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Posted Apr 3, 2009


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When the Tar Heels jog onto Ford Field this afternoon, Williams will conduct his seventh Friday practice at the Final Four and his fifth in the past eight seasons.
Another Shot: Williams enjoys trips to Final Four, but he's not happy about everything
The Winston-Salem Journal

Tyler Zeller's big gamble six weeks ago has helped North Carolina back to the Final Four. The decision to return in mid-February, after Zeller missed most of the season because of a broken left wrist, cost him a season's eligibility, which he could have been preserved by redshirting. But Zeller, a 7-foot freshman forward, only wanted to help the team, and he thought that any playing time would be a bonus for next season.
Zeller's sacrifice helps Tar Heels make Final Four
The Winston-Salem Journal

Before he ever stepped foot on North Carolina's campus, Tar Heels freshman Larry Drew II had heard talk of the strength and conditioning coach who made players flip tractor tires, heave sledge hammers and push trucks around the Smith Center parking lot.
Strength coach's approach fits Heels
The News and Observer

When the spotlights and the TV cameras and the microphones came on Thursday, North Carolina’s five starters split into their individual interview rooms at Ford Field and officially took the Final Four stage as relaxed and talkative as ever. This is, after all, a return trip for the Tar Heels. Which explains why the grandiosity of this circus is no longer overwhelming and why the players were feeling as cool and comfortable as Fonzi at Arnold’s Drive-In.
North Carolina's starters are eager to win it all
The Fayetteville Observer

North Carolina guard Wayne Ellington, a Philadelphia guy, is rather familiar with the Villanova players.
Philly flavor
The Burlington Times-News

It was Joe Holladay who spoke up before North Carolina played Oklahoma in the South Regional final, suggesting the Tar Heels double down on Blake Griffin every time he touched the ball.
Success comes in executing a gameplan
The Durham Herald-Sun

When the spotlights and the TV cameras and the microphones came on Thursday, North Carolina's five starters split into their individual interview rooms at Ford Field and officially took the Final Four stage as relaxed and talkative as ever.
Tar Heels looking for a Hollywood ending to a very real-life story
The Durham Herald-Sun

Regardless of North Carolina's Final Four fate, the busiest guy in Chapel Hill during the next few months may be a Tar Heel you won't see if you blink long Saturday and perhaps Monday. As the team's third-string point guard, freshman Larry Drew II understands better than anyone that he's far from center stage. But with junior Ty Lawson likely to turn pro after the season and senior Bobby Frasor ready to move beyond college, Drew is the only viable candidate to fill the role that first Raymond Felton, then Lawson almost perfected.
Drew II bides time, for now
The News and Observer

Regardless of what happens in the coming days, Hansbrough will finish with nearly every significant individual record at North Carolina. He's Carolina's all-time leading rebounder, the ACC's all-time leading scorer and the nation's all-time leader in free throws made. In an era when the best players regularly leave college early for the NBA, those records will likely stand for a long, long time.
Hansbrough's one last shot
The Greensboro News-Record

Villanova's leading scorer, Dante Cunningham, has seen it before - his point guard flying down the court, beating his man and the buzzer for the game winner. The point guard he was referring to? Ty Lawson, starter for North Carolina, Villanova's opponent tomorrow in the Final Four semifinals.
Cats' Cunningham, Heels' Lawson have strong ties
The Philadelphia Daily News

Tyler Hansbrough can feel a sense of relief now that the North Carolina is back in the NCAA Final Four. But he knows the pressure will only increase with the Tar Heels (32-4), who play Villanova (30-7) on Saturday in one semifinal at Ford Field, one step closer to the program's fifth national title.
Tough climb for Tyler Hansbrough and Tar Heels
The New York Daily News

It really is a thin line between good and great in college basketball. North Carolina is proof. The Tar Heels made the 2008 Final Four behind four draft-ready players. If any had made the NBA move, the rest would have followed. None did. And here they stand, with a shot to win the national championship that eluded them a year ago.
Tar Heels stayed together for title shot
The New York Daily News


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 -by InsideCarolina.com  Apr 2, 2009
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 -by InsideCarolina.com  Apr 1, 2009
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 -by InsideCarolina.com  Apr 4, 2009

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