April 7, 2009
Michigan State players Korie Lucious (34) and Marquise Gray console each other on the bench toward the end of the game.
Warm and fuzzy they were not. For a year, maybe more, North Carolina could feel this national championship coming. It was a calculated march, and behind the unrelenting play of Tyler Hansbrough, Wayne Ellington and Ty Lawson, the Tar Heels stomped out Michigan State’s inspirational run Monday night with an 89-72 blowout that wasn’t that close.