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Monday March 20th

Mens Basketball

M. Basketball: Heels look to avoid upset in Blacksburg

It's finally over. The doldrums of the season — the period from December to February that makes the season seem to drag out— is done. Now it's March and No. 2 North Carolina's 7 p.m. game today at Virginia Tech marks the official beginning of the final sprint to the NCAA tournament.

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M. Basketball: Lawson's 11 assists open up offense

With more than 14 minutes left in Saturday's game against Georgia Tech North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson streaked down the floor at his usual breakneck speed. Scanning his teammates filling the lanes around him Lawson threaded a bounce pass to Danny Green on the right for a layup to put UNC up 66-41.

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Introducing ... Wayne 'The Pane' Ellington

Parents send their kids to college so they can become — as the cliché goes — ""well-rounded individuals."" The same goes for college basketball stars. Sort of. Just as it took Joe Kegstand three semesters to understand what's meant by ""liberal arts curriculum"" it took Wayne Ellington three years to understand what's meant by non-shooting star.""

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Basketball: Heels perimeter defense struggles

In almost every conversation on North Carolina's hopes for a prolonged NCAA Tournament run the topic eventually settles on one issue — defense. Do the Tar Heels have what it takes to shut down a high-octane offense? Or will their propensity to let opposing guards score in bunches come back to bite them in the end?

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Though Ty Lawson tried once again to save the Tar Heels single-handedly Saturday at Maryland junior guard Greivis Vasquez had other plans. Vasquez finished with 35 points 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

M. Basketball: No walk in College Park

COLLEGE PARK Md. — For almost four weeks now the North Carolina Tar Heels have played the Ty Lawson card when games go down to the wire. But in Saturday's 88-85 overtime loss against Maryland someone finally trumped it.

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Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez gave the Tar Heels fits Saturday ? and put up the first triple-double for UMd. in 22 years.

M. Basketball: Vasquez's triple-double spurs UMd.

COLLEGE PARK Md. — In the final moments of North Carolina's matchup at Maryland on Saturday UM guard Greivis Vasquez couldn't help smiling. With the score tied at 81 and the clock ticking down to less than 90 seconds remaining in overtime Vasquez curled around to the left corner and fired.

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UNC freshman center Tyler Zeller made his return to action after spending 13 weeks on the bench with a broken wrist suffered against Kentucky on Nov. 18.

M. Basketball: Zeller's _¶ rst step back on court a quiet one

On any other night — or from any other player — those stats wouldn't demand anything more than a passing glance. But given the fact that they belonged to North Carolina's Tyler Zeller the numbers carried a little more meaning. They marked Zeller's return from a broken left wrist suffered Nov. 18 against Kentucky.

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Tyler Hansbrough scored 27 points as the Tar Heels burried the N.C. State Wolfpack 89-80 Wednesday night in Chapel Hill. It was Hansbrough?s 72nd game with 20 or more points"" the most in NCAA history.

M. Basketball: State no nemesis for Tar Heels

The last time North Carolina hosted N.C. State in the Smith Center it ignited a blowout by holding the Wolfpack scoreless for 10 minutes. This year the run was split in two but still just as effective. No. 3 UNC first reeled off 14 straight points before Wayne Ellington went on a personal 9-0 run a few minutes later to put Wednesday night's game away.

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M. Basketball: UNC's Lawson calms 'Canes

CORAL GABLES Fla. — If the statistic existed North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson likely would have broken the record for number of shots that almost iced a game in Sunday's matchup against Miami.

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Danny Green was one of five Tar Heel players in double figures ? each UNC starter had at least 12. Green also recorded five rebounds an assist and a steal for UNC. ?In the second half we were really good offensively? coach Roy Williams said.

M. Basketball: A class of their own

DURHAM — Right before the opening tip North Carolina's starting five sat side by side on the bench as Duke introduced its lineup. No one said a word. No one expressed any emotion. Just blank stares as they readied themselves for the prime-time fight set to begin.

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M. Basketball: Improved attack heads to Miami

Though North Carolina's defensive effectiveness in Wednesday's 101-87 win against Duke changed drastically from one half to the next the offense went through a slightly different transition. Rather than bad to good UNC's scoring efficiency went from quite good to nearly unstoppable.

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M. Basketball: Damage from Downtown

With a spread offense that makes extensive use of the drive-and-pitch maneuver it's usually the Duke Blue Devils who are associated with 3-point shooting when this rivalry rolls around.

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M. Basketball: The evolution of Henderson

DURHAM — Mounted within the underbelly of Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium rests picture after picture commemorating different aspects of Duke's storied basketball program. But one photo forces a double take.

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Former UNC coach Dean Smith was honored as a member of the basketball Hall of Fame at halftime of Saturday?s game against Virginia" along with UNC greats Billy Cunningham Robert McAdoo and James Worthy.

M. Basketball: Legendary

At halftime of North Carolina's drubbing of Virginia on Saturday afternoon UNC honored hall-of-fame players and coaches at halftime. But the greatest among them was the smallest.

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Video: M. Basketball: UNC vs. UVa

The Tar Heels and the Cavaliers faced off Saturday afternoon in the Dean Dome.  After a low-scoring first half" the Heels pulled away with a final score of 76-61.

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