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UNC's Strickland falls short at home

Newark-born guard loses battle with UK's Knight as Cats head to Final Four

Updated: March 28, 2011, 7:27 AM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEWARK, N.J. -- After a 37-minute battle for the ages, two of college basketball's bluebloods -- North Carolina's Dexter Strickland and Kentucky's Brandon Knight -- embraced under the far basket. And within that embrace, a mutual respect resonated.

Strickland, who was born in Newark and raised between Rahway, Hillside and Linden before attending St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, had gone toe-to-toe with Knight, the nation's top recruit, chasing him around the court, shadowing his every ...

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