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December 21, 2012Game Day
Date: Saturday, December 22, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C. - Dean E. Smith Center (21,750)
TV: ESPNU (Watch Online)
Announcers: Tom Hart (play-by-play) & Jay Williams (color analyst)
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network; SiriusXM (Sirius 85, XM 85)
Announcers: Jones Angell (play-by-play), Eric Montross (color analyst) & Dave Nathan (host)
Rankings: McNeese State: AP - NR, USA Today - NR; North Carolina: AP - 23 USA Today - 19
Coaches: Dave Simmons (93-100 at MSU; 120-129 Overall); Roy Williams (265-71 at UNC; 683-172 Overall)
McNeese State at a glance
North Carolina: Right after Texas coach Rick Barnes finally could enjoy a big win in a bumbling season, he deflected tough questions about whether his best player really is gone for good. Sheldon McClellan scored 18 points and struggling Texas upset No. 23 North Carolina 85-67 on Wednesday night. The Longhorns hadn't even sealed the badly needed signature win when Yahoo! Sports reported the NCAA had suspended guard Myck Kabongo for the entire season. [Recap]
McNeese State-North Carolina Series
McNeese State-North Carolina Notes
MSU: Austin Lewis has made his last 7 shots covering three games...school record is 10 consecutive FGs made (Fab Flournoy vs. Stephen F. Austin, 1994-95).
MSU: According to cbssports.com, McNeese has an RPI of No. 44 heading into Saturday's game.
MSU: Averaging 9.9 steals a game as a team, McNeese ranks tied for 16th in the nation.
MSU: McNeese is 0-3 against the ACC (0-1 vs. Boston College; 0-1 vs. Miami; 0-1 vs. Florida State).
MSU: McNeese has knocked in over 50% of its shots in the last two games and in three of the last five contests.
MSU: McNeese is being outrebounded by a 43-30 margin in their three road games.
MSU: Cowboys are outscoring their last three opponents by a score of 142-115 in the second half, or an average of 47.3-38-3 for a +9 score advantage.
UNC: Carolina has attempted 20 or more three-point field goals in six of its first 11 games this season after doing so five times in 38 games last season.
UNC: UNC is 83 for 229 (.362) as a team from three-point range through 11 games in 2012-13, averaging 20.8 attempts per game.
UNC: After Saturday's game, Carolina will take a weeklong holiday break. Next weekend, the Tar Heels will host UNLV on Saturday December 29 at 2 p.m. in Chapel Hill.
Team notes courtesy of the ACC, McNeese State and UNC Athletic Communications