Previewing Chaminade

After losing to Butler in the Maui Invitational semifinals, North Carolina will face Division II Chaminade, the tournament host, in the third place game on Wednesday. Tip-off at the Lahaina Civic Center is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST on ESPN2.

North Carolina (4-1) vs. Chaminade (3-2)
Lahaina, Hawaii -- Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EST


"I've always wanted to play North Carolina. I was hoping it would be in the championship game, but I'm looking forward to it. It's a program that I think we've all looked up to for a long time. To have the opportunity to play against some of the best recruits in the country, one of the best coaches in the country. It's going to be fun. We're hoping we can get after it and be right there at the end of the game." -- Chaminade coach Eric Bovaird

"It's very exciting, but we can't just look at it like that. We've got to look at it like another game. I say it all the time. These guys put their shorts and their jerseys on just like us. So we're coming out not to ask for autographs and to look up to these guys. We're coming out to beat them. So that's what's on our minds." -- Chaminade guard Bennie Murray


Season to Date: Chaminade enters Wednesday's third-place game in the Maui Invitational with a 3-2 record. The Division II Silverswords defeated Saint Martin's (87-84) and Western Oregon (84-76) before losing to Western Washington (93-83). Chaminade possibly pulled the upset of the 2012-13 basketball season with its 86-73 victory over Texas on Monday before losing to Illinois (84-61) on Tuesday.

Mere Coincidence? Chaminade recognized its 1982 basketball team earlier this week in celebrating the 30th anniversary of its defeat of No. 1 Virginia, led by Ralph Sampson, on Dec. 23, 1982. The Silverswords added another milestone to their resume with its victory over Texas on Monday and now own a 7-77 record in the Maui Invitational.

Hot Hand: Senior guard De'Andre Haskins shot his way into the national headlines with his 32-point, nine-rebound effort against Texas. The Long Beach, Calif. native is averaging 21 points per game after sitting out the 2011-12 season due to injury. His college career began at Valparaiso, where Haskins scored four points and grabbed three rebounds in an 85-63 loss to North Carolina on Dec. 20, 2008.

International Roster: The Silverswords represent five different countries, including Australia, Serbia, Taiwan and Mali. Five different states in the U.S. are also represented.

Last Meeting: Top-ranked North Carolina defeated Chaminade, 115-70, in the Maui Invitational on Nov. 24, 2008. Danny Green led UNC with 26 points and seven rebounds, while Ty Lawson added 19 points and six assists with Tyler Hansbrough sidelined due to a stress reaction in his shin.

Series History: UNC leads the all-time series with Chaminade, 1-0.

Projected Starters:
5 Lee Bailey (6-0, 180, So.) - 12.6 ppg, 2.4 apg
10 Bennie Murray (6-4, 170, Sr.) - 13.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg
3 Dominique Cooks (6-4, 190, Sr.) - 8.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg
33 De'Andre Haskins (6-4, 205, Sr.) - 21.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
25 Rhys Murphy (6-7, 200, Jr.) - 8.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg

Top Reserves:
22 Mike Green (6-6, 230, So.) - 3.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
24 Waly Coulibaly (6-3, 180, Sr.) - 2.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg
11 Tyree Harrison (6-7, 190, Jr.) - 1.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Enrollment: 1,200
Conference: Pacific West (Div. II)
Nickname: Silverswords
Colors: Royal Blue & White
Head Coach: Eric Bovaird (2nd season)
2011-12 Record: 11-14 (9-9)

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