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Carolina Basketball

Before the current season began, the pressure already was on North Carolina to rebound from its 17-loss 2009-10 season in a big way with the addition of a talented trio of freshmen and some experience. But after losing two of three games in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Tar Heels (2-2) are off to their worst start since 2001-02.
San Juan trip was no holiday for Heels
The Durham Herald-Sun

North Carolina's trip to Puerto Rico was supposed to be a pre-Thanksgiving confidence builder, a tropical excursion used to help a young team jell. Instead, the Tar Heels returned to the mainland early Monday hauling far more baggage than they ever planned on bringing back.
Tar Heels concerned over consecutive losses
The Fayetteville Observer

Are the Tar Heels (2-2) more vulnerable than normal going into tonight's game against the Bulldogs (2-1) at the Smith Center (a 7 p.m. tipoff on Fox SportSouth), or will they come out hungrier and angry after dropping two straight games in Puerto Rico over the weekend? "Both are true," said Biedenbach, who already has an impressive big-school road win when the Bulldogs opened the season with a 70-69 overtime victory at Auburn.
UNCA men visit struggling Tar Heels
The Asheville Citizen-Times

Carolina Football

Motivation was in short supply at North Carolina yesterday, although every member of the program expects the situation to change significantly by Saturday, when the ACC's regular season will close.
UNC trying to turn its focus on Duke
The Winston Salem Journal

North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates showed up at Monday's weekly news conference with his sprained left thumb wrapped in a hard cast. Even though the senior insisted the injury to his non-throwing hand was not serious, and he's still able to grip the ball, it was proof of how banged up the Tar Heels are with one week left in the regular season. And the Tar Heels are not just drained physically, but also mentally.
Yates' condition typical of Tar Heels after loss to Pack
The Durham Herald-Sun

North Carolina believes it has the perfect remedy for putting a disappointing loss to nemesis N.C. State behind - another rival game. The Tar Heels (6-5, 3-4) were still smarting Monday from Saturday's 29-25 loss to arch rival N.C. State. But with the regular-season finale against neighboring Duke (3-8, 1-6) looming and a chance to finish with a winning record at stake, UNC players know they can't afford a letdown.
UNC looking to rebound against Duke
The Fayetteville Observer

North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates had his left hand tightly wrapped in gauze Monday morning. He said otherwise, he's fine. Just the usual bumps and bruises. But Yates' Saturday saw the senior take more than his usual pounding.
Tar Heels QB Yates copes with beating from N.C. State
The Burlington Times-News

Yates said the Tar Heels (6-5) were emotionally drained after Saturday's 29-25 loss to N.C. State. North Carolina has put a lot of energy into the season. The Tar Heels have lost 14 players for at least one game and seven for the season. Another 19 players have missed at least one game because of injury. The cumulative effect has been apparent since a wild 37-35 win Nov.6 at Florida State.
Drained Tar Heels need to regroup for finale at Duke
The Charlotte Observer

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