Top-ranked North Carolina opens its season tonight in Charlotte against Davidson. As the Tar Heels begin their quest to return to the Final Four, here are four things you should probably know.
Tar Heels tip off tonight
The Fayetteville Observer
Tyler Hansbrough, Danny Green, Deon Thompson and the rest of North Carolina's basketball players have been itching to get back on the court since last March 25, when the season ended in the NCAA Tournament East Regional championship game.
Today is the day they get to scratch.
Heels to face early test
The Winston-Salem Journal
With his SpongeBob SquarePants apparel and prankster personality, it's not surprising that point guard Ty Lawson decided against going to the NBA in the summer because, he said, "I just felt like being a kid for one more year."
A more mature Lawson can make the Heels go
The News and Observer
Top-ranked North Carolina, which will debut against Davidson at Bobcats Arena tonight, had better get used to playing away from its home court.
The Tar Heels play home games Sunday against Iona and Tuesday against S.C. State, then won't play at the Smith Center for almost a month.
Heels will be road warriors
The Charlotte Observer
North Carolina didn't lose the NCAA East Regional basketball final to Georgetown until overtime, but the moment that sticks in the minds of its fans came at the end of the second half.
Tar Heels look for their outside shot
The Greensboro News and Record
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams is known for his quirky phrases, and there's one that amuses Tar Heels guard Bobby Frasor more than the rest.
It's when Williams says "tiptoe through the tulips."
Bobby Frasor hopes to regain freshman year form for Tar Heels
The Chicago Daily South Town
The North Carolina Tar Heels have certainly had easier season openers.
When the 2007-08 edition of the vaunted program takes the court tonight in Charlotte, it will do so against a crowd that, in sheer numbers, will probably be 50 percent against the No. 1 team in the country.
And the opponent will be no slouch, either.
Tar Heels open play against Davidson
The Rocky Mount Telegram
The last time North Carolina's men's basketball team took the court in a non-exhibition game, it left East Rutherford, N.J.'s Continental Airlines Arena with a painful 96-84 overtime loss to Georgetown in the East Regional final.
Tar Heels turn page in opener
The Burlington Times-News
Roy Williams didn't schedule Davidson to help North Carolina acclimate to the Charlotte Bobcats Arena, site of this year's ACC Tournament.
Tar Heels open with Davidson, challenge
The Durham Herald Sun
The Davidson Wildcats say they are ready for this.
They will face No. 1-ranked North Carolina tonight at Bobcats Arena in front of a nationally televised audience.
Wildcats welcome national attention
The Charlotte Observer