By Dave Glenn and Staff
April 4, 2005
Today's Best ACC Links:
Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star writes that North Carolina's players are getting the last laugh this weekend in St. Louis, after the years of criticism they incurred during and after the many failures of the Matt Doherty era.
Neil Amato* of the Durham (N.C.) Herald Sun notes that, just as many college basketball fans and writers have longed for a matchup between No. 1 Illinois and No. 2 North Carolina, the players themselves cherish the opportunity. Also see John Feinstein of the Washington Post, Scott Fowler of the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, Lenox Rawlings of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal, Alan Schmadtke* of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, Rick Snider* of the Washington Times and Dan Wiederer of the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer.
Mark Schlabach* of the Washington Post tackles the popular "Team Vs. Talent" debate that surrounds tonight's national championship game. Also see Tom Berry* of the High Point (N.C.) Enterprise, Frank Dascenzo* of the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun and Brian Landman* of the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times.
Jason Whitlock of the Kansas City Star writes that UNC coach Roy Williams has an opportunity tonight to close two unpleasant chapters of his otherwise brilliant career. Also see Mark Alesia of the Indianapolis Star, Mike Bianchi of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jim Litke of the Associated Press, John Lopez of the Houston Chronicle, David Steele of the Baltimore Sun, Adrian Wojnarowski of the Bergen (N.J.) Record and Bart Wright* of the Greenville (S.C.) News.
Jeff Carlton* of the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record profiles UNC swingman Rashad McCants, who long ago agreed to sacrifice his shot and point totals as part of his commitment to this year's Tar Heels. Also see Linda Robertson of the Miami Herald on McCants, plus Tony Barnhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Joe Gergen of Newsday, Joe Hawk of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Dan McGrath of the Chicago Tribune on UNC's Sean May. Gregg Doyel* of CBS.Sportsline.com notes that you might want to watch the stars of tonight's game very closely, because the next time you'll see many of them they will be in the NBA. Also see Rob Daniels* of the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record with an update on Wake Forest sophomore Chris Paul.
Mark Schlabach* of the Washington Post reports that Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage has offered the school's head coaching job to South Carolina coach (and former UVa assistant) Dave Odom, who is expected to accept. Also see Andrew Joyner* of the Charlottesville (Va.) Daily Progress and Jeff White* of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch.
Earl Vaughan Jr. of the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer catches up with Joe Quigg and other former players from UNC's 1957 national champions.
- -- writer has contributed to the ACC Sports Journal and/or ACCSports.com
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