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Carolina Basketball

Sure, North Carolina may be the NCAA tournament's top-overall seed. Sure, the Tar Heels may be riding a 15-game winning streak that has lasted for 57 days now. And sure, they may have cruised through the first four rounds of the NCAA tournament with an average margin of victory of 25 points. But suddenly in San Antonio, the Heels' road to the national title has to go through a team every bit as deep, every bit as athletic and every bit as balanced as they are.
Heels finally facing team with equal talent
The Fayetteville Observer

The days couldn't be much better right now for Danny Green. He is the top reserve on the nation's No. 1-ranked basketball team, and he has helped North Carolina to 15 straight victories, ACC regular-season and tournament titles and the NCAA East Regional title. He will play in his first Final Four on Saturday night, when UNC meets Kansas in the national semifinals at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Green Isn't Blue
The Winston-Salem Journal

As Sean May watched the North Carolina basketball players matter-of-factly cut down the NCAA East Regional nets in Charlotte last Saturday, the former Tar Heels center felt a burst of deja vu.
These Heels look a lot like the '05 Heels
The News and Observer

Tyler Hansbrough closed his eyes, hoping for a good night of rest. Instead, his mind kept racing, turning over and over the thought of finally getting North Carolina to the Final Four. "I couldn't really fall asleep," he said. "I kept thinking about this game coming up." It's somehow fitting that Hansbrough - a relentless All-American and a star from his first college game - doesn't even take a break even when he should be sleeping.
No stopping now for Hansbrough
The Associated Press

The scamp in Lawson makes him fun to be around, Williams said, but there's no better time for the Tar Heels, who meet Kansas in Saturday's national semifinal, than when Lawson has the ball in his hands with a full head of steam.
North Carolina's Lawson gives Heels a kick
The Kansas City Star

If you're a basketball coach and you care a lot about what you do, there's a real problem with your job. It never ends. That's why Roy Williams found himself in the backseat of a car in early April 2005, trying to get some sleep. Only hours before, he had returned to Chapel Hill after winning his first national championship. Now, he was recruiting the point guard he hoped would direct him to his second title: Ty Lawson.
Lawson at the wheel
The Charlotte Observer

Two days after North Carolina won the national championship in 2005, Roy Williams and Joe Holladay met at the Smith Center at the crack of dawn before they embarked on a three-hour drive to Virginia to see Ty Lawson at Oak Hill.
Recruiting -- and practice -- brings North Carolina to Final Four
The Durham Herald-Sun

What seems obvious about North Carolina's Final Four team is that it has no weakness. And, it appears to be flawless at the right time.
Searching for the Heels' soft spot? Keep looking
The Durham Herald-Sun

Quentin Thomas gazed thoughtfully Tuesday at the many Carolina blue and white banners hanging at the Smith Center. He turned to his left and pointed to the national championship banners. "I say, why not finish this the right way, with one more banner over here?" Thomas said.
Tar Heels' Thomas hopes titles bookend career
The Charlotte Observer

Jerod Haase, who has worked at the University of North Carolina for five seasons, still has great affection for his alma mater, Kansas University.
Ex-Jayhawks firmly in Tar Heels' corner Saturday
The Lawrence Journal-World

Roy Williams isn't in Kansas anymore. This evidently qualifies as news. It's in all the big papers.
PAST MASTER: Williams has put Kansas behind
The Winston-Salem Journal

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