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Bleachers have been moved into Groves Stadium for an extra 2,000 fans, and Wake Forest is selling standing-room-only tickets atop Deacon Hill.
Deacons, Heels play for bowl eligibility
Charlotte Observer


"Let's face it: The pressure's on -- on everybody," Bunting said. "You want to do something special with this season; you've got to win a ball game."
Heels prepare for 'battle of wills'
Greensboro News & Record


The Tar Heels have emerged from a brutal stretch of games just two wins away from bowl consideration. They're also one loss away from a third straight losing season under coach John Bunting.
Tar Heels finally play important games in November
AP


When North Carolina State and North Carolina began football practice three months ago, expectations in both camps were quite different.
Critical 2 weeks for Tar Heels, Wolfpack
Wilmington Star-News


Little, if anything, is static in life, let alone athletics. Teams and their situations change constantly, and what Grobe has seen from North Carolina in the past two weeks is a team that has changed decidedly for the better.
Grobe is wary of improved Heels
Winston-Salem Journal


This season's game, at sold-out Groves Stadium (Saturday, noon, WRAL), means a great deal to both teams, who remain on the bowl bubble. Those words are not in everyone's vocabulary, with each squad two wins from postseason eligibility.
Wake wants payback; no one talking bowls
Durham Herald-Sun


Wake coach Jim Grobe said Tuesday that Mauk would open Saturday against North Carolina, ending Cory Randolph's streak of 20 straight starts for the Deacons. Mauk and Randolph have been alternating series, and Grobe said that would continue this weekend.
Mauk will start at QB for Wake
Raleigh News & Observer


The school announced Tuesday night that it has sold 37,000 tickets for Saturday's game with North Carolina -- 5,500 more than Groves Stadium's official capacity and just less than the record of 37,411 for the Carolina game Oct. 11, 1980.
Wake Forest calls in reinforcements
Greensboro News & Record


Carolina Basketball


"All that togetherness talk is good right now, but I think everybody is together right now. What is going to happen when you face some adversity?"
Q&A with North Carolina's Roy Williams
Charlotte Observer


The ACC is expected to begin its annual roundup of many of the top high school basketball prospects in the country today as the early signing period begins.
Signing period begins
Raleigh News & Observer


Duke and North Carolina will formally assemble two of the nation's top basketball-recruiting classes today, when the NCAA's fall signing period is scheduled to open.
Basketball signing period will begin today for class of '05
Winston-Salem Journal


"[Williams] was probably one big man away from being in contention for number one," Telep said.
ACC teams lead the way in recruiting
Durham Herald-Sun


1. NORTH CAROLINA: The Tar Heels have a brutal February, with two games against N.C. State and trips to Duke, Maryland, Connecticut and Florida State. But if the defense makes the strides that Roy Williams anticipates, the improved depth should swing the regular-season race Carolina's way.
It's still all about hoops
Raleigh News & Observer


Now Duke is looking up at Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and North Carolina, at least in the Top 25. Those three teams are ranked 2-4, with Duke 11th. No. 15 Maryland and No. 19 North Carolina State were also in the preseason rankings.
Amazingly, ACC should be even better this season
AP



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