Tar Heel Rundown: December 31
Release: 12/31/2013


The Tar Heels are trying to grow up as they head towards 2014...Carolina stayed at No. 19 in this week's AP poll...Should be a fun time tonight at the Smith Center, as the Tar Heels celebrate #HappyBlueYear with blue jerseys, frisbee dogs and more...UNC alum Buzz Peterson doesn't want his team to be overwhelmed in the Smith Center...Peterson is trying to instill some confidence in guard Ben Eblen...There's a basketball notebook coming on the site later this morning, so check back.

Tar Heels in the NBA

Some interesting quotes on Kendall Marshall from Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni. The key one: "I don't know him." But he's about to know him, because Xavier Henry hurt his knee Sunday night and had an MRI on Monday. It's a prime opportunity for Marshall...John Henson will be out "at least two weeks" with an ankle injury...Andrew Bynum's disciplinary issues opened a spot for Tyler Zeller in Cleveland's rotation...

Dallas got a win behind 14 points from Brandan Wright and six from Vince Carter...Ed Davis had eight points and four rebounds for Memphis...Marvin Williams had 13 points and 10 rebounds to help Utah beat Charlotte...Ty Lawson was sensational, scoring 26 points to go with seven assists, but misssed a potential tying three-pointer with two seconds left and the Heat edged the Nuggets.


Russell Bodine will enter the NFL Draft...Funny quote from Roy Williams last night regarding Ryan Switzer's performance in the Belk Bowl:


Olympic sports

Congratulations to Taylor Zarzour, who has catapulted from the Tar Heel Sports Network women's hoops broadcasts to WFNZ in Charlotte to, now, a new gig on XM Radio that starts Monday...Megan Buckland is out for the year after undergoing successful knee surgery.

Today's games

Men's basketball hosts UNC Wilmington at 5 p.m. on ESPNU (and the WatchESPN app).

Today in Tar Heel history

Dec. 31, 2001: Fast Willie Parker piled up 131 yards as Carolina topped Auburn, 16-10, in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Ronald Curry's 62-yard run was probably the signature moment. Here are the highlights:

Long read

It feels like there's been more written about the economics of the bowl ticket game this year. Here's another piece that details just how bad a deal it can be for the participating schools.

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