Weekend Wrap: December 3

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For the 39th time--easily the most for any Atlantic Coast Conference athletic department--North Carolina claimed an NCAA championship this weekend. For the 21st time, it came in women's soccer. After nail-biting wins for most of the postseason, Sunday's game was a little unexpected. The Tar Heels got an early second-half goal to go up 2-1, and eventually overpowered the Nittany Lions, 4-1. It was fun to hear from Hanna Gardner, who scored that go-ahead goal, right after the game, because it was obvious it still hadn't quite sunk in

The coolest thing of the weekend was also related to women's soccer. A host of Tar Heel players and alums from across the entire athletic department put together a video wishing the Tar Heels good luck. The volleyball team looks like they'd be fun to hang out with:

Speaking of the volleyball team, their season ended on Friday night in Ames with a five-set defeat at the hands of homestanding Iowa State. Men's soccer also saw a solid season come to an end, as their streak of four straight College Cup appearances was stopped in the round of eight by Indiana. Women's basketball went to Tennessee and, as a lot of teams have done, saw their hot start cooled off by the Volunteers. Carolina will likely drop out of the top 25 this week after the 102-57 shellacking

At the Smith Center on Saturday night, the Tar Heels played without starting point guard Marcus Paige, but still provided biscuits in a 102-84 win. The game marked the return of Jerod Haase and Bobby Frasor to UNC. There was a nice moment before the game, when each was individually introduced, and they got a strong ovation from the crowd. There's video here, and what I like about this particular angle is that you can see the Carolina players cheering for Haase and Frasor, also. 

Tar Heels in the NFL

Gerald Sensabaugh had six tackles for the Cowboys.

Zach Brown had five tackles for the Titans.

Da'Norris Searcy had three tackles for the Bills.

Julius Peppers had four tackles and a sack for the Bears.

Greg Little had four catches for the Browns.

Connor Barth hit all three of his field goals for the Bucs.

Brandon Tate returned three punts for an 18.7 yard average for the Bengals.

Hakeem Nicks is on Monday Night Football tonight against the Redskins.

Tar Heels in the NBA

There were some nice performances this weekend. For instance, Raymond Felton had 23 points and 7 assists for the Knicks last night, Tyler Zeller had a double-double (14 and 10) for Cleveland on Saturday, and Antawn Jamison lit up Denver for 33 points and 12 rebounds on Friday night. But really, the main thing you need to know about Carolina players in the NBA this weekend is this: Rasheed Wallace was ejected from a game just 90 seconds into the game. His transgression? He yelled "Ball don't lie!" at the top of his lungs during a free throw. This really happened. See:

That's just Sheed being Sheed. Both teams played hard, my man.

Best story I read this weekend

Rick Majerus died on Saturday, which doesn't seem possible because it was just yesterday that he was coaching his Utah Utes to an unexpected win over Carolina in the 1998 Final Four that I am still bitter about. Majerus was always a friend to the media, and his death brought out several terrific columns. The best was probably this one by Gene Wojciechowski. Writers aren't supposed to get close to their subjects. But when they do, you get stories like that one. Give me a hug, Polish Falcon.

Three Tar Heel storylines to watch this week

1. Marcus Paige's shoulder injury--Roy Williams said after Saturday's game he had no idea what the prognosis might be (let's don't forget that when Williams was answering questions, he also mentioned that Dexter Strickland had missed shootaround for a class assignment, then paused and raised his eyebrow ever so slightly and said, "That's a good class, by the way," which was perfect). This is the one stretch of the season where the Tar Heels can afford to be cautious with Paige, and even if he doesn't play Saturday against East Tennessee State, it's not a disaster.

2. Gio Watch continues. As he tweeted last week, "Decisions decisions decisions." That pretty well sums it up.

3. There's a women's soccer national championship celebration this Thursday at 5:30 at Carmichael. Can't remember this being done before, and it would be great to get a solid crowd out to celebrate a very special season. Credit to the athletic department for a significant amount of pre-planning that went into the event. It's not something you can just throw together at the last second.


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