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Tyler Hansbrough does not need any extra motivation when third-ranked North Carolina plays second-ranked Duke tonight at the Smith Center. All the Tar Heels' 6-9, 250-pound junior All-American has to do is look at the picture that is pinned to his locker, the one with his bloodied and broken nose packed in gauze and blood smeared all over his jersey.
Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina set to square off with Duke again
The New York Daily News

Hardly anyone has forgotten the busted and bloody nose Tyler Hansbrough got against Duke last season, and he knows it.
Hansbrough knows about hanging tough
The Los Angeles Times

Basketball games between North Carolina and Duke have been decided by sharp-witted coaches, inspired players and clutch shots. Tonight's could be settled by a left ankle and a left big toe.
Injury issues loom over UNC as it prepares for ACC front-runner Duke
The Winston-Salem Journal

North Carolina fans remember which Duke player broke Tyler Hansbrough's nose last year, and Gerald Henderson expects to hear the rancorous sounds of total recall right before the opening tip tonight. When a reporter cited this prospect of single-target booing, Coach Mike Krzyzewski recoiled.
High-Stakes: More than bragging rights will be at stake tonight
The Winston-Salem Journal

Gerald Henderson won't just be walking into the lion's den when his No. 2 Duke Blue Devils meet the No. 3 North Carolina Tar Heels at the Smith Center tonight at 9. He'll be sticking his head into the lion's wide-open mouth.
No bad blood?
The News and Observer

Moments after the final buzzer at Florida State on Sunday, North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough's thoughts immediately turned to tonight's game against Duke.
Focus on winning for Hansbrough
The News and Observer

After facing Duke in Chapel Hill tonight, North Carolina's basketball team will have to play eight games -- all against ACC opponents -- over the course of the next 31 days. That's why Tar Heels coach Roy Williams won't play Ty Lawson unless it's a medical certainty that the standout point guard's sprained left ankle is immune to additional damage.
Heels won't risk it
The News and Observer

The droplets on the floor were wiped up. The smears on the jersey were laundered away. But there is still blood evidence from the foul in March that left North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough's nose gushing and Duke's Gerald Henderson ejected. It's on former Tar Heel Dewey Burke's high-tops, which now reside in a trophy case back home in Philadelphia.
Bit of blood links ex-teammates
The News and Observer

North Carolina senior point guard Quentin Thomas only has one class to attend today, a 1 p.m. course in sports management. That leaves gobs of free time to dispose of — and ample opportunity to obsess — leading up to tonight's visit from No. 2 Duke, which renews perhaps the most intense rivalry in college basketball.
Point guard spotlight shifts to North Carolina's Thomas
The Burlington Times-News

The Blue Devils have masked their weakness inside quite well thus far, as proven by their 19-1 record (7-0 ACC). But tonight presents their biggest challenge yet. North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough alone is more than most teams can handle down low. Add 6-8 Deon Thompson and 6-9 Alex Stepheson to the 6-9 All-American and you've got matchup problems galore for Duke.
UNC-Duke: Clash of the style titans
The Greensboro News-Record

The incident at the rim last season clearly was the result of Gerald Henderson's forearm slamming into Tyler Hansbrough's nose, or vice versa. The perspective differing on the angle of repose.
Bad blood plays part in Duke-UNC game
The Greensboro News-Record

Tyler Hansbrough is OK with Gerald Henderson. Hansbrough thinks it's funny that students might show up wearing masks to make fun of Henderson when second-ranked Duke (19-1, 7-0 ACC) visits No. 3 North Carolina (21-1, 6-1) at 9 p.m. today.
Peace reached before storm
The Charlotte Observer

Wayne Ellington finally felt there was enough distance from "the incident" to give his friend some guff this summer. This is soft-spoken Wayne Ellington we're talking about, so it's not like he was obnoxious when he teased Duke's Gerald Henderson.
Tar Heels, Blue Devils put rankings on the line
The Durham Herald-Sun

North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson hasn't ruled out playing in tonight's game against No. 2 Duke. Wearing an air cast and walking with a pronounced limp, Lawson said late Tuesday night that his sprained left ankle was "getting better." Asked if he thought he'd play against the Blue Devils, Lawson said, "I'm going to try."
Lawson on crutches, but shoots solo
The Durham Herald-Sun

We all hear coachspeak the day before a Duke-North Carolina basketball game, believe me. On Tuesday, Roy Williams sounded concerned, naturally, over the ankle injury to invaluable point guard Ty Lawson. So what did the Tar Heels coach say right off?
The players may change, but strategies remain same
The Durham Herald-Sun

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