UNC-ODU: Game Notes

NORFOLK, Va. – Solid defense and an impressive first-half run was too much for Old Dominion to handle as the North Carolina Tar Heels held off the Monarchs, 67-59, before a sellout crowd of 8,424 at the Constant Convocation Center.

Here are the game notes from UNC's third win is as many games.

***With the win, UNC ended a five-game road losing streak, dating back to an 87-69 win at Clemson on Jan. 27.

***This was the sixth meeting between UNC and ODU since the 1988-89 season. UNC has been unranked twice heading into the six meetings and been ranked No. 6, 7, 3, and 1 entering the other four contests.

***With the victory, Carolina is now 6-0 versus the Monarchs.

***Prior to today, the last time UNC and ODU met was Dec. 4, 1998 with UNC edging the Monarchs, 63-61 in Charlotte. Then UNC freshman forward Jason Capel, whose father was ODU's head coach at the time, scored 16 points in the victory.

***UNC's other battles with Old Dominion (all wins by the Tar Heels): 1988-89 (87-77), 1989-90 (90-78), 1992-93 (119-82), 1994-95 (98-79), 1998-99 (63-61).

***The Monarchs started three players from North Carolina: Seniors Ricardo Marsh (Mebane) and Rasheed Wright (Greensboro), and freshman Isaiah Hunter (Charlotte).

***With the loss, ODU is now 7-27 all-time against ACC schools.

***This is Carolina's youngest team ever. UNC has just nine players on basketball scholarship. Five are freshmen, three are sophomore and one is a senior. UNC also has a senior who is on Morehead Scholarship and a freshman who is walking on this year, but will be on scholarship next season. UNC wasn't able to offer David Noel a basketball scholarship this year because there reached their limit regarding the 5/8 rule, meaning a school can't sign more than five players in one year and eight over a two year stretch.

***Over the first 49 years of ACC basketball, UNC has averaged eight juniors and seniors its preseason rosters. Prior to this year the fewest number of juniors and seniors on a roster was four, which was in the 1990-91 season when UNC had three senior starters (Rick Fox, King Rice, Pete Chilcut) and junior starter Hubert Davis.

***According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, Carolina is the youngest team in the nation.

***UNC started three freshmen in the opening game this season for the first time ever. Tonight's starting lineup: Sophomores Jackie Manuel and Jawad Williams and freshmen McCants, Felton and May.

****Scott and Manuel were the first freshmen to start in backcourt together last year.

***Jawad Williams was the 17th freshman to ever start his first game for UNC last year. That number is now up to 20.

Senior writer Andrew Jones is in his seventh year with Inside Carolina. He hosts a late afternoon radio show on ESPN Radio, WMFD AM630 in Wilmington and can be reached via e-mail at: AndrewJones@AM630.net.

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