North Carolina will try to bounce back today from a shocking first loss of the season, and it will likely be at full strength with forward Harrison Barnes available for a game against Wisconsin in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge series.
North Carolina prepares for 6-0 Wisconsin
The Winston Salem Journal
Coming off its first loss, North Carolina doesn't have any time to sulk — one of the toughest weeks of the season starts tonight.
North Carolina hosts No. 7 Wisconsin at 9:30 p.m. (ESPN) in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge before visiting top-ranked Kentucky Saturday.
It's the second time in seven years that UNC is facing Top 10 opponents back-to-back, and the first time in program history that the Tar Heels will face a Top 10 team and a No. 1 team in consecutive games.
Tar Heels forced to forget loss, forge on against Wisconsin tonight
The Durham Herald-Sun
Points are hard enough to come by against Wisconsin, who is allowing just 39 points a game this season.
The challenge for No. 5 North Carolina would become even more difficult if leading scorer Harrison Barnes doesn't recover from a sprained right ankle in time for tonight's game against the seventh-ranked Badgers (9:30 p.m, ESPN).
So the Tar Heels can take solace in the fact that Barnes returned to practice Tuesday after sitting out Monday with the injury.
UNC Notebook: Harrison Barnes shakes off ankle injury, returns to practice
The Durham Herald-Sun
Having turned the corner into a week of national spotlight games, North Carolina's mission moving forward is clear.
Make sure what happened in Vegas — a disturbing first loss in this season of great expectations — stays in Vegas.
Tar Heels hope what happened in Vegas stays in Vegas
The Burlington Times-News
North Carolina lasted about three weeks at No. 1 before suffering its first loss and seeing its best player hobbled by an ankle injury. Now things really get tough for the Tar Heels.
With preseason All-American Harrison Barnes recovering from a sprained right ankle, fifth-ranked North Carolina hosts No. 9 Wisconsin on tonight in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Then comes Saturday's trip to Kentucky, which replaced the Tar Heels at No. 1 after the loss to UNLV over the weekend.
Daunting tests await Tar Heels
The Asheville Citizen-Times
As far as bounce-back games go, No. 9 Wisconsin might be one of the last opponents a team fresh off a loss wants to play.
No. 5 North Carolina lost to UNLV on Saturday in a game that coach Roy Williams said the Tar Heels played with a lack of intensity. Now UNC is preparing to face one of the most physical teams in the country.
UNC men's basketball to face tough Wisconsin defense
The Daily Tar Heel
Kendall Marshall has nice things to say these days about Jordan Taylor, the Wisconsin point guard who will lead the ninth-ranked Badgers into the Smith Center tonight against Marshall and No. 5 North Carolina.
The two encountered one another for the first time last summer, at a Chris Paul basketball camp.
Marshall, Taylor make friends out of foes
The Charlotte Observer
There will be times Wednesday onight when North Carolina grabs a rebound or collects a turnover and proceeds to push the gas pedal all the way to the floor.
How well the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team acts as a road block in those instances will help determine whether the ninth-ranked Badgers (6-0) can upset the No. 5 Tar Heels (5-1) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at the Dean E. Smith Center.
Few teams can match North Carolina's ability to score points in a hurry. But it's equally hard to find a team as good as UW in transition defense.
Speed trap in place to slow fast, furious Tar Heels
The Wisconsin State Journal
Fresh off winning the Chicago Invitational Challenge with a 17-point victory Saturday night over a fellow 2011 Sweet 16 participant in BYU, the Badgers (6-0 overall) now face what is likely their toughest game of the season: a Wednesday night road matchup with No. 5 North Carolina (5-1) in Chapel Hill. This will be the first time Wisconsin has played the Tar Heels since the 2005 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.
Matchup with North Carolina gives Wisconsin chance to shine
The Daily Cardinal
Withers should be commended for holding the team together and leading it to a respectable, though somewhat disappointing, 7-5 record. That's why he's being given what amounts to a courtesy interview with new athletic director Bubba Cunningham.
UNC ready to ‘move on' with football coaching search
The Wilmington Star-News
New North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham has one less top-tier candidate to interview for his soon-to-be vacant football coaching position after Ohio State hired Urban Meyer Monday.
Granted there was very little chance Meyer was going to take the gig in Chapel Hill, but it does have to raise a question as to where does Cunningham turn to find the next man to walk the sideline at Kenan Stadium.
UNC needs to hire a big name
The Richmond County Journal