Undefeated and mostly unchallenged, North Carolina men's basketball players haven't become too full of themselves. They're still tuning in to coach Roy Williams. "At least that means they were listening to what I was saying in the locker room and on the bus," Williams said Friday, referring to his ranting about the importance of defense and rebounding.
Heels focusing on defense
The Shelby Star
North Carolina has blown out its first 13 opponents by an average of 26.4 points. Its "narrowest" win was by 15. And it leads the ACC in scoring offense, scoring margin, assists, steals, turnover margin and assist-to-turnover ratio.
So what's left for the top-ranked team in the nation to work on, as it begins conference play on Sunday against Boston College?
"Just our focus defensively -- of making teams take a bad shot and limiting them to one bad shot,'' senior wing Danny Green said.
High-flying Tar Heels working on defense
The News and Observer
Danny Green would generally prefer that North Carolina continue its dominating ways, which have allowed him and the rest of the starters to routinely spend the final minutes watching from the bench as reserves close out games.
Then again, he figures the nation's top-ranked team could use something else -- a close game -- as it prepares to open ACC play against Boston College on Sunday.
Grinding ACC schedule awaits top-ranked UNC
The Associated Press
If you want a sign of how easy North Carolina has had it so far this season, take a look at the bottom of the Tar Heels' season box score.
J.B. Tanner, Patrick Moody, Justin Watts, Marc Campbell and Jack Wooten have played in 12 of UNC's 13 games. That's notable because the five walk-ons and reserves -- Watts, a product of Jordan High School, is the only one on scholarship -- generally only enter games when two things have happened:
1. The Tar Heels have eliminated all suspense and are doing a number on its distant cousin, excitement.
2. The Smith Center crowd has started chanting for the free biscuits that accompany 100-point efforts.
Heels wonder: Who's got game?
The Durham Herald-Sun
Jared McAdoo never picked up a football before high school. He loved basketball and could be found on a court, not a field. Yet once Chapel Hill High football coach Isaac Marsh saw the size and athleticism of the freshman, he realized McAdoo's football potential. "He had the physical size and he could move," Marsh said. "As an incoming freshman to have that size, ... it was a no-brainer that this young man will have a future in football if he just opens that door and pursues it." Marsh sat McAdoo down and told him that if he gave football a chance and worked hard at it, by his senior year he'd have an opportunity to go anywhere he wanted. Marsh's prediction came true -- McAdoo, one of the state's top defensive line recruits, will play at UNC next year.
McAdoo works his way to top-level football recruit
The Durham Herald-Sun