Previewing Vermont

North Carolina begins its 2012 NCAA Tournament campaign on Friday against Vermont. The Catamounts defeated Lamar in their first round (play-in) game. Tip-off at the Greensboro Coliseum is expected to be at approximately 4:10 p.m. and will be televised by TBS.

No. 1 North Carolina (29-5) vs. No. 16 Vermont (24-11
Greensboro, N.C. -- Greensboro Coliseum
Friday, approx. 4:10 p.m.
TBS (Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg)


"Obviously, North Carolina is one of the best teams in the country. They've got a roster of future NBA stars. We're just going to do what we do - continue to play our brand of basketball." – Vermont head coach John Becker

"Coach Becker does a great job of giving us a lot of freedom within the offense to create plays for ourselves, create plays for others. And we really do have a lot of freedom. One thing we always preach is to stay composed. That's one thing we've been working on, especially in these high intensity games. That's one thing you have to do is stay composed and make sure you execute. Because coming down the stretch of the game, if you can execute the plays in the game, it's going to put you in a great position to win." – Vermont guard Four McGlynn


Season to Date: Vermont enters Friday's contest with a 24-11 (13-3 America East) record. First-year head coach John Becker's squad lost nine of its first 15 games, but has since won 18 of the last 20 and 15 of the last 16 games. The Catamounts defeated top-seeded Stony Brook in the America East conference championship game, 51-43, to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Vermont defeated fellow 16-seed Lamar, 71-59, in first round action on Wednesday night.

The Man Behind the Number: Patrick and Robyn McGlynn named their son Patrick IV, prompting the newborn's uncle to start calling him "Four." The nickname stuck. But while Four McGlynn has gotten plenty of attention for his unique name, the freshman guard has also earned headlines by being the only player in the country at the DI level to lead his team in scoring (12.2 ppg) without starting a game. The America East Rookie of the Year scored a game-high 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting (3-of-5 3-pointers) in leading the Catamounts past Lamar on Wednesday.

Ramping Up the D: Vermont has held its opponents to 53.7 points per game over its last nine outings, but that low scoring output hasn't been impressive as the team's field goal percentage defense in postseason play. The Catamounts have held their four opponents to a combined 34.6 percent shooting (80-of-231), including a 23.1 percent mark (15-of-65) from long range.

Mr. All Everything: Sophomore wing Brian Voelkel checks in at 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds, but it's difficult to categorize him at one specific position. Here's why: the Pleasantville, N.Y. native leads the America East Conference in rebounding (8.7) and ranks second in assists (5.2) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7:1) and third in steals (1.7). He ranks 13th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio, 48th in assists and 56th in rebounding. About the only thing he can't do is shoot. Voelkel (4.8 ppg) is connecting on just 34.4 percent of his field goal attempts this season, including a 19.2 mark from 3-point range.

Not a Formula for Success: The No. 1 seed is 108–0 all-time against the No. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Catamounts do have some history on their side, however. The program's lone NCAA Tournament victory came as a No. 13 seed against No. 4 seed Syracuse (60-57 OT) in 2005.

Random Facts of the Day: Here's a trio: (1) sixteen of Vermont's 24 wins have been by double-digits; (2) the Catamounts have the most road wins (33) in the nation over the last three seasons; and (3) Becker's team is 10-2 in televised games this season.

Last Meeting: UNC defeated the Catamounts, 93-65, on Dec. 21, 2004, at the Smith Center.

Series History: North Carolina leads the overall series with Vermont, 3-0.

Projected Starters:
12 Sandro Carissimo (6-2, 170, So.) - 7.0 ppg, 2.4 apg
20 Brendan Bald (6-5, 200, Jr.) - 12.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg
23 Brian Voelkel (6-6, 210, So.) - 4.8 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 5.2 apg
2 Luke Apfeld (6-7, 215, So.) - 10.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg
34 Matt Glass (6-8, 210, Sr.) - 11.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg

Top Reserves:
4 Four McGlynn (6-2, 180, Fr.) - 12.2 ppg, 1.0 apg
31 Clancy Rugg (6-8, 195, So.) - 4.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg
30 Pat Bergmann (6-9, 240, Sr.) - 3.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg

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