Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Time: 9:00 PM
Location: Austin, Texas - Frank C. Erwin Center (16,540)
TV: ESPN2 (Watch Online)
Announcers: John Saunders (play-by-play), Jimmy Dykes (color analyst) & Kaylee Hartung (sideline)
Announcers: Jones Angell (play-by-play), Eric Montross (color analyst) & Dave Nathan (host)
Rankings: Texas: AP - NR, USA Today - NR; North Carolina: AP - 23 USA Today - 19
Coaches: Rick Barnes (348-141 at UT; 550-275 Overall); Roy Williams (265-70 at UNC; 683-171 Overall)
Texas at a glance
Location: Austin, Texas
Colors: Burnt Orange & White
Conference: Big XII
Venue: Frank C. Erwin Center (16,450)
2011-2012 Record: 20-14 (9-9)
2012-2013 Record: 6-4 (0-0)
Texas: Showing aggression on the offensive end which produced points in a variety of ways, freshman point guard Javan Felix scored a career-high 20 points on Saturday night as the Texas Basketball team topped Texas State, 75-63. Felix connected on a 3-pointer, went 5-of-5 from the free throw line and penetrated the lane for driving lay-ups during his 35 minutes of action. [Recap]
North Carolina: North Carolina didn't play like a team battling the doldrums of exam time Saturday afternoon, at least in the first half, as the Tar Heels came out and shot 67 percent from the floor over the first eight minutes and 55.2 percent in the first half. And while things got decidedly rougher in the second half, UNC continued to make just enough shots and play just enough defense on its way to a 93-87 victory over East Carolina in the Smith Center. [Recap]
Texas-North Carolina Series
Texas leads the all-time series against Carolina, 4-3. The teams are meeting for the fourth season in a row, and UT won two of the first three matchups in this current run in the rivalry. Prior to a Tar Heel win over the Longhorns in Chapel Hill a year ago, Carolina had lost four straight meetings with Texas. Last season, Harrison Barnes scored 26 points and UNC downed UT by 19 points in the Smith Center. In 2010-11, the Longhorns beat the Tar Heels 78-76 in Greensboro. In
2009-10, Texas beat Carolina 103-90 in
Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Texas also defeated UNC 78-75 in the second round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament in Denver and 74-72 on Dec. 30, 1995, in Austin. The Tar Heels won the first two meetings in the series, a 104-68 win on Dec. 5, 1992, in the Diet Pepsi Tournament of Champions in Charlotte and a
96-92 victory in Chapel Hill on Nov. 26,
Texas-North Carolina Notes
Texas: Since arriving at Texas in 1998, Rick Barnes is 3-1 against North Carolina. In 26 seasons as a head coach, Barnes is 4-10 all-time against the Tar Heels, including a 1-9 mark at Clemson.
Texas: The Longhorns have won 14 straight non-conference home games and have posted an 86-3 (.965) mark in non-conference home games since the start of the 2002-03 season.
Texas: UT owns a 29-14 (.674) mark against AP Top 25 opponents under Rick Barnes at the Erwin Center.
Texas: Texas leads the Big 12 in FG percentage defense (.332).
Texas: Texas ranks second in the Big 12 in blocked shots (6.9 bpg). The Horns have posted a 69-28 advantage in blocked shots against its opponents this year.
Texas: Sheldon McClellan leads the team in scoring (15.3 ppg) and is shooting 88.1% (52-59) from the FT line.
Texas: Jonathan Holmes leads the team in rebounds (8.0 rpg) after recording his first career double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) against Texas state on Saturday.
Texas: In the last two games, Javan Felix is averaging 16.5 ppg, including a career-high 20 points on Saturday vs. Texas state. Felix ranks second in the Big 12 in assists (5.8 apg).
UNC: Sophomore guard P.J. Hairston tied his season high for scoring with 18 points, 14 of which came
in the second half, as UNC beat East Carolina on Saturday. It was Hairston's sixth double-figure scoring effort in his last seven games. Hairston made 6 of 10 shots from the
floor and had six rebounds, three of which came on the offensive end.
UNC: Senior guard Dexter Strickland handed out a career-high 10 assists and posted his first collegiate
double-double with 11 points and 10 assists in Carolina's win over East Carolina. Strickland has 26 assists in the last three games. He set his career high with nine against UAB, had seven against East Tennessee State and now topped his career high again with 10 against ECU.
UNC: Freshman forward J.P. Tokoto set his season scoring high with 10 points against ECU (he has 19 in the last two games). He also established a season high with five rebounds.
UNC: After Wednesday's game, Carolina will host McNeese State on Saturday at noon.
u Following a weeklong holiday break, the Tar Heels will host UNLV on Saturday December 29
at 2 p.m. in Chapel Hill.
Team notes courtesy of the ACC, Texas and UNC Athletic Communications