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Dexter Strickland has a pretty good idea of what North Carolina needs to do today against Washington to keep its season going. Strickland isn't trying to take planning duties for the NCAA tournament game from coach Roy Williams, but he feels that a fast, strong start would set the tone the Tar Heels want and create at least a little doubt for the Huskies. "You try to punch them in the mouth before they do it to you," Strickland said. "We want to get out first before they get out on us." The third-round game of the East Regional, scheduled to tip off at 12:15 at Time Warner Cable Arena, will be a meeting of conference champions. North Carolina (27-7) won the ACC regular-season title and is the regional's No.?2 seed. Washington (24-10) won the Pac-10 tournament title and is the No.?7 seed.
Tar Heels to take on Huskies
The Winston-Salem Journal

North Carolina guards Kendall Marshall, Dexter Strickland and Leslie McDonald all are familiar with Washington guard Isaiah Thomas. Each of the Tar Heels faced Thomas at some point on the AAU circuit in high school, and their opinion of him hasn't changed much over the years. "He was pretty much doing the same thing he does now," Strickland said. And that "thing" would be winning.
Tar Heels' backcourt players are familiar with Thomas
The Durham Herald-Sun

John Henson sat in the North Carolina locker room Saturday afternoon, swirling a chocolaty nutritional shake in his cup and pondering the nature of the NCAA Tournament experience.
Tar Heels remain in search of full 40 minutes of focus
The Burlington Times-News

Perception failed to meet reality even before North Carolina freshman Kendall Marshall played his first NCAA tournament game. He quickly discovered that the blue "NCAA" jersey patches are actually stickers.
Tar Heels growing up fast in NCAAs
The Fayetteville Observer

After watching his team lose 17 games, fail to reach the NCAA tournament and go through what he called the most miserable year of his career, North Carolina coach Roy Williams' top goal this season was to make his team tougher. But that didn't happen until he made a tough decision, himself.
Williams' decisions make Heels tougher
The Charlotte Observer

Ask North Carolina's John Henson what the method behind his free-throw shooting improvement is and he won't tell you. Seriously.
Tar Heels notes: Henson stays quiet on improved free-throw shooting
The Burlington Times-News

It appears as if the deck is stacked against the Huskies. They're playing 2,800 miles away from home. They face the seventh-ranked team in the country in their backyard. And Sunday game begins at 12:15 p.m. (EDT) in Charlotte, which is an early start on the West Coast. Tar Heels coach Roy Williams downplayed the possible negative effects on Washington.
Huskies face tough task against North Carolina in Charlotte
The Seattle Times

On the eve of a sweet matchup, we're talking about ice cream. And not just any ice cream. Daggum ice cream.
Under the radar, Lorenzo Romar and Roy Williams are friendly daggum rivals
The Seattle Times

In the past month, stringy-but-stringent University of Washington senior Justin Holiday has shut down UCLA swingman Tyler Honeycutt, banged with beefy USC big man Nikola Vucevic and scratched and clawed to stay in front of 6-foot-10, 265-pound Georgia star Trey Thompkins. Today, the 6-6 Holiday may as well be facing all three of them.
Tar Heel frontline poses big problems for UW
The Everett Daily Herald

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