Tar Heels open season of high expectations

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina kicked off a season of high expectations in front of a packed arena of about 21,000 fans.

The Tar Heels held their annual "Late Night with Roy" preseason event Friday night in the Smith Center, which included an intrasquad scrimmage as well as the players performing dances and skits in a night of fun before things get serious for a team expected to contend for the national championship.

All five starters are back from a team that won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title and got within a game of the Final Four.

In the 20-minute scrimmage, senior 7-footer Tyler Zeller scored 11 points to help White beat Blue 39-31. Harrison Barnes scored 11 to lead the Blue.