|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Tuesday, 07 April 2009 08:03|
March Madness result, Vintage 2009, is now in the books as North Carolina scored a dominant win and payoff against the March Madness odds over Michigan State. March Madness result, National Championship Style, read UNC 89/Michigan State 72 as Carolina beat the 7.5-point March Madness odds.
This March Madness result was never really in question and Michigan State led for only a few seconds to start. North Carolina gave everyone betting on them against the March Madness odds an easy night with little to worry about and plenty of time to celebrate an easy payout during the game, in which Carolina dominated from the get-go.
In fact, before ten minutes had passed, this March Madness result was as good as over as North Carolina exploded for a 20-point lead. The most surprising element to this March Madness result was Carolina's much maligned defense, which had performed poorly for most of the regular season. In the title game against Michigan State, however, the Tar Heels were like a different team on defense and that was as big of a reason as any for this March Madness result.
Michigan State's defense, which was expected to be their biggest weapon in determining this March Madness result, was exposed for its lack of big time talent. The Spartans defense was no match for North Carolina, who has several NBA caliber players on their roster.
Michigan State may have been a sentimental favorite but the fact is that this March Madness result was the second of two blowout losses in 2008-09 for the Spartans against North Carolina with both of those defeats taking place on the floor at Ford Field. Key Tar Heels included Ty Lawson, who had 21 points, Wayne Ellington, who had 19, and Tyler Hansbrough, who added 18.
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams earned his second national championship with this March Madness result. His first was in 2005 and it looks as if Williams is building a powerhouse program that is likely to dominate for years to come. His win over State was one of the most complete and impressive in national championship game history.