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Good news Tarheel Fans! Junior Danny Green and sophomores Ty Lawson and Wayne “The Rain” Ellington are coming back next year. The three made their announcement just before the underclassmen deadline for the NBA Draft. Now I would have to say the Tarheels are the early favorites to make the 2009 Final Four as they return all of their starters (Hansbrough, Thompson, Ginyard, Ellington, Lawson), retain their 6th man (Green), and add a collection of McDonald’s All-Americans and highly rated recruits (Ed Davis, Larry Drew, and Tyler Zeller). Additionally, Bobby Frasor should be healthy again, and the bench only loses Quentin Thomas, Surry Wood and Alex Stepheson (transfer to UCLA).

The Lawson decision is a little bittersweet as he was recently stopped for a DWI, but I don’t think that his legal troubles will overshadow a potentially epic season. The last two seasons have ended in disappointment as the Tarheels were manhandled by the Kansas Jayhawks in the Final Four this paster year and the year before the Heels blew a late lead in the Elite Eight to the Georgetown Hoyas.

I can’t wait to see the Carolina Blue make a late season march in the NCAA tournament. Maybe Barack Obama’s recent visit will inspire the Tarheels to go all of the way. Go Heels!


Planetizen released its list of the Top 25 Urban Planning programs in the United States for 2009 as part of its Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs. Here’s the top 10:

  1. MIT
  2. Cal-Berkeley
  3. UNC-Chapel Hill
  4. Rutgers
  5. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  6. Cornell
  7. Harvard
  8. UCLA
  9. Southern California
  10. UPenn

If you look closely at the map you’ll see that Charlottesville is marked with a star. Thus, the University of Virginia is one of the top 25 planning programs in the country. Woo-hoo wahoos! Last year I believe UVA was in the top 15, and it was ranked that low because it didn’t have a PhD program.

Check out the pictures.

TarheelBlue had some nice pictures of Presidential hopeful Barack Obama playing pickup basketball with the North Carolina Tarheels. It certainly looks like Obama has some game. Maybe he can convince Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington, and Danny Green to follow Tyler Hansbrough’s lead and return to school for another year, or two.

I wonder if Obama is playing bball with the Heels to persuade John Edwards to join his campaign…

2008 ACC Tournament

UNC and Tyler Hansbrough have the #1 seed, and UVA and Sean Singletary have the #10 seed. I have high hopes for Virginia in the tournament. I truly think they have the talent to pull some big upsets.

Check out last year’s tournament bracket. #1 seed UNC beat #10 NC State in the finals 89-80. UVA has a chance….

Every UNC-Duke game has a defining moment that sticks out in your mind and gets replayed every time these two teams play. Last year it was Gerald Henderson breaking Tyler Hansbrough’s nose. In the 90s it was Jerry Stackhouse dunking on Cherokee Park, Capel’s miraculous half court shot, and Eric Montross’ bloody face. Danny Green’s posterizing dunk on Greg Paulus will be the highlight from this game that will live on for eternity.

Paulus is constantly getting dunked on. I can’t wait to buy this poster.

Michael Jordan Interview

March Madness is right around the corner, and I’ve already caught the fever. As an emerging UVA fan, this season has been rather disappointing. The Wahoos started off the season strong, but they couldn’t get their act together in January and February, and they currently sit in last place in the ACC. Furthermore, JMU’s basketball team has been rather lackluster as well — although the Dukes win total has hit double digits for the first time under Coach Dean Keaner.

Fortunately, UNC has had a superb season. The injury bug hit the Tarheels hard this season (Bobby Frasor, Ty Lawson, and other illnesses), but the Tarheels have maintained a steady position in the ACC and NCAA rankings. So, to celebrate the copious amount of basketball that is about to inundate our lives I present this interview with Michael Jordan. In this particular interview MJ talks about current (and former assistant) Coach Roy Williams, his former Coach Dean Smith, and his career at UNC.


“Bleed Blue. Live Green.”

I’ll start this post by saying that I absolute loathe Duke Basketball – I have to because I am a UNC fan (and a budding UVA fan). Even though I cheer against Duke in every way possible, I have to give them some credit for their commitment to environmentalism. This Thursday when the Blue Devils play NC State at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the entire student section (even the mascot) will be decked out in Green to raise awareness on sustainability.

The “Green Out” is part of Duke’s participation in Focus the Nation, a national initiative on global warming. According to DukeNews,Duke will purchase carbon offsets equivalent to the electricity, steam and transportation consumed by the game, working in partnership with the renewable-energy company NativeEnergy.”

Seven Virginia colleges and universities were ranked among the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

3. University of Virginia
4. William and Mary
14. Mary Washington
17. Virginia Tech
22. James Madison
77. George Mason
91. Longwood

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was number one, and the University of Florida was number two.

Wayne “The Rain” Ellington’s game winning three-pointer in overtime against Clemson.