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Thursday February 25th

Men's basketball

Tar Heels roll Thundering Herd 98-61

No. 10 North Carolina used a freshman in the starting lineup for the first time all season, but the result against unranked competition was the same as usual for UNC.The Tar Heels ran away from Marshall 98-61 Tuesday night, using a decisive 18-0 run near the beginning of the second half to deliver the knockout blow to the Thundering Herd.

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Texas runs past Tar Heels 103-90

ARLINGTON, TX – A searing run to close the first half put No. 2 Texas in control and No. 10 North Carolina couldn’t make up the deficit in the second half, falling 103-90 to the Longhorns.The game in Cowboys Stadium was competitive throughout, but an inability to keep up with Texas (10-0) on the glass ultimately doomed the Tar Heels (8-3).

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In its second high-profile game of the week, North Carolina faced off against Kentucky. DTH/Margaret Cheatham Williams

Wildcats wall Tar Heels

Roy Williams’ North Carolina teams have always preferred turning basketball games into a 40-minute dash. Most opponents simply aren’t fast enough to keep up. But in Saturday’s 68-66 loss at No. 5 Kentucky, the Tar Heels got beat at their own game. Freshman phenom John Wall and the Wildcats ran all over No. 10 North Carolina during the first half.

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Kentucky defeats North Carolina

LEXINGTON, KY — John Wall and No. 5 Kentucky ran wild in the first half, and No. 10 North Carolina's late rally fell short.Wall scored 16 points and dished out seven assists, and Patrick Patterson led Kentucky with 19 points.UNC's Deon Thompson led the Tar Heels with 14 points on 6 for 13 shooting. Will Graves had 13 and Tyler Zeller had 10.

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UNC trails Kentucky 43-28 at halftime

Lexington, Ky — John Wall and Kentucky lead North Carolina at Rupp Arena, 43-28 at the half.Wall leads all scorers with 13 points and UK's Patrick Patterson has 11. no UNC player is in double figures, and Will Graves leads the Tar Heels with six points on two three-pointers. The Tar Heels have 11 turnovers so far in the game.

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UNC hits the road to take on Kentucky

It’s been pitched as the race to 2000 — the two winningest programs in college basketball squaring off.In one corner, the visiting North Carolina Tar Heels with 1,991 wins. In the other, the home Kentucky Wildcats with 1,995.Neither team will be thinking much about the all-time wins record though — a revitalized Kentucky provides the first true road test for the Tar Heels.

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Sophomore point guard Larry Drew II had a career-high 18 points and six assists on Tuesday night. DTH/Phong Dinh

UNC off and running in win

With a little less than 13 minutes remaining in the second half of No. 10 North Carolina’s 89-82 win against No. 9 Michigan State, MSU forward Delvon Roe beat UNC’s defense down the floor and finished an easy layup to cut the Tar Heels’ lead to 13.For the moment, at least.

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Coach Roy Williams threw a variety of lineups at Michigan State, including one with four freshmen. DTH/Andrew Dye

Tar Heels take rematch of tourney title game

The faces were different, and the venue had changed, but one thing remained constant in Tuesday’s national championship game rematch: North Carolina still had Michigan State’s number.Just like last year, the Tar Heels got off to a fast start, scoring on each of their first five possessions.Just like last year, UNC had at least 50 points and a double-digit lead at halftime.

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Forward Ed Davis had 11 points and eight rebounds against Michigan State in last year's NCAA title game. DTH File Photo

Tar Heels host Spartans in title game rematch

Even after scoring a career-high 23 points Sunday night against Nevada, Deon Thompson admitted that his mind wasn’t entirely on the game at hand.“I kind of was looking forward to Tuesday,” the senior forward said.That’s because tonight, No. 9 Michigan State will visit Chapel Hill in one of those circle-it-in-red-on-your-calendar games.

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Coach Roy Williams earned his 600th win Sunday night against Nevada.

Williams reaches 600 career wins

SlideshowView a slideshow of photos from the game.The big number is rooted in the little things.Meticulous preparation, careful study and constant reinforcement of details that seem asinine — but for Roy Williams none of it is asinine.Every little thing matters. All the tiny routines and small rituals add up. In Williams’ case, the sum is 600 wins at two of the most successful programs in college basketball during the last 21 years.

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UNC sneaks past Nevada

North Carolina's 80-73 defeat of Nevada (2-3) wasn't the prettiest or most memorable of wins the Tar Heels have delivered under coach Roy Williams. But it was one that will hold plenty of clout in the NCAA record books.The win was No. 600 for Williams, who coached wearing a sling on his arm due to his recent shoulder surgery.

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