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North Carolina will face a double dose of stress today in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic semifinals at New York's Madison Square Garden. North Carolina -- 3-0 and ranked No. 6 in The Associated Press' Top 25 -- will play its first game outside of Chapel Hill and its first quality opponent of the season when it meets No. 15 Ohio State (2-0) at about 9:15 p.m. Friday's consolation or championship game will be just as demanding, with No. 12 California and No. 24 Syracuse as the potential opponents.
Tar Heels get first test: No. 6 North Carolina takes on No. 15 Ohio State in New York
The Winston-Salem Journal

Inevitably, maybe as soon as tonight, it's going to happen. North Carolina is going to find itself tied, or trailing by a bucket, with the final seconds ticking down - desperate for a game-winning shot. Which Tar Heel wants to take it?
Heels need a go-to guy
The News and Observer

Deon Thompson was the forgotten starter on North Carolina's 2009 national championship team. The power forward from Torrance, Calif., averaged 10.6 points and 5.7 rebounds as a junior last season and had special moments in both Duke games, but he could never escape the fact that he was overshadowed by four teammates who were NBA draft choices.
UNC's Deon Thompson feels he is ready to lead Tar Heels
The New York Daily News

North Carolina has had one of the toughest basketball schedules in the nation since coach Roy Williams arrived six years ago, but this year's schedule could be the most challenging yet. The No. 6 Tar Heels will take on four, possibly five, ranked teams in the span of eight games starting tonight with No. 15 Ohio State at Madison Square Garden in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic (9:15 p.m., ESPN2).
Buckeyes post UNC's next challenge
The Durham Herald-Sun

Deon Thompson's first half in Sunday's game against visiting Valparaiso was one to forget. North Carolina's senior forward — the Tar Heels' leading scorer to this point — was having a hard time finding his scoring touch, notching four points. Then, after getting tangled with the Crusaders' Cameron Witt, threw an elbow and drew a technical foul.
Tar Heels look for Thompson's input
The Burlington Times-News

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