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Our Clip Of The Morning: John Henson Named ACC Player Of The Week

"North Carolina’s John Henson has been selected as the ACC Player of the Week, while Duke’s Austin Rivers has been tabbed as the ACC Rookie of the Week following their outstanding performances this past week. Henson averaged 16.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.5 blocks as North Carolina opened the 2011-12 regular season with a pair of ACC wins. (Tar Heel Blue)"

College Basketball Rankings: UNC Atop First AP Top 25 Poll

Win aside, UNC ironing out kinks Dayton Daily News :: NOV 12

No. 1 UNC gets road win in new Asheville arena

Asked which North Carolina men’s basketball team will finish highest in the Atlantic Coast… Backing The Pack :: NOV 2

Tar Heels bowling, but where?

Everett Withers Wednesday Q&A

More News After The Jump

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Kicks On Court: Carrier Classic Recap

"Nike and Jordan Brand created sneakers specifically designed for this game in the form of the Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 and Jordan 8.0. Michigan State senior forward Draymond Green sported the “Cool Grey” Air Jordan 11. As for the Tar Heels, John Henson and Dexter Strickland wore the Air Jordan 13 White/Neutral Grey-University Blue and the “Wolf Grey” Air Jordan 5, respectively. ("

First Impressions

"Figuring out how to approach the “preseason”—and indeed the entire regular season—when you have a great team with astronomical expectations is a bit of a challenge. The dominant view in college basketball culture says the way to judge a preseason No. 1-ranked team is to see whether they cut down the nets on Monday night at the end of the year. (Inside Carolina)"

UNC-Virginia Tech Game Guide

"Virginia Tech has won nine consecutive games against ACC Coastal opponents, including four in a row at home. Since joining the ACC in 2004, the Hokies are 10-4 in Thursday night games, including 5-2 at home. The Hokies are 2-7 and the Tar Heels are 5-4 against the spread versus FBS teams this year. North Carolina has lost three consecutive ACC road games after winning five of its previous seven. (Gobbler Country)"

Field Hockey Reaching The Peak

"The Carolina field hockey team is on the final leg of an incredible journey. The 2011 season is one for storybooks for sure: only a single loss to the one team that has bounced the 1-2 spots with the Tar Heels, a stalwart backfield that keeps competition in their own territory, the most shut-outs in the nation and four Final Fours in the last five years. But the best part? They’ve still got business to take care of. (Tar Heel Blue)"

Ben Speas Named To CSN And TDS National Team Of the Week

"Junior forward Ben Speas was named to a pair of National Teams of the Week on Monday after his impressive performance in Carolina’s 3-1 win over Boston College in the ACC Championship. Speas recorded a pair of goals and added an assist against Boston College Sunday. College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer both had Speas among their top 11 this week. (Tar Heel Blue)"

Dexter Stickland shines for Tar Heels in Carrier Classic

"Dexter Strickland entered the year as the glue guy. He was the guy on the team who didn’t get the stats, the acclaim or the attention of the other four starters on North Carolina’s basketball team. On most other college teams he’d star. But on UNC’s stacked squad, he was the starting role player for the No. 1 team in the country. (Daily Tar Heel)"

The Kendall Marshall Premium

"With Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, and John Henson also residing in Chapel Hill, it would be a stretch to call Kendall Marshall North Carolina’s best player. But change that superlative to “Most Important Player,” and the claim doesn’t sound so far-fetched. In this piece, data will be presented that helps quantify just how valuable Marshall was last season (and why he figures to be again in 2011-12). (Hoop Speak U)"

Observations: UNC at UNC-Asheville

"Roy Williams, who was born in nearby Marion and grew up in Asheville, reportedly donated more than $100,000 toward construction of the new Kimmel Center, which was built entirely through private donations. The arena’s coaching offices are named after Jerry Green, a former UNC Asheville coach who was an assistant for Williams at Kansas. (Raleigh News & Observer)"

Post players lead Tar Heels past UNC Asheville

"Tyler Zeller will forever be a trivia answer. But the first men’s basketball player to score in the new Kimmel Arena and top-ranked North Carolina did not stop there Sunday. Zeller and the rest of the Tar Heels’ powerful front line wore down UNC Asheville in a 91-75 win and did so with surprisingly few signs of wear despite playing less than 48 hours earlier on an aircraft carrier on the other side of the country. (Asheville Citizen-Times)"

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