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North Carolina Player Bios
By Compiled by BRIAN LANDMAN
© St. Petersburg Times, published April 1, 2000
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.
POSITION: Point guard
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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