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North Carolina today will make what it hopes will be the first of two trips to Detroit's Ford Field this season to play in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge series. North Carolina will play Michigan State at 9:15 p.m. Ford Field will also be the site of this season's Final Four, but Coach Roy Williams said he wasn't sure that a game there will be helpful at all to his team in returning to the Final Four for a second consecutive season.
UNC will face test tonight
The Winston-Salem Journal

Considering the way he's playing right now -- blowing by defenders, protecting the ball, making steals -- it would be easy to think there's something new going on with North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson. Actually, it's the opposite.
Healthy Lawson is back up to speed
The News and Observer

It's holiday time again and as crazy as this may sound, North Carolina basketball fans might want to consider sending a Christmas card to Florida State's Ryan Reid. Reid, you'll remember, is the 6-foot-8, 235-pound Florida State bruiser who on Feb. 3 last season got tied up in a loose ball scramble with UNC point guard Ty Lawson and suddenly bent Lawson's leg in a way that severely sprained his ankle and badly bruised the Tar Heels' national championship hopes.
Injury to thank for Lawson's great start?
The Fayetteville Observer

The Tar Heels will get another chance to get an early look at a Final Four site tonight when they take on Michigan State in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge at Detroit's Ford Field, site of this season's Final Four. While Williams said that playing in the venue should pay off, he said its value could be overstated.
Tar Heels plan on soaking in Final Four atmosphere
The Burlington Times-News

At one time, it seemed distinctly possible that Roy Williams would watch Delvon Roe play all his college games. Now North Carolina's coach will have to settle for watching the talented Michigan State freshman from the sidelines tonight when the top-ranked Tar Heels face Michigan State at Detroit's Ford Field in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (9:15 p.m., ESPN).
Williams, Heels get to see what they missed
The Durham Herald-Sun

The first words out of the mouth of UNC coach Roy Williams at Tuesday's news conference were "I don't know."
Hansbrough's status uncertain
The Durham Herald-Sun

Frasor, a senior, could be making his last impressions at North Carolina as he awaits a decision from the NCAA on a fifth year of eligibility. He'd like to extend a career that has taken several twists and turns because of ankle twists and knee tears. As much as his role has changed in four years, Frasor still has a chance to help No. 1 North Carolina (7-0) achieve a national championship. The Tar Heels face No. 13 Michigan State (4-1) Wednesday night at Ford Field, site of this season's Final Four, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Tar Heels' Bobby Frasor glad to be healthy again
The Chicago Tribune

The Spartans have known for a year that they would have one guaranteed trip to Ford Field during this season and that they would play one of the top teams in the nation there. They hope there will be a return visit to Detroit in a few months -- with the possibility of a rematch.
MSU, UNC hope this won't be only Ford Field trip
The Detroit Free Press

In that neat sweatsuit Tom Izzo was wearing Tuesday was a metaphor for Michigan State's basketball world heading into tonight's game against North Carolina at Ford Field. Black with midnight-green trim, Izzo's outfit was decidedly dark but tinged with just enough lighter hues to create a contrast that bore considering. Playing against No. 1-ranked North Carolina tonight -- minus aching MSU front-line anchor Goran Suton and with freshman jewel Delvon Roe limited because of sore knees -- is a god-awful mission for Izzo's crew. At different moments Tuesday, the coach's expression said as much.
Spartans won't heal in time for Heels
The Detroit News

Listening to Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo talk about No.1-ranked North Carolina Tuesday, one may have thought the No. 13 Spartans were facing the 1960s Boston Celtics.
Tar Heels draw raves from Izzo — MSU faces challenge
The Livingston Daily Press & Argus

On Dec. 13, 2003, Michigan State University's men's basketball team faced off against the University of Kentucky in front of a world-record crowd of 78,129 fans at Detroit's Ford Field. Tonight, the Spartans will be back at Ford Field to play the top-ranked University of North Carolina Tar Heels. The crowd promises to be smaller - maybe a lot smaller.
MSU game a dry run for Final Four at Ford Field
The Lansing State Journal

Carolina Football


North Carolina's football team appears to be the choice of the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte. "I think the chances are good that it's going to happen," said Will Webb, the executive director of the Meineke Car Care Bowl. He added that an offer had not yet been formally made to the university. UNC officials could not be reached for comment.
Meineke seems to like UNC
The News and Observer

North Carolina will play in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte on Dec. 27, according to bowl officials.
Official: UNC to accept Meineke Bowl bid
The Durham Herald-Sun


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