Alex Conway & John Gwaltney Jr
UNC got back in
the win column against Boston College Tuesday night.The Tar Heels defeated the Golden Eagles 82-70 but did so
at the expense of
Hairston, who scored 14 points in his limited
action, was knocked to the ground by a
Dexter Strickland elbow.The blow proved to be concussive and Hairston didn't return
to the game and will most likely be out against Virginia Tech
The Tar Heels lose one guy off their bench to
injury but gain back another in the form of
McDonald has missed the last six games due to a knee injury and a
His return couldn't come at a better time.McDonald is UNC's fourth leading scorer (8.4 PPG) and will be
counted on to produce in Hairston's absence.
Virginia Tech at a glance
Blacksburg, Virginia Nickname: Hokies Colors: Chicago Maroon & Burnt Orange Conference: ACC Arena: Cassell Coliseum (9,847) 2011-2012 Record: 16-17 (4-12) Last Game: L 73-64 vs. Miami More on the Hokies: Schedule
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McDonald returns to the court Saturday afternoon against Virginia
Tech after a three-game suspension and three games missed due to a
McDonald returns to a team that has developed a somewhat deep,
but sometimes inconsistent, bench.
Had Hairston not gone down with an injury, McDonald may have
struggled to not disrupt the rhythm this team has found with its
reserve. With Hairston out, it's imperative McDonald continue
shooting the ball well from three-point range (43 3P%) to stretch
the defense and open up the paint area down low.
James Michael McAdoo
James Michael McAdoo took 20 shots against Boston College while
racking up 17 points. Nobody can ever say McAdoo isn't
aggressive on the basketball court.
He often takes difficult shots and can appear to press at times.
It's not entirely his fault because UNC doesn't have a ton of skill
or experience down low.
Something to keep an eye on is if McAdoo's energy levels remain
consistent late in the season. Last season Tar Heels fans saw
McAdoo emerge as a high energy reserve that was given a green light
to attack the basket.
This season McAdoo is a starter, still appears to have the green
light but is already closing in on the minutes he played as a
freshmen. Last season he played a total of 594 minutes.
After the game Tuesday night McAdoo has 588 minutes and has been the
main focus of everyone's defensive game plans.
It will be interesting to see how McAdoo's legs look down the
Erick Green, Virginia Tech
Erick Green is a monster scorer. Green leads the nation in
scoring and has only scored less than 20 points in a game once this
season (BYU, 12 points).
Even more impressive is Green's efficiency. He's only shot
less than 40 percent twice all season (against UNC Greensboro and
Green is also a workhorse. He gets to the line often
meaning he could get the Tar Heel defenders in foul trouble.
Green has made double-digit free throws in a game six times this
He's also played a ton of minutes and hasn't played less than 30
minutes in a game since Dec. 10 against Mississippi Valley State.
On Roy Williams' radio show Wednesday night Williams talked about
his admiration for Green's productive season.
"Every team they've played someone their trying to stop him. He's
leading the nation in scoring. He's hitting 50 percent in conference
play as a guard which is outstanding," said Williams. "We've got a
big challenge trying to slow him down."
Tokoto has seen an increased role the last few games, something
Williams talked about on his radio show as well.
Virginia Tech (11-9, 2-4) vs. North
Date: Sat, Feb 2,
2013 Time: 12:00 PM EST Venue:
Dean E. Smith Center (21,750) TV:
ACC Network Radio: Tar Heel Sports
Network & SiriusXM (Sirius 85, XM 85) Series: UNC leads 62-13
(Carolina leads the series 28-5 in Chapel Hill)
Head Coach - Roy Williams
(271-74 at UNC; 689-175 overall)
Rankings - AP: NR, USA Today:
NR, RPI: 32
Last starting line-up for North Carolina
(against Boston College)
F - Desmond Hubert F - Reggie Bullock F - James Michael McAdoo
G - Dexter Strickland G - Marcus Paige
Points: 79.1 PPG (8th
Rebounds: 42.2 RPG (4th
Assists: 18.4 APG (2nd
Field goal percentage: .448
Scoring: James Michael
McAdoo (14.7 PPG) Reggie Bullock (13.7 PPG)
Michael McAdoo (8.5 RPG) Reggie Bullock (5.7 RPG)
Assists: Marcus Paige
(4.5 APG) Dexter Strickland
Head Coach - James Johnson (11-9 at
VT; 11-9 overall)
Rankings - AP: NR, USA Today:
NR, RPI: 138
Points: 73.8 (47th overall)
Rebounds: 37.8 (61st
Assists: 11.2 (292nd
Field goal percentage: .435
Scoring: Erick Green (25.5
PPG) Jarell Eddie (14.4 PPG)
Raines (6.7 RPG)
Jarell Eddie (6.4 RPG)
Assists: Erick Green (4.2 APG)
Robert Brown (2.5 APG)
Last starting line-up for Boston College (against
F - Jarell Eddie F - Joey Van Zegeren F - C.J. Barksdale
G - Erick Green G - Marques Rankin
Last Season's Meeting
January 19, 2012
"A lot of times when you get more playing time
it's what you're not doing that's just as important as what you are
doing. He's not turning the ball over as much," said Williams. "He's cut
down on his turnovers and he's started shooting the ball a little bit
better. J.P.'s going to be a big time player for us."
It's true. Tokoto didn't have a turnover
against Boston College and has seen a three-game trend where he has
gotten better in that category with each consecutive game.
He also hasn't shot less than 40 percent since
he went scoreless against Florida State.
James only played two minutes against Boston
College Tuesday night after it seemed like he was putting some things
together in games previous to that.
One reason for James' inactivity Tuesday was the
long-range shooting of Boston College and James' inability to track down
Against Virginia Tech, James along with Hubert
should be seen as valuable assets as they make Hokie scorer Erick
Green's life difficult when he drives to the basket.
The long limbs and large frame of James should
see plenty of action Saturday afternoon. "A lot of times when you
get more playing time it's what you're not doing that's just as
important as what you are doing. He's not turning the ball over as
much," said Williams. "He's cut down on his turnovers and he's started
shooting the ball a little bit better. J.P.'s going to be a big time
player for us."