North Carolina had one of the weirdest exits from the NCAA tournament that I’ve ever seen.
After DeAndre Kane made an impressive, driving layup with 1.6 seconds left, North Carolina inbounded the ball to Nate Britt, who went sprinting up the floor and … tried to call timeout on the other side of half court?
It made sense to him, because despite the fact that he had taken two dribbles and ran a good 50 feet, there was still time left on the clock because the clock operator had delayed the start.
So after a lengthy review at the monitor, the game was deemed over. The Tar Heels would not get a chance to tie or take the lead after all, and it was largely due to a clock malfunction and the fact that none of the officials looked at Roy Williams when he was trying to call a timeout.
But credit Roy: he’s a bigger man than I am. He took the loss like a pro, without blaming anyone.
I would have thrown four or five hissy-fits.
I’m on record saying that I would consider Marquette freshman Henry Ellenson if I had the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft, and while, at this point, I think that Brandon Ingram is probably going to end up going No. 2 — (Maybe No. 1???) — I still believe that Ellenson is going to be one of the best players from this draft class.
Well, just take a look at these highlights from the 26-point, 16-rebound performance he had in a win over Providence last night.
Then remember that Ellenson is 6-foot-11:
A solid poster dunk went down in the junior college ranks last night as Pensacola State sophomore Jamal Thomas finished a dunk through a block attempt against Northwest Florida State.
The 6-foot-3 Thomas used his power and momentum to go through the opposing shot blocker and the play made his head coach, Pete Pena, go nuts with an over-exaggerated fist pump. The video is short, but be sure to watch for Pena’s reaction near the logo at the top right of the screen.