This week may reveal the true North Carolina.
Are the Tar Heels the team that is a pedestrian 22nd in the Ratings Percentage Index, thanks to a schedule that includes a loss to Santa Clara (RPI: 192)? Or, after two ACC wins by a combined 68 points, is No. 3 UNC a team worthy of the first-place poll vote and the general foaming at the mouth among broadcasters?
Tar Heels face tough test with Tech's 'D'
The Durham Herald Sun
The protective mask that sits in Jawad Williams' locker isn't there to remind the North Carolina senior how far he has come since last season, when he wore the bulky accessory to shield a broken nose.
Mask serves as reminder for J. Williams
The Greensboro News and Record
Tonight's going to be one of those precious tickets, and for all the right reasons. Georgia Tech is 11-2 and brings a defensive posture North Carolina's Roy Williams has to respect. The Yellow Jackets, who played for, but lost, the national championship last season are holding opponents to only 34.6 percent from the field, best in the ACC. Only two Tech foes, Michigan and Gonzaga, managed 40 percent.
Dascenzo: Really, this one's worth ticket price
The Durham Herald Sun
Georgia Tech comes into Chapel Hill unbeaten in league play with convincing home wins over Miami and Virginia. But they will again be without the services of senior guard B.J. Elder, who injured his left hamstring in a loss to Kansas on New Year's Day and is expected to be sidelined for at least another 10 days.
Jackets offer Tar Heels stern test
The Fayetteville Observer
Jawad Williams has seen good times at North Carolina turn sour quickly, so he isn't easily impressed by his team's 13-game winning streak or its two ACC wins by 34 points each.
Tar Heels say their focus remains on Yellow Jackets
To say North Carolina's 34-point victory against then-No. 22 Maryland has left some fans in a state of hoops hysteria would be an understatement. One radio-show caller even suggested this week that if the Tar Heels can't find better competition, they should consider joining the NBA.
To those giddy fans, coach Roy Williams had a simple message before his Tar Heels tip off tonight against No. 8 Georgia Tech: Forget the Maryland game.
Williams tells Heels to forget last victory No. 8 Georgia Tech visiting No. 2 UNC
The Jacksonville Daily News
In the era of LeBron, matchups like this were supposed to be extinct, relegated to ESPN Classic along with short shorts and college basketball dynasties.
But tonight, on regular old ESPN, No. 3 North Carolina and No. 8 Georgia Tech will tip off without a freshman on the court.
Tech, Carolina buck trend with all-veteran starters
The Macon Telegraph
It's amazing what a little 34-point annihilation of the reigning ACC tournament champ can do, isn't it? In the afterglow of North Carolina's 109-75 victory over Maryland Saturday, the Dean Dome delirium spilled outside by mid-afternoon and then moved up to fabled Franklin Street, where the party continued long into the night.
It also moved Ron Green Sr., the esteemed and now retired sports columnist for the Charlotte Observer, to pick up his laptop once more. "The sky over Chapel Hill is Carolina blue again," Green wrote. ". . . Roy Williams has gathered up the broken pieces and put them back together. Tar Heels basketball, the real stuff, is back."
Skies are Carolina blue once more
The national media's fascination with the North Carolina schools makes it that much more difficult to woo a player interested in playing in the ACC, Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt believes.
Georgia Tech coach battles an ACC bias
The Charlotte Observer
Anthony Morrow's mother never imagined the sweet sound her son made would turn into something special.
Morrow takes swish to Ga. Tech
The Charlotte Observer
James Webster bowed his head under his new TSU ball cap Tuesday, waiting for the tears to subside.
Being named the new head coach of Tennessee State’s football program fulfilled a goal he has had since age 7.
“I worked hard to get here,” Webster said in choked tones Tuesday during a press conference on the TSU campus. “It has been a tough road. I want everyone to know I’m really excited to get here.”
Webster follows long road to TSU
The Nashville City Paper
James Webster had to wait 27 years, but he became a head-football coach for the first time yesterday when he was hired by Tennessee State to rebuild its program.
Tennessee State hires Webster as coach
The Winston-Salem Journal
James Webster, a UNC assistant football coach the past four seasons, is going to be a head coach for the first time. Webster is the new coach at Division I-AA Tennessee State.
UNC's Webster named head coach at Tennessee State
The Durham Herald-Sun