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Friday February 26th

Men's basketball

Freshman Harrison Barnes (40) scores two of his 14 points in his debut as a Tar Heel. John Henson (31), blocking above, was just three swats away from recording a triple-double.

Henson leads North Carolina men's basketball team in win

In a game that was billed as Harrison Barnes’ introduction to North Carolina basketball fans, a returning starter stole the show in UNC’s 80-66 win against Lipscomb. Even though Barnes impressed with his 14-point, four-rebound effort, John Henson was the key. He scored 10 points, but he was far better on the defensive end, swatting seven shots and collecting 17 rebounds.

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Roy Williams will showcase his new team tonight in the Smith Center.

UNC basketball opens year against Lipscomb

Almost as important as what North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams said in his final media session before the season’s first game is what he did not say. He didn’t warn that his team will not be as good as its preseason ranking, like he did last year.

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New coach Brownell, Stitt to lead Clemson

There’s a new sheriff in town in Clemson, S.C., and he’s not just taking over another program. He’s taking over the O.P.P. — Oliver Purnell’s Posse. Much like the Clemson students will have to reorganize under a new nickname at Littlejohn Coliseum, new head coach Brad Brownell will be forced to merge his teaching format with the honed styles of Purnell’s players.

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Miami, Haith will rely on Scott

The 2010-11 season looks to be a good one for the University of Miami despite losing its top two scorers from last season. The most acute of those losses is Dwayne Collins, the 60th pick in April’s NBA Draft, who led the team in points, rebounds and field goal percentage last season.

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Virginia Cavaliers deal with youth

In his first season with the Virginia Cavaliers, coach Tony Bennett saw improvement with his team winning five more games than the previous year. But injuries and departures of key players could leave the Cavaliers dangerously thin come opening day. Junior guard Sammy Zeglinski will miss up to eight weeks after surgery to repair cartilage in his left knee.

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N.C. State gets trio of top freshmen recruits

A season ago, N.C. State found itself knocking on the cellar door of the ACC, finishing 11th in the conference and settling for a second-round exit in the National Invitational Tournament. But as a promising recruiting class steps in to bolster the Wolfpack roster, the disappointment of last year has been replaced by an unmistakable buzz.

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Justin Knox bolsters UNC paint presence

When Travis and David Wear decided to transfer from North Carolina within two months of the Tar Heels losing leading post scorers Deon Thompson and Ed Davis to graduation and the NBA draft, coach Roy Williams found himself desperately in need of frontcourt help for a team suddenly missing 68 percent of its low-post scoring.

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UNC moves past NIT year

Moral victories just won’t cut it anymore. Not for a school that has been to the Final Four 18 times. Not for a coach already enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Not for a rabid fanbase two years removed from a national championship. That was a lesson the players of the North Carolina men’s basketball team learned the hard way last year.

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Wake Forest may have a demon of a time

The Demon Deacons will depend on a young lineup and a new coach this season. A new head coach will have to find a way to replace the 66 percent of the team’s points scored last year by players no longer in Winston- Salem. Sophomore guard C.J. Harris is the only returning starter for the Demon Deacons, now led by Jeff Bzdelik. Bzdelik was named head coach after Dino Gaudio was dismissed in the offseason.

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Defense key for Florida State

Last season, Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton molded the strongest defense in the ACC, which compensated for the league’s 10th-ranked offense and earned them third place overall in the ACC. FSU led the ACC in scoring defense with 60.4 points per game and on average 6.3 blocked shots per game in its 2009-10 campaign. But this season the Seminoles will be without the ACC’s leading shot-blocker, Solomon Alabi.

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Freshman trio brings potential to UNC

Potential: for most of North Carolina’s past freshmen classes, it’s a measure of what could be. For this year’s class, it’s a measure of what will be. The “Big” three youngsters are headlined by forward Harrison Barnes, a skilled wing player who has already drawn comparisons with Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant, who is already a favorite to win this season’s NBA MVP award at the age of 22.

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Frontcourt to rely on Henson, Zeller

Tipping the scales at 210 pounds, John Henson will be one of the lightest big men in college basketball this season. He’ll also be among those who have packed on the most pounds since 2009. At this time a year ago, Henson’s toothpick-like, 6-foot-10 frame was reinforced by a mere 190 pounds — just 10 pounds heavier than Tar Heel point guard Larry Drew II. As a result, Henson rarely ventured into the low post offensively, instead relying on his length and athleticism to slash for scores from the perimeter.

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Jackson leads same Boston College team

Boston College finished last season eighth in the ACC standings and ninth in scoring offense, scoring defense and turnover margin. This year’s squad has a new coach and virtually the same roster as the team that went 15-16 in 2009-10, but the Eagles are the odds-on favorites to lead the league in optimism.

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