Marcus Ginyard is sure that North Carolina always draws a team's most determined effort because of the program's long-standing reputation as one of the best in college basketball. If so, the job just got a lot harder.
No. 1 Tar Heels preparing for Cavaliers
The Winston Salem Journal
North Carolina's top-ranked basketball team can fill several highlight videos with Tyler Hansbrough's dunks, Wayne Ellington's artistic jumpers and Ty Lawson-led fastbreaks.
But along with scoring an ACC-best 89.5 points per game, the Tar Heels also are showing off on defense.
Heels taking away foes' best shots
The News and Observer
Quentin Thomas' college basketball career began on the wrong foot.
Or at least a sore leg.
Just before Thomas arrived at North Carolina in the summer of 2004 from Oakland, Calif., he injured his ankle. And that July, one of the first things he did at UNC was have surgery on his right knee.
UNC can make its point well
The Durham Herald Sun
North Carolina goes fast by design. Yet there are a few reasons the topranked Tar Heels might want to pause.
Like for good shots.
Tar Heels slow down for good shots only
The Burlington Times-News
Had voters done the unexpected this week and not ranked North Carolina No.1, Dave Leitao's opinion wouldn't have changed.
Heels impress Leitao
The Richmond Times-Dispatch
After UCLA's loss on Saturday put North Carolina in position to be ranked No. 1 for the first time in his tenure as men's basketball coach, Roy Williams invoked the 1939 movie classic, "Gone With the Wind" in describing his reaction.
Cavs 1st foe for new No. 1
The Roanoke Times
If there is one statistic that Virginia coach Dave Leitao would love to apply a giant bottle of Wite-Out out to, it is this: under Leitao's watch, UVa has yet to win a road game outside of the commonwealth.
The Daily Progress
One of the most important objectives during the offseason and early portions of Virginia's schedule was to find consistent scoring support for guards Sean Singletary and J.R. Reynolds. The duo carried the team last season, so much that both players wore down and the offense sputtered to the second-lowest scoring output in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Cavs Want Consistency, Points From Diane
The Washington Post
This year will mark the 50th anniversary of a magic night in March, when the 1957 North Carolina Tar Heels completed a 32-0 season to win the NCAA basketball championship.
But if you were at the home of Joe and Carol Quigg on Tuesday afternoon, or at a book signing at Barnes & Noble about an hour later, you'd have thought the championship was won last year.
North Carolina's ‘Best Game' celebrated with book
The Fayetteville Observer
A lot of people know where all the keys are, but that's different from playing the piano.
Mastering the point-guard position in the NBA is a similar challenge. Of late, the Charlotte Bobcats' Raymond Felton has started playing the piano.
It's not just having all the skills, it's knowing when to use them: when to drive, when to shoot, when to pass.
Felton learning how pieces fit
The Charlotte Observer