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Thursday January 21st

Men's basketball

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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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Florida State guard Chris Singleton denies Tyler Hansbrough?s attempt" Singleton?s only block of the game. Hansbrough was UNC?s leading scorer with 22 but FSU?s Toney Douglas? 27 were the catalyst for the win.

M. Basketball: Not this time

ATLANTA — A No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament? Sure. But a third straight ACC Tournament championship? Not in the script. A close semifinal game between top-ranked North Carolina and No. 22 Florida State came down to late-game execution Saturday. Behind Toney Douglas the Seminoles executed; without Ty Lawson the Tar Heels didn't.

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Tyler Hansbrough talks to reporters after an 84-66 loss to Kansas in the 2008 Final Four. No. 50 holds countless UNC records but has yet to win a title.

M. Basketball: Hansbrough's 'ultimate goal'

When Tyler Hansbrough grabs the mic for his Senior Day speech after North Carolina's game against rival Duke on Sunday it will mark a celebration of the rarest order. A once-in-a-lifetime player Hansbrough holds nearly every record of substance at UNC.

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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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