North Carolina will return from its Thanksgiving holiday break today to meet the team that it holds largely responsible for ruining its 2009-10 season — the College of Charleston. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill.
Tar Heels are hoping to play smarter game with Cougars
The Winston-Salem Journal
When looking back at North Carolina's 17-loss season in 2009-10, it's not too difficult to find the turning point.
At the beginning of January, the then-ninth ranked Tar Heels traveled to the College of Charleston with just three losses — to Syracuse, Texas and Kentucky.
But instead of defeating the Cougars for its fourth straight win, UNC let an 11-point lead with four minutes to play slip away and was stunned in overtime 82-79. The Tar Heels never seemed to recover from the upset and struggled the rest of the season, as they missed the NCAA Tournament.
This time, No. 25 UNC hosts College of Charleston
The Durham Herald-Sun
The spindly sophomore forward has supplied team-leading averages of 11.8 rebounds and 3.4 blocked shots despite playing a pedestrian 21.8 minutes per game for North Carolina, which meets College of Charleston today.
Tar Heels define workmanlike role for Henson
The Burlington Times-News
Charleston guard Andrew Goudelock had no plans this week to watch the tape again of his game-tying 3-pointer against North Carolina from last January.
"That shot doesn't have anything to do with this year," said Goudelock, whose Cougars (4-2) face No. 25 UNC at the Smith Center today. "... But I do know I'm going to have to come out with a lot of intensity, because I know a lot of people in North Carolina weren't very happy with that shot. So I'm just going to have to look out and be ready."
Charleston gets another shot
The Charlotte Observer
There's no question No. 25 North Carolina will have revenge on its mind when the Tar Heels host the College of Charleston at 5:30 p.m. today in the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Cougars sprang an 82-79 overtime upset over then No. 9 North Carolina in January at the College of Charleston's Carolina First Arena.
But the Cougars players' memories aren't limited to that one win -- they also remember vividly their trip to the Smith Center in 2009, when the No. 3-ranked Tar Heels administered a 108-70 spanking on their way to winning the NCAA tournament and sending four starters to the NBA.
College of Charleston seeking 2nd straight win against a ranked North Carolina team
The Charleston Post and Courier