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Sandhills looks to repeat as national champs

The best part of my week was photographing an entire college basketball game without publishing a single action-shot:

By Scott Fowler – Staff Columnist —

PINEHURST — When you think of college basketball in North Carolina, you think first of the ACC. Famous coaches. Future NBA stars. Packed arenas. ESPN telecasts. National championships.

You won’t see a bit of that at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst – except for the “national championship” part.

Sandhills is college basketball at its purest and starkest level. The school grants no scholarships. Its on-campus gym was built only two-thirds regulation size, so for the past five seasons it has played its home games at a local middle-school gym. The Sandhills coaches do the team’s laundry after every game.

And yet, in 2012, Sandhills was the first men’s team from North Carolina to win a junior-college national championship. At 20-5, the team has a chance to repeat in 2013.

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