CHARLOTTE, NC – Roy Williams was hard to reconsider what has changed between the first two team matches with the Duke, ending with the winners in North Carolina, which took place on the night of the evening. Victory 74-73, which could well change the order of the pitch for seed No. 1 in the NCAA tournament.
"The boy who was injured, returned," Williams said, "to wear Superman's knitwear and was incredible."
The "guy" in this case will be Zion Williamson, and North Carolina heard her share about him before he went to court.
Williamson injured his knee on February 20, when his scepter was torn to open the possession of the duke's first game against Tar Heels, and the lack of a freshman eclipsed the signature winning for UNC. After three weeks, he sat in the regular season finale at Chapel Hill, and again the sticks dominated. So, the question arises: will UNC be even better team with the Duke at full strength?
A victory on Monday offered a kind of response, but not just Williams or other heels were not ready to assert with a certain sense of confidence.
"He adds another dimension to his team," said Kim Johnson of Williamson's return. "He does many things they do not have without him, so he changes as they play offensive, but they did the same set of sets and we got the same shots we wanted as the first two games He is a great player and he definitely adds something to his team, but he was not our attention. "
North Carolina (27-6), of course, had a chance to win even with Williamson at court, the opportunity to beat his hate rival for the third time this season, and the chance to wipe out the cloud, which was delayed for the first two wins. Johnson ro he shot 3 with the remaining 1
"I would put $ 1000 right there that the shot came in," he said. it did not happen. "
Kobe White, the last jumper, did not succeed and Nasser Lyttle's return was a helicopter removal, without Williamson, there was no doubt that the team was the best, with the difference being a single shot – a shot that felt like Johnson's hand, but he did not fall.
And yet the influence of Williamson was something that is bordered by the transcendental. In the first two games combined, Duke (28-5) scored only 58 points in the paint. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Williamson, who took first place in real estate on the night of the day, had the Blue Devils 50 – the most UNC allowed in the game for eight years.
Williamson finished with 31 points and 11 rebounds – the first player placed 25-10 lines in the ACC consecutive ACC tournament with Tim Duncan, 22 years ago. His theft, which led to monsters, became a turning point in the game. His last bucket, after he had his own moon, was ultimately the difference. His work at both ends of the court was made by the Duke of another team.
"He can open him a lot, and at the defensive end, too," – said the guardian of the Blue Detectives Troy Jones. "He is able to protect anyone when we cross, and he is always on the boards. He just flies around."
Williamson helped cover Cam Reddish, which was minus 11 for a few turns. But his success in paint eclipsed RJ Barrett's 5-on-15 night shooting. This could be two Barrett misses on a free throw line with 12 seconds to play that determined the game. Instead, he decided to skip the game designed for him, and the Williamson dish for the final game points that were decisive. The blue devils have only one loss with a full start at court, and this makes a strong case for the NCAA to select the tournament to put them on the top line and send them to Columbia, South Carolina – just down the road from their native City of Williamson, Spartanburg.
Or, perhaps, the first two games against the UNC without Williamson still carry weight in the committee. Williams made this case after losing on Friday, noting that "injuries are also part of this."
And after a victorious victory, perhaps the final decision on which team will be better will be taken after another revenge in the NCAA tournament.
Honestly, if we compare them, it will be a great game, – said Williamson. – But I'm not going to sit here and say: "My God, I hope we can play them again." I do not start any additional drama. "