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Tar Heel Rundown: November 18
Release: 11/18/2013

It's a momentous day, folks. The game time for the Carolina-Duke game on Nov. 30 should be announced today. The Blue Devils could be going for the Coastal title. This leads to two possible scenarios: the league could enact the six-day hold and not announce the game time until Sunday, or--and this could be crazy talk--it could potentially not be a 12:30 game. Stay tuned to Twitter around lunch for more information.

Football

Under Larry Fedora, Carolina has had some very impressive results in the punt return game...Ryan Switzer earned a helmet sticker from ESPN this weekend...Kareem Martin was, as Fedora put it, a beast on Saturday, and he earned national honors for his performance...Good feature on Jeff Schoettmer, who is balancing calculus class with playing linebacker...Pitt coach Paul Chryst on Switzer and the loss to the Tar Heels...A pair of bowl projections with the Tar Heels in Charlotte...Or maybe you'd prefer the Sun Bowl against UCLA...Another Charlotte projection here...

The highlights from the win over Pittsburgh are a lot of fun:

Tar Heels in the NFL

Da'Norris Searcy took an interception back 32 yards for a touchdown...Quinton Coples ahd six tackles for the Jets in that same game...Julius Peppers had 11 tackles and two sacks...Gio caught four passes for 41 yards and rushed for 45 more...Hakeem Nicks caught four passes for 50 yards.

Basketball

Free throws were a serious problem against Belmont...There were also other problems (lack of outside shooting, late-game struggles, etc.)...The depleted roster is having an impact...J.P. Tokoto was back in the gym last night working on free throws...It was the second win for Belmont over a ranked team in the history of the program...Some perceptive quotes from Luke Davis in this feature on his role so far and what he needs to do better.

Tar Heels in the NBA

No questions about Marvin Williams' toughness: he played with a broken nose this weekend and scored 14 points against the Warriors...Ty Lawson continues to play very well (28 points, 17 assists on Saturday) and the Nuggets continue to lose (4-5)...John Henson had 10 points and six rebounds against OKC on Saturday...Tyler Hansbrough had six points and five rebounds for the Raptors last night...

Jerry Stackhouse will work in TV as an analyst for the Pistons...How about Rasheed Wallace, currently an assistant with the Pistons and perhaps not at his UNC playing weight, in a dunk contest?

Olympic sports

Women's soccer shut out Liberty in the NCAA Tournament and will host the next round on Friday...Field hockey's first NCAA Tournament game was a 6-2 win over Delaware and they followed that with a 5-2 win over Wake to earn a berth in the Final Four...Sinead Loughran, a field hockey senior, is playing with a broken hand...

Big news in men's cross country, where the program earned the first NCAA Championships invitation since 1991...Volleyball rolled through a 2-0 weekend, including a win over Virginia on senior day...Good win for women's basketball, as they went on the road and beat UCLA behind Allisha Gray's big day...

Several Tar Heel baseball players visited an elementary school in Graham and made a good impression...Daniel Bard is pitching for the Cubs in winter ball in Puerto Rico and has had some struggles.

Today's games

None.

Today in Tar Heel history

Nov. 18, 2008: The top-ranked Tar Heels dismantled Kentucky, 77-58, at the Smith Center. Tyler Hansbrough didn't play due to injury and Tyler Zeller suffered a broken wrist. 

Long read

Adam Lucas was able to spend some time with Sylvia Hatchell at the UNC Cancer Hospital on Friday afternoon, and she had a very inspirational message.




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