Tar Heels Today: Coby White, Ryan Switzer, UNC-Duke OT Thriller Flashback

Coby White outshines Duke commit Joey Baker, a heartfelt "thank you" to UNC fans from OL Khaliel Rodgers, Ryan Switzer to receive the Patterson Medal, time to let the freshmen big men take their lumps, and more in Tar Heels Today.

Thursday News & Notes:

UNC combo guard signee Coby White and Duke small forward commit Joey Baker faced off Thursday with White getting the better of the matchup as his Greenfield team beat Baker's Trinity Christian squad 78-72. White led the way with 37 points to Baker's 27.

Turner Walton writes that UNC should go with its traditional bigger lineup and let the freshman big men take their lumps while learning on the job.

Former UNC receiver and Dallas Cowboys rookie Ryan Switzer will receive the Patterson Medal, UNC's highest athletic honor, at halftime of the UNC-Duke basketball game next Thursday.

UNC offensive lineman Khaliel Rodgers wrote a heartfelt "thank you" letter in the Daily Tar Heel, describing his "truly amazing" experience in Chapel Hill after coming in as a graduate transfer from Southern Cal.

Wayne Ellington was officially named to the NBA Three Point Contest on Thursday.

An interesting note on college basketball recruiting: There are no potential one-and-done freshmen on any of the current top 3 teams in college basketball (Villanova, Virginia, Purdue). In fact, teams centered around one-and-done players have only won two NCAA titles since the rule was implemented in 2006: Kentucky in 2012 and Duke in 2015.

Thursday's Results:

Women's Basketball lost to Notre Dame, 94-62

Today's Games:

Swimming & Diving at Janis Hape Dowd Carolina College Nike Invitational

Track & Field at Camel City Invitational (1:00 PM)

Women's Gymnastics at New Hampshire (7:00 PM, Streaming Video)

Today's Birthdays:

John Cowell (68) - Football

Parks Jordan (26) - Baseball

Andrew Oberg (49) - Football

Today in UNC History:

February 2, 1992
Derrick Phelps sets the UNC record for steals with nine in 86-76 win at Georgia Tech.

February 2, 1995
Jerry Stackhouse (25), Rasheed Wallace (25) and Donald Williams (24) combined for 74 points as Carolina beats Duke, 102-100, in double overtime. Blue Devil guard Jeff Capel sends the game into second overtime with a halfcourt three-pointer, but a Jeff McInnis steal and basket provides the winning margin for UNC.

UNC defeats Duke 102-100 in double overtime (Feb. 2, 1995):

Thought of the Day:

If it turns out that my best wasn’t good enough, at least I won't look back and say that I was afraid to try. --Michael Jordan

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