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Few chores are more enjoyable than Raymond Felton's job running North Carolina's offense. Felton is thriving in a situation in which he can make few wrong choices.
High-powered lineup has UNC scoring at will
The Fayetteville Observer

Raymond Felton can smile while pleading his case with a referee. If he's playing basketball, he's happy -- even with a wrist injury that has stuck with him most of this season.
Felton all smiles after finding his shot
The Durham Herald-Sun

It is in that 65-year-old building of steel beams, brass rails and memories that Duke and North Carolina will renew their hot-blooded rivalry Wednesday night.It will be a thunderous occasion, the game played at a full roar, going so hard and fast that you'd swear the wind was blowing in the building. Every one of the gray wooden permanent seats upstairs will be filled and the bleachers on the lower level will be stuffed in some places with more than one rear end per seat.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL'S BLUE CLASSIC
The Charlotte Observer

Among the most memorable Duke-North Carolina men's basketball moments at Cameron Indoor Stadium: FEB. 2, 1995: Duke's Jeff Capel makes a halfcourt shot at the buzzer to send the North Carolina game into overtime. The Tar Heels eventually win 102-100 in a game remembered for Jerry Stackhouse's reverse dunk and Capel's shot.
Duke-North Carolina At Cameron
The Charlotte Observer

Roy Williams, usually a polite conversationalist, couldn't resist butting in at midsentence. The question was about North Carolina's mindset heading into Wednesday's basketball game at Duke, where the Tar Heels might be considered a favori -- "Whoa, whoa, whoa," Williams said. "There's no way anyone's a favorite going into Cameron."
Tar Heels, Devils avoid favoritism
The Greensboro News-Record

Mike Krzyzewski will admit to a prejudiced viewpoint, and an unyielding one at that, but for him there exists no finer rivalry in all of sports than Duke and North Carolina on a basketball court.
Devils get ready for visiting Heels
The Winston-Salem Journal

If you pay close attention, you'll notice that we, the media, are devoting some time and space to Wednesday's North Carolina-Duke basketball game. Check back in about four weeks and you'll notice we care about the teams' second encounter, but not as much as we like this one.
Why first Duke-UNC game transends second
The Greensboro News-Record

It produced perhaps the largest swelling of noise Cameron Indoor Stadium has ever heard. It helped many fans forget the outcome. It still causes former North Carolina post player Ed Geth some grief, and makes former Duke guard Chris Collins feel bittersweet.
Reliving Capel's shot
The Burlington Times-News

As a high school senior, Jackie Manuel watched North Carolina earn a No. 1 ranking, finish tied for first in the Atlantic Coast Conference and reach the NCAA tournament. Standard stuff for anyone wearing a Tar Heels jersey, he figured. Instead, Manuel, Jawad Williams and Melvin Scott walked in as freshmen to probably the most turbulent time the storied program has known. That included an 8-20 season, missed NCAA tournament bids and an ugly coaching change. Now, with North Carolina ranked No. 2 heading into Wednesday's game at Duke, the seniors are finally having the kind of success they expected would be an annual occurrence.
UNC Seniors Have Seen It All
The Associated Press

Asked about the Duke-North Carolina rivalry with both teams ranked in the top 10, ESPN's Dick Vitale couldn't resist looking into the future. With first- and second-round men's NCAA tournament games scheduled for March 18 and 20 at the Charlotte Coliseum, Vitale said the ACC team that secures a No. 1 seed to play in its home state will be in excellent shape to advance. "Duke, Wake Forest and Carolina, they're all going to be battling to get that assignment, and that's huge," Vitale said. "You get to play in front of your people, and that's a big, big advantage."
ACC teams in line for trip to Charlotte
The Charlotte Observer

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has answered numerous phone calls of concern following his fall during Saturday's victory over Georgia Tech. Monday, Krzyzewski nearly answered one more call while answering questions from the media regarding Duke's game against North Carolina on Wednesday. "You can answer it," Krzyzewski said to no one in particular when a telephone rang in the back of the press room. " 'I'm OK.' ... 'I felt like a goof.' "
Coach K over dizzy spell, ready for UNC
The Durham Herald Sun

Redick vs. North Carolina has become a game within a game. He was 6-of-21 (3-of-13 on 3-pointers), 14-of-14 from the free-throw line and scored 29 points in the two games with the Tar Heels a year ago. It was his free-throw shooting (8-of-8 in the second half) and his steal and two free throws with five seconds remaining that sealed the March 6 win over UNC at Cameron Indoor.
Stopping Redick a struggle
The Durham Herald Sun


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