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North Carolina's Rashad McCants, who has been battling an intestinal disorder since last weekend, was showing improvement Wednesday, according to his mother. "I talked with him today; he told me he was feeling a little better and eating some solid food," said Brenda Muckelvene. "We got the test results. It's an intestinal virus. It's no big thing. He will be fine."
McCants' return still uncertain
The News and Observer

Roy Williams repeated the question, but he didn't take long to answer it. Previously hesitant to categorize his second team at North Carolina, the coach finally came out and said it. "How good are we?" he began, echoing the last question of his postgame news conference at the RBC Center. Minutes earlier, his team had trotted off the court with an 81-71 win over N.C. State on Tuesday night. "I think we're one of those teams that has a chance, you know, to make it to St. Louis and to win. But there's probably about 20, 24 of those."
Improved defense has Heels looking like Final Four candidate
The Durham Herald-Sun

All Melvin Scott wanted in his last season at North Carolina was a chance. It finally came Tuesday in a game at N.C. State. Rashad McCants, the Tar Heels' leading scorer, was out because of an intestinal disorder, and Scott replaced him in the lineup.
Tar Heels' Scott took advantage of situation in win over Wolfpack on Tuesday
The Winston-Salem Journal

If North Carolina and Wake Forest nab No. 1 seeds in the upcoming NCAA tournament, don't rule out the possibility of seeing both schools in Charlotte for the first two rounds.
Even as No. 1s, Charlotte could have Wake, UNC
The Greensboro News and Record

Life is good these days for fans of Allen Iverson. "That's my man," Latta said. "Not that he's all fancy and can score, but when I look at him, he's going to bring it every night. I think he's the best player in the NBA -- I didn't want to say it, but I am. He's just going to bring it every night. He plays with a lot of heart, and I try to play with a lot of heart every night. The Tar Heels (22-3, 10-2 ACC) thrive off that attitude, and they have won eight consecutive games. They will try to extend that streak to nine today at 7 p.m. when they host Virginia at Carmichael Auditorium in their final home game of the regular season.
Latta's game bears strong resemblance to her idol
The Durham Herald-Sun

The key for the Terps is to get that eighth ACC win and finish regular-season league play with a .500 record. Only three teams since 1992 with ACC marks of 8-8 or better have failed to make that tournament. And that means Maryland will need to beat No. 2 North Carolina (23-3, 11-2) on Sunday at home or surprising Virginia Tech (14-10, 7-6) in Blacksburg, Va., on March 5. The Tar Heels, who handled N.C. State on Tuesday without Rashad McCants (illness), dismantled the Terps by 34 points in Chapel Hill in early January. The Hokies are 11-3 at home this season, including a win over Duke.
Terps' hopes punctured, but doubt yet to seep in
The Baltimore Sun

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