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Wednesday February 8th

Mens Basketball



Tyler Hansbrough was called for two early fouls against Oklahoma" but he never picked up his third and finished with 26 minutes in the game.

Heels tough out win against OU

MARCH 29 MEMPHIS Tenn. — It wasn't the picturesque offensive performance that defines many North Carolina games. Not even close actually. But at this point in March aesthetic value means little. All that mattered to the Tar Heels on Sunday was the scoreboard and the gritty 72-60 win against Oklahoma gives them their much-desired Final Four date with Villanova on Saturday in Detroit.

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UNC senior Marcus Ginyard is looking for new ways to lead the Tar Heels off the court after his foot injury ruled him out for the season.

Ginyard leads from bench

When the Tar Heels take the court at Ford Field on Saturday there won't be a whole lot Marcus Ginyard can do to help their cause. But that doesn't mean he won't do everything in his power to get his team ready before tipoff.

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Superior guard play paves way to victory

If there's one thing that stands out about this year's Final Four it is sheer size. With the court set in the center of monstrous Ford Field Detroit could be the biggest Final Four ever in terms of attendance.

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Bobby Frasor made the trip to San Antonio for the 2008 Final Four but this year in Detroit will be his first chance to see the court in a semifinal.

Tar Heels say Final farewell

There's been plenty of talk about how this North Carolina basketball team has been to the Final Four before and how its experience will help its players this time around. But for one senior this weekend in Detroit will be a first in many ways.

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M. Basketball: Behind the scenes in Memphis

MEMPHIS Tenn. — North Carolina coach Roy Williams has a well-documented history of picking something to harp on during the NCAA Tournament. Two years ago he complained about having to pour his drink into an NCAA-sponsored Dasani drinking cup. Last year he had a beef with the giant NCAA logo stickers plastered on the courts.

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Coach Roy Williams and the Tar Heels celebrate after winning the South Regional with a 72-60 victory against Oklahoma that punched UNC?s ticket to Detroit for this year?s Final Four. It?s the second in a row for UNC" and the team?s fourth showing in the semifinals in the past 10 years.

M. Basketball: March to Motown

MEMPHIS Tenn. — It wasn't the picturesque offensive performance that defines many North Carolina games. Not even close actually. But at this point in March aesthetic value means little. All that mattered to the Tar Heels on Sunday was the scoreboard and the gritty 72-60 win against Oklahoma gives them their much-desired Final Four date with Villanova on Saturday in Detroit.

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The battles of the offenses

MEMPHIS Tenn. — The North Carolina Tar Heels and the Gonzaga Bulldogs certainly aren't lacking in offensive weapons. UNC's offensive threats got more than their share of exposure during the season and Roy Williams' lightning-fast pace of play allowed that talent to put up an average of 90.3 points a game — the second-highest in the country.

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Wayne Ellington scored a team-high 23 points Saturday against LSU and helped lead the team?s defensive efforts in the second half.

Ellington's efforts extend beyond offense defense

Wayne Ellington's 23 points tied the team high against LSU. His defense helped fuel North Carolina's frantic 17-2 run that put away the Tigers' squad. But after UNC's 84-70 win that set up Friday's date with Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 coach Roy Williams singled out one play where Ellington's involvement could have been overlooked.

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North Carolina junior Ty Lawson returned from a toe injury to start UNC?s Saturday matchup with LSU. Though Lawson struggled in the first half" recording only two points he caught fire in the second period and led a 17-2 UNC run that sealed the victory for the Tar Heels.

M. Basketball: A sweet victory

GREENSBORO — Less than 10 minutes had passed in North Carolina's second-round game against eighth-seeded LSU and coach Roy Williams already was concerned. There on the end of the bench sat an anguished Ty Lawson while the UNC trainer tended to the star point guard's injured right toe.

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Ed Davis recorded two blocks in less than a minute ? both on shots from LSU forward Tasmin Mitchell ? in UNC?s Sunday matchup.

M. Basketball: Davis' paint presence leads UNC defense

GREENSBORO — With 15:23 left to play Saturday night LSU forward Tasmin Mitchell saw his lane and drove to the hoop. With 16 points already under his belt and his 8-seed Tigers up one on No. 1 North Carolina Mitchell looked poised to score again and lead his team to an upset.

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Toe injury delays Lawson's NCAA play

North Carolina's Ty Lawson is used to being in control. As the lead guard in coach Roy Williams' high-octane attack the ball rarely leaves Lawson's hands when he's on the court. So it's no surprise that Lawson felt out of sorts when his still-injured toe forced him into spectator status during UNC's first-round win against Radford.

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Less than five minutes into North Carolina?s first-round NCAA game against Radford on Thursday senior Tyler Hansbrough scored his third point of the game to clench a new all-time ACC career scoring record.

M. Basketball: One for the books

GREENSBORO — Coming into No. 1-seed North Carolina's NCAA opener with lowly 16-seed Radford Tyler Hansbrough needed just three points to become the ACC's all-time leading scorer.

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M. Basketball: LSU trio leads team with length and athleticism

GREENSBORO — If you want a glimpse of North Carolina's second-round opponent No. 8 Louisiana State University just pull up the beginning and ending moments of the Tigers' win Thursday. Against ninth-seeded Butler LSU logged a steal and uncontested lay-up in the opening minute and then iced its win with another theft in the game's final seconds.

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M. Basketball: Heels set out for return to Final Four

As far as preparation goes" the NCAA Tournament is a little bit of ""been-there-done-that"" for the North Carolina Tar Heels. This current group of seniors has been through 11 such games during their careers" including runs to the Elite Eight and Final Four. They open this year against 16th seed Radford in Greensboro today at 2:50 p.m.

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