- NASA pushing hard to get back into space game
- Harvard student to face federal charges for bomb hoax
- Ronnie Biggs of ‘Great Train Robbery’ fame dies, 84
- Pope Francis wins another ‘Person of the Year’ — from gay rights magazine
- Rep. Steve Stockman: Give my campaign $10, and you’ll get an Obama barf bag
- Putin: Russia to buy $15 billion in Ukraine bonds
- Expert: Obamacare ‘death spiral’ fears exaggerated
- Alabama firefighters dig for survivors of apartment blast
- Big Sur wildfire destroys home of firefighting chief
- ‘ ’Twas the Night Before Christmas’ set for mock trial to argue authorship
Thomas, Huskies hope to quiet Tar Heels, fans
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Immediately after hitting a difficult shot in Washington’s NCAA tournament opener, ever-confident Huskies guard Isaiah Thomas turned to the loud Georgia fans to his right, put an index finger to his lips and playfully yelled, “Shut up!”
Thomas and the Huskies _ 2,800 miles from home _ will need plenty more big shots and clutch plays to silence the crowd again Sunday afternoon when they face North Carolina in its backyard in an East region third-round game.
And the 5-foot-9 Thomas, whose buzzer-beater won last weekend’s Pac-10 tournament, is right where he wants to be.
“I love it,” Thomas said Saturday, breaking into a wide smile. “I mean, our backs are up against the wall. We have very few fans here. It feels like everybody is against us like it’s been the whole season. So it’s nothing new.
“We know it’s going to be a lot of baby blue in the crowd. We’re ready for it. It’s the NCAA tournament.”
It’s still far from a best-case scenario for Washington to try to secure its second straight appearance in the round of 16.
No team has traveled farther for the first week of the tournament than the seventh-seeded Huskies. The second-seeded Tar Heels had one of the shortest trips and have won 24 consecutive NCAA games in their home state. Their last loss in North Carolina: 1979.
“We’re two hours away and we know we have a lot of fans here supporting us,” guard Dexter Strickland said. “So the intensity of the crowd will help us get more intensity and play with a better sense of urgency.”
Strickland and point guard Kendall Marshall will split time guarding the versatile Thomas, according to coach Roy Williams. They’re challenged with trying to slow a sleek guard who can score in a variety of ways.
The junior had 19 points Friday to move into sixth place on the school scoring list as Washington beat Georgia 68-65 for its fourth straight win.
“I would have a hard time finding very many people that can have a more significant impact on the game than he does as a point guard,” Williams said.
The game has the potential to be played at a don’t-turn-away pace.
Washington entered the tournament third in the nation in scoring at 83.5 points a game. Fast-paced North Carolina beat the nation’s fourth-highest scoring team, Long Island University, 102-87 on Friday.
Thomas said the Huskies won’t change their style and “you don’t want it any other way” in facing another team that wants to run.
“Well, Long Island wanted to run with us, too. We enjoyed that,” North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes said. “If they want to run we’ll match their intensity.”
By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
- U.S. Army mulls wiping out memory of Robert E. Lee, 'Stonewall' Jackson
- PRUDEN: The scam that will not die
- Gov't wasted $30 billion on 'pillownauts,' crystal goblets -- buying human urine!
- Top Democrats reject court ruling over NSA spying on Americans
- BOLTON: Nero in the White House
- White House is obstructing probe on Navy Yard shooter, NSA leaker, Darrell Issa says
- We told you so: Conservatives foresaw polygamy ruling
- Colorado revolt: 55 of 62 sheriffs refuse to enforce new gun laws
- Senators in rush to pass budget vow to undo cut to military retirement pay
- Embassy Row: India strikes back over diplomat's arrest
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Politics, economics, and business from a real world perspective.
Uncensored exploration of issues concerning current events, civil liberties, American political advocacy, and the political and social issues facing military veterans.
NFL junkie Eric Golub reports on his favorite obsession. There is no football offseason. Every February he pretends to care about other sports while sobbing uncontrollably each Sunday until September.
Television commentary, reviews, news and nonstop DVR catch-up by Lisa King Dolloff and friends.
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow