One of the most prestigious individual records in North Carolina basketball history most likely will change hands Thursday. And the man about to lose it, Phil Ford, said he won't be sad when he is no longer the Tar Heels' career scoring leader. North Carolina will play Evansville at 7 p.m. in Chapel Hill in a game that is no longer an ordinary December match-up. Center Tyler Hansbrough needs nine points to surpass Ford's mark of 2,290 points, set during the 1977-78 season.
On Phil's Heels: Tyler Hansbrough is nine points from breaking Phil Ford's scoring record at North Carolina
The Winston-Salem Journal
There is little doubt that North Carolina big man Tyler Hansbrough will set the school record for career points Thursday night. After all, he needs nine to pass Phil Ford, currently atop the list at 2,290, and the senior has posted just six single-digit games in his career.
But how will he do it?
Hansbrough takes his shot
The News and Observer
Game preparations at North Carolina are the same for every game, including Thursday's against the University of Evansville at the Dean Smith Center at 6 p.m.
"We will prepare for Evansville the same way we prepare for Duke, Michigan State or anyone else," said North Carolina coach Roy Williams Tuesday by phone. "We'll prepare ourselves first."
Tar Heels will treat Aces like any foe
The Evansville Courier-Press
Former SIUE basketball coach Marty Simmons has Evansville of the Missouri Valley Conference pointing toward No. 1.
The 7-1 Purple Aces, savoring their best start in 27 years, take on the nation's top college team Thursday. Evansville invades 9-0 North Carolina for a 6 p.m. tipoff (ESPN) in Chapel Hill.
Welcome to Tobacco Road, where North Carolina has made a habit of winning. Overall, the Tar Heels are No. 2 on the all-time win list. With 1,959 victories, they trail only Kentucky by 14 wins.
Aces: Tough road ahead
Hakeem Nicks might play his final game for North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Nicks, a record-setting receiver, is looking at the possibility of giving up his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft and is consulting with Coach Butch Davis. Nicks said he will try to make his decision after the bowl game, scheduled for Dec. 27 in his hometown of Charlotte.
Nicks, Tar Heels' best receiver, thinking about playing in NFL
The Winston-Salem Journal
North Carolina's players are looking forward to the gift packages that'll feature digital camcorders among other goodies, the chance to zip around Lowe's Motor Speedway during bowl week events and the Meineke Car Care Bowl itself.
Practice makes perfect
The Durham Herald-Sun