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Hakeem Nicks barely makes it out of the locker room Tuesday before a camera's in his face and he's being directed for a photo shoot. Nicks takes it all in stride — the light, the flashes from the camera; he even manages to ask when and where the shots are running without breaking the photographer's rhythm. It's obvious the junior wideout welcomes the spotlight — which is good, because it's going to be focused intensely on him for the rest of the season. With Nicks' running mate wideout, Brandon Tate, out for the season, defenses know exactly where the ball is going: the XXL hands of No. 88.
All eyes on Hakeem
The Daily Tar Heel

If No. 18 North Carolina is to halt its 13-game losing streak at Virginia this weekend, it needs to slow an all-too-familiar foe -- Cavaliers tailback Cedric Peerman. The senior ran for 173 yards and two touchdowns against East Carolina on Saturday, and the Tar Heels (5-1) are no stranger to his style.
UNC defense wary of Cavs' Peerman
The News and Observer

Wahoo fans simply refer to it as "The Streak." Tar Heel fans consider it more of a curse. Whatever the reference, the South's oldest rivalry has taken a wicked turn over the past quarter century with Virginia's mysterious domination of the series against rival North Carolina in Charlottesville. None of the players on either UVa's or UNC's rosters were even born the last time the Tar Heels won a game in Scott Stadium — 1981.
Tar Heels feel the pressure in C'ville
The Charlottesville Daily Progress

Next up for U.Va. (1-1, 3-3) is ACC rival North Carolina (1-1, 5-1), which visits Scott Stadium on Saturday. The 18th-ranked Tar Heels will be without their star return man, senior Brandon Tate, who suffered a season-ending knee injury against Notre Dame last weekend. "Even though we're playing them, you wouldn't wish that type of injury on anybody, especially somebody in his last year," U.Va. linebacker Clint Sintim said.
U.VA. NOTES
The Richmond Times-Dispatch

Two victories in a row and 66 points from a previously stagnant offense overshadowed Virginia's defensive improvement in the past several weeks. The Cavaliers have permitted just two touchdowns in the past eight quarters and have held each of their last three opponents to fewer than 303 yards of total offense. "I think we're a lot better team defensively, as well as a better team overall," linebacker Clint Sintim said as Virginia (3-3, 1-1 ACC) prepares to host No. 18 North Carolina on Saturday.
Cavs' defense growing up fast
The Hampton Daily Press

Verica, a sophomore, will enter Saturday's game against the 18th-ranked Tar Heels (5-1, 1-1 ACC) having completed 66 percent of his passes as he's grown into his role as leader.
Upbeat Virginia has its bounce back
The Staunton News-Leader

In some magical way, Virginia quarterback Marc Verica has blocked out a forgettable experience at Duke. The four-interception performance dropped the Cavaliers to 1-3 overall and gave the Blue Devils their first ACC win in four years. Having a sense of amnesia, of course, is a well-suited trait for a quarterback at any level.
Short memory helps Verica
The Charlottesville Daily Progress

Carolina Basketball


During his basketball playing days at North Carolina, Wes Miller analyzed games with the insight of a coach. Now the former Tar Heels guard is a coach, working as an assistant on Ernie Nestor's staff at Elon. Miller, who joined the Phoenix program in June, quickly discovered that he likes to recruit and said he especially "enjoys" on-court work with players.
Miller makes the transition to coaching
The News and Observer


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