- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 27, 2003

Seen and heard last night at Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.:

GENERAL ADMISSION When the doors opened at approximately 5:40 p.m., thousands of North Carolina students made a rush for the choicest front-row seats. Normally, those are occupied by top-dollar VIP season-ticket holders, relegating students to the rafters. The NIT doesn't fall under North Carolina's season ticket plan, so it led to the stampede for first-come seating. Students began camping out at 1 a.m. yesterday morning in front of the 20,235-seat facility.

STILL IN THE HOUSE North Carolina named its arena after Dean Smith, and the Tar Heels' coaching legend still maintains an office on the arena's first floor. Bill Guthridge, Smith's successor before current coach Matt Doherty, also still has an office in the same glass-enclosed area.

YOUTHSERVED According to research published in the Syracuse Post-Standard, the Tar Heels are the youngest team in the country and by a wide margin over Syracuse, the next youngest. The Post-Standard's survey covered the eight largest Division I conferences ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10, Mountain West, SEC and Atlantic 10. The Tar Heels started three freshmen David Noel, Rashad McCants and Raymond Felton and sophomores Melvin Scott and Jawad Williams.

ACC TOP 50 This was the ACC's 50th season. To commemorate the anniversary, the ACC sponsored an anniversary team. The Tar Heels placed 12 on the men's basketball team, more than any other school. Carolina's honorees: Lennie Rosenbluth, Billy Cunningham, Larry Miller, Charles Scott, Bobby Jones, Walter Davis, Phil Ford, James Worthy, Sam Perkins, Michael Jordan, Brad Daugherty and Antawn Jamison. Duke had 11 and Maryland eight.

Ken Wright

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