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By her count, Shirley Barnes has missed no more than half a dozen or so basketball games that her first-born has played. Summer-league. High school. Now in college at North Carolina. Back in November and December, she says, she'd fidget in her seat as she watched him with the Tar Heels and wonder to herself: Who is that kid?
The Des Moines Register

At the beginning of the season the six were called "parentheses" because their names were written in parentheses in Coach Roy Williams' practice plans, and he would also sometimes call them the JV guys or walk-ons. "We were like, 'Look, guys, something has got to change here. This is not going to work all year,' " said Bolick, a Chapel Hill High alum.
'Blue Steel' make mark on, off court
The Durham Herald-Sun

The Tar Heels approach this weekend's home finale against Duke with a chance to finish first during the ACC regular season for the fifth time under Roy Williams. They've already won 23 times, having dispatched Florida State on Wednesday thanks to another game-winning shot by forward Harrison Barnes.
Jacobs: Back To Normal For UNC
The ACC Sports Journal

Saturday's basketball game between Duke and North Carolina for the ACC championship almost qualifies as a late-season ritual. This will be the 14th time since the conference began play in 1953-54 that the regular-season title or a tie for first has hinged on the outcome. Saturday's game in Chapel Hill will mark the third time in four seasons that first or a tie for first in the regular season is at stake. The Tar Heels won 79-71 in the 2008-09 season in the Smith Center and 76-68 in 2007-08 at Duke.
Regular-season title rides on Duke-UNC showdown
The News and Observer

Five months ago, we all figured Graves would be a central figure in such a clash, one of the veteran leaders of this year's Tar Heel revival. Instead, as college basketball's regular season ends and North Carolina tries to capture an improbable ACC championship, Graves is playing pro ball in Japan and left without the opportunity to celebrate his Senior Night.
Where in the world is Will Graves?
The Fayetteville Observer

In what has so far been an encouraging week, North Carolina's basketball program received yet another lift late Thursday night when Class of 2012 wing J.P. Tokoto announced his commitment to play for Roy Williams and the Tar Heels.
Talented wing commits to UNC
The Fayetteville Observer

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