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UNC's Hansbrough moving up

CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough’s 15 points against Virginia on Saturday kept him on pace to break the ACC record for career points scored, currently held by former Duke guard J.J. Redick.

Hansbrough now has 2,587 career points, but whether he’s currently in second place, or tied for second, is up for debate — at least according to UNC.

Hansbrough third on ACC list

Lost in the commotion over Marcus Ginyard's decision to redshirt and Will Graves' suspension, UNC's Tyler Hansbrough moved into third place on the ACC career scoring list on Tuesday.

Hansbrough scored 24 in the Heels' 108-91 win over Maryland at the Smith Center, giving him 2,572 points for his career. He passed Duke's Johnny Dawkins (2,556) and N.C. State's Rodney Monroe (2,551) with his 71st career 20-point game, also a new ACC record.

UNC notes: A 'country' atmosphere

CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina's seniors are 2-1 against N.C. State in Raleigh, but they have yet to get used to the Wolfpack atmosphere. They'll face it again when the teams play at the RBC Center on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

"From our perspective, their fans are kind of crazy, a lot of country guys over there,'' UNC forward Danny Green said. "They're pretty harsh; they speak their mind, they say whatever comes to mind, they try to hurt your feelings, and it's probably one of the toughest places to

UNC's Hansbrough gets braces

Psycho T now has psycho teeth.

North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough, who had his right front tooth loosened Wednesday night by Clemson forward Jerai Grant's left elbow, had clear braces fitted around that tooth and several other upper ones Thursday, a team spokesman said in an email.

The medical staff will re-evaluate the team's leading scorer in about a week, at which point they might remove the braces if the tooth is more stable, or leave them in if its not.

The injury happened early in the first half of UNC's win over the Tigers. Hansbrough left the court briefly, but returned with a mouthguard and finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

The All-America — and his teammates — have the weekend off, and next play at Florida State on Wednesday.

Overheard: Los Campesinos!

"If Tyler Hansbrough can come back for one more, so can we."

-- Gareth Campesino, singer for the Welsh band Los Campesinos!, at the start of the band's encore Friday night at Cat's Cradle.

(And here their drummer had led me to believe they didn't know from Tar Heels.)

Hansbrough X-rays negative

CHAPEL HILL — X-rays on North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough’s hyperextended left elbow “showed nothing severe enough to show that he can’t play,” coach Roy Williams said. “It’s going to bother him for a while, and that’s it.

Hansbrough hurt his elbow late in the first half of UNC’s win at Virginia on Thursday, but he returned to lead the team with 28 points.

No. 5 UNC plays Miami on Saturday.

UNC notes: Lawson almost perfect

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson was great during his team’s 83-61 victory at Virginia, but not quite as perfect as the stat sheet showed.

The junior was credited with nine assists and zero turnovers, so the statistician must have missed it when Lawson threw the ball out of bounds while trying to flick it to Danny Green in the first half.

“I told him we were going to count it 9-1,’’ coach Roy Williams said. “He didn’t like that, but he really played well. He’s gotten a lot of criticism in our two losses that other people have supposedly outplayed him or other people are supposedly better, but I thought he was good
for us.”

Lawson also scored 19 points.

Chin up, Tar Heels

Staff photo by Robert Willett

UNC's winless in the ACC after two games and the Earth is still on its axis. Promise. Look at the sky, it's still Carolina blue.

It might seem like the end of the world, Tar Heel fans, but it's not. Yes, 0-2 is not good, but it's Jan. 13. There's a lot of hockey left.

Five reasons not to burn those plane tickets to Detroit:

UNC notes: Focusing on defense

CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina has blown out its first 13 opponents by an average of 26.4 points. Its “closest” victory was by 15. And it leads the ACC in scoring offense, scoring margin, assists, steals, turnover margin and assist-to-turnover ratio.

So what’s left for the top-ranked team in the nation to work on, as it begins conference play against Boston College on Sunday?

Heels win more than once in Chicago

CHICAGO — North Carolina had a good time getting it's 11th straight victory, 85-63 over Valparaiso, at the United Center on Saturday. But forward Tyler Hansbrough called the players’ Friday night outing to Dave & Buster’s “the funnest dinner ever.”

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