Previewing Virginia

North Carolina's won six straight ACC games, while Virginia's lost six straight conference contests. The two teams meet Saturday at the Smith Center for a 4 p.m. tip-off that will be televised by Raycom.

North Carolina (20-2, 6-2) vs. Virginia (7-11, 1-6)
Chapel Hill, N.C. - Dean E. Smith Center
4 p.m., Raycom-HD


"Shooting is a skill; dribbling is a skill; but most people don't understand that playing hard and passionately is a skill. We haven't used that skill the way we've needed to." – UVa head coach Dave Leitao on his team's lack of energy in Wednesday's loss to Boston College

"He's an outstanding player. He's good going to the basket. He finishes very well, and he just kept attacking the basket. He put the ball up, put his head down, and drove to the basket. [He] did a good job of getting to the free throw line - excellent free throw shooter. So, if they're going to spread the floor like that he could be pretty effective." – Boston College head coach Al Skinner on Sylven Landesberg


Season to Date: Virginia enters the second contest between these two programs with a 7-11 (1-6 ACC) record. The Cavaliers have lost four straight since losing to North Carolina, 83-61, in Charlottesville on Jan. 15. Head coach Dave Leitao's squad dropped two road games to Maryland (84-78) and Duke (79-54), and also lost both home games against Florida State (73-62) and Boston College (80-70).

Landesberg Continuing Steady Play: Despite being held to a season-low two points in the last meeting with North Carolina, Sylven Landesberg is still averaging 18.7 points per game in conference play. The freshman guard dropped 32 points on 13-of-23 shooting in the loss to Boston College on Wednesday night, and scored 20 and 24, respectively, in his previous two outings against Duke and Florida State. Landesberg is averaging 25.3 points on 59.1 percent shooting (26-of-44) during the last three games.

Defense Not Showing Up: In ACC play, Virginia is allowing a league-worst 80.1 points per game, thanks primarily to a 11th place ranking in field goal percentage defense (46.8), 3-point field goal percentage defense (39.6) and steals (5.9).

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Part of Virginia's offensive troubles directly relate to the inability of a consistent second scoring option to emerge to compliment Landesberg. In the Cavaliers first four conference games, forward Mike Scott appeared to be solidifying himself in that secondary role, averaging 13.5 points per contest. But over the last three league games, the sophomore's average is down to 6.3 points per game. Along the same lines, Jamil Tucker averaged 12.6 points per game in Virginia's first five ACC outings, but has managed just three points in the last two losses.

Quirk in the Schedule: Virginia is facing North Carolina for the second time this season, before having played Clemson once in its two scheduled games with the Tigers. In similar fashion, UNC is ending its two-game series with the Cavaliers before beginning its series with Duke.

Last Meeting: No. 5 North Carolina defeated Virginia, 83-61, at John Paul Jones Arena on Jan. 15, 2009. Tyler Hansbrough had game-high totals of 28 points and 12 rebounds, leading four Tar Heels in double figure scoring. Ty Lawson scored 19 points and had a game-high nine assists, while Danny Green and Wayne Ellington each scored 13 points. UNC shot 42.2 percent (27-64) from the field, while the Cavaliers connected on just 30.5 percent (25-82) of their shots.

Series History: North Carolina leads the all-time series with Virginia, 123-48. Roy Williams is 10-3 vs. Virginia as a head coach, including an 8-2 mark at Carolina and a 2-1 mark at Kansas.

Projected Starters:
13 Sammy Zeglinski (6-0, 179, Fr.) – 9.4 ppg, 3.4 apg
15 Sylven Landesberg (6-6, 205, Fr.) - 18.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg
24 Mamadi Diane (6-5, 204, Sr.) – 4.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg
12 Jamil Tucker (6-9, 241, Jr.) – 7.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg
32 Mike Scott (6-8, 233, So.) - 11.0 ppg, 7.9 rpg

Key Reserves:
 4 Calvin Baker (6-2, 186, Jr.) – 7.9 ppg, 2.7 apg
 2 Mustapha Farrakhan (6-4, 179, So.) – 5.0 ppg
23 Jeff Jones (6-4, 200, So.) – 4.7 ppg
 5 Assane Sene (7-0, 234, Fr.) – 3.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg

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Landesberg ... Zeglinski

Scott ... Baker

Sene ... Tucker

(Photos courtesy AP)

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