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Chicago Sun Times -- "We're excited to finally have the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at the Assembly Hall,'' said Illinois coach Bill Self, who like North Carolina coach Matt Doherty will have a young but talented team. ''The Tar Heels have been one of the great programs in college basketball history, and we expect them to be loaded up again after a great recruiting class." Illini get Challenge at Assembly Hall

Raleigh N&O -- "The Challenge quickly has become a much-anticipated event for our fans, friends and alumni as well as for college basketball in general," ACC commissioner John Swofford said. "It allows our schools to compete against outstanding teams from the Big Ten, providing quality early-season matchups for our coaches and players." Challenge features title game rematch

Durham H-S -- "We had high expectations for the Challenge when it was initiated three years ago, and we have every reason to believe that the 2002 event will be another success," Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said in a statement. "As always, the event provides an outstanding opportunity for players and coaches to evaluate their progress early in the season and for the first time, gives fans a chance to watch all nine game on national television." Indiana challenges Terps again

Charlotte Observer -- "North Carolina freshman Darian Durant, rumored to be changing positions to fullback, instead beats out senior quarterback Ronald Curry and breaks tons school freshman records -- then transfers. Then changes his mind and stays in Chapel Hill. Bor-ing." ACC stands for 'anything can change'

Chapel Hill News -- "Carter came to UNC ranked as the top shooting guard in the country and as one of the top five of all prep prospects. Today he could probably go straight to the NBA because of his athletic ability. But the harsh reality was Carter had little understanding of the game when he arrived in Chapel Hill." NBA draft, commentators send a mixed message

The Detroit News -- "Dumars said Tuesday he has made preliminary contact with the representatives of free agent point guards Jeff McInnis (Clippers), Travis Best (Bulls) and Chauncey Billups (Timberwolves). He hopes to bring at least one of them in for an interview -- McInnis would most likely be first -- this weekend." Pistons still seek point guard


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