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Off the cuff: The UNC basketball win against Valpo was a good experience for the Tar Heels. The early nine-point deficit was the largest of the year. In fact, the Heels had not trailed by more than five points all season. Carolina had to deal with a zone defense and some physical play. Eventually everything worked out fine and UNC gained important experience. Had the Heels played a better team, they may have been in trouble. Valpo plays seven freshmen. But now that UNC has had this experience, maybe it will pay off against a better team that employs the same tactics.

Being a native of Rocky Mount, you'd think I might want Phil Ford to remain the all-time scoring leader at UNC. After all, Ford was an icon and so respected at Rocky Mount Senior High. He was humble and respectful and a team player. I remember him strolling into my English class to speak to his former teacher, Ms. Murchisson, and to speak highly of her to us. He was a star player at Carolina then. He was articulate - a real yes sir, yes ma'am kind of guy. Now 30 years later, after seeing a different kind of player emerge in college basketball, another Phil Ford-type person breaks the all-time record. Good for you Tyler Hansbrough. You deserve it.

While Tyler and Ford are physically very different and played different positions, their relentless pursuit of the ball and their work ethic are certainly the same.

As most people know, Phil Ford is an alcoholic, something that hindered his chances of becoming a college head coach. There was once talk of him being the head coach of Carolina. I hope he gets a chance to coach one day.

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Heels 85, Crusaders 63
UNC has to come from behind for first time
See the official tribute to Tyler Hansbrough here.
No. 1 Carolina got behind early 12-3 to a physical, scrappy Valparaiso team but put together several scoring runs to defeat the Crusaders 85-63 in Chicago. (12/20)

UNC, now 11-0, trailed by nine when the Heels went on a 14-2 run to take a 17-14 lead with 11:40 left in the first half. The run was highlighted by four three-point baskets including two by senior Bobby Frasor, who was playing in front of family and friends for his "hometown" game.

Late in the first half, Carolina went on a 12-0 run to up the margin to 13 at 38-25. Seven points by all-time leading UNC scorer Tyler Hansbrough highlighted that run. Two of the points came after he stole the ball while two more came on a powerful dunk.

Up 41-31 at the half, the Heels quickly created some distance in the second half scoring the first nine points to go up 50-31. Hansbrough, who ended with a team-high 25 points, scored seven of those nine with four points coming after he stole the ball.

The lead got as large as 30 at 83-53 following a steal and dunk by Wayne Ellington.

UNC had 14 steals on the night. For the hard-bangin' Crusaders, one player fouled out and four others ended the game with four fouls each. Carolina sank 25 of 31 free throw attempts.

In addition to Hansbrough's 24, three other Heels scored in double figures. Thompson had 12, Ellington finished with 11 and Lawson added 10.

The Heels return home to face Rutgers Dec. 28.


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