Sophomore Dustin Ackley is North Carolina's best pure hitter, most patient batter and quickest base runner. And the bad news for unseeded Fresno State (42-29), which faces the No. 2 Tar Heels in the winners' bracket of the College World Series at 7 tonight: It has to face him first.
UNC's best hitter at top of the order
The News and Observer
The Tar Heels had 17 hits in their 8-4 win over LSU on Sunday, and two of those hits were doubles and the rest were singles -- no home runs. UNC was the only team not to record a homer in the opening weekend of the CWS where 15 where belted. It was the most home runs in the opening weekend of the CWS since 2001 when 19 were hit. Even though the Tar Heels haven't relied on power to win games all season, UNC coach Mike Fox said that doesn't mean his team isn't able to blast one out of the park. Sophomore Tim Fedroff leads the Tar Heels with 12 home runs.
UNC scoring runs without the long ball
The Durham Herald-Sun
Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington and Danny Green are headed back to North Carolina after examining the NBA Draft process and finding it not to their liking. All three withdrew from the draft yesterday and will return to UNC for at least one more season in the forthcoming academic year. Players who had not hired agents after declaring for the draft had until 5 p.m. yesterday to withdraw to preserve their college eligibility. Each player cited a desire to win the NCAA Tournament championship next season after UNC was eliminated in the Final Four semifinals in April and finished 36-3.
3 UNC players will return to school
The Winston-Salem Journal
It's an old story in the sense that one party's despair can be another's delight.
For North Carolina basketball fans on Monday, the delightful idea of a national championship chase was brought squarely into focus when Tar Heels veterans Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington and Danny Green had to postpone for at least one season their hopes of landing berths on NBA rosters.
Tar Heels loaded for '09 title bid
The News and Observer
Demand on airline tickets from Raleigh-Durham to Detroit for next April may experience a dramatic spike in the weeks ahead.
With North Carolina's Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington and Danny Green all officially declaring Monday that they will be back in Chapel Hill for next season, the Tar Heels have instantly become the heavy favorite to win college basketball's 2009 national championship in the Motor City.
Return of trio a boost for UNC
The Fayetteville Observer
The 2009 Final Four is scheduled for April 4-6 at Detroit's Ford Field.
North Carolina basketball fans might want to mark their calendars. Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington and Danny Green said Monday they were returning to Chapel Hill for the 2008-09 season.
Williams says timing just not right for UNC 3
The Charlotte Observer
North Carolina basketball's best-case scenario has come to fruition.
Sophomores Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington and junior Danny Green withdrew from the NBA draft and will play for the Tar Heels next season, the school announced Monday.
"I'm very pleased with their decisions because I get to coach them for another year," coach Roy Williams said in a release. "It was reassuring that the feedback they got from the NBA teams is the same type of feedback our coaching staff has been giving them."
Three will stay to play for Carolina
The Greensboro News and Record