There is certainly nothing peculiar about North Carolina appearing in the NCAA Tournament. After all, the Tar Heels have missed the dance only three times since 1992. However, when the Tar Heels take the floor Saturday morning to face Liberty in a first round game, they will do so with head coach Sylvia Hatchell back on the sideline.
Hatchell missed all of last year while battling leukemia. Longtime assistant Andrew Calder assumed the reigns and guided the young Heels to the Elite Eight before falling to Stanford 74-65.
Maryland head coach Brenda Frese got an early holiday present Tuesday as she and her family celebrated the successful end of three years of chemotherapy treatments for her five-year old son Tyler Thomas with a party at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Children's Center. Tyler had been treated at Hopkins for pre-B cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a condition with which he was diagnosed more than three years ago as a two-year-old toddler. He is now a healthy, energetic, avid Terrapin fan in kindergarten with his twin brother, Markus, according to a statement released by the university.