Tar Heel Pros News & Notes

Tar Heel Pros News & Notes

TONY SHAVER TO D-3 FINAL 4

* Former Tar Heel Tony Shaver has guided Hampden-Sydney College (Va.) back into the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament Final Four.

Shaver's Hampden-Sydney squad defeated Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 68-63, on Saturday night in the Division III Sectional Final. The H-SC Tigers scored the last nine points of the game to overcome a late four-point deficit.

Hampden-Sydney (28-2) will meet Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) (25-6) in the D-3 National Semifinals on Friday at 8 p.m. in Salem, Virginia. The other semifinal features Williams (Mass.) (29-1) versus Wooster (Ohio) (29-2). The winners will play on Saturday for the championship.

REID RETURNS TO PRO HOOPS

* According to eurobasket.com, J.R. Reid, 34, has agreed to contract terms with Leon Caja Espana (12-9) of Spain's LEB League.

Reid, an 11-year NBA veteran, played in France last season for Strasbourg IG and averaged 17.5 points and 9 rebounds in 42 games.

CAPEL HEADED INTO FINAL WEEK

* Jason Capel has just three games remaining as he closes out his first season with the Fayetteville Patriots (30-17) in the NBDL.

The Patriots have clinched the regular season title and homecourt advantage for the upcoming 4-team NBDL playoffs. On Friday, Capel was named Honorable Mention in All-NBDL voting by the league's coaches.

Still unknown is whether Capel will be the D-League's top free-throw shooter. Going into the final week, Capel is shooting free throws at 88.5% (154-174) and trails Tierre Brown, 89.3% (167-187), of the North Charleston Lowgators.

Fayetteville plays at home on Monday and Friday, then ends the regular season on Saturday at Columbus.

TAR HEEL NBA PROS WIN 95.6 - 4.4

* In NBA.com's "Big Men on Campus" basketball tournament first-round voting, North Carolina demolished Fresno State by an overwhelming margin of 91.2% of the vote.

The next chance to vote for the Tar Heels will be from March 19 to March 21 against UCLA or Michigan State (March 18 & 19). The process continues until a champion is crowned on April 7. Visit www.nba.com/features/bmoc_bracket.html for more details, and to support the Tar Heel NBA Pros.

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