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North Carolina Player Bios

By Compiled by BRIAN LANDMAN

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 1, 2000


Brendan Haywood

NO.: 00

POSITION: Center

HT: 7-0

WT: 264

CLASS: Junior

HOMETOWN: Greensboro, N.C.

COMMENT: Haywood, criticized for much of the season for not doing more offensively, has become more active and assertive in the NCAA Tournament and a center of attention.

Ed Cota

NO.: 5

POSITION: Point guard

HT: 6-21/2

WT: 200

CLASS: Senior

HOMETOWN: Brooklyn, N.Y.

COMMENT: Cota is a savvy floor leader and playmaker and at his most dangerous driving to the basket. He has, however, been playing nearly 40 minutes a game in the post-season.

Max Owens

NO.: 24

POSITION: Guard/forward

HT: 6-5

WT: 198

CLASS: Junior

HOMETOWN: Macon, Ga.

COMMENT: Owens broke double figures off the bench in 10 of the first 14 games. Since then, his production and playing time have diminished steadily. He played one minute against Tulsa.

Jason Capel

NO.: 25

POSITION: Forward/guard

HT: 6-8

WT: 224

CLASS: Sophomore

HOMETOWN: Chesapeake, Va.

COMMENT: Capel is showing more quickness than at any point this season, especially on defense. He has shut down Stanford's Casey Jacobsen and Tennessee's Vincent Yarbrough.

Joseph Forte

NO.: 40

POSITION: Guard

HT: 6-4

WT: 185

CLASS: Freshman

HOMETOWN: Greenbelt, Md.

COMMENT: Forte has been at his best in the NCAA Tournament. He scored 17 points against Stanford, 22 against Tennessee and a career-high 28 against Tulsa.

Kris Lang

NO.: 42

POSITION: Forward/center

HT: 6-11

WT: 243

CLASS: Sophomore

HOMETOWN: Gastonia, N.C.

COMMENT: Lang has had an assortment of injuries and illnesses all season, then sprained his right ankle against Tulsa. But he has been playing solid defense.

Julius Peppers

NO.: 45

POSITION: Forward

HT: 6-7

WT: 270

CLASS: Freshman

HOMETOWN: Bailey, N.C.

COMMENT: Peppers, a starting defensive end in football, joined the team in late November and has surprised virtually everyone with his ever-improving game. He played 30 minutes against Tulsa.

Coach Bill Guthridge

AGE: 62

RECORD: 80-27, third season

NCAA RECORD: 8-2

COMMENT: Guthridge, the 30-year assistant to Dean Smith, has been under fire much of this season and takes the blame for not pushing the right buttons sooner. But he has shown more fire of late and so has his team.

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