North Carolina has had a rare late-season opportunity this week to rest tiring bodies, recover from nagging injuries, and work on its weaknesses. And some members of the program have used the time to grow a little more angry heading into today's game against Georgia Tech in the Smith Center at noon.
Williams is making practices more demanding down stretch
The Winston Salem Journal
When asked if his players had moved past last week's loss to Maryland during the week off leading up to today's meeting with Georgia Tech, North Carolina coach Roy Williams had a curt response.
UNC hosts Jackets
The Gaston Gazette
North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough needs to swish seven more free throws to become the NCAA's all-time leader in foul shots made.
Conventional wisdom suggests Hansbrough -- whose hard-nosed style has consistently gotten him to the free throw line -- would easily set the record today when the fourth-ranked Tar Heels plays Georgia Tech. But it hasn't been a conventional ACC season for the senior when it comes to hearing the whistle blow.
Foul play, or not?
The News and Observer
Since North Carolina lost to Maryland a week ago, the Tar Heels' coaches have ramped up the intensity in practice, punishing the slightest transgression with running while making the players stay longer to focus on fundamentals.
Open week gives Heels more work
The Durham Herald-Sun
North Carolina and Duke may want to start preparing themselves for the possibility of spending an awful lot of time with each other. Or at least near each other.
The Tar Heels and Blue Devils will meet March 8 in Chapel Hill in the ACC regular season finale. But that may just mark the first of three consecutive weekends the rivals will cross paths.
ACC basketball: The battle to land in Greensboro
The Fayetteville Observer
There are no boos, only a smattering of applause for the home team and the sound of a bird chirping loudly from the rafters after somehow getting inside the empty 21,750-seat arena.
This serene setting in the home of the North Carolina men's basketball team is what greets the junior varsity squad, still churning as one of the rare JV programs at the Division I level.
Tar Heels' JV team continues playing in anonymity
The Associated Press
There's a lot riding on Georgia Tech's final three regular-season games.
Not for the Yellow Jackets, but for their opponents. No. 4 North Carolina, which hosts Tech at noon today, is trying to lock up a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Jackets can be the ACC's spoiler
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution