Roy Williams will reach a coaching milestone today when his North Carolina team will try to maintain its hold on first place in the ACC in a game at Miami. Williams will coach his 200th game at UNC since returning April 14, 2003, from Kansas, where he spent the first 15 seasons of his career. UNC is 164-35 in Williams' six seasons as coach, giving him the most wins in the first 200 games of a career by any ACC coach. The late Everett Case of N.C. State set the record with 161 wins in his first 200 games in Raleigh. Vic Bubas of Duke is now third with 159 wins.
Tar Heels to take on rested Hurricanes
The Winston Salem Journal
A month ago, North Carolina was stuck in the Atlantic Coast Conference cellar after opening league play with back-to-back losses.
For Ty Lawson, the Tar Heels' frustration then was dwarfed only by a growing list of detractors seemingly eager to pick apart chinks in the team's armor.
Tar Heels feel better after climb to top
The Burlington Times-News
Miami left Duke with a 78-75 overtime loss on Feb. 7 and hasn't played since. The Hurricanes have been waiting ... and waiting ... and waiting for seven days for No. 3 North Carolina to visit today.
That could be a bad sign for the Tar Heels, who sweated out a 101-87 win at Duke on Wednesday. Since January, an ACC team has had the benefit of at least five days in between games 10 times, and the team that has done the waiting has won eight of those games. The home team has fared even better in that scenario, winning seven of eight.
Well-rested teams perform better
The News and Observer
A year ago at Miami, Ty Lawson had his best game as a Tar Heel, with 9-of-16 shooting for 23 points, 10 assists, one turnover and a steal in a 98-82 win for North Carolina.
Lawson providing answers for Tar Heels
The Chapel Hill News
The temptation might be to ascribe North Carolina's eight consecutive wins, including Wednesday's victory at Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium, to some seismic change that was made after the Tar Heels lost two in a row to start the ACC season.
Heels hope they're done learning the hard way
The Durham Herald-Sun
University of Miami point guard Lance Hurdle may be averaging only 7.1 points and 2.6 assists, but to coach Frank Haith, there may not be a more important player to the Hurricanes' success.
"When Lance plays well, we play well," Haith said.
That might be the answer to why the Hurricanes (15-8, 4-6 ACC) have had their moments - both good and bad - this season, which continues tonight with a showdown against No.'3 North Carolina (22-2, 8-2) at the BankUnited Center.
Miami Hurricanes pin basketball hopes on Lance Hurdle
The Palm Beach Post