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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Happy Monday from the home of the Tar Heels. Before I take off to head back to Blacksburg, here are some links.

Virginia Tech came here after running off to its best start since 1995-96. But it left North Carolina with a loss to the Tar Heels that returned the Hokies to a sense of reality at the start of the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule.

Although guard Malcolm Delaney, who overcame a sprained left ankle to play on Sunday, is Virginia Tech's best player, the Hokies need to find another consistent scoring option, writes David Teel of the Newport News Daily Press.

On Sunday, the Hokies were doomed by second-half lapses, according to Darryl Slater of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. For a half, he writes, Virginia Tech's hopes of an upset appeared to materialize. Then the Hokies’ defense lapsed in the second half, Carolina’s rotation of fresh defenders limited guard Malcolm Delaney’s impact and the ninth-ranked Tar Heels pulled away to win.

Aaron McFarling of the Roanoke Times thinks that Virginia Tech was up against more than just Ed Davis and Marcus Ginyard; it was up against North Carolina's history. He writes: "It's not just the 6-foot-10 guys who can jump, although they're a pretty significant part of it, too. But you also must deal with the echoes of the past, the tradition of this program, all of it whispering in the visiting team's ear: You really think you can win here? Really?"

The Hokies will leave here with another loss and a humbled outlook as ACC play gets under way.

By Mark Viera  |  January 11, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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