Weekend Wrap: November 26

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Does it feel weird to anyone else that football is over? Like, really over? Usually, when you have a successful season, you play the last regular season game and then there's the drama/dread of bowl selection. Not this year for the Tar Heels, as Carolina's 45-38 win over Maryland ended the season. The win marked the final game for 17 very unique seniors. Unfortunately, those seniors could've ended the year in the ACC championship game. In fact, that's exactly where they would be playing this weekend, if Carolina was eligible. Larry Fedora has made it clear, though, that he considers the Tar Heels to be Coastal champions.

Lots of other sports success in Chapel Hill this weekend. Joe Sagula's volleyball team is headed to Ames, Iowa, where they will visit the birthplace of Harrison Barnes play Cal for the third straight year in the NCAA Tournament.

On the pitch, men's soccer got a golden goal in overtime to beat FDU in Chapel Hill on a chilly Sunday evening. Carolina will attempt to earn its fifth straight College Cup on Friday when it hosts Indiana.

In women's soccer, Anson Dorrance's club advanced to its 26th Final Four, and this time, they did it the hard way--winning at altitude at top-seeded BYU. If you only see one Tar Heel play in any sport from this weekend, it's this one: check out Brooke Elby's season-saving save in overtime. You'll also find the game-winning goal from Crystal Dunn in this video:

Tar Heels in the NFL
Hakeem Nicks had five catches for 77 yards and a touchdown in New York's demolition of Green Bay.
Zach Brown had a huge day for the Titans, with a team-high 10 tackles and two sacks. 
Da'Norris Searcy had four tackles for the Bills.
Connor Barth made three of his four field goal attempts for the Bucs.
Brandon Tate had a six-yard catch and a 25-yard kick return for the Bengals.
Greg Little also had a six-yard catch for the Browns.

Tar Heels in the NBA
Great weekend for Carolina players in the NBA, as Ed Davis, Raymond Felton, Antawn Jamison and Harrison Barnes all had double-doubles. The story, though, was Barnes, who threw down a strong candidate for NBA dunk of the year:
John Lyon was at the game and snapped this incredible photo of the dunk.

Best story I read this weekend
Well, it wasn't really a story. It was actually the side of a food truck. But not just any food truck: a Time-Out food truck. Yes, this exists now. No longer do you have to stumble around Chapel Hill at two in the morning searching for a chicken-and-cheddar biscuit. Now, they will actually bring it to you. Thousands of Carolina fans may even get to see what those biscuits taste like in the daylight, which is an entirely new proposition.

Three Tar Heel storylines to watch this week
1. Carolina travels to top-ranked Indiana tomorrow night (although, with Duke's two big wins, it's possible the Blue Devils could grab the top ranking when the polls come out today) for what should be an interesting game. No one seems to think the Tar Heels have much of a chance...which is ordinarily when Roy Williams is very dangerous.
2. Gio Watch 2012 began yesterday at 9 a.m. when he met with Larry Fedora to have the first discussion about his professional future. As a draft-eligible sophomore, he could move on to the NFL. If he came back, the Tar Heel offense would return Bernard, Bryn Renner and Quinshad Davis, and would be an instant Coastal Division contender. If he leaves, he'd provide for a family that is depending on him. Either way, he's been a phenomenal Tar Heel to watch.
3. NCAA Tournament for Olympic sports: men's soccer plays at home Friday at 6, the women play on the road (in San Diego) on Friday at 11 p.m., and volleyball plays in Iowa on Thursday. Carolina is the only athletic department in the country with teams still alive in all three of those tournaments.

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