Previewing UAB

The Tar Heels return from the holiday break to face UAB, led by former longtime Roy Williams assistant Jerod Haase. The Blazers upset UNC last season. Tip-off at the Smith Center is set for 4 p.m. Saturday and will be televised by ESPN2.

North Carolina (8-3) vs. UAB (4-8)
Chapel Hill, N.C. - Dean E. Smith Center
Saturday, 4:00 p.m.
ESPN2 (Mark Jones, Shane Battier)


"We are trying to build something here, and I believe in what we are doing. It has to be something our guys believe in too. That's my job as their coach." – UAB head coach Jerod Haase following his team’s 83-67 loss to Chattanooga on Monday


Season to Date: UAB enters Saturday’s contest with a 4-8 record. The Blazers dropped their exhibition game to UNC Pembroke, 72-71, foreshadowing a potential rough 2014-15 season. Jerod Haase’s squad has been relatively competitive in all but one game – a 72-43 loss to then-No. 2 Wisconsin in the Battle 4 Atlantis – despite losing six of its last eight. UAB’s best win of the season, according to, was a 58-48 win over Morehead State on Dec. 4.

Former ACC Guard in Charge: UAB redshirt junior Robert Brown is starting once again after sitting out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules. The Clemont, Fla. product started 25 games for Virginia Tech in 2012-13, scoring a career-high 21 points at West Virginia and another 10 in Chapel Hill. The 6-foot-5, 190-pounder is the lone Blazer averaging double figures this season (13.6 ppg). He’s shooting 41.3 percent from the floor and 30.3 percent from 3-point range.

Short on Size: UAB’s roster doesn’t include a single player taller than 6-foot-9 nor a player that weighs 220 pounds or more. That lack of size helps to explain the Blazer’s negative-3.6 rebounding margin. UAB ranks 318th in block percentage (13.9) and 326th in defense rebounding percentage (37.2), according to Senior forward C.J. Washington (6-8, 219) is UAB’s primary post option. The Augusta, Ga. native is averaging 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

Scoring Woes: Despite playing a schedule that ranks 181st nationally, UAB has struggled to put the ball in the basket. The Blazers rank 272nd in field goal percentage (40.9), 261st in 3-point field goal percentage (30.8) and 168th in free throw percentage (68.6). Sophomore forward Tosin Mehinti is the only player on the team making at least half of his field goal attempts, and he’s shooting 50 percent (33-of-66).

Youth Served: Underclassmen have accounted for 64.6 percent of the Blazers’ scoring, according to the UAB sports information office. There was a combined seven years of Division I basketball experience on the roster entering this season.

Last Meeting: The Blazers upset the 16th-ranked Tar Heels, 63-59, at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala. on Dec. 1, 2013. UAB built a 14-point second-half lead behind Chad Frazier’s 25 points. UNC pulled to within one point in the final minute but was unable to get any closer. J.P. Tokoto led UNC with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting and Marcus Paige added 13 points.

Series History: UNC leads the all-time series with UAB, 3-1.

Projected Starters:
2 Nick Norton (5-10, 175, Fr.) - 6.5 ppg, 4.6 apg
4 Robert Brown (6-5, 185, Jr.) - 13.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg
22 Tyler Madison (6-4, 225, So.) - 8.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg
34 William Lee (6-9, 210, Fr.) - 4.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg
21 Tosin Mehinti (6-9, 213, So.) - 6.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg

Top Reserves:
25 C.J. Washington (6-8, 219, Sr.) - 9.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg
0 Hakeem Baxter (6-2, 170, So.) - 6.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg
3 Chris Cokley (6-8, 1216, Fr.) - 6.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg UAB Info
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