Tar Heels Trying To Regain Control Of The Season

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- When North Carolina hosts rival Duke on Wednesday night, the Tar Heels will find themselves in a position few could have imagined to start the season.

The defending national champions enter February unranked and sitting near the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference standings. North Carolina (13-10, 2-6 ACC) has lost seven of nine games since the start of 2010, including three straight. They are coming off a 21-point loss at Maryland that ranks as the most lopsided loss under Roy Williams.

Duke guard Nolan Smith recently said his reaction was simple: "What's going on?"

Williams says the team has to keep working to get better even as its chances of returning to the NCAA tournament grow more remote with each game.

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  • by Ralph Rawls Location: Columbia on Feb 10, 2010 at 11:49 AM
    The season is not over yet! a National Championship ever 4 years not bad can you say 2013 champs!
  • by knopf Location: greenville on Feb 10, 2010 at 08:06 AM
    Too bad they won the national championship and aren't good enough to make into the tournament this year. 2-6 in the ACC way to really do it.
  • by Ralph Rawls Location: Columbia S.c on Feb 10, 2010 at 06:40 AM
    5 times National champions an more coming !
  • by Knightcat#2 Location: greenville on Feb 10, 2010 at 05:23 AM
    Where are all the Tar Hole fans now, it's funny how they get extremely quiet and practically dissapear when their team is doing bad. I have't seen half the Carolina apparrel on people this year as last. Just goes to show, most (not all) Carolina fans are bandwagon jumpers (not true fans) and are only loud and obnoxious when they are winning. We all know once they start winning again the Carolina Blue will come back out, until then peace. It's easy to be a Carolina Fan most of the time, since these losing seasons are few and far between. In times like these you find who the true fans are. And the rest are along for the ride only when they win.

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