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December 18, 2012

THI Newsstand: December 18

Roy Williams: Tar Heels finding their way - Charlotte Observer
For the first time since practice started in October, North Carolina's basketball team began a week with a singular focus. The Tar Heels completed exams last week. For about three weeks there will be no more tests, classes or outside distractions. Campus is nearly empty.

Heels return to road vs. Texas - Durham Herald-Sun
Dexter Strickland never played point guard in high school and has started once at that position during his four years at North Carolina. Yet the UNC senior is fourth in the ACC in assists at 5.0 per game entering today's game at Texas (9 p.m., ESPN2).

Lucas: Finding The Fit - GoHeels.com
There are seasons when the month of December is mostly for fine-tuning, when the Carolina rotation is set and the holidays are mostly about avoiding injury. This year, as Saturday's 93-87 win over East Carolina showed, is not one of those years.

UNCG-UNC series in the works - Greensboro News & Record
UNCG is in the midst of scheduling a home-and-home basketball series with North Carolina, Spartans athletics director Kim Record said Monday. UNCG has played 47 games against current ACC teams but has never matched up with the Tar Heels.

Three Things: UNC Hoops Notebook - Tar Heel Monthly
1. Dean Smith identified Jeff Lebo early as a potential standout head coach, and talked often of the respect he had for Lebo's knowledge of the game. The Carlisle, Penn., native has had some tough coaching assignments--who is the last coach to win without NCAA issues at Auburn?--but had his East Carolina team well-drilled and capable on Saturday.

North Carolina-Texas Preview - Yahoo! Sports
Study breaks come in many different forms. FNorth Carolina blew out an unranked Texas last season and would appear to have a chance to repeat that performance against a young team that's still finding its way. The 23rd-ranked Tar Heels, though, didn't have one of their more confident performances last time out and will have to visit the Longhorns for Wednesday night's rematch.


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