Web Run: 'Howell Embraces Leadership Role'

Senior big man Richard Howell has suddenly found himself the leader of this team, and he's as shocked as anyone else. But he knows someone has to do it, and he doesn't mind.

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Howell Embraces Leadership Role
Lauren Brownlow * News & Observer
Senior big man Richard Howell has suddenly found himself the leader of this team, and he's as shocked as anyone else. But he knows someone has to do it, and he doesn't mind. "Just me being a senior trying to step up and fulfill that role, this being my last year – I feel like we can go far, but leadership is something that we're lacking," Howell said. "I want to go far, so I'm going to fulfill the role."

In NC State's blowout loss to Oklahoma State, he noticed a few mistakes from his teammates and he had his moments to speak up and correct those mistakes. He was saddled with foul trouble for much of that game (he ultimately fouled out), but he still wished he had spoken up. He let the mistakes go, as did everyone else, and the result spoke for itself.
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UNC got warning on suspect classes
Dan Kane * News & Observer
For the first half of the last decade, independent studies offered by the Department of African and Afro-American Studies were a regular go-to class for men's basketball players at UNC-Chapel Hill.

In one year alone, when the team won the 2005 NCAA championship, basketball players accounted for 15 enrollments, university records show.

Two years later, members of the team all but disappeared from those classes, which did not meet and typically required a paper or research project at the end. UNC-CH records show just one basketball player took an independent study from the department in the past five years.
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Duke 0-0 .000 9-0 1.000
Maryland 0-0 .000 8-1 .889
Virginia Tech 0-0 .000 8-1 .889
Miami 0-0 .000 5-1 .833
Virginia 0-0 .000 8-2 .800
North Carolina 0-0 .000 7-2 .778
Georgia Tech 0-0 .000 6-2 .750
NC State 0-0 .000 6-2 .750
Clemson 0-0 .000 5-3 .625
Florida State 0-0 .000 5-4 .556
Boston College 0-0 .000 4-5 .444
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