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A rematch of the national championship game will be contested in Chapel Hill as part of the Atlantic Coast Conference / Big Ten Challenge series in men's basketball. Illinois will visit reigning national champion North Carolina for the rematch of April's game in St. Louis.
Illini, Tar Heels set for rematch of title contest
The Burlington Times-News

Same uniforms, new players. That will be the theme when Illinois takes on North Carolina next season as part of the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Illini and Tar Heels will meet in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Nov. 29 in what will be a rematch of the last year's NCAA tournament final.
Illinois-North Carolina rematch on
The Chicago Tribune

Illinois and North Carolina will renew acquaintances this fall, although neither the stakes nor the faces will be the same as when the teams met for the NCAA championship in April.
Coming this fall: Illinois-N.C. rematch
The Chicago Sun-Times

Accompanied by his former Tar Heel teammate Raymond Felton, Sean May walked down the aisle in the Presbyterian Hospital auditorium dressed in a Carolina blue sport coat. The hospital staff broke into wild applause.
Felton, May introduced to fans in Charlotte
The Durham Herald-Sun

The Timberwolves might have gone out on a limb by selecting controversial North Carolina guard Rashad McCants in the first round of this week's NBA draft, but at least they climbed an impressive family tree to do it. Athletes seem to grow on this one.
Bundle of athletic skills tied to McCants' genes
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Atlanta's newest sports icon came strolling down the hotel escalator around 8:40 a.m. in a pinstriped blue suit, lugging his own bags and with his backpack strapped to his broad shoulders. After posing for a picture with one fan and signing autographs for another he climbed into the van for a whirlwind ride that wouldn't stop for hours.
Whirlwind start to Marvin era
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ticket sales got an immediate bump after the two UNC stars were chosen by the Bobcats on Tuesday night in the NBA Draft. Team officials couldn't quantify the increase but said calls for tickets began while the draft was still in progress.
New Bobcats realize impact
The News and Observer

Now Charlotte thinks it can shake the bad memories by going college. And not just any college. It wants the name and glory of the reigning NCAA champion, the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Bobcats used their two first-round picks Tuesday to obtain Tar Heels teammates Raymond Felton and Sean May and transform themselves overnight into the Bobheels.
Bobcats give it the old college try
The News and Observer

Since the NBA Draft on Tuesday night, the remarkable number of Bobcats caps and jerseys seen around Durham and Chapel Hill could be described in a word -- obvious.
Bobcats strike gold on and off the court
The Durham Herald Sun

Williams made a good first impression on the Hawks, who landed the 6-foot-9 forward with the No. 2 pick in Tuesday night's draft. If he comes across as well on the court, the NBA's worst team will have a much-needed star -- and a league in need of an image makeover might have another good guy to brush away some of the negative headlines.
Williams Not Too Nice Once He's on Court
The Associated Press

Coming face-to-face with the Twin Cities media for the first time on Wednesday, McCants smiled often and said that reports of his attitude problems at North Carolina were the result of a young kid unsure how to handle the attention at one of college basketball's most storied programs.
Meet McCants: Timberwolves introduce lottery pick
The Associated Press

The Charlotte Bobcats don't like to publicly divulge how many season tickets they sell. So it wasn't much of a surprise Wednesday when team officials wouldn't talk specifically about how sales went the day after the Bobcats drafted former North Carolina players Raymond Felton and Sean May.
Bobcats say their phones are busy with tickets calls
The Charlotte Observer

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