A few tidbits of information on Tar Heel athletics as you head into the weekend:
Freshman P.J. Hairston will not play against Kentucky on Saturday, nursing a sprained and bruised wrist. Hairston, the leading three point shooter, injured it bracing a fall against Wisconsin. On his twitter page Hairston had this to say, "Sorry to say but i will not be playing Saturday!...Thanks to everyone that was concerned!..#tarheelnation dont worry about anything, i'll be fine. Not a fracture or broken, I'll be back ripping the net soon". Hairston is averaging 8.3 points per game and is 14-31 from behind the three point arch.
Meanwhile, the Tar Heels were able to land the 11th ranked high school junior (from Rivals) in Nate Britt, a 6'2" point guard from Washington, D.C. Britt committed to North Carolina on Tuesday and can sign his national letter of intent in November of 2012.
The Tar Heels have posted the Head Coaching position and Interim Coach Everett Withers has applied and is one of the candidates.
Some Bowl Projections including Jerry Palm's of CBSSports.com have the Tar Heels going to the Military Bowl where they may face Iowa State on December 28th in Washington, D. C. Obviously, these are only projections so check back for confirmations.
North Carolina placed eight players on the 2011 All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams as selected by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Led by Tailback Gio Bernard, defensive end Quinton Coples and linebacker Zach Brown who made the first team. Wide receiver Dwight Jones, offensive tackle James Hurst and offensive guard Jonathan Cooper made the second team while return man T. J. Thorpe and Tydreke Powell, defensive tackle, were named honorable mention.
The Lady Tar Heels lost their first game of the season this week to #16 Penn State, 103-84. The loss moves Carolina to 6-1 on the season and the #14th ranked team will host Lipscomb on December 7. They are led by Chay Shegog who is averaging 14.3 points per game, followed by Laura Broomfield at 14.0 ppg. Broomfield is also pulling down 12.8 rebounds per game.
The Heels look for their 4th consecutive College Cup appearance as they host St. Mary's on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. Billy Schuler has 15 goals on the season to lead Carolina. They entered the tournament as the overall number one seed and meet the Gaels for only the second time ever. North Carolina won that meeting in 1990. Carolina holds the current longest home winning streak at 25 and look to expand that at Fetzer Field on Saturday. The match is a 5pm start in Chapel Hill.
Swimming and Diving
Both the Men's and Women's teams recently finished first in the Nike Cup to continue a successful campaign. The teams have signed 15 to National Letters of Intent. The Heels are in Atlanta through December 4 in the USA Swimming Short Course National Championships Preliminaries and Long Course Time Trials. Senior Steve Cebertowicz broke the long-standing school record in the men's 50-meter freestyle in the event thus far.
The Tar Heels volleyball team upset 10th ranked California on Thursday to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. They defeated the Golden Bears, 3-2 in Malibu. The Heels were down 2 sets to one but rallied to win the last two to advance. Emily McGee led the way with 23 kills on the night. They will face the winner of the Pepperdine-Missouri State played tonight. The win moves the unranked Tar Heels to 24-8 on the season. They finished third in the ACC with a conference record of 15-5 right behind Florida State and Miami.
Carolina is still looking for their first win of the season in Las Vegas this weekend. They are competing in the Cliff Keen Invite and enter the event 0-7. Evan Henderson has posted an 11-1 record at the weight class of 141 lbs.