Observations

Robbi PickeralFebruary 5, 2010 

It's going to be busy during North Carolina's final home games of the season - even when the current players aren't competing on the court.

Former UNC guards Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington, starters on last year's national championship team, will have their jerseys honored before the Feb. 13 game against N.C. State, a team spokesman said. As previously reported, former Tar Heels guard Donald Williams, Most Outstanding Player of the 1993 Final Four, will also have his jersey honored, and raised to the rafters, during halftime of the March 2 game against Miami. Four-time All-American Tyler Hansbrough will have his No. 50 retired during halftime of Wednesday's game against Duke; he is only the eighth Tar Heel to have his jersey retired.

With as much as 2 feet of snow expected in the Washington, D.C., area over the next couple of days, the Tar Heels plan to leave campus for their flight to Maryland at 1:30 this afternoon - about 10 hours after they're expected to arrive home from Blacksburg, Va. UNC doesn't play the Terps until Sunday at 2 p.m., but the longer they wait to travel, the more likely they won't make it there. Team officials might have considered going straight to Maryland after the Virginia Tech game, but the team only packed for one game - and returning to Chapel Hill means the players can attend classes before they leave, again.

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