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UNC inching closer to elusive goal

Originally Published: June 21, 2013
By Teddy Mitrosilis | ESPN.com

OMAHA, Neb. -- Elliott Avent wandered into the bar at the Hilton downtown around 11 a.m. Thursday, searching for ways to kill time before the biggest game he's ever coached.

He stretched out in a lounge chair, looking sharp in a white NC State polo and dark slacks. In between sips of coffee, he shared old stories about his baseball life with a couple of friends. His father, Jack, strolled in, bracing himself with a wooden cane.

"Come on, sit down, Pops," Avent said, slapping ...

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