9:00 PM ET, November 19, 2009
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
NEW YORK -- There was so much to talk about after North Carolina (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) held on for 77-73 victory over No. 15 Ohio State in the 2K Sports Classic semifinals Thursday night.There was the Tar Heels' big early lead that dwindled to two points in the final minute, something that can happen even to a fourth-ranked team early in the season. There was the exceptional defensive job by Marcus Ginyard on Ohio State's Evan Turner, something that has become common for a player considered one of the top stoppers in the country. There was coach Roy Williams' halftime rant directed at Ginyard, something that never happens.
• North Carolina will face Syracuse in the 2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic final.
• The Tar Heels have won 44 straight regular season games vs. non-conference opponents and have won 10 straight and 14 of 15 vs. all competition dating back to last season.
• North Carolina has won nine straight and 14 of 15 games at neutral sites.
• The Buckeyes have lost six of eight against AP top 10 teams.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||26-53 (.491)||26-60 (.433)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-15 (.467)||6-21 (.286)|
|FT Made-Attempted||18-25 (.720)||15-22 (.682)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (0/0)||22 (0/0)|
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