The last five weeks have been kind to Lowell Dyer. After North Carolina beat Miami on Sept. 27, the Tar Heels' coaches installed the Riverside product as UNC's starting center, moving Dyer ahead of Aaron Stahl on the depth chart.
Dyer's move to center has helped drive Heels' offense
The Durham Herald-Sun
Coach Roy Williams of North Carolina has never minded having a team in the spotlight, especially at the start of a season.
"I like having a target on our back," Williams said. "I think it makes us play to a higher standard each and every day and concentrate to a higher standard. You can't take any days off.
"I've said many times that if everybody's saying you're going to be pretty good, you've probably got a chance to be pretty good. Everybody knows a little. I like the fact we're a big game for people. There's no question about that."
UNC's Williams says favorite's role fits fine
The Winston-Salem Journal
UNC has had recruiting groups stay all four years before, most recently Jackie Manuel, Jawad Williams and Melvin Scott, who stuck together through the 8-20 debacle of their 2001-02 rookie season to eventually help the Tar Heels win the 2005 national championship.
But with the lure of the NBA, it has become a rarity for such a large group to stay so long while having so much success.
These seniors already have won two ACC regular-season titles (they tied Virginia for another one) and two ACC tournament titles and advanced to a Final Four. And the expectations are even higher this year.
Finishing what they started
The News and Observer
Stress reaction probably never caused so many stressed reactions.
The phrase crawled across the bottoms of television screens and plopped down at the tops of newspaper pages in late October, when North Carolina announced that Tyler Hansbrough would stop practicing while doctors monitored the stress-reaction condition in his right shin.
Carolina fans and ACC promoters immediately asked two questions.
Plenty of Talent
The Winston-Salem Journal
The Quakers, who open their season tomorrow at top-ranked North Carolina, aren't much older as a unit than they were when they were routed, 106-71, by the Tar Heels in December at the Palestra.
Penn mixing youth with maturity
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Last year: North Carolina 106, Penn 71.
Year before: North Carolina 102, Penn 64.
Things that have changed between then and now: not much.
As Penn heads to Chapel Hill, N.C., for a date tomorrow with the first-ever unanimous preseason No. 1, for the final game of this three-year set with the Tar Heels, is there anything left to say except yikes?
One Heel of a challenge
The Daily Pennsylvanian