UNC Basketball: How Tar Heels Can Recover from Duke Debacle

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UNC Basketball: How Tar Heels Can Recover from Duke Debacle
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Pitted against a sideline din that wouldn't quit, ESPN reporter Samantha Ponder was trying to relay a quote from North Carolina coach Roy Williams midway through the second half of UNC's 69-53 loss to arch-rival Duke.

Williams apparently wasn't impressed with his team's poise, and the frenzy behind Ponder was part explanation, part exoneration.

This was, after all, a mighty big stage for the young Tar Heels. That they weren't equal to the task is disappointing but not conclusive.

North Carolina can still make a deep tournament run this season.

Here's how.

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