North Carolina will try to maintain its share of first place in the ACC today when it hits the road one more time, but will have to avoid repeating the big mistake that it made the last time it visited Florida. The Tar Heels will play Miami at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables at 8 p.m. Only six games in the regular season are left for North Carolina, which is fighting Duke and Florida State for first place, and four will be on the road.
Tar Heels vow to maintain focus on trip to Miami
The Winston Salem Journal
When North Carolina had an 11-point lead with 2:10 left against Virginia Saturday, the situation was similar to one the Tar Heels faced when it held a 10-point lead against Duke in the previous game.
Except this time, instead of allowing the Blue Devils to steal a victory with a game-ending 13-2 run, UNC put its foot down, outscoring the Cavaliers 9-2 to close out an 18-point win.
As devastating as the Duke loss was, it served as a teaching point for the eighth-ranked Tar Heels (21-4, 8-2 in the ACC), who travel to Miami today (8 p.m., ESPN).
Duke lesson learned, Tar Heels take on Johnson, Miami
The Durham Herald-Sun
So much happened to North Carolina's basketball team in a matter of a few days last week that there might be the tendency to take a deep breath.
Probably not a good idea.
The eighth-ranked Tar Heels share first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference and they must navigate tonight's visit to Miami to stay in the elite cluster.
Tar Heels take refocused approach toward stretch run
The Burlington Times-News
Point guard Kendall Marshall was dribbling upcourt in the closing minutes Saturday when the antics of an authority figure caught his eye.
The commotion wasn't coming from the North Carolina bench, but rather someone standing behind it in the front row of section 110: UNC alum Shammond Williams.
Tar Heels guard Kendall Marshall takes advice from UNC alum
The Fayetteville Observer
North Carolina coach Roy Williams doesn't expect his bench to provide a lot of scoring, though he wouldn't complain if it did. But he does expect it to provide something - and perhaps something significantly more than it has provided to this point in the season.
No. 8 UNC will play Miami Wednesday night at 8 (ESPN) for the second time and when the Tar Heels take the court at the Hurricanes' BankUnited Center, Williams will be hoping for, among other things, greater production from his bench.
UNC calls up reserves
The Charlotte Observer
The eighth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels are in town for a Wednesday night game, March Madness is less than a month away, so University of Miami basketball coach Jim Larranaga, in an effort to relax the Hurricanes, decided to go Zen.
On Tuesday, he met with guards Malcolm Grant and Durand Scott, and adopting a thick Indian accent, recited a few lines from Deepak Chopra's Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: "Birds don't try to fly, they just fly. Fish don't try to swim, they just swim. Shooters don't try to shoot, they just shoot."
Jim Larranaga uses Zen to prepare Miami Hurricanes for North Carolina
The Miami Herald
The Hurricanes will face the eighth-ranked Tar Heels at the BankUnited Center at 8 p.m. in a nationally televised game on ESPN with a chance to duplicate their dramatic triumph at Duke against the ACC's other traditional powerhouse.
Miami has visions of beating North Carolina, Duke in same season