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Carolina Basketball

The one player on his roster who started a game last season likely won't start Saturday.
Tentatively, Thomas to start Tar Heels' season on the bench
Durham Herald-Sun

"I know they've got a lot of different guys playing this year, but we're still having to play UNC at (their) home. The ACC is the best conference in the country, and they're still the team that wears North Carolina on the front of their jerseys."
Don't expect GWU to be intimidated by the setting
Shelby Star

But this is different. This is North Carolina, fresh off its national championship, in the Smith Center. "It's no secret; it's something everyone wants to do, to play against the Tar Heels in the Dean Dome," senior forward Brian Bender said. "A lot of us wished we could be Tar Heels."
UNC a giant step for Gardner-Webb
Charlotte Observer

It's been said before, but it's worth saying again — North Carolina lost its top seven scorers from last season's title-winning team. And with Gardner-Webb returning all five of its starters, Saturday's game figures to be closer than a lot of Tar Heel fans might think.
Season opener pits Heels vs. Dogs
Daily Tar Heel

The UNC men's basketball team continued a tradition of giving Thursday as they distributed toy-filled bags to kids at the N.C. Children's Hospital.
An off-court give and go
Daily Tar Heel

This team's NCAA tournament hopes -- NIT hopes, for that matter -- likely reside with its talented freshman class. But Noel will try to lead on the offensive end of the court as never before, too, when the Heels open the season Saturday against Gardner-Webb.
Tar Heels seek genesis after mass exodus
Greensboro News & Record

The Odd Couple has returned to Broadway with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. One wonders why Doug Moe and Larry Brown were not asked to audition.
Reunion is friendly admire
Rocky Mountain News

Carolina Football

But just before this season began, the North Carolina junior wide receiver added a step to his pregame ritual that he never wanted. Yvonne Holley, his grandmother and the woman who raised him, died of cancer at age 61 two days before UNC's season-opening game at Georgia Tech.
UNC wide receiver honors late grandma on the field
Durham Herald-Sun

Baker has completed 62.5 percent of his passes in North Carolina's past two games, a close win over Boston College and a close loss in overtime to Maryland. He has passed for 546 yards and a touchdown, and in 72 passes he's been intercepted only once.
On a Roll: Baker hopes to carry Tar Heels
Winston-Salem Journal

He has 64 catches for 1,285 yards and 14 touchdowns. After a hip injury limited Nicks to six catches in the first three games, he has blistered secondaries.
Patience pays off for Nicks
Charlotte Observer

But after graduating from UNC and taking a season off, he decided to join former UNC assistant Rod Broadway -- now the head coach at NCCU -- for Banks' one remaining season of eligibility in Division II.
Banks finishing career on a high note
Durham Herald-Sun

With a 1-9 record going into Saturday's season finale at North Carolina, Roof couldn't bring himself to a full-on grin.
Duke's hopes lie in future
Raleigh News & Observer

The Blue Devils have gotten production from their freshman. Here are six who could start against UNC on Saturday:
Blue Devils' freshmen are starting and making an impact
Raleigh News & Observer

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