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BLEEDING CAROLINA BLUE
Ted Keith
April 15, 2009
HOBBLED BY INJURIES, THE HEELS TURNED TO THEIR BENCH AND TOUGHED OUT A 28-WIN REGULAR SEASON
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April 15, 2009

Bleeding Carolina Blue

HOBBLED BY INJURIES, THE HEELS TURNED TO THEIR BENCH AND TOUGHED OUT A 28-WIN REGULAR SEASON

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All stats are for the regular season only

THE LONG ARMS OF THE LAWSON
The top-ranked Tar Heels started fast by cruising to the Maui Invitational championship behind MVP Ty Lawson. The All-America guard ignited an offense that would average 90.2 points, second only to VMI's 93.8.

NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR, THE SEQUEL
Led by Tyler Hansbrough (50), Carolina cruised past its first 13 opponents by an average margin of 26 points. But the Heels were stunned on Jan. 4 in Chapel Hill by Boston College, which shot 45.7% in an 85-78 upset.

ELLINGTON STRETCHES AND FINDS HIS RANGE
Wayne Ellington ended an early-season cold streak with seven treys against Miami on Jan. 17 and another seven against Maryland on Feb. 3. He finished the year shooting 39.5% from three-point range.

FUTURE POINT GUARD FINDS AN OPENING
One of three McDonald's All-Americans (along with Tyler Zeller and Ed Davis) to join the team, Larry Drew II stepped in when Ty Lawson missed three postseason games and notched a 4-to-1 assist/turnover ratio.

TYLER THE YOUNGER ARRIVES JUST IN TIME
Freshman Tyler Zeller replaced injured senior Tyler Hansbrough in the opener against Penn and scored a team-high 18 points, but he broke his left wrist the next game. Zeller proved to be a solid backup on his return.

FRESHMAN SHOWS THAT D IS FOR DAVIS
When Ed Davis (32) and the Heels focused on defense, they were overwhelming—here limiting Virginia to 30.5% shooting in a January road win. The lanky 6' 10" freshman is considered UNC's top pro prospect.

CAROLINA GOES GREEN AND LOVES THE ENERGY
In his first season as a starter, senior forward Danny Green averaged 13.3 points and became the winningest player in school history and the first to have 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists, 100 blocks and 100 steals.

KEY SUPPORTING ROLE FOR AN OLD HAND
Bobby Frasor was the starting point guard as a freshman before enduring two injury-plagued seasons. As a senior he emerged as Carolina's best perimeter defender, helping to shut down Duke's offense in two Tar Heels wins.

DEON GOES NEON IN PRIME-TIME PLAY
When frontcourtmate Tyler Hansbrough missed four games at the start of the season, junior Deon Thompson stepped out of Hansbrough's shadow and averaged 15.5 points and 7.0 rebounds on 59.2% shooting.

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