DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Roy Williams waited until mid-February to shorten his bench and rely largely on a small lineup. It remains to be seen whether it was a short-term move or something the Tar Heels will use the rest of the season.
The Tar Heels spent the days leading up to their game at No. 2 Duke turning that occasionally used four-guard unit into the focus of their attack. The plan gave the Tar Heels a jolt that had been missing so far in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
P.J. Hairston had played stretches as the Tar Heels' 4-man, but this time, the 6-foot-5 sophomore was on the court almost all night and matched his career high with 23 points.
Williams wouldn't commit to staying with the lineup Saturday against Virginia.
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