So Tyler Hansbrough is 62 points away from tying JJ Redick's career ACC scoring record. What are the chances that he DOESN'T break this record? I think it's almost certain that he will, but here are my thoughts on what it would take:
- I expect his minutes to be down in the ACC tournament. In the early rounds you need to keep your players rested, and this tournament means almost nothing to UNC in the big picture. The earliest I could see them losing would be the semi-finals. Let's say the worst-case scenario (realistically speaking) happens for him and he scores 25 points in two games.
- In the NCAA tournament, I cannot fathom them losing before the Sweet 16, even if Lawson is playing hurt as recently reported. Let's say they run into UCLA in their third game (as ESPN's bracketology currently has listed) and lay an egg in a major upset. Again, I know this is really wishful thinking from the standpoint of a Duke fan. Hansborough would probably play limited minutes again during the first game or two, but would only have to average about 13 points in each game to break the record.
- So it looks like pretty much a foregone conclusion. Averaging 12-13 points across 5 games shouldn't pose a challenge for him; heck he probably scores that just at the line 8-). An interesting thing to watch will be how much Roy Williams plays him during some of these less-important games, especially if Carolina has a big lead. Will he keep him in in order to pad the record?
When Hansbrough breaks the record it is my sincere hope that all Duke fans show their class by standing up and clapping. It will be an awesome accomplishment for TH.
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Yeah, barring injury, he's there. It would basically take a first game exit in both the ACCT and NCAAT to keep him from breaking it.
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Hemric did it in three years - in my mind that somewhat diminishes both J. J.'s and Hanbrough's accomplishments.
My guess is that they really try to feed him the ball during the first two games of the acc so that he has a good chance for breaking the record during the acc tournament. At least that is what I would do. How cool would it be to go on a scoring binge, setting the all time scoring record and winning the tournament mvp, all during your final acc tournament.
Sure would take some of the sting out of not winning the ncaa tournament!
Taking some leaps of faith based on wikipedia, so someone please correct me if I'm mistaken.
EDIT: Good article here on Mr. Hemric. He was only 6'6", yet had over 400 MORE rebounds than Duncan in his career.
Last edited by Highlander; 03-11-2009 at 10:06 AM. Reason: added link
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6'6" was pretty tall for a college player in the 50's, wasn't it? Maybe not the tallest on the court, but it probably compares to more like 6'9" or 6'10" now.
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From the article that Highlander cited:
"Hemric arrived in Wake Forest (the school had not yet moved to Winston-Salem) in the autumn of 1951. Because of the Korean War, freshmen were eligible for varsity competition and it didnít take long for Hemric to make an impact.
www.halls.md, the height of 95% of American white and black adult males falls between 66-75" at age 25, with a median a little over 70". Hispanics fall between 63-71.5" with a median at 67", and "others" are basically the same as Hispanics at 63-72" with a 68" median. So, with the population explosion of hispanics and other minority groups we've seen over the past 20 years, I'd be willing to bet that the "average" height of whites and blacks, the predominant ethnicities on college and NBA basketball teams, has risen by more than that.
Also, according to NBA.com, the average height of an NBA player was just over 6'7" in 2004-2005. Was it 6'7" in the 50s? I can't find data on that, but I'd bet not. I'm not saying that exactly correlates to college player heights, but I'd be willing to bet that 6'6" was well above average for the overall college basketball player population in the 1950s.
No, he probably wasn't the tallest guy on the court back then, but I'd be willing to bet he was taller than MOST of the guys on the court, whereas today, 6'6" AIN'T close to the tallest guy on the court.
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I agree that there were probably fewer really tall guys. With the general increase in height in the population and the addition of foreign big men, there are certainly more big guys throughout college basketball today. But I suspect there were still plenty of 6'8" guys in major college basketball in the 50s. The biggest difference I'd suspect, though, is that the average 6'8" guy back then is a lot less gifted than the average 6'8" guy is today.