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Tar Heels finally make it to practice

North Carolina had been snowed in at their hotel earlier today. Instead of practicing at Comcast Center, the Tar Heels were initially left to a walkthrough in a conference room at their hotel about four miles from College Park.

But the school says the hotel parking lot was cleared, and the team managed to get to Comcast Center for a practice late Saturday afternoon.

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"We got the Comcast Center all to ourselves except for Gary [Williams] who I hear is sleeping here," said North Carolina spokesman Steve Kirschner said.

Maryland said today the game will be played, and will start on time (Sunday at 2 p.m.). The school says there may be an offer made to students without tickets to come to Comcast Center and fill unused seats.

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The school is discouraging people from driving to the game, saying only those who can walk to Comcast Center should attend.

North Carolina, which has lost five of its last six games, wasn't pleased about the practice situation initially.

"It's difficult, number one, when you're playing a good team like Maryland," Kirschner said. "And, number two, the flex offense (of Maryland) is difficult to defend anyway. You're trying to get out there and practice as much you can with a young team and now you can't do that."

He seemed in better spirits once Carolina had made it out of its hotel.

North Carolina's Marcus Ginyard tweeted on the situation earlier in the day: "I gotta feeling....we aint gonna make it to practice. Trucks can't even get thru this."

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