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Monday December 5th

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UNC Keeps Streak Intact With Late-Game Heroics

Click here for more pictures from the game The taunt was a mere peep at first, but by the time Chris Hobbs walked toward the tunnel leading to the Clemson locker room, it had crescendoed to a booming chant. "You can't win here!" yelled the North Carolina students standing in the risers.

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Felton Key to Breaking Tigers' Zone

It's out there, lurking, waiting for them at nearly every turn of the ACC schedule. Although it won't always pop up, it certainly has caused its share of problems. The zone defense, particularly of the 2-3 persuasion, is seemingly always prepped to hassle members of the North Carolina men's basketball team. Why should tonight be any different? Clemson enters tonight's 7 p.m. game at the Smith Center with a huge front line and a gaudy record (10-1, 0-1 in the ACC).

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Frosh Look to Bolster UNC Sprinters

The North Carolina men's track and field team is younger than previous seasons, but that doesn't necessarily mean it lacks experience. Of UNC coach Dennis Craddock's 43 team members, 13 are true freshmen, several of whom have national and international experience. The learning curve might be less steep for this highly touted group than for most freshmen. Saturday's North Carolina College Big 12 meet in Chapel Hill was Craddock's first chance to gauge the kind of boost his young talent might provide.

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3 Tar Heels Qualify for NCAAs in 1st Indoor Meet

With merely an opener under their belts, three North Carolina track and field athletes have already qualified for the postseason NCAA tournament. During Saturday's North Carolina College Big 12 meet, Laura Gerraughty, Adam Shunk and Daniel Harris posted provisional and automatic qualifying marks for the NCAAs. In her first collegiate indoor meet, Gerraughty broke UNC records in the hammer and shot put. Her throw of 55-8 1/2 in the shot put demolished by more than five feet the record set by current senior Ibiene Bilaye-Benibo, who finished second Saturday.

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Brown Paces UNC in Rout of Seminoles

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Coretta Brown scored 28 points to lead the 10th-ranked North Carolina women's basketball team to a 74-53 win against Florida State on Sunday. The victory extended the Tar Heels' winning streak to 11. Brown scored nine points in a 17-3 run late in the first half that put UNC (14-1, 4-0 in the ACC) up 33-27 at the break. She also started and capped a 20-4 spurt to open the second half with a pair of 3-pointers.

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UNC Swimmers Split Dual Meet

After a seven-week hiatus from competition and one week of intense training in Phoenix, the North Carolina swimming and diving teams took back to the waters of Koury Natatorium on Saturday. The double dual meet pitted UNC against Rutgers and Florida State. The 11th ranked Tar Heel women (7-1, 2-0 ACC) dominated the meet, winning eight of the 16 events to beat No. 20 FSU 186-114 and Rutgers 207-93.

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Criticism Of Shaq Misguided

There's an ancient Chinese proverb that says, "There are always ears on the other side of the wall." Shaquille O'Neal learned that the hard way this week. Instead of trying to bring about a reversal of fortune for the defending NBA Champion Lakers, 16-20 as of Sunday afternoon, Shaq had to withstand a charge unlike any he's ever taken from A.I. or T-Mac -- that he's a racist.

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Grant Earns Fresh Look In Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Freshman Damion Grant grinned as he got dressed in the locker room after the North Carolina basketball team's 79-72 loss to Virginia. He shifted his weight and tried to get out of the way of the group of reporters surrounding his fellow freshman teammate, Rashad McCants. "Nobody wants to be next to him in the locker room," Grant said, gesturing toward the crowd encircling McCants to explain why UNC's leading scorer is not a fun person to have your locker beside.

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UVa. Staves Off Late Tar Heel Rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Even though the motivations were different, North Carolina and Virginia entered Saturday afternoon's matchup with similar game plans. Crowd the middle with a 2-3 zone. Don't let them beat us inside. Make them shoot us into making adjustments. Both teams saw the other had struggled recently against the zone. Both tried to use that to their advantage. And by the end of the first half, it was obvious which team had the most success.

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Rust Evident as Tar Heel Men Fall Short

While it is still early in the ACC season, Saturday's loss to 25th-ranked Florida State reminded the North Carolina men's swimming and diving team that Virginia is not its only competitor for the ACC crown. The Seminoles dominated the short events, defeating No. 14 UNC in all five races 100 yards or less and both relays. FSU also won both dives, events that the Tar Heels had success in during the first half of the season.

