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FILE - In this Dec. 6. 2015, file photo, North Carolina's Joel Berry II (2) defends as Davidson's Jack Gibbs (12) drives to the basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C. One of the funkier quirks of a season thatГ­s been full of them is that four of the countryГ­s top five scorers entering FridayГ­s games were 6-foot or shorter. Five-foot-11 Howard guard James Daniel led the way with (28.2 points per game), followed by 5-foot-9 Oakland star Kahlil Felder (25.7), 6-foot Davidson standout Jack Gibbs (24.8) and Stefan Moody, all of 5-foot-10, of Ole Miss (24.3). (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

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FILE - In this Dec. 6. 2015, file photo, North Carolina's Joel Berry II (2) defends as Davidson's Jack Gibbs (12) drives to the basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C. One of the funkier quirks of a season thatГ­s been full of them is that four of the countryГ­s top five scorers entering FridayГ­s games were 6-foot or shorter. Five-foot-11 Howard guard James Daniel led the way with (28.2 points per game), followed by 5-foot-9 Oakland star Kahlil Felder (25.7), 6-foot Davidson standout Jack Gibbs (24.8) and Stefan Moody, all of 5-foot-10, of Ole Miss (24.3). (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Heels headed for tough stretch

By Aaron Beard

The Associated Press

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CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina coach Roy Williams has long promised his teams that things would get tougher as they entered the conference schedule.

It has taken a month for his second-ranked Tar Heels to reach that point in their Atlantic Coast Conference slate thanks to a quirk in the schedule that loaded up the second half of the league schedule with the teams picked to finish in the top third of the conference race.


“We don’t necessarily think about it,” sophomore guard Joel Berry II said Friday. “I think we just know what’s coming up and we know what we have to do the next couple of games.”

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