"During a timeout near the end of North Carolina's 82-76 survival against Cleveland State on Saturday, coach Roy Williams said he told his team "the only reason we were ahead was that we were more gifted -- because we hadn't played a better basketball game.''
After close call, Heels face major challenge
The Raleigh News and Observer
"In a year in which conference alignments and conference pride have moved to the forefront in college athletics, along comes the Atlantic Coast Conference/Big Ten Challenge to decide something about strength of conferences."
ACC teams play for league pride
The Burlington Times News
"To be sure, Purdue's upset of No. 2 Duke in the final of the Great Alaskan Shootout won't count in the Challenge standings. But it has to be a good omen for the Midwestern league when a team picked to finish in the middle of the Big Ten standings beats the preseason ACC favorite on a neutral floor."
Challenge for Big Ten: Beat ACC
The Durham Herald Sun