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April 6, 2009 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, ON COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Common sense says North Carolina will win tonight's national title game at Ford Field. Common man is pulling for Michigan State. Cold, hard facts say North Carolina hangs its fifth championship flag. Soft, warm and fuzzy wants the banner hung in East Lansing. Clear, independent analysis has declared this game won't be close. Rational thought computed the box score from Dec. 3, when North Carolina came to Detroit for a site-inspection dissection of Michigan State. The final score was 98-63.
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April 5, 2009 | Chris Dufresne
What a shock: The school everyone said was No. 1 at the beginning of the season has earned the chance to prove that it's No. 1 at the end. Getting from November to now wasn't as easy as it sounds, but North Carolina Coach Roy Williams' team is one game from almost living up to its incredible hype. North Carolina used its considerable height, power and point guard Ty Lawson advantage to defeat Villanova on Saturday, 83-69, to advance to Monday night's national title game against Michigan State.
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April 4, 2009 | Chris Dufresne
Welcome to the Final Four, the place amateur players love to come to . . . gamble? The week's most interesting news conference offering: North Carolina junior guard Ty Lawson's admission that he won $250 playing craps at a casino in Detroit's "Greektown" section. Tar Heels Coach Roy Williams said the story was being overblown. "I have zero problems with Ty doing it," Williams said Friday. Williams said he gambled earlier this year when his team came to Detroit to play Michigan State.
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March 30, 2009 | David Teel
Blake Griffin had just made the play of the game, and perhaps this NCAA tournament, an extraterrestrial -- he reached into the heavens -- one-handed dunk of an Austin Johnson lob pass. But Ty Lawson countered in less than eight seconds, slicing through the defense for a runner in the lane. That second-half sequence was Sunday's NCAA South Regional final in a capsule: The brilliance of Oklahoma's Griffin against the precision of North Carolina's Tar Heels.
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March 28, 2009 | David Teel
North Carolina Coach Roy Williams insists otherwise, but Ty Lawson's jammed right big toe sure appears healed. Lawson conducted an offensive clinic Friday night as the Tar Heels raced past Gonzaga, 98-77, in the NCAA South Regional semifinals. A junior point guard, Lawson scored 19 points on seven-of-nine shooting, passed for nine assists, grabbed five rebounds and committed only one turnover.
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March 18, 2009 | Chris Dufresne
Put this in your tobacco pipe: North Carolina didn't become the first team since Indiana in 1976 to go unbeaten. The Tar Heels weren't the greatest team of all time. The Tar Heels did sweep Duke in Atlantic Coast Conference play but let Duke win the ACC tournament and now enter the big dance with their most important ballerina, Ty Lawson, nursing a sore toe. Is this any way to win the national title? Maybe. Love this upper bracket. Look for No. 9 Butler in a close win over No.
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March 16, 2009 | Chris Dufresne
Teams The favorites: North Carolina (28-4) -- No one in Chapel Hill is going to chant "We're No. 3!" after the Tar Heels earned the third No. 1 seeding behind Louisville and Pittsburgh. Expectations were so high some people thought Roy Williams' team might go undefeated this year. That notion ended when, after a 13-0 start, the Tar Heels lost their first two conference games.
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March 9, 2009 | Associated Press
Tyler Hansbrough got the send-off he wanted in his final home game at North Carolina, thanks in part to Ty Lawson. Hansbrough scored 17 points help the No. 2 Tar Heels beat No. 7 Duke, 79-71, Sunday and win the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title. Lawson added 13 points and several key plays late for the Tar Heels, 27-3 overall and 13-3 in the ACC, who earned the top seeding for next week's conference tournament in Atlanta.
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February 12, 2009 | Associated Press
Ty Lawson helped Tyler Hansbrough make it four in a row at Cameron Indoor Stadium, while keeping himself perfect against North Carolina's most despised rival. Lawson scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half, and No. 3 North Carolina rallied past No. 6 Duke, 101-87, on Wednesday. Hansbrough scored 17 points -- and made another late three-point basket -- for the Tar Heels (22-2, 8-2), who became the first team in nine seasons to reach triple digits against Duke. They came on strong down the stretch, using late runs of 25-11 and 14-0 to first take the lead for good and then stretch it to 17. In the process, they ended the Blue Devils' 14-game home-court winning streak while claiming first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.
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