Ellington's Last Second Heroics Keep Tar Heels Undefeated

1/7/08 in NCAABB   |   Janse   |   respect

The nationally number one ranked North Carolina Tar Heels opened conference play against nineteenth ranked Clemson Tigers, Sunday. Questions raised about North Carolina's number one ranking and their strength of schedule after the release of the last polls. What many considered to be North Carolina's first real true test turned out to be that and much more. It took a six point comeback in the final couple minutes and a three point shot leaving 0.4 seconds left on the clock in overtime by Wayne Ellington to keep North Carolina's undefeated season alive.

In a game where, National Player of the Year frontrunner, Tyler Hansbrough was dominated in the paint, another Tar Heel needed to step up and sophomore Wayne Ellington did in a big way. A career high 36 points, shooting 11/19 from the field, 9/9 from the charity stripe, and the game winning three pointer in overtime is what he did. Marcus Ginyard contributed with his season high 10 rebounds and effectively shutting down Clemson's Hammonds in the second half and overtime. The duo of Booker and Mays kept Hansbrough working hard to get a look on the offensive side of the ball and often found Hansbrough looking the wrong way on the defensive side. They combined for 21 points, 19 rebounds, 4 blocks, and the doing of containing Hansbrough.

In the end, though, the question about North Carolina's mental toughness was answered. Yet, there is still one more question remaining. Is North Carolina the number one team in the nation?
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