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December 21, 2012

McNeese St - UNC Capsule

Game 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
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
Nickname: Cowboys
Colors: Blue & Gold
Conference: Southland
Venue: Lake Charles Civic Center (5,500)
2011-2012 Record: 17-16 (10-6)
2012-2013 Record: 6-4 (0-0)
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Last Game
McNeese State: Ledrick Eackles sank three second half 3-point baskets, including two in a span of 21 seconds midway through the second half, to help spark McNeese to an 80-75 win over Texas Tech here Sunday evening marking the school's first-ever win over a Big 12 Conference team. The win snapped an 0-9 record against current members of the Big 12 and was the first away from home for the Cowboys this season as they won for the fifth straight time. Eackles, who saw his first action on the season last Wednesday in a win over Louisiana Tech, scored all of his 13 points of the game in the second half and was one of four McNeese players to score in double-figures. Like Eackles, Craig McFerrin played in just his second game of the season and walked away with a game and career-high 18 points on 8 of 11 shooting. Kevin Hardy added 13 points while Desharick Guidry scored 12. [Recap]

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
This is the first meeting between the Cowboys and Tar Heels.

McNeese State-North Carolina Notes
MSU: McNeese has won five straight games... it's the longest winning streak since winning 8 straight from Jan. 25-Feb. 18 of last season. The last five games, McNeese has connected on 159 of 313 from the floor for 50.8 percent...shot over 50% the last two games - 52.5 vs. La. Tech and 55.9 at Texas Tech.

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


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