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Playing in the NCAA Tournament is nothing new at North Carolina. Playing in one with a bad memory festering for a year is a little unusual for one of college basketball's most successful teams, however.
Recalling Last Year: North Carolina says it's still smarting over its loss to Georgetown in the 2007 NCAA Tournament
The Winston Salem Journal

Wayne Ellington is still hanging there, drifting just a bit off line and watching a shot he'd just released and could never get back. He floated back to earth just as the ball reached its target, or at least the general vicinity.
A year later, Tar Heels ready for another shot
The Greensboro News and Record

Many scorers thrive because they forget about their misses. Wayne Ellington has starred for top-seeded North Carolina this season because he prefers to remember.
UNC's Ellington ready to try again
The News and Observer

North Carolina coach Roy Williams gave his ACC champions the day off Monday and Tuesday, but Deon Thompson was hard at work in the weight room and in the gym, trying to get his game back.
Thompson working to improve
The News and Observer

Jan. 30: Princeton men's tennis captain Mark Gober thought he was in for a friendly game of ping-pong when he looked at Hansbrough, saw that stare and knew he was in trouble.
UNC's Hansbrough is a bit wacky, a lot determined
The Fayetteville Observer

After North Carolina lost to Duke at home on Feb. 6, it hardly seemed the basketball world belonged to Wayne Ellington. He'd shot 3-for-14 from the field and missed all six of his 3-point attempts. Afterward coach Roy Williams said he needed more production in games from guys who were supposed to be big-time shooters. Ellington didn't hear what Williams said. He didn't need to. He knew he needed to change after becoming too one-dimensional as a jump shooter.
Expanding Wayne's World
The Charlotte Observer

There are the ubiquitous blue Dasani cups. The rule that you can't touch a basketball until the game clock starts counting down.
Tar Heels hit 'road' for tournament atmosphere
The Durham Herald-Sun

Tyler Hansbrough waited in the dark with a weedeater. Torment younger brothers -- this is what three-time All-American big brothers do.
Hansbrough brothers at the dance
The Miami Herald

Tyler Hansbrough will turn into his madcap alter ego for No. 1 North Carolina tonight in its NCAA Tournament opener.
Tough love bonds Hansbrough brothers
The Columbia Missourian

Ordinarily, a trip to the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C., is a venture into venom for Hansbrough and North Carolina. But this week the RBC Center is less the home court of North Carolina State than it is an NCAA Tournament site about 20 miles from the UNC campus in Chapel Hill.
Raleigh is like home
The St. Louis Post Dispatch

The season statistics for University of North Carolina basketball players Patrick Moody (25 minutes, three points) and J.B. Tanner (21 minutes, 12 points) add up to about a normal first half or so for Tar Heels star Tyler Hansbrough. But it's not about the numbers for the two former Western North Carolina high school standouts, who will be in Raleigh this week for the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.
It's not about numbers for Moody and Tanner
The Asheville Citizen-Times

North Carolina coach Roy Williams does not completely trust the scouting report he gives his teams during the NCAA Tournament.
Williams, North Carolina doesn't want to be upset
The Rocky Mount Telegram

North Carolina coach Roy Williams gave his team an option regarding Thursday night's accommodations. The team could either sleep in its own beds back home in Chapel Hill or get a hotel in Cary and treat today's NCAA Tournament opener with Mount St. Mary's as a road test.
Road mentality
The Burlington Times-News

Roy Williams trotted out the old coaching adage Thursday when he stated, "You've gotta dance with who brung you." That's all well and good. But what happens if the other guy on the dance floor has a supermodel on his arm? Welcome to Mount St. Mary's world. The Mountaineers turned around their season by moving to a more up-tempo offensive style, going 11-4 since opting to pick up the pace.
Mount St. Mary's enters tourney with dilemma
The Greensboro News-Record

Jeremy Goode said he made a deal with senior teammate Chris Vann before the season began. He promised to get help him get his only Northeast Conference championship at Mount St. Mary's.
The Mount shows up with 'rock and a slingshot'
The Durham Herald-Sun

Emmitsburg is a sleepy Maryland town in the rolling hills beside the Blue Ridge Mountains, but few people will fall asleep early tonight.
QUIET TOWN: The home of Mount St. Mary's a sleepy place
The Winston Salem Journal

Faced with the longest odds in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, Milan Brown made sure his Mount St. Mary's players understood these were odds, not laws.
'Everything to gain'
The Baltimore Sun

A No. 16 seed has never defeated a No. 1. Some have come close (Holy Cross against Kansas in 2002) and others have been out of the game by the first television timeout. Today, Mount St. Mary's will take its chance at history – against the top seed in the tournament, North Carolina.
Mount St. Mary's will try to achieve historic upset
The Rocky Mount Telegram

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