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Carolina Basketball

North Carolina is still looking for the kind of play thought possible when it was named the preseason No.?1 team in college basketball, and the search will go on today. Evansville will visit Chapel Hill for a 7 p.m. game at the Smith Center. North Carolina will begin a nine-game homestand that will carry into January and its first two ACC games of the season.
Tar Heels will get opportunity to bounce back tonight
The Winston Salem Journal

Less than a month into the season, North Carolina already has had its share of injury scares. Kendall Marshall (back), Harrison Barnes (ankle) and P.J. Hairston (wrist) all missed practices, with Barnes questionable against Wisconsin a week ago and Hairston a game-time decision against Kentucky on Saturday.
UNC expected to be at full strength for Evansville
The Durham Herald-Sun

North Carolina's schedule settles down and the Tar Heels can settle in. They won't leave home for more than month, beginning Tuesday night against Evansville to start a nine-game homestand.
Schedule offers certain guarantees for Tar Heels
The Burlington Times-News

Kavon Lacey doesn't have any eligibility remaining to give his former University of Evansville basketball teammates a helping hand tonight against No. 4 North Carolina, but he has been around this season to provide emotional assistance.
Purple Aces advised to 'play your own game' against Tar Heels
The Evansville Courier-Press

Carolina Football

As the North Carolina football team resumes practicing this week, the school will be in the process of deciding who the next football coach should be. But the man who currently holds the job won't let the uncertainty affect his team as it prepares for its Independence Bowl game against Missouri on Dec. 26.
Tar Heels look forward to Shreveport for the holidays
The Durham Herald-Sun

North Carolina interim football coach Everett Withers said Monday he won't let the uncertainty about his future be a distraction for the Tar Heels as they prepare for a fourth straight bowl game. The Tar Heels (7-5) face Missouri in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 26. By that time, the school could have decided whether Withers should stay on as the permanent coach or if it will hire someone else.
UNC tuning out coaching talk before bowl game
The Asheville Citizen-Times

If you don't think landing Mizzou was a good thing for the I-Bowl, then you really haven't been following college football. Missouri is 7-5 and riding a three-game winning streak. In the Tigers' last swing through the Big 12, Mizzou posted wins over both Texas and Texas A&M. In the latest Jeff Sagarin computer rankings, Missouri is No. 15. Only one Mountain West team (Boise State at No. 8 ) is ranked higher. No ACC teams are ranked higher than Missouri.
Finally, something good for I-Bowl
The Shreveport Times

On Sunday, the Missouri football team accepted a bid to play North Carolina in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 26 in Shreveport, La. The game, which is at 4 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2, will pit Missouri against a team that has dealt with considerable conflict this season.
North Carolina, Missouri's bowl opponent, has had its own issues
The Columbia Missourian

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