It's not the top-10 showdown that it would have been in past years, but that doesn't make it any less important to the teams involved.
Arizona no 'break' for UNC
The Durham Herald-Sun
When Raymond Felton bolted to the NBA last spring, North Carolina needed help at point guard and Bobby Frasor came rushing to the rescue.
Guarded situation at UNC
The News and Observer
The last time Roy Williams and Lute Olson scheduled games against each other, they couldn't decide whose team would play at home the first year.
So, naturally, they did the only logical thing.
"We flipped a coin in the end zone, I mean past the baseline, in a high school gym in Vegas," Williams said.
UNC notebook: My place or yours?
The Durham Herald Sun
For a few moments before Arizona's noon workout Friday at the Smith Center, three of the game's coaching heavyweights had a lighthearted chat.
Among them, teams coached by the Wildcats' Lute Olson, North Carolina's Roy Williams and the arena's namesake, Dean Smith, have won 2,114 college basketball games.
Unranked? Sure, but North Carolina, Arizona still motivated
The Greensboro News and Record
Coach Roy Williams of North Carolina said yesterday that he's thinking of making another change in his lineup, but that he isn't sure that he will. He is concerned with two aspects of his team's play in the past four games: turnovers and fouls.
Tar Heels to play Wildcats today
The Winston-Salem Journal
The last time North Carolina met Arizona, it was on college basketball's biggest stage. Almost nine years later, the Tar Heels and Wildcats are simply hoping to reach respectability.
UNC, UofA reach for respectability
The New Bern Sun Journal
Legendary coach Dean Smith walked down the tunnel of his namesake arena with Roy Williams, awaiting a friendly 15-minute chat with Lute Olson before Arizona's practice Friday.
CBS analyst Billy Packer arrived with briefcase in hand, doing some homework for today's nationally televised game between North Carolina and Arizona.
Later, about 20 media members crowded around to hear Williams spin off folksy yarns that included terms such as "Chicken Little," "God Almighty" and "since the rocks cooled."
Cats vs. Heels has big-time game feel
The Arizona Daily Star
Olson and Williams have locked horns on many recruits over the years, with both of them having deep California connections, but Olson has always maintained that he respected the aboveboard manner in which Williams behaved.
Williams said he feels likewise.
Coaches respect each other
The Arizona Daily Star