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Tar Heels Throttle Hapless Deacons

Two minutes into Thursday's women's basketball game between Wake Forest and No. 10 North Carolina, Wake's Tonia Brown drained a 3-pointer to give the Deacs a 5-2 lead. But UNC forward Jennifer Thomas hit layups on successive trips down the floor that kickstarted a 10-minute stretch during which the Tar Heels outscored Wake 28-6. "We didn't really notice," said UNC point guard Leah Metcalf of Wake's offensive futility. "We were just out there trying to play defense, trying to score."

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Track Opener to Serve as Gauge

After preparing the North Carolina track and field team throughout the fall, all Coach Dennis Craddock can do now is wait and watch. The wait will be up and the watching will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday as UNC hosts the North Carolina College Big 12 Meet at the Eddie Smith Fieldhouse. And Craddock hopes to see his team's competitive drive on display. "We've tested our skills with our practices," he said, "Now it's time to see how everyone does in a competition setting."

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Even Without 'A' Game, Sutton Outmatches Wake

North Carolina had a simple strategy coming into its matchup with Wake Forest -- pound the ball inside. But the Tar Heels' inside game didn't dominate on Thursday night. Although center Candace Sutton was less than stellar, her mere presence opened up UNC's halfcourt offense and helped the No. 10 Tar Heels defeat Wake 86-56 Thursday night. "We wanted to get the ball inside at the beginning of the game because they didn't have any post players that were as big as I am," Sutton said.

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Sharp-Shooting Scott Keys UNC Offensive Resurgence

At some point before Wednesday night's game against Davidson, a certain memory from a season ago occupied the recesses of Melvin Scott's mind. Back then, Scott started 21 games for Coach Matt Doherty's North Carolina men's basketball team. His first was the season's second game against -- who else? -- the Wildcats. "In the back of my mind, you know, I scored 15 points last season against Davidson," Scott said, smiling at the thought. "And I was just thinking about that. I just wanted to come out and play aggressive and shoot with confidence."

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Injured May Might Return in 6 Weeks

The 6-foot-8 freshman sat hunched over on the North Carolina bench, his hands propping up his chin as he intently watched each possession. Occasionally, he excitedly shifted in his seat, uttering instructions to his teammates. And for the third consecutive game, that's all Sean May could do -- watch. But not for long, he says.

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3-Point Barrage Ignites UNC Win

Even from the start, things were a bit off Wednesday night at the Smith Center. North Carolina's leading scorer, Rashad McCants, was on the bench to start the Tar Heels' game against Davidson. In his place? Will Johnson. If that weren't strange enough, a loose-ball scrum following the opening tip cost the Wildcats' leading scorer, Peter Anderer, half of his front tooth. Not exactly a run-of-the-mill first 10 seconds. Then again, perhaps it was an appropriate start to a strange matchup.

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UNC Eyes Revenge Against Pesky Davidson

More than a year ago, Davidson rolled into the Smith Center and lent credence to the sky-is-falling mentality that followed North Carolina's season-opening loss to Hampton. The Tar Heels, it seemed, would be in for a long season. With a 2-3 zone defense that gave UNC fits and clutch 3-point and free-throw shooting, the Wildcats held on down the stretch for a 58-54 win that sent the Tar Heels to 0-2. UNC finished 8-20. Davidson ended up 21-10 and nearly upset Ohio State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

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Volleyball Ends Record Season at No. 12

The American Volleyball Coaches Association ranked the North Carolina volleyball team 12th in the final USA Today/AVCA Division I Coaches Poll released yesterday. The Tar Heels were ranked in each of the 15 weekly polls during the season as well as the final poll and earned the highest ranking ever for an ACC team at No. 11 earlier this season. North Carolina's season ended with a loss to Hawaii in the regionals of the NCAA Tournament. The team's 32-4 record set a program record for winning percentage at .889. Barber Honored by USFHA

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National Titles Only Part of UNC Soccer Dynasty

For most, winning one championship would be enough. But for the North Carolina women's soccer team, it might seem that failing to do so -- especially two years in a row -- means something is fundamentally wrong with the program. Championships have become synonymous with UNC. Few other programs have such pressure to win, although few others have achieved the same kind of success with the Tar Heels' regularity. UNC coach Anson Dorrance has won 17 national titles in 24 seasons.

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