The Daily Roundup: Championship Monday
PHOTO: The winner of the Lawson v. Lucas matchup will determine the outcome.
Getting your mind right:
Hansbrough can cement place in Tar Heel history: "Tyler Hansbrough's career will be defined by 40 minutes. For better or worse. Like it or not."
Caulton Tudor of the Raleigh News and Observer: Running final lap to title: "It's all simple in North Carolina's camp. Unlike opponent Michigan State, the Tar Heels aren't on a profound socio-economic mission tonight to make folks back home forget slumps."
Rochelle Riley of the Detroit Free Press: Thanks, Spartans! We really needed this: "Thank you, Spartans, for more than you know. Saturday's victory tasted sweeter because we've been counting them on one hand lately. This was the second stimulus package that we needed."
John Feinstein of the Washington Post: Final Has an Epic Feel: "Monday night's championship game has all the makings of a David and Goliath classic."
MITCH ALBOM of the Detroit Free Press Pride not pity should be legacy: "It will not save us. No basketball game can do that. No matter who wins tonight, Tuesday morning the jobs still will be gone, the factories still silent and empty, the houses still for sale or abandoned altogether."
MICHAEL ROSENBERG of the Detroit Free Press: The Spartans are underdogs, but does that mean they don't have a chance? :"I have a theory about upsets: They usually aren't as big as we think they are. One team gets overhyped. (Typical headline: "These guys make Superman jealous.") The other team, the underdog, is outstanding, but people don't realize it yet."
It could be another Magical moment for Michigan St.: "All of the following scenarios would work for Michigan State tonight when it plays for college basketball's national championship against North Carolina at Ford Field."
Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe: Hansbrough spurs bull sessions: "He is the most recognizable player on the most recognizable team. All college basketball fans have their feelings about North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough, and they're not always favorable. He has taken the baton from J.J. Reddick as the Man You Love To Hate."
Lucas and Lawson drive their teams with dazzling quickness : "Ask North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson the first word that comes to mind when he thinks of Kalin Lucas and he doesn't hesitate. "Speed," Lawson said."
Tudor's Take: Title game thoughts
The Conference Headlines:
Falling short in NCAA: "Even if North Carolina gives the ACC its second national championship in five years tonight, the NCAA Tournament continues to produce evidence that the conference isn't as good as it was before it added a 12th team in 2006."
Who's worth their salary?: "ACC coaches continue to make big money. Who's earning their pay? Who isn't?"
For Heels, the dream is now : "The Tar Heels face a Spartans team they beat by 35 points here in December. But Michigan State has since been lifted by the return of injured players and the hopes of an economically depressed city."
UNC goes after fifth NCAA title :"The Tar Heels (33-4), who are gunning for their fifth NCAA championship (and second in five seasons) always expected to be here. That was a motivating factor as to why seniors Tyler Hansbrough and Danny Green, as well as juniors Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington, chose to put off the NBA for another year." Well....6th if you count the Helms Cup....
Roy working hard to keep his Heels humble: "North Carolina can play dumb, ignore what December seemed to have illustrated in painstaking detail and pretend there isn't a gulf between the Tar Heels and Michigan State."
Reality Check: Lawson living out his dream: "There are players, and then there is North Carolina's Ty Lawson. There are dreamers, and then there is Ty Lawson."
End Is Near: UNC seniors seek fantastic finish
Hansbrough, Heels trying to go out on top: "You could see it in Tyler Hansbrough’s eyes late Saturday night. You know, those always intense, always focused, wider-than-the-Detroit River eyes? Only now, after North Carolina’s 83-69 Final Four beatdown of Villanova, Hansbrough’s trademarked stare had a new glint to it."
Roe nearly was a Tar Heel : "Two years ago, Delvon Roe found himself "a pen and paper" away from signing to play basketball for North Carolina, but earlier this season, he got an ink job in the form of a Michigan State tattoo just below his left shoulder."
A year building to this: "Tyler came back ... Ty came back ... Wayne came back ... Danny came back ... For this -- another shot at an NCAA men's basketball championship."
You can see it in their eyes: "You could see it in Tyler Hansbrough's eyes late Saturday night. You know, those always intense, always focused, wider-than-the-Detroit River eyes?"
Heels' haven't seen a close one yet this tourney: "Ty Lawson hates close games. "I don't like close games -- close games are a little more scary than blowouts and things like that," North Carolina's point guard said Sunday ahead of tonight's NCAA Championship game between the top-seeded Tar Heels (33-4) and second-seeded Michigan State (31-6) at Ford Field (WRAL, 9:21 p.m.)."
Taking Center Stage: Heels, Spartans are focusing on just one thing: title
Golf: Clemson men leads U.S. Collegiate
At Alpharetta, David May fired a five under par 67 on Sunday to lead Clemson to a five under par team score of 283 and a one shot team lead after the first round of the United States Collegiate at the Golf Club of Georgia.
Tennis: Tiger women blank Boston : "At Clemson, senior Alexandra Luc won in straight sets in her final regular season match at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center, and Clemson posted a 7-0 victory against Boston College. ... "
Recruiting: Rivals battle for defensive back recruit : "THE OFFERS ARE piling up for defensive back Bashuad Breeland (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) of Allendale-Fairfax, but this still looks like a Clemson-USC battle. He attended junior days at both and found something to like at each place."
Baseball: Leggett notches 700th win : "Deeming a four-run inning to be an offensive onslaught summarizes Clemson’s prolonged labors in the scoring department."
Favors committed to Tech: "Nation's top high school basketball player not considering UGA or Calipari, Kentucky."
More Travel with the Jackets: "Here's a guide to help fans plan for the Tech's 2009 football season and games away from the Flats."
Former Tech star has record-setting quarter
Safety Taylor tackles new role in defense
Defense misses shots during Tech scrimmage
Yellow Jackets O-line hit by injuries