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Ty Lawson should be ready to play for North Carolina on Friday in the NCAA Tournament South Regional after suffering no apparent additional damage to his injured big right toe last Saturday.
The Toe's a Go: Lawson, a junior point guard, is expected to start for North Carolina against Gonzaga
The Winston-Salem Journal

The Ty Lawson Big Toe Alert has been elevated to green — as in Lawson has the green light to play when North Carolina faces Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 on Friday. The ACC Player of the Year said Tuesday he still has minor pain in the jammed big toe on his right foot. But with the swelling down and the stakes of the NCAA tournament rising, Lawson figures to be ready when the top-seeded Tar Heels return to action later this week in the South Regional semifinals at FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.
Lawson OK to face Gonzaga
The Fayetteville Observer

For obsessed Tar Heels fans, it's all about the toe. The toe in question is so famous that you don't even have to hear Ty Lawson's name to know that everyone who refers to the injured digit is discussing UNC's star point guard.
Tar Heel nation rests hopes on Lawson's toe
The News and Observer

This season is beginning to strike an eerie resemblance to 2004-05 for North Carolina's basketball team. That team, Roy Williams' second after leaving Kansas, won a national championship. His 2008-09 team is four difficult games away from duplicating that achievement. With a late-season mishap to a key player -- Ty Lawson's injured toe now, Rashad McCants' intestinal inflammation then -- the parallels are uncanny:
'09 Heels resemble '05 team
The News and Observer

Rather than looking at a second-half deficit against LSU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament has a dent in the armor, North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough said the experience can be a viewed as a good thing for the top-seeded Tar Heels. "I'm happy in some ways that we got tested," Hansbrough said Tuesday. "It also brings us down to size rather than blowing someone out by 30."
Tar Heels might be a little more tourney tested
The Burlington Times-News

Even Tuesday, three days after Ty Lawson's monster second half against LSU helped North Carolina advance to the Sweet 16, the first question lobbed at Roy Williams during his news conference was about Lawson's ailing big toe.
An end to toe talk?
The Durham Herald-Sun

There's an alternate universe somewhere out there where Deon Thompson is a member of the Gonzaga Bulldogs. It was almost this one after the recruiting battle for Thompson came down to the Zags and North Carolina, with the Tar Heels' power forward thinking long and hard about casting his lot with Gonzaga.
What if Thompson had decided to Zag?
The Durham Herald-Sun

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