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Carolina Basketball

Whenever Quentin Thomas grew frustrated over the last four seasons, he called his parents. Then he talked to God. And if he still needed soothing, the North Carolina point guard grabbed the nearest notebook.
Thomas pens UNC's feel-good story
The News and Observer

North Carolina will play its final home game of the season tonight and stepping to center stage on Senior Night will be one of its most valuable players of the past five weeks.
Stepping Up: North Carolina's Thomas, a senior, has ably filled in for injured Lawson at point guard
The Winston-Salem Journal

When Ty Lawson checked into the game in the first half Saturday at Boston College, it effectively marked the end of the brief Quentin Thomas Era in North Carolina basketball. Perhaps "era" is too strong a word. But for 71/2 games, since Lawson injured his ankle early at Florida State on Feb. 3, Thomas had a chance to start for North Carolina at point guard and to play extensive minutes. It's an opportunity that didn't come for Thomas until the end of his career. He plays his final home game tonight against Florida State.
UNC's Thomas has great time thrust upon him
The Greensboro News-Record

On the night of Feb. 10, North Carolina was on the brink of making history, and not the variety any of the Tar Heels wanted to be a part of.
Right On, Q
The Burlington Times-News

Quentin Thomas says a little prayer before most games, but something about him bowing his head before North Carolina's game against Duke on Feb. 6 seemed especially appropriate.
Thomas continues to start, but Heels look foward to more minutes by Lawson
The Durham Herald-Sun

A daunting challenge has become even more formidable, if such a thing is possible. The FSU men's basketball team has learned that North Carolina, their opponent tonight in Chapel Hill, leapfrogged to No. 1 in the national polls Monday — the position the 27-2 Tar Heels held for 11 weeks earlier in the season.
NCAA bid on the line for Seminoles
The Tallahassee Democrat

The NCAA Tournament bubble has been like a rude party host to Florida State the past two Selection Sundays. Both seasons, the Seminoles waited patiently for their first invitation to March Madness since 1998, and each time they were told they weren't invited.
FSU Looks To Pop 'Bubble' Talk By Upsetting No. 1 Tar Heels
The Tampa Tribune

Carolina Football

North Carolina's T.J. Yates expects to be completing passes again next fall, trying to improve on his 2007 record-setting freshman season. But in spring practice the focus will be on rising junior Cam Sexton and redshirt freshman Mike Paulus as Yates continues rehabbing from a December surgery on his throwing shoulder.
Yates' injury gives other QBs a shot
The News and Observer

A few hours before he led North Carolina through its first session of spring practice, Tar Heels football coach Butch Davis described himself as "bouncing off the walls."
Davis expects North Carolina's spring practice to take different tone
The Burlington Times-News

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