Previewing Hofstra

North Carolina opens play at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Thursday against Hofstra. Tip-off at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico is set for 5 p.m. (Eastern) and will be televised by ESPN2.

North Carolina (1-0) vs. Hofstra (1-0)
San Juan, P.R. -- Coliseo de Puerto Rico
5:00 p.m. -- ESPN2 (Jon Sciambi, Hubert Davis)


"He's the leader in title and in spirit. He's the leader on the court and off the court. I lean on him very much as a leader in basketball, but also as somebody who really understands this university and this program and this league. And we've built a relationship that's not just basketball; it's off the court as well." – Hofstra head coach Mo Cassara on senior guard Charles Jenkins


Season to Date: Hofstra enters Thursday's contest with a 1-0 record. The Pride defeated Division III opponent Farmingdale State, 102-62, in head coach Mo Cassara's debut. Charles Jenkins scored a game-high 26 points to lead five players in double figures as Hofstra eclipsed the century mark for the first time since a 103-87 win at UMBC on February 29, 1992. The Pride was picked to finish fifth in the Colonial Athletic Association in a preseason vote of the league coaches, sports information directors and media representatives.

A Quick Look Back: Hofstra finished the '09-'10 season with a 19-15 (10-8 CAA) record. The Pride averaged 70.1 points per game despite shooting just 40.9 percent from the floor and 32.6 percent from 3-point range, while their opponents averaged 67.4 points per game on 39.6 percent shooting. Hofstra balanced a minus-0.2 turnover margin with a plus-3.9 rebounding margin.

Perimeter Threat with Experience: Reigning CAA Player of the Year Charles Jenkins is back for an encore performance during his senior season. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound guard earned honorable mention All-America distinction last year after averaging 20.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game, and was recently voted to repeat as the CAA Player of the Year in the league's preseason poll. The Queens, N.Y. native won his second Haggerty Award last season as the best player in the New York Metropolitan area, becoming only the ninth player in the 77-year history of the honor to win the award more than once. Jenkins currently stands 483 points shy of Antoine Agudio's all-time school scoring record.

Block Party: Junior forward Greg Washington owns school records for blocks in a career (203) and a season (92), while also sharing the single-game record after swatting 10 shots against UNC Wilmington on Jan. 27, 2010. The 6-foot-10 senior averaged 5.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game last season in addition to his 2.8 blocks per outing (15th nationally). Washington, who was named to the preseason CAA All-Defensive Team, delivered more of the same in the season opener last Saturday, posting 13 points, eight rebounds and six blocks in 27 minutes.

New Man in Charge: If you recognize first-year Hofstra head coach Mo Cassara on Thursday, it's likely due to the fact that he served on Al Skinner's staff at Boston College for four seasons. One of the high marks on his resume is the Eagles' 85-78 upset victory over top-ranked North Carolina on Jan. 4, 2009, in Chapel Hill. Prior to his stay in Chestnut Hill, Cassara was the head coach at Division III Clark University in Worcester, Mass., where he compiled a 22-30 record from '04-‘06.

Random Fact of the Day: Hofstra's last win over a ranked opponent occurred on Feb. 23, 2006, against No. 25 George Mason, 77-66. North Carolina would lose to that same George Mason team in NCAA Tournament second round action roughly three weeks later, 65-60.

Series History: Thursday's contest will be the first meeting between these two programs.

Projected Starters:
11 Dwan McMillan (6-1, 180, Jr.) – 15.0 ppg, 6.0 apg
22 Charles Jenkins (6-3, 220, Sr.) – 26.0 ppg, 8.0 apg, 8.0 rpg
23 Mike Moore (6-5, 200, Jr.) – 13.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
5 David Imes (6-7, 215, So.) – 7.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
32 Greg Washington (6-10, 215, Sr.) – 13.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 6.0 bpg

Top Reserves:
15 Shemiye McLendon (6-3, 185, Fr.) – 16.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
20 Yves Jules (6-2, 180, So.) – 6.0 ppg, 2.0 spg
25 Roland Brown (6-8, 250, Fr.) – 4.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
24 Stephen Nwaukoni (6-8, 230, Fr.) – 0.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg

Location: Hempstead, N.Y.
Enrollment: 12,100
Conference: Colonial
Nickname: Pride
Colors: Gold, White & Blue
Head Coach: Mo Cassara (first season)
2009-10 Record: 19-15 (10-8)

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