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Friday April 23rd

Men's basketball



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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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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