RALEIGH — For every push in Wednesday's basketball game between North Carolina and N.C. State, there was a pull, for every action, a reaction.
In the end, UNC was left standing after an old-fashioned ACC fight. The Tar Heels flexed their muscle and found a way to beat the Wolfpack for the 10th straight time, 75-63 at the RBC Center.
CHAPEL HILL — Sophomore John Henson knows North Carolina is going to be thin in the frontcourt next season.
So he’s doing his part to make it a bit thicker.
Six eggs with cheese and grilled chicken for breakfast. A late-morning sandwich at Subway. A big lunch burrito at Chipotle. A protein shake for a mid-afternoon snack. Followed by a large Italian dinner at a local pizzeria.
Updated: 4:48 p.m.
CHAPEL HILL -- North Carolina guard Dexter Strickland was on crutches Wednesday with a bruised right hip after a collision with former Tar Heel Jawad Williams during a pick-up game.
Team spokesman Steve Kirschner said the training staff will keep an eye on the injury, and the player may later have more tests, but that it has been diagnosed as a bruise.
"I was guarding Raymond Felton, and Jawad came over and set a screen,'' Strickland said. "I got over the screen, but Jawad poked his hip out ... I should have had my padded Under Armour on. ... It just got worse as I kept playing, so I went to the trainer's.
"...Hopefully it's not that bad. It hurts, but I'll get through it."
Clarification and update at the end of this story
It appears as if North Carolina's players got a talkin' to about what is -- and is not -- acceptable on twitter.
At about 5 p.m., rising sophomores Dexter Strickland and John Henson, plus rising junior Larry Drew II, all posted variations of the same message on their individual twitter accounts: "well coach just talked to us about twitter and told us we offend some people n what not so this is a farewell to bein' myself... lata tweeps."
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CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina forward Deon Thompson never thought he’d get dunked on so many times in the span an hour. “But it was great,’’ the senior said, laughing. “It was so just much fun doing it.”
“It” was the UNC’s annual clinic for Special Olympics, a two-hour event at the Smith Center on Sunday afternoon that put as many smiles on the faces of Tar Heels players and coaches as it did the 100 athletes from across the state.
Carolina, which will certainly tumble Monday from its 12th spot in the Associated Press poll, has lost two straight games, and three of its last four — but the Special Olympians didn’t care. Not as they dribbled around 7-footer Tyler Zeller, who was helping out at the ballhandling station even though he’s in a walking boot to protect his fractured foot.
At a Friday press conference at the Smith Center, North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams said senior guard Marcus Ginyard will probably play in Saturday's game against the Texas Longhorns at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.
"I did expect him to play," Williams said. "Sort of still do. His foot is a lot better."
Ginyard and freshman guard Dexter Strickland both missed Saturday's game with Presbyterian with injuries.
North Carolina senior Marcus Ginyard, who missed Saturday's game because of an injury to his left foot, practiced Tuesday, team spokesman Steve Kirschner said in an e-mail. However, freshman reserve Dexter Strickland, who also missed the game because of a left hamstring injury, did not.
Ginyard, the Tar Heels' starting shooting guard, is averaging 10.4 points and 3.8 rebounds. His injury is a bruise, Kirschner said, and is not related to the foot injury that caused him to redshirt last season.
Strickland is averaging 3.4 points per game.