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Wednesday January 27th

Men's basketball

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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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UNC drops second straight

A 19-point second-half deficit proved to be too much for No. 12 North Carolina to overcome against No. 20 Georgia Tech.Though Tar Heels did catch all the way up to the Yellow Jackets - and even notched a two-point lead in the game's final minutes - a key runner by Zach Peacock doomed UNC (12-6, 1-2 ACC) to its second straight conference loss 73-71.

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UNC’s Dexter Strickland committed three turnovers against Clemson. DTH/Phong Dinh

Turnovers doom Tar Heels against Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. — In the hours leading up to No. 12 North Carolina’s first ACC road game against No. 24 Clemson, the Tar Heels’ bus was involved in a car accident on its way to a shootaround at Littlejohn Coliseum.It wasn’t the only wreck Wednesday night.

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Prediction: UNC's odds against Clemson

Deon Thompson goes up for a rebound in North Carolina’s 94-70 blowout win at home last season against Clemson. Thompson scored 15 points in the win, which kept UNC perfect all-time in home games against the Tigers (54 games). Tonight’s game is on the road.Backcourt

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Drew’s turnaround secures ?rst conference victory

For once, North Carolina was able to close out a game strong. The Tar Heels had allowed late leads to evaporate in their last two outings, blowing double-digit leads in a loss to College of Charleston and letting Albany finish on a 23-2 run the game before — but not this time. “I told ’em, we’re not gonna let that happen again,” Larry Drew II said.

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Ed Davis led North Carolina in three offensive categories Sunday night. DTH/Will Cooper

Heels bounce back against Va. Tech

In Marcus Ginyard’s first action in three games, the senior managed only two points, two rebounds and one assist during No. 9 North Carolina’s 78-64 win against Virginia Tech. Not exactly numbers that jump out of a box score. But to UNC point guard Larry Drew II, Ginyard’s return to the floor couldn’t have been better timed.

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Heels fall to College of Charleston in OT

Charleston, S.C. — The circus was in Charleston on Monday night.  Andrew Goudelock and the College of Charleston Cougars put on a shotmaking exhibition at the expense of No. 9 North Carolina, and the Cougars came away with the overtime win, 82-79.

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