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Carolina Basketball

The question every North Carolina fan has had since the beginning of the college basketball season was the first one asked by the Santa Barbara media to coach Roy Williams on Thursday after practice at UC-Santa Barbara's Thunderdome. "Is Tyler Hansbrough going to play?"
Williams: No decision on Hansbrough for Friday
The News and Observer

North Carolina forward Deon Thompson spent the summer before his junior season doing the same things he had done in his other summers in Chapel Hill. He put in countless offseason hours improving his body as well as his game. But with top-ranked North Carolina facing an unexpected shortage of depth in the frontcourt, it's the work he has done on his mind that might prove the biggest dividends. "Everybody has the skill, but you've got to have the mental part of it," Thompson said.
Mentality changes to the positive for Tar Heels' Thompson
The Burlington Times-News

Tonight the UCSB men's basketball team will face #1 University of North Carolina. The sold-out matchup is the first home game against a national #1 for the Gauchos since 1991 against UNLV. "We obviously know we have to play a good game," junior guard James Powell said. "We have to shoot pretty well and we have to take care of the ball, because they're definitely not going to be giving us extra chances."
Welcome to the Thunderdome, UNC
The Daily Nexus

The room at Madison Square Garden in New York was overflowing with people honoring three award recipients. Pat Summitt, Dean Smith and Lou Carnesecca, all Hall of Fame coaches, were presented the inaugural Joe Lapchick Character Awards on Thursday. The 100-plus people all congratulated and praised the winners, but they made sure people understood why Lapchick's name was on the award and why the word character was part of the title.
Former UNC coach Smith receives Lapchick award
The Associated Press

Carolina Football

Coaches and broadcasters call it the Red Zone. For Shaun Draughn, it might as well be the Dead Zone. The North Carolina running back gets a prickly feeling on the back of his neck as soon he carries the ball deep into opposing territory. The closer it gets to the goal line, the more likely Draughn is to be watching from the sideline as Ryan Houston finishes the job.
End zone eludes Draughn, but that's OK
The News and Observer

Few football rivalries have been as evenly matched recently as the yearly Triangle tilt between North Carolina and N.C. State, which meet at noon Saturday in Chapel Hill.
Wolfpack, Heels provide nailbiters
The News and Observer

After North Carolina lost to Virginia Tech, it won its next three games, including dramatic victories over Miami and Notre Dame.
Heels have a history of bouncing back
The Durham Herald-Sun

N.C. State and North Carolina have never played a game that's meant as much nationally as the 1987 Florida State-Miami grudge match.
Davis, O'Brien have a history in big-name rivalries
The Durham Herald-Sun

Now the offensive coordinator at the University of North Carolina, Shoop can empathize with the plight of Babich based on the personal toll from his own tenure at Halas Hall.
John Shoop understands the heat Bob Babich is getting
The Chicago Tribune

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