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Friday January 22nd

Men's basketball

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Uva.’s Sylven Landesberg beat the Tar Heel defense on several occasions Sunday night. DTH/ Andrew Johnson

UVa. sophomore Landesberg schools Tar Heels

Will Graves tried. John Henson tried. Leslie McDonald tried. And finally, Marcus Ginyard tried.None of them could shut down Virginia’s Sylven Landesberg.The sophomore led Uva. in scoring for the 13th game this season, notching 29 points for the Cavaliers — eclipsing his previous season high of 23 set in games against N.C. State and Longwood.

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Ed Davis, usually one of UNC's leading scorers, contributed only 4 points in Sunday's loss to Virginia. DTH/Will Cooper

Tar Heels fall to Virginia

North Carolina suffered its fourth ACC loss Sunday night at the hands of Virginia. The Tar Heels were felled by a 15-0 Virginia run at the start of the second half and never got back into the game, falling 60-76. 

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Heels trail 35-30 to Virginia at halftime

UNC is trying its hardest to make sure Virginia guard Sylven Landesberg does not get going, but it doesn't seem to be doing much good. Landesberg is 8-11 so far, and has scored on an assortment of layups and jumpshots. If he continues to shoot at a 73 percent clip, it will be extremely difficult for UNC to win.

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Freshman Travis Wear stepped into Davis’ role last week against Wake Forest in his first career start. DTH/Phong Dinh

Ed Davis again questionable for Tar Heels

When North Carolina enters the RBC Center tonight, it will be about as momentum-free as the team has been in a long time.Losers of each of their last three games, the Tar Heels dropped out of the top 25 for the first time since Jan. 2006.And now they might have to hit the road sans Ed Davis once again.

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UNC tops Wolfpack, stops skid

RALEIGH — N.C. State wasn’t the toughest opponent North Carolina has faced this season. But re-creating coach Roy Williams’ winning formula of tough defense and aggressive offense after a three-game losing streak might have ended up being the Tar Heels’ steepest challenge.

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Ed Davis shines in return to starting role

RALEIGH — North Carolina forward Ed Davis looked ginger all the way up to the tip-off of UNC’s 77-63 win against N.C. State.The sophomore lollygagged his way through a shootaround in the minutes leading up to the game. He only took a half-hearted attempt on the dive that punctuates the end of UNC’s warm up routine, careful not to put any pressure on his injured left ankle.

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UNC men's basketball rankings decline. DTH/ Ryan Kurtzman and Christine Hellinger

Men's basketball's fall from grace

Even after winning a national championship, an AP No. 6 preseason ranking wasn’t too shabby.North Carolina had a young team, but still boasted veteran leadership and truckloads of potential by the time Late Night with Roy rolled around.Despite an early loss to Syracuse in the 2K Sports Classic, UNC remained in the top 15 in the nation.

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Struggling basketball team could use motivational movies

By now, most of you have heard North Carolina coach Roy Williams’ newest Roy-ism.After Wednesday’s 82-69 loss to Wake Forest, Williams compared this season’s struggles to those of his first year at Kansas, when the Jayhawks went through a stretch in which they lost eight in a row.

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Ed Davis, one of UNC's leading scorers, sat out Wednesday's game with a hurt ankle. DTH/Zach Gutterman

Tar Heels frightful ACC play worsens

Correction (3:15 p.m. Jan. 21): An earlier version of this story quoted Roy Williams as saying he planned to have the UNC team watch movies and hang out together Friday night as a way of getting out of the team's three-game slump. Williams was actually referring to the tactics he used in a similar situation while he was head coach at Kansas. The story has been changed to reflect the correction. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.In recent years of Tar Heel prosperity, the Matt Doherty era has seemed like a very distant memory.But with Wednesday night’s 82-69 loss against Wake Forest, North Carolina is faced with something that hasn’t been seen since before Roy Williams took the reins: a three-game losing streak.

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Tar Heels feel Davis’ absence from the paint

Forward Travis Wear didn’t play poorly in his first start for No. 24 North Carolina.The freshman scored a career-high 13 points on 6-for-11 shooting, snared six rebounds and even managed to dish out one assist.But it was the zero in the block column of his stat line where the player he replaced, Ed Davis, was missed the most Wednesday.

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Ed Davis sustained an ankle injury in North Carolina’s 73-71 loss to Georgia Tech.

Davis’ status uncertain for tonight

North Carolina coach Roy Williams didn’t have to think very long when asked to summarize his team’s season with one adjective.Williams did pause for a few seconds before choosing, but only to finish swallowing a sip of a beverage rather than to think about syntax.“For me, probably ‘frustrating,’” Williams said as he set down his cup in a news conference Tuesday.

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Enjoy season’s highs, lows

Bleeding Carolina Blue is an interesting phenomenon. Every game, more than 20,000 “coaches” get tickets to the Dean E. Smith Center, but only four are getting paid to show up. But when the Tar Heels aren’t clicking on all cylinders, and I mean humming like a well-oiled machine, it’s the former that seem to have all the answers.

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Graves hitting five 3-pointers during the second half couldn’t bring UNC a victory. DTH/Margaret Cheatham Williams

Graves hits groove, but UNC can’t in loss to Ga. Tech

Will Graves fell one shot short of having the game of his life on Saturday.He had a career-high 24 points — the most he’d scored since winning the 3A N.C. high school state title four years ago, also in the Smith Center. But his long miss from near midcourt at the buzzer left North Carolina just shy of a win.

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Georgia Tech guard Iman Shumpert torched UNC’s defense for a career-high 30 points. DTH/Margaret Cheatham Williams

UNC falls flat against Georgia Tech

For the second straight game, No. 24 North Carolina couldn’t escape from a flat first-half performance.Just like in the opening minutes of its sloppy loss to Clemson, UNC provided little resistance on the defensive and offensive ends in its 73-71 loss to No. 19 Georgia Tech (13-4, 2-2 ACC). The Yellow Jackets built up a 20-point lead before twelve minutes had elapsed on the game clock. “We were so tentative and tight early on it was unbelievable,” UNC coach Roy Williams said. “I tried to give them confidence, and that’s hard to do, but it was unusual basketball playing for us in the first half.”

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