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Off the cuff: While these NCAA games are exciting, it's frustrating to see officials call these games differently than they do during the season.

It seems someone has told them to take the whistle out of their mouths and let them play ... but still enforce the hand check foul.

This was the first time Carolina has seen these officials this season and it appeared that Providence's style more suited the officials because Carolina had two players in foul trouble - McAdoo and Johnson - before Providence even had a foul.

Providence shot 21 free throws on the night compared to just 13 for Carolina.

There were a number of traveling violations ignored as well.

I'm not one to complain so much about officiating because it normally evens out in the end. But when guys are being knocked out of bounds and it's not called, yet itty bitty contact draws a foul, that's bull.

UNC's Nate Britt got run over and knocked out of bounds on a loose ball and UNC's Leslie McDonald was not only knocked out of bounds without a foul being call but the ball was awarded to Providence.

A number of times players on both teams were hacked down low without a call and then a touch foul closer to the key would be called.

There were a couple of block/charge calls that on replay one can see the officials made the wrong call. One such call against McAdoo gave him his fourth foul.

Speaking of McAdoo, there was no excuse for the officials taking so long to determine how much time was left on the clock when he went to the line at the end of the game. They in essence were icing McAdoo, who had to wait a total of five minutes while officials tried to get the time right.

And they didn't even get the time right the second time as the clock started late on McAdoo's rebound. There should have been less than a second left when he was fouled.

The call that seemed to perturb Coach Williams the most was when Desmond Hubert set a screen at midcourt and was called for a foul. In looking at the replay, Hubert seemed to be set in proper position when the defender ran into him.

The call was a big one as Carolina was looking to extend a five-point lead to seven or maybe eight at the end of the half. Instead, Bryce Cotton hit a bucket and Providence went into the locker room at the half with some momentum and just a 39-36 deficit instead of perhaps a 41-34 or 42-34 deficit.


Not sure Providence coach Ed Cooley meant to be condescending to North Carolina after the game but he was.

Most coaches praise the other team after a loss. Cooley said, “Nobody even thought our guys would be here to play the almighty blue bloods… I thought we deserved to win. But you’ve got to get lucky at the right time and we didn’t.”

Hmmm. He’d be a good coach for one of Carolina’s chief rivals. Calling someone a “blue blood” isn’t considered a positive. Neither is calling the other team lucky, even if Coach Williams thinks his team was fortunate.

Perhaps Cooley's team deserved to win but not any more than the Tar Heels deserved to win.

He did say it was a well-played game. Of course he also said, "I thought the game was well officiated."

By the way Cooley, who has a skin condition that prevents hair from growing in certain spots on the back of his head, has lost more than 100 pounds. For more on that, please click here.

Tar Heels 79, Duke 77
Heels win NCAA thriller on McAdoo FTs

North Carolina, which led by nine midway through the second half, trailed by seven late but outscored Providence 15-6 over the last four minutes to advance in the NCAA Tournament 79-77. (3/21)

It took free throws by James Michael McAdoo, much maligned for his free throw shooting during the season, in the closing seconds to win it for the Tar Heels.

Trailing 71-64, UNC's Brice Johnson got free for a dunk to pull the Heels within five. Carolina's pressure defense stopped the Friars and Johnson hit a short jumper in the lane seconds later to make it 71-68.

Johnson followed up the offensive spurt with a blocked shot on the defensive end that led to a Marcus Paige three from the top of the key to tie it with just over three minutes left.

Twice Providence, behind Bryce Cotton, got the lead back up to three. But Carolina came back both times. The first time JP Tokoto converted an old-fashioned three-point play when he hit a hanging in the air, across his body, off the backboard shot in the lane.

The second time Paige swished another three, this one shaded to the left of the key, to tie it at 77-all with 1:06 left.

Johnson came up with another good defensive play with 35 seconds left when he bothered a shot and came away with a rebound.

Carolina held for a last shot. Johnson got the ball down low and put up a shot with six seconds left. The shot was a wild one but McAdoo got the offensive rebound with 3.5 seconds left and was fouled.

It took officials three minutes to determine how much time was left on the clock. Then Providence coach Ed Cooley called a timeout to further ice McAdoo, who shoots only 54 percent from the line.

McAdoo's high-arching shot swished through the net to give Carolina a 78-77 lead. The second free throw was long and McAdoo got his own rebound and was fouled with 1.7 seconds left. This time it only took officials two minutes to determine the time.

McAdoo again swished the first free throw but missed the second one. Providence's Cotton got his hand on the rebound but it went out of bounds with less than a second left.

Carolina inbounded it to advance to the Round of 32 and move to 24-9 on the season.

The Tar Heels led by as may as seven points in the first half before settling for a 39-36 lead at the break.

UNC got the lead up to eight at 46-38 in the first three minutes of the second half and extended the margin to nine at 54-45 on a Johnson dunk follow with 13 minutes left.

A couple of minutes later, the Tar Heels still led by nine at 58-49 but Providence went on an 11-0 run to take a 60-58 lead, which the Friars extended to seven at 71-64 before Carolina's late comeback.

Cotton, who scored a game-high 36, was nearly unstoppable over the last 10 minutes, scoring 13 points during that stretch.

Carolina's scoring was more balanced as Paige led five Heels in double figures with 19. Johnson and McAdoo each scored 16 while Kennedy Meeks added 12 and Tokoto chipped in 10.

While Providence shot 53 percent from the floor, the Tar Heels got more shots because of superior rebounding, especially on the offensive end. Carolina, which outrebounded the Friars 40-26, scored 26 second-chance points.

Carolina plays Iowa State, a winner over NC Central, on Sunday at 5:15 p.m.


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