Service with a smile

March, 19, 2009

Even North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough zoned out for a few minutes in the second half, staring off into space with a towel around his neck as the backups mopped up against Radford in a 101-58 win. It was your typical No. 16 seed versus No. 1 seed matchup -- it turned into a practice session for both teams.

Ty Lawson didn't play and he didn't need to. That might be a different story Saturday, when the Tar Heels take on a much-improved LSU team that won the SEC regular season and defeated a gritty Butler team in the first round. The one player who seemed to have the most fun was UNC forward Danny Green. Shooting slump? Not anymore. After making 3 of 25 field goal attempts last weekend in the ACC tournament (two of which were tip-ins, coach Roy Williams reminded everyone Wednesday), Green couldn't stop smiling Thursday.

Early in the second half he made a breakaway layup off Bobby Frasor's steal and just couldn't stop smiling. Green was 6-of-14 from the field against Radford and finished with a double-double -- 10 rebounds and 15 points. He'll need a similar output Saturday -- especially if Lawson is out again.



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