Previewing Virginia

The Tar Heels take a seven-game winning streak and a No. 2 seed into Friday night's ACC Tournament matchup against No. 7-seeded Virginia. The two teams split the season series. Tip-off at the Greensboro Coliseum is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be televised by both R/JP and ESPN2.

North Carolina (21-6, 12-4) vs. Virginia (15-13, 8-9)
Greensboro, N.C. -- Greensboro Coliseum
Friday, 7:00 p.m., R/JP, ESPN2


"We just have to stay focused and limit our turnovers. If we do that, I think we'll be OK." -- J.R. Reynolds

"Nobody can stop [Hansbrough]. The best we can do is try to do some things to slow him down and get him out of his comfort zone." -- Dave Leitao

"They're beatable. They are really beatable." -- Laurynas Mikalauskas


ACC First Round: With ACC first-teamer Sean Singletary struggling (2-10 FG, 1-8 3pt), J.R. Reynolds took care of the backcourt scoring with 23 points, while Laurynas Mikalauskas did the dirty work down low with 11 points and 12 rebounds, as Virginia held off Virginia Tech, 60-56, in the Thursday evening game. The Cavs won despite 17 turnovers and 59% free throw shooting.

First Meeting vs. UNC: The Tar Heels shot a mere 36% from the field (31% 3pt) in the 72-68 Jan. 19 loss in Charlottesville. UNC's frontcourt committed 10 turnovers, while the Cavs recorded 12 team blocks and shot twice as many free throws as the Heels. Tyler Hansbrough had a hard-fought 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Sean Singletary and J.R. Reynolds combined for 34 points for UVa.

Second Meeting vs. UNC: It was a Senior Day rout for the Tar Heels. Behind a career-high 26 points from David Noel, UNC beat the Cavs, 99-54 on March 1. It was the largest margin of victory in the 95-year history of the rivalry. Carolina shot 59 percent from the floor, 55 percent from three-point range, committed only 10 turnovers and dominated the rebounding battle, 45-28. Its defense held Virginia to 32 percent shooting. J.R. Reynolds led UVa with 19 points.

Series History: Carolina leads the all-time series with Virginia, 119-48, and the Tar Heels have won five of their last seven games against the Cavs. The two teams last met in the ACC Tournament in 1997, a 78-68 UNC win in Greensboro, and the Tar Heels hold a 10-3 all-time record against the Cavs in the ACC Tournament.

Projected Starters:
44 Sean Singletary (6-0, 174, So.) – 17.4 ppg, 4.3 apg
02 J.R. Reynolds (6-3, 197, Jr.) – 17.1 ppg, 3.1 apg
30 Adrian Joseph (6-7, 195, So.) - 9.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg
33 Jason Cain (6-10, 212, Jr.) – 7.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg
11 Laurynas Mikalauskas (6-8, 241, Fr.) – 6.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg

Key Reserves:
24 Mamadi Diane (6-5, 185, Fr.) – 6.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg
15 T.J. Bannister (5-11, 176, Jr.) – 2.3 ppg, 2.4 apg
21 Tunji Soroye (6-11, 212, So.) - 2.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg

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Singletary ... Reynolds

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Joseph ... Bannister

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