 and 2007 with the exact same squads both years. UNC did it with 2 entirely different teams.

Given these records, I will very happily take 1 or if necessary 2 rebuilding years with the knowledge that this team will be more experienced and have arguably the best recruiting class in the nation coming in next season.