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Friday, February 26, 2010

Maybe CViv should chat with Sylvia: Hatchell knows Tar Heels need a strong finish
Sylvia Hatchell doesn’t recognize the team wearing North Carolina jerseys this year.

The trapping defense that created so much havoc? Gone.

The high-scoring offense that fed off turnovers? Gone, too.

Instead, the coach with more than 800 career victories is tinkering with lineups and strategy to stop the Tar Heels’ monthlong slide that has jeopardized their NCAA tournament chances and has them unranked for the first time in more than eight years.

“I’ve got to keep pushing buttons until I find the right thing,” Hatchell said. “We can play really well at times, but I don’t have that defensive stopper out there. I don’t have that leader to get them together and say, ‘Look, get the ball here.’ We’ve got to keep working until it happens.”