|Atsur and Felton battle in January game|
UNC-CH Scouting Report
|Felton scored 14 points against NC State|
Head Coach Roy Williams: Roy Williams, the winningest active coach in the country, embarks on his first season as head coach at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina. Williams became the UNC coach on April 14, 2003, just one week after leading the Kansas Jayhawks to the NCAA championship game. His presence has rejuvenated the UNC program, who have been ranked in the top 20 for most of the 2003-04 season.
January 28th Contest: Raymond Felton scored 14 points and Rashad McCants had 13 to lead Carolina past NC State, 68-66, on Jan. 28 in Chapel Hill. The win was UNC's first in the series since February 2001, breaking a four-game losing streak to the Wolfpack. Sean May had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Carolina.
Probable Starting 5: G/F – #32 Rashad McCants (So 6-4 207), 18.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.0 spg... F/C – #42 Shawn May (So 6-9 260), 16.1 ppg, 9.9 rpg 1.5 bpg ... F – #21 Jawad Williams (Jr 6-9 223), 14.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg... G – #1 Melvin Scott (Jr 6-2 190), 11.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.3 apg... G – #2 Raymond Felton (So 6-1 194), 11.8 ppg, 8.2 apg, 3.5 rpg.
Defensive Heels:Carolina has held its opponents to under 50 percent shooting from the floor in 10 of the last 11 halves (the exception was Georgia Tech in the second half). In seven of those 10 halves, Tar Heel opponents shot under 45 percent. In that string, UNC held Maryland to 30.0 percent in the first half, Duke to 33.3 percent in the second half and Wake Forest to 40.7 percent in the first half.
Game One Stat to Remember: The Tar Heels allowed NC State to shoot nearly 60 percent from the field in the first half but picked up the defensive pressure after halftime. NC State's shooting percentage dropped to 45.5 percent in the second half, and the Wolfpack committed 13 turnovers in the final 20 minutes.
Key Match-Up: NC State's Offense vs. UNC's 1-3-1 trap. Carolina took control of the game in Chapel Hill when they went to a 1-3-1 trap in the second half, which helped force 13 turnovers. The Pack will need to look to the basket instead of the wings on their first pass as their offense sets. If NC State can hold their overall turnovers to their goal of 13 or under, the Pack will win this game going away.
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Marcus Melvin and Julius Hodge scored 27 of the 66 points by the Wolfpack. NC State had only 11 attempts (8-11) from the foul line in game 1 in Chapel Hill in late January.
|No||Name||Pos||Ht||Wt||Yr||City (High School)|
|1||Melvin Scott||G||6-2||190||JR||Baltimore, Md. (Southern)|
|2||Raymond Felton||G||6-1||194||SO||Latta, S.C. (Latta)|
|3||Reyshawn Terry||F||6-7||214||FR||Winston-Salem, N.C. (R.J. Reynolds)|
|5||Jackie Manuel||G/F||6-5||198||JR||West Palm Beach, Fla. (Cardinal Newman)|
|11||Wes Miller||G||5-11||186||SO||Charlotte, N.C. (New Hampton Prep (N.H.))|
|15||Damien Price||G||6-0||208||SR||Greensboro, N.C. (Dudley)|
|21||Jawad Williams||F||6-9||223||JR||Cleveland, Ohio (St. Edward)|
|22||Justin Bohlander||F||6-7||190||FR||Winston-Salem, N.C. (R.J. Reynolds)|
|25||Damion Grant||C||6-11||262||SO||Portland, Jamaica (Brewster Academy (N.H.))|
|30||Phillip McLamb||F||6-6||218||SR||Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Country Day)|
|31||Jonathan Miller||G||6-2||192||SR||Burlington, N.C. (Williams)|
|32||Rashad McCants||G/F||6-4||207||SO||Asheville, N.C. (New Hampton Prep (N.H.))|
|34||David Noel||G/F||6-6||230||SO||Durham, N.C. (Southern Durham)|
|35||CJ Hooker||G||6-1||185||JR||Palmer, Alaska (Palmer)|
|41||Byron Sanders||G||6-9||228||SO||Gulfport, Miss. (Harrison Central)|
|42||Sean May||F/C||6-9||230||SO||Bloomington, Ind. (Bloomington North)|
|45||Jesse Holley||G||6-3||190||FR||Roselle, N.J. (Abraham Clark)|
*Thanks to UNC Athletics for much of the information in this preview.