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December 14, 2012Game Day
Line: North Carolina by 17
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C. - Dean E. Smith Center (21,750)
TV: ESPNU (Watch Online)
Announcers: Adam Amin (play-by-play) & Jay Williams (color analyst)
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network; SiriusXM (Sirius 92, XM 190)
Announcers: Jones Angell (play-by-play), Eric Montross (color analyst) & Dave Nathan (host)
Rankings: East Carolina: AP - NR, USA Today - NR; North Carolina: AP - 21 USA Today - 18
Coaches: Jeff Lebo (39-33 at ECU; 250-189 Overall); Roy Williams (264-70 at UNC; 682-171 Overall)
East Carolina at a glance
North Carolina: North Carolina took on an over-matched East Tennessee State University squad Saturday night to the woodshed. Not only was there a huge talent disparity but East Tennessee State only suited up eight players. The result was an overwhelming 78-55 rout of the Buccaneers by the Tar Heels. [Recap]
ECU-North Carolina Series
ECU-North Carolina Notes
ECU: Senior Maurice Kemp ranks fourth in Conference USA in scoring with 16.7 points per game. He scored double figures in each of the first four games before being limited to eight points in 21 minutes against St. Andrews. Kemp has led the Pirates in scoring five times this season.
ECU: Senior Shamarr Bowden leads Conference USA in assist-to-turnover ratio (5.8) and ranks sixth nationally. He has distributed 23 assists and committed just four turnovers this season.
ECU: Sophomore Paris Roberts-Campbell is the only player to score double figures in each of the last two games. He has made a 3-pointer in four consecutive games.
ECU: The Pirates have two players ranked among the top 10 in Conference USA in rebounding: Robert Sampson (8.9/6th) and Maurice Kemp (8.1/9th). Kemp and Sampson have each recorded three double-doubles this season.
UNC: Carolina has attempted 20 or more three-point field goals in six of its first nine games this season after doing so five times in 38 games last season. For comparison's sake, the Tar Heels attempted 15.2 threes per game last season (579 total). The Carolina record for most three-point attempts in season was 822 in 2002-03, an average of 23.5 attempts per game.
UNC: Saturday's game is part of a stretch of five home games in six outings in December to close out UNC's non-conference schedule for 2012-13.
UNC: After Saturday's game, Carolina will play at Texas next Wednesday night in its only road game in the month of December. UNC's lone road game between Nov. 27 and Jan. 6 is a Dec. 19 contest at Texas in Austin. Next up after the Texas game is McNeese State, which will visit the Smith Center on Saturday Dec. 22 at noon.
UNC: Next up on the court after the ETSU game will be East Carolina, which will visit the Smith Center on Saturday Dec. 15 at noon. Former Tar Heel guard Jeff Lebo is the ECU head coach and will be making his second return visit to the Smith Center to face UNC. Lebo's Tennessee Tech squad lost in the Smith Center during the 1999-2000 season.
Roy Williams on Saturday's Game