As Rashad McCants returned to North Carolina last summer from working at Michael Jordan's basketball camp in Santa Barbara, Calif., he had a conversation with two of his closest friends.
One was Sean May, his teammate at North Carolina. The other was Wake Forest's Justin Gray
Friends right up until tip-off
The Charlotte Observer
Hooker, a senior, came a long way to be a practice player, toiling for two years on the UNC junior varsity team. He was born in Washington, N.C., but spent half his childhood nearly half a world away, in Palmer, Alaska, where his father's military job took the family.
Everett, a senior from Charlotte, is the third member of his family to spend time on the UNC roster. Older brothers Jim and Joe previously played for the Tar Heels -- like Charlie, on the JV team first.
They may not have basketball scholarships, but UNC's scholarship players said the reserves' effort in practice helped harden the regulars.
UNC's reserves getting their rewards
The Durham Herald-Sun
Those who didn't predict No. 3 North Carolina to win the national championship underestimated Roy Williams' ability to turn a team that was selfish in his debut season with the Tar Heels into one on which teammates are holding hands, playing nice with each other and nasty with the rest of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
On Tobacco Road, signs are good for UNC
The Baltimore Sun
When the third-ranked Tar Heels visit No. 4 Wake on Saturday, it will be widely viewed as a matchup of Goliaths. It's arguably the most eagerly anticipated meeting in the 94-year, 210-game history of the series -- at least regular-season meeting.
College basketball world to center around Joel Coliseum on Saturday
The Greensboro News and Record
Admittedly, Skip Prosser spends so much time in his office watching film and so much time in the gym running practice, that he doesn't always have a true pulse on the emotion of the student-body. But with "Beat Carolina" signs popping up all over the Winston-Salem campus this week, the Wake Forest coach is well aware of the electrifying weekend ahead of him.
Wake Forest eager for matchup against UNC
The Fayetteville Observer
As hot as Gray ever got in his first two years at Wake Forest, his touch has never been more torrid than it is going into the showdown against the Tar Heels. He has scored 96 points in his past 106 minutes of play, encompassing victories over N.C. A&T, Virginia, Clemson and Maryland. During that streak he has taken 30 3-point attempts and made 19.
Without a Conscience
The Winston-Salem Journal
They have on-campus housing, and they have tickets to Saturday's big basketball game with North Carolina.
So why are more than 50 Wake Forest University students forsaking comfort and logistical convenience to camp out at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, more than a mile from campus? And why have some of them been doing it for more than a week?
Pursuit of best seats spawns camp outside coliseum
The Greensboro News and Record
In 1984, Andrew Calder and Sylvia Hatchell sat in the stands at an AAU tournament and got lost in dreams of the future.
Calder talked about working every summer at North Carolina men's basketball coach Dean Smith's camp. Hatchell confided that the UNC women's job was her dream.
"Tell you what," Calder told Hatchell. "If you get that job, I'll come be your assistant."
UNC hired Hatchell two years later. She called Calder first.
More than helpers
The News and Observer
Gunter Brewer is leaving North Carolina after five seasons as wide-receivers coach, but not for Stanford, the school that offered him the job as offensive coordinator.
Instead, Brewer is going to be the passing-game coordinator at Oklahoma State, joining new coach Mike Gundy's staff.
Brewer rejects Stanford, chooses Oklahoma State
The Durham Herald Sun