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February 15, 2013

UVA - UNC Capsule

Basketball Preview

North Carolina didn't get the win Wednesday night against Duke but played with an urgency right from the opening tip that has been painfully missing in most games this year.

Whether it's been first half lethargies or second half collapses, UNC hasn't been consistent this year.

It was no more evident than against Duke.  UNC came out like gang busters but couldn't hold off a second half Duke surge and missed costly free throws down the stretch before ultimately succumbing to defeat.

North Carolina is putting the finishing touches on stretch of games against the top three teams in the ACC.  They play Virginia Saturday afternoon in the Dean Dome and will look to avenge an earlier loss to the Cavaliers.

Virginia at a glance

Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
Nickname: Cavaliers, Wahoos, 'Hoos
Colors: Orange & Blue
Conference: ACC
Arena: John Paul Jones Arena (14,593)
2011-2012 Record: 22-10 (9-7)
Last Game: W 73-55 vs. Virginia Tech on Feb. 12, 2013 in Charlottesville
Last Game vs. UNC: W 61-52 on Jan. 6, 2013 in Charlottesville
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UNC missed out on two opportunities to make it really hard on the committee to leave them out of the NCAA tournament in March when they couldn't beat Miami or Duke.

This game isn't a must-win (probably) in order to secure an at-large bid, but it should be treated as one.

North Carolina's best win to this point was against UNLV.  There isn't much else on the resume outside of that.

If the Tar Heels can't beat Virginia they will quickly run out of chances to secure the high profile win they need to in order to avoid the NIT.

P.J. Hairston

A lot of love was sent P.J. Hairston's way after his 23 point output against the rival Blue Devils Wednesday night.

Hairston started and played within a line-up that consisted of James Michael McAdoo, Reggie Bullock, Dexter Strickland and Marcus Paige.

UNC Head Coach Roy Williams used that small line-up in an attempt to keep up with the high scoring Duke offense.  It looked pretty good in action.

Hairston also showed that having him and other smalls on the court at the same time won't necessarily mean a dip in rebounding for Williams' squad.  Hairston grabbed 8 rebounds as did Bullock and McAdoo.

It should be interesting to see if Williams continues to indulge the small five fantasies that many Tar Heels fans have had all year or if he will revert back to some more traditional line-ups.

Free Throw Shooting

The Tar Heels were flat out terrible from the free throw line Wednesday.

In fact, they haven't been a good free throw shooting team all year only shooting 64 percent.

UNC isn't efficient enough offensively this year to just give away easy points from the charity stripe and will need to take advantage in that area against a Virginia team that won't play an up-and-down game with them.

Limited possessions and physicality mean UNC will probably have to earn a victory from the free throw line against the Cavaliers.

Joe Harris

If Harris isn't being considered for ACC Player of the Year then he should be.  He's putting up big numbers at the most crucial time of the year.

Harris has scored 26, 22, 21, 18 and 22 points respectively against Virginia Tech, at Maryland, Clemson, at Georgia Tech and N.C. State over his last five games.

Harris also hasn't shot below 50 percent in his last three games and shot 87 percent against Maryland and 70 percent against Clemson.

Harris leads the league in three-point shooting percentage and is second in the league in three-pointers made with 59.  He's fourth in the league in scoring per game and averages 31 minutes per game.

Virginia (18-6, 8-3) vs. North Carolina  (16-8, 6-5)

Date: Sat, Feb 16, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM EST
Venue: Dean E. Smith Center (21,750)
TV: ACC Network

Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network & SiriusXM (Sirius 91, XM 91)
Series: UNC leads, 127-50 (UNC is 64-6 vs. UVa in Chapel Hill and 22-3 vs. the Cavaliers in the
Smith Center)

2012-2013 ACC Standings

North Carolina
Head Coach - Roy Williams (273-76 at UNC; 691-177 overall)

Rankings - AP: NR, USA Today: NR, RPI: 36

Last starting line-up for North Carolina (against Duke)
F - Jame Michael McAdoo
G/F - Reggie Bullock
G - P.J. Hairston
G - Dexter Strickland

G - Marcus Paige
Points: 77.9 PPG (13th overall)
Rebounds: 41.5 RPG (6th overall)
Assists: 17.5APG (3rd overall)
Field goal percentage: .442 (120th overall)
Scoring: James Michael McAdoo (14.6 PPG) Reggie Bullock (14.1 PPG)
Rebounding:  James Michael McAdoo (8.2 RPG) Reggie Bullock (5.7 RPG)
Assists:  Marcus Paige (4.3 APG) Dexter Strickland (3.8 APG)

Head Coach - Tony Bennett (71-47 at UVA; 140-80 overall)

Rankings - AP: NR, USA Today: NR, RPI: 71

Points: 64.3 (252nd overall)
Rebounds: 32.7 (261st overall)
Assists: 14.9 (58th overall)
Field goal percentage: .461 (48th overall)

Scoring:  Joe Harris (16.3 PPG) Akil Mitchell (12.8 PPG)
Rebounding:  Akil Mitchell (8.8 RPG) Joe Harris (4.1 RPG)
Assists: Jontel Evans (5.0 APG) Joe Harris (2.3 APG)
Last starting line-up for Virginia (against Virginia Tech)
F - Akil Mitchell
G - Jontel Evans
G - Paul Jesperson
G - Joe Harris

G - Justin Anderson

Expect Strickland to draw the assignment of trying to shut down the high output offensive option but he's going to need help when Harris runs off screens from guys like Bullock and Leslie McDonald.

Halftime Ceremony

Saturday's game will include several special recognitions in the Smith Center in addition to the game itself, including honoring 2012 Patterson Medal winners (top male and female student-athletes at UNC) Tyler Zeller and Katelyn Falgowski of the field hockey team during pregame and officially honoring Zeller's jersey in the Smith Center rafters at halftime.

In addition to Zeller, former Tar Heel players Lennie Rosenbluth, Tyler Hansbrough, Kendall Marshall and John Henson are expected to attend the game. Current NBA players Hansbrough, Marshall, Henson and Zeller (back in Chapel Hill during the NBA All-Star Game weekend festivities) will be introduced to the crowd during a timeout in the second half, and the UNC women's tennis team that won the ITA Indoor national championship earlier this week will be recognized at a timeout in the first half.


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