UNC-UVA: Game Notes

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The North Carolina Tar Heels nearly overcame a 20-point first-half deficit but fell short, losing 79-72 to Virginia, before a sellout crowd of 8,392 at University Hall.

Here is a look at some of the game notes from UNC's fifth loss in its last nine games, and fifth overall in 14 games.

***With the loss, the Tar Heels now lead the all-time series with Virginia, 114-46. UNC's record at University Hall fell to 22-16, and 39-29 in games played in Charlottesville.

***The Cavaliers have now won 10 of the last 15 games in Charlottesville.

***The UNC-UVa rivalry, which in football is the oldest in the South, dates back to the 1910-11 season in basketball.

***With the loss, Carolina has now lost to UVa four consecutive times and six of the last seven times.

***The last time Virginia won as many as three straight from the Tar Heels was 1939-44.

***The most consecutive games the Wahoos took from the Heels was five from 1917-1920.

***Despite UNC's terrible 8-20 record last season, the Tar Heels played UVa close in both meetings. Carolina dropped a 71-67 decision in Chapel Hill, blowing a 48-40 lead with 14:20 left in the game. The Tar Heels then overcame a 12-point halftime deficit in Charlottesville, eventually taking a 56-55 lead with less than 10 minutes to play thanks to a 20-3 run. But the Cavaliers responded with an 8-0 run and fell 73-63. UVa opened the game with a 19-3 run.

***UVa swept the Tar Heels in the regular season last year for the second time in three seasons. Prior to this stretch the Wahoos hadn't swept UNC in the regular season since the 1980-81 campaign. That year, incidentally, UNC defeated the Cavs in the Final Four to advance to the NCAA title game where Carolina fell to Indiana. The title game was played just hours after President Reagan was shot by John Hinkley in Washington, D.C.

***For the sixth time in 14 games, an opponent has shot better than 40 percent against the Tar Heels. Virginia shot 49.1% (28-57) for the game, including 11-26 (42.3%) from 3-point range.

***Rashad McCants has eight assists and 14 turnovers in his last seven games.

***Melvin Scott's two buckets from beyond the arc gives him nine 3-pointers in his last three games after hitting just 13 in UNC's first 11 games.

***ACC records against other power conferences: Atlantic 10 (5-1); Big East (5-1); Big Ten (7-5); Big XII (1-0); C-USA (1-1); Pac-10 (2-0); SEC (3-4); WAC (1-0). The ACC hasn't played any games against Mountain West or the Missouri Valley teams.

***Overall, the ACC is 74-17 against outside foes for a winning percentage of .813.

***Entering the weekend, the ACC is 57-3 at home against non-conference teams, 6-6 on the road, and 11-8 on neutral courts.

***UNC center Sean May missed his fourth consecutive game with a broken bone in his left foot. May sustained the injury in a loss to Iona on Dec. 27 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The 6-foot-9 freshman had surgery on Dec. 30 and is expected to be out until late February at the earliest.

***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 NCAA's 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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