Tyler Zeller still had a long red scratch on his upper left arm last Friday, three days after acquiring it from an opponent's aggressive hands.
He got a bloody nose the next day, also the product of his play for North Carolina.
But his career for the Tar Heels is winding down, and one segment will end today. Zeller, a 7-foot senior, will play his final home game when Maryland visits the Smith Center at 7 p.m. (ESPN). It also will be the last home game for career reserve Justin Watts.
Zeller ready for life change
The Winston-Salem Journal
Before every home game, Justin Watts steps onto the court and performs an elaborate greeting as each North Carolina starter is introduced.
In the Tar Heels’ last home game against Clemson, that meant a synchronized spinning jump with John Henson, an intricate handshake with Harrison Barnes, a chest bump with Tyler Zeller, a salute with Reggie Bullock and a fist bump with Kendall Marshall.
Reserve Justin Watts doesn't regret for a minute picking UNC
The Durham Herald-Sun
Senior center Tyler Zeller’s final home game for North Carolina comes tonight against Maryland and he figures he has been around for enough.
“I’ve thought about it a little the other day,” Zeller said. “But that’s life. You got to take it and make the best of it, but when it comes you’ve to move on. It has been a great experience, but at the same time I am ready to move on and go to something else.”
Zeller and forward Justin Watts are scholarship seniors who’ll be honored prior to the game.
Tar Heels' Zeller hits home stretch
The Burlington Times-News
Among the 45 students in Jim Kitchen's 500-level business class at North Carolina, Tyler Zeller stood out for a couple of reasons. Seven feet tall, he carries with his height the high-profile prestige that comes with playing a leading role on the No. 6 Tar Heels basketball team.
But to Kitchen, a lecturer in UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School, Zeller proved memorable for entirely different reasons. He admired Zeller's organizational skills, the way he approached his work in the classroom. Kitchen said he admired Zeller's thought process and his ability to plan.
Basketball is Zeller's business
The Charlotte Observer
When North Carolina takes the court Wednesday against Maryland, the Tar Heels will look quite a bit different than usual.
Yes, the Tar Heels will don the one-time-only silver Nike Platinum alternate uniforms.
But the starting squad wearing those jerseys will also be different. As is tradition, all five seniors will start for the final home game of the season.
UNC faces Maryland in ?nal home game for Tyler Zeller
The Daily Tar Heel
It was Feb. 4, and Maryland trailed by just three points at Comcast Center when Tyler Zeller, North Carolina's 7-foot senior, missed a shot with 2:37 left.
The Tar Heels got the offensive rebound. Then they got another. Then another. Then John Henson hit a shot to put North Carolina up by five.
It was a particularly deflating stretch for the Terps, who never challenged again. For sheer frustration, it probably ranked up there for Maryland with the sight of Henson dunking emphatically with one second to go. That play irked the Terps and coach Mark Turgeon because the Tar Heels were up by seven points and could have dribbled out the clock.
In sizing up North Carolina, Maryland's focus is on rebounding
The Baltimore Sun
With just 0.1 of a second remaining in the Feb. 4 game between Maryland and North Carolina at Comcast Center, the Tar Heels’ John Henson flew to the rim for a spectacular dunk.
North Carolina had an insurmountable seven-point lead, so the points were hardly necessary, as Coach Mark Turgeon made clear to his mentor Roy Williams immediately following North Carolina’s 83-74 victory.
Maryland vs. North Carolina: Close games a hallmark of Terrapins’ wins this season
The Washington Post