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By Rollin Yeatts | Bleacher Report
North Carolina’s 2013-14 nonconference schedule doesn’t appear to be nearly as nasty as past seasons. There is a possibility the Tar Heels will face Louisville in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 24, but we can’t guarantee that will happen.
There are a couple teams on the nonconference schedule that could cause some problems for UNC, though. And the ACC expansion made the conference schedule even tougher with the additions of Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.
Which teams will cause the greatest mismatches for North Carolina in the upcoming season?
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By Greg Barnes | Inside Carolina
North Carolina will enter Thursday night’s season opener at No. 7 South Carolina with several offensive designs built in to counter Jadeveon Clowney and the Gamecock defense.
“There are a lot of plays where [a team] will run the ball the other way and he’ll just take a pursuit angle and somehow, someway, he’s in on the tackle,” UNC left tackle James Hurst said. “It’s pretty amazing to see how fast he is and how athletic he is. You’re going to have to block him until the whistle.”
By News Release | News & Observer
Kealia Ohai scored a pair of goals and Crystal Dunn added her third goal of the weekend as No. 1 North Carolina defeated Virginia Commonwealth 4-0 Sunday in women’s soccer.
Ohai, a senior forward from Draper, Utah, had the game-winner in the 23rd minute and then added an insurance goal in the 69th minute.
Paige Nielsen also scored for the Tar Heels, and Dunn dribbled through several defenders to score unassisted in the 73rd minute.
By Willie T. Smith III | Greenville Online
As South Carolina prepares for Thursday’s game against the North Carolina, Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier had a message Sunday for those following his team, which is ranked seventh in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll entering the 2013 season:
The Gamecocks can be beaten by the Tar Heels.
“They can beat us, yeah, we know they can beat us,” Spurrier said of UNC. “Vanderbilt can beat us. Shoot, almost every team we play can come in here and beat us. They play very well, we don’t take care of the ball. Somehow or another, they don’t have to throw too much, a lot of stuff can happen in football. We know we have to be ready.”