Will Graves is back in Coach Roy Williams' North Carolina doghouse, the term of confinement to be determined. Graves might return to the starting lineup today for an 8:30 p.m. game against Rutgers at the Smith Center. He could also play off the bench, as he did in last Tuesday's 98-61 win over Marshall at home, after Williams pulled him from the starting lineup for the first time this season.
Bouncing Back: Benched by Williams for mistakes, Graves focuses on staying focused
The Winston-Salem Journal
After being ordered to sit down, Will Graves was determined to step up.
And the resulting effort produced perhaps his most efficient game as a member of the North Carolina men's basketball team.
Graves floats out of favor before stepping up with Tar Heels
The Burlington Times-News
Dean Smith was sitting at a friend's house, sipping a scotch, after the most trying night of his young career.
Still shy of his 34th birthday, the North Carolina basketball coach and his team had returned a few hours earlier from Winston-Salem, where the Tar Heels had suffered a 22-point blowout loss to Wake Forest. It was the team's fourth straight defeat during the 1964-65 season. As the bus rolled to a stop on campus, Smith pretended he didn't see the dummy with his name pinned on it hanging from a tree. He told his players to step off the bus with their heads held high.
Patience pays off for Heels
The Fayetteville Observer
The Rutgers University men's basketball players packed at least one unusual item for their trip to Tobacco Road.
With a six-game winning streak in hand, the Scarlet Knights are feeling good heading into the latest installment of their one-sided series against defending national champion North Carolina.
Rutgers confident heading into game against UNC
The Asbury Park Press
About 30 minutes after the game ended, he declared that UNC's 2010 season had already begun. "We're already over (the loss)," Davis said. "We already talked about the direction this program's headed, and the people that are going to be here to help this program continue to grow in the right direction. "We've got to play better. And we will play better in the future."
UNC puts bowl loss behind it, looks to 2010
The Winston-Salem Journal
The North Carolina football team started the 2009 season with high expectations. The Tar Heels' eight wins in 2008 were their most since 2001, they were coming off their first bowl game since 2004, and they found themselves ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press preseason poll.
The Tar Heels were even mentioned as contenders for the ACC Championship -- and many players said they expected to get there.
But UNC's up and down season ended Saturday as No. 17 Pittsburgh won the Meineke Car Care Bowl 19-17. It's the second consecutive year the Tar Heels saw their season end with a loss in Charlotte for an 8-5 overall record, but the players insisted after the game it was still a succesful season -- even if it didn't live up to expectations.
The weight of expectations
The Durham Herald-Sun