North Carolina (4-0) vs. Chaminade (2-0)
Lahaina, Maui, Hawai’i – Lahaina Civic Center
Monday, 6.30 p.m. (11:30 p.m. EST)
ESPN2 (Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas)
“We have a senior-laden team, so guys with a lot of experience. Two of the seniors have been starting for me since day one of their freshman careers, so this is the most experienced team that I’ve had in six years. So I’m really excited about where we’re at.” - Chaminade head coach Eric Bovaird
“We’ve started off 4-0 and we haven’t played that well except for a couple of moments in certain games.” – UNC head coach Roy Williams
Berry Cools Off: After an incredibly hot start to the 2016-17 season, junior point guard Joel stumbled in UNC’s 83-68 win over Hawaii on Friday night. After averaging 21.3 points through UNC’s first three games, Berry only scored two points on 1-9 shooting in the first game of this Hawaiian road trip. The 6-foot guard was solid defensively but struggled on the offensive end, missing all five of his 3-point attempts, turning the ball over four times and getting away from his penetrating ways against the Hawaii defense. The game will likely be a small step back for the confident junior, who will look to get right back on the horse in the opening game of the Maui Jim Invitational.
Chaminade Spotlight: The 2015-16 Silverswords finished the season with a 12-15 record and finished tied for seventh in the Division II Pacific West Conference (10-10). This season’s team returns three of its five starters from last year and makes up a veteran bunch. Senior guard Kuany Kuany was the team’s top scorer last year (16.5 ppg in ‘15-16) and provides a real threat from the three point line (shot 45-percent in ‘15-16). Senior guard Rohndell Goodwin leads the Silverswords in scoring (24.0 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg) through two games this season. North Idaho transfer Austin Pope came to the Chaminade this season with a lot of fanfare, but the guard has tempered expectations through his first two games.
Small Ball Swords: Chaminade’s starting five is littered with guards, as Kuany and Kiran Shastri are the two tallest starters, each standing 6-foot-7. The smaller mindset that the Silverswords possess forces their offense to be much more oriented on the mid-range jumper and three-point shot. Goodwin and Shastri have found success with their shot so far this season, each shooting over 56 percent from the floor through two games, but it’s been the efficiency of guard Walker Dantley that has given Chaminade life. Dantley is the team’s sharpshooter – he’s shot 11-18 this season, with all of those shots being 3-point attempts. Head coach Eric Bovaird uses Dantley as an energy guy off of his bench to try to get quick points from beyond the arc. With Dantley averaging 17.0 points through two games off of the bench, it seems like it’s working.
Matchup to Watch: The Tar Heels have a severe height advantage over Chaminade’s starters. UNC has three starters – Isaiah Hicks, Kennedy Meeks and Justin Jackson - taller than the tallest Chaminade starter. That should lead to a big difference in the rebounding totals for this game. Meeks is averaging 10.3 rebounds a game this season and should be able to outmuscle any of the Silversword players in the paint. Also look for Tony Bradley to dominate the boards, as the 6-foot-10 freshman is coming off a 13-rebound performance against Hawaii on Friday. UNC is averaging 49 rebounds per game this season, along with a plus-17 rebounding margin. Chaminade is minus-4 on the boards through two games.
Last Meeting: UNC beat Chaminade, 112-70, in a consolation round of the Maui Invitational Tournament on Nov. 21, 2012. James Michael McAdoo led the Tar Heels with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Series History: UNC leads the series, 2-0, with both wins coming in the Maui Invitational Tournament.
Projected UNC Starters:
2 Joel Berry (6-0, 195, Jr.) – 21.3 ppg, 4.3 apg
3 Kennedy Meeks (6-10, 260, Sr.) - 12.7 ppg, 11.3 rpg
4 Isaiah Hicks (6-9, 242, Sr.) - 12.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg
44 Justin Jackson (6-8, 210, Jr.) – 17.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg
0 Nate Britt (6-1, 175, Sr.) - 6.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg
Projected Chaminade Starters:
21 Rohndell Goodwin (6-5, 202, Sr.) – 24.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
33 Kiran Shastri (6-7, 180, Sr.) – 20.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg
00 Austin Pope (6-6, 180, Jr.) - 7.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg
15 Kuany Kuany (6-7, 201, Sr.) – 4.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg
03 Sam Daly (6-4, 190, Sr.) – 2.0 ppg, 4.0 apg