Before basketball practice began last October, North Carolina senior David Noel predicted his team would "shock the world." Now that the young Tar Heels have won eight of their past nine games, secured a bye in the ACC Tournament and vaulted to a No. 13 ranking, they'll have to do even more to astonish the masses.
Heels' road to success
Raleigh News & Observer
A year after shaping Sean May into one of the most dominant forces in college basketball, Sahratian has tackled a similar project with Hansbrough, supplementing the freshman's rare combination of talent and determination with a double dose of strength and stamina.
Coach gives Heels power
It's strange how Dewey Burke arrived at the University of North Carolina to begin with, much less how he wound up leading the defending national champions onto the Smith Center floor Feb. 7 for an emotionally charged game against Duke.
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"This is my ninth year out of coaching and I don't know where it all went," Smith said Monday morning. "It's gone faster than any part of my life."
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Cavaliers coach Dave Leitao has no illusions of a repeat sub-par performance from the nine-time ACC rookie of the week, who is leading UNC in scoring (18.9 points per game) and rebounding (7.5 per game), when the Cavs (14-11, 7-7) travel to Chapel Hill for Wednesday's rematch.
Cavaliers have one Heel of a task ahead
Buzz Peterson always believed he could coach basketball.
That's why the former North Carolina standout moved from successful coaching stints at Appalachian State and Tulsa to take on Tennessee's cyclical men's basketball program. And that's why Peterson, who was let go by the Volunteers after four, up-and-down, communications challenged seasons, only paused a few moments before jumping back into the game at Coastal Carolina.
Buzz is back, this time at the coast