After mowing down 14 opponents by an average of 23.6 points, North Carolina had a fight to the finish on its hands Sunday night. Coach Roy Williams welcomed the change, which forced his unbeaten team to scrap to survive its ACC opener and win 90-88 at Clemson in overtime on the game's last shot.
Williams welcomed nail-biter
The Winston-Salem Journal
If North Carolina fans were bundles of nerves as the top-ranked Tar Heels played their first game against a nationally ranked opponent and nearly met their match, coach Roy Williams didn't seem to mind it one bit.
Tar Heels relish close call in victory
The Burlington Times-News
North Carolina forward Alex Stepheson, who has missed the team's past two games while in California to be with his ailing father, is expected to return to practice today.
The News and Observer
Roy Williams hopes to have Alex Stepheson available for North Carolina's game against UNC Asheville on Wednesday night. The sophomore forward was scheduled to return to Chapel Hill on Monday night after returning to his native California last week to be with his ill father. Stepheson is expected to practice today and, if all goes according to plan, play Wednesday against the Bulldogs.
Stepheson returns to Tar Heels
The Durham Herald-Sun
Midway through the regular season, top-ranked North Carolina seems to have few flaws, Sunday night's 90-88 overtime victory at Clemson providing the Tar Heels with their 15th straight win plus added confidence that they have the aplomb to win a national title.
Tar Heels scoring on and off the court
The Fayetteville Observer
Fourth time's the charm?
The UNC Asheville men's basketball team will face a No. 1-ranked opponent for the fourth time in school history, when the Bulldogs play North Carolina at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Bulldogs ready for UNC matchup
The Asheville Citizen-Times