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Heavily favored Tar Heels face a must-win game today against NCCU

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Eleven ACC women's basketball teams played their final game before the post-season tournaments at some point during the ACC Tournament last week.

Duke has, of course, clinched an NCAA bid as the conference's regular-season champion and three other teams - Florida State, Virginia and Georgia Tech - seem to be resting easy about their spot on the board when the NCAA Tournament bracket comes out tomorrow night.

Nearly half a dozen more may or may not be on a "bubble." Only one has something left to add to the argument.

That's UNC, which for the second straight year will play a home game on the same day as the ACC men's tournament final.

Last season it was against South Dakota, and although the Coyotes gave the Tar Heels a good scare at the Smith Center UNC didn't have to win.

It does today. Sylvia Hatchell's club is going to be a really big favorite in its 3:30 home contest against N.C. Central in the Eagles' final game of the season, but the Tar Heels absolutely have to emerge victorious to avoid giving any naysayers on the selection committee a lot of fodder.

Cetera DeGraffenreid (pictured) is the Tar Heels' assist leader, and has been their best player over the last few weeks.

UNC vs. N.C. Central

[Today, 3:30 p.m., Carmichael Auditorium]

UNC leads series 2-0.

Records: UNC 18-11, NCCU 11-17.

Audio: WCHL-AM 1360, WRJD-AM 1410, TarHeelBlue.com, NCCUEaglePride.com.

Video: TarHeelBlue.cstv.com.

Coaches' records - NCCU: Joli Robinson 207-189; Sylvia Hatchell 830-293, 558-213 at UNC.

Leading scorers - NCCU: Joanna Miller 19.0; UNC: Italee Lucas 14.8.

Leading rebounders - NCCU: Latoya Bennett 7.4; UNC: Laura Broomfield 7.7.

Assist leaders - NCCU: Danielle DeBerry 3.2; UNC: Cetera DeGraffenreid 5.4.

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