Alex Conway & John Gwaltney Jr
North Carolina makes a trip down to South
Beach to take on the ACC leading Miami Hurricanes Saturday
The Tar Heels are coming off three straight
victories and will look to continue the streak and climb the
also seek to avenge an earlier loss to the Hurricanes and end
Miami's undefeated ACC run.
Miami at a glance
Coral Gables, Florida Nickname: Hurricanes Colors: Orange, Green & White Conference: ACC Arena: BankUnited Center (7,200) 2011-2012 Record: 20-13 (9-7) Last Game: W 72-50 on Feb. 5, 2013 vs. Boston College Last Game vs. UNC: W 68-59 on Jan. 10, 2013 in Chapel
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Johnson hasn't quite been his double-double self since returning
from injury but seems due to have a breakout game one of these days.
Kadji on the other hand has played at an All-ACC level for much
of the year. Kadji (13.4 PPG, 6.8 RPG) has a smooth
inside-outside game that will put McAdoo in weird positions on the
It will be imperative that McAdoo isn't a one man gang in the
paint. He'll need help from
Desmond Hubert and other big men to contain the two talented
Miami Hurricanes down low.
James Michael McAdoo
Speaking of McAdoo, he's managed a double-double in his last four
He's also developed a nice mid-range game that has allowed his
efficiency to rise on the offensive end.
McAdoo and fellow talent
Reggie Bullock have become the unquestioned leaders of UNC's
basketball team this year.
Bullock called a player's only meeting earlier in the year and
McAdoo has become the go-to guy for UNC on the court.
Playing against the elite of the ACC over the next few games will
require McAdoo and Bullock to continue performing at a high level.
The game against Miami begins a stretch where UNC will play at
Miami, at Duke, home against Virginia, then back on the road against
Georgia Tech and then hosting N.C. State.
Beating Miami, while obviously good for UNC's quest to climb the
standings, will give UNC its biggest win of the season heading into
its most difficult stretch.
The confidence that would come from such a victory can't be
UNC will head to Duke next week and won't catch any advantages
heading into Cameron Indoor Stadium. That experience will be a
new one for guys like
Joel James and
Avenging a loss to Miami, who in retrospect wasn't a bad loss,
could create a snow-ball effect as UNC continues along its journey.
Losing could have the same effect, only in the opposite direction.
Keep an eye on Johnson in this one.
McAdoo is going against two aggressive guys from Miami and it
won't be a stretch to see him get into foul trouble.
Johnson was called upon to play an increase role against N.C.
State when McAdoo had to leave early and Johnson might see himself
in a similar situation.
Johnson has been crafty around the basket shooting almost 60
percent. He's got a nice fade-a-way and is athletic, which
could pose problems for the heavier-set Reggie Johnson.
The difference between then and now
Miami beat North Carolina earlier in the year. So what's
Miami (18-3, 9-0) vs. North
Date: Sat, Feb 9,
2013 Time: 2:00 PM EST Venue:
BankUnited Center (7,200) TV:ESPN Radio: Tar Heel Sports
Network & SiriusXM (Sirius 91, XM 91) Series: UNC leads, 18-3
(including 7-1 overall on the road and 5-0 in the BankUnited Center)
Head Coach - Roy Williams
(273-74 at UNC; 691-175 overall)
Rankings - AP: NR, USA Today:
NR, RPI: 31
Last starting line-up for North Carolina
(against Wake Forest)
F - Desmond Hubert F - Reggie Bullock F - James Michael McAdoo
G - Dexter Strickland G - Marcus Paige
Points: 79.1 PPG (7th
Rebounds: 42.2 RPG (3rd
Assists: 18.3 APG (2nd
Field goal percentage: .448
Scoring: James Michael
McAdoo (15.3 PPG) Reggie Bullock (14.0 PPG)
Michael McAdoo (8.4 RPG) Reggie Bullock (5.6 RPG)
Assists: Marcus Paige
(4.5 APG) Dexter Strickland
Head Coach - Jim Larranaga (38-16 at
UM; 508-350 overall)
Rankings - AP: 8, USA Today:
11, RPI: 2
Points: 69.6 (118th overall)
Rebounds: 36.7 (105th
Assists: 11.8 (254th
Field goal percentage: .454
Scoring: Durand Scott (13.8
PPG) Kenny Kadji (13.4 PPG)
Johnson (9.1 RPG)
Kenny Kadji (6.8 RPG)
Assists: Shane Larkin (4.1 APG)
Durand Scott (2.9 APG)
Last starting line-up for Miami (against
F/C - Julian Gamble F/C - Kenny Kadji G - Trey McKinney Jones
G - Durand Scott G - Shane Larkin
Not much. Miami hasn't lost since and has
gotten strong and gained more accolades. The same could be said
for North Carolina.
UNC has gelled over the last few weeks and
didn't totally collapse against N.C. State after going down big.
They've shown resiliency and have become stronger because of it.
Keep in mind that UNC hasn't lost in Miami
the last five times they've played there. This should be a close one and has all the
makings of a game that will forecast a lot about the coming month
heading into tournament season.