UNC at Miami

Where: BankUnited Center, Coral Gables, FL
When: Wednesday, January 23rd, 9:00 PM
TV: Raycom/LF Regional
Records: UNC 18-1, 3-1 ACC; Miami 14-3, 1-2 ACC

Wake-up call people.

This game is particularly tough for a variety of reasons.  UNC is coming off a loss that is more or less directly attributed to the lack of intensity, especially on the defensive end of the court.  Maryland was a team they should have beaten, had they shown up and played defense.  It did not happen and now it is time to figure out what the heck went wrong by showing up tonight with the proper attention to defensive detail.  It also should be noted that UNC has the weekend off so there is absolutely no excuse for being lazy as is it, but especially since the team does not play for another week.

In terms of facing Miami, the much maligned defense will be tested by the shooting stylings of one Jack McClinton who lit NC State up in Raleigh on Saturday night.  Miami also starts three guards and has a solid inside presence in Anthony King.  Needless to say the “stopping the basketball” bugaboo UNC has had will be fully examined this evening.  In many ways this game sets up similar to the Maryland game with the exception being Miami is not nearly as good defensively(according to Pomeroy) as the Terps.  However it is a road game and as a general rule the offense tends to struggle on the road more so than at home which makes the kind of defensive effort UNC gives a key component to this game.

UNC 81 Miami 69

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12 Responses to UNC at Miami

  1. Josh Bowling says:

    We gotta beat these guys. I have an anger issue thinking about BC and Duke being ahead of us. When I look at our roster compared to theirs, I think to myself, where do they have a matchup advantage? I would take our 7-8 man rotation over theirs. Are you going to take Singler over Hansbrough, Henderson over Ellington? Demarcus Nelson over Danny Green? There sure is hell isn’t anyone on BC’s team I would rather have. I am convinced that we are superior over those teams, and I just hope that as the ACC plays out, it will finish that way. For some reason, I can’t figure out why, when Duke is playing, their opposing team plays them close, gets a lead, and then fouls them while Duke does not foul. Shouldn’t those situations be reversed? It would be different if they had Battie, Brand, Maggette,Boozer on that squad. Sorry to go on that rant. We shall prevail!

  2. MinnyTarHeelFan says:

    The other bummer in regards to this game is I don’t have satellite so I can’t see the game. If we can’t come out and defend in this one I’ll be really surprised. After all that’s been said by Roy and Marcus, this should be one of our best defensive games of the year. Miami’s guards do worry me a bit, but I think they won’t be as disciplined in defensive transition as Maryland was, so we should get some fast-break points. I also think Stephenson and Thompson need to step up defensively. Tyler can’t carry the interior offense and defense… those two guys need to become better and more active defensively so Tyler doesn’t have to guard the other team’s top post.

  3. Chris says:

    Josh, I would take Henderson over Ellington and Nelson over Green in a millisecond without a second thought.

  4. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Nelson over Green…maybe. Nelson has better numbers especially in terms of shooting percentage.

    I would take Ellington over Henderson based on the stats and considering Ellington’s 36 point game versus Clemson as a sign of how dangerous he could be:

    Ellington: 17.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 TO, 1.52 A/TO, 1.2 spg, FG%: 47%, FT%: 90%, 3P%: 41%.

    Henderson: 13.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.9 TO, 0.93 A/TO, 0.9 spg, FG%: 47%, FT%: 65%, 3P%: 29%

  5. Dan Schwind says:

    There’s also the matter that Ellington doesn’t smash his forearm into the noses of opposing centers.

  6. 52BigGameJames says:

    anybody else hoping to see Roy shake the line-up tonight?

  7. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Would not surprise me if you saw Alex Stepheson in for Deon since Alex was the defensive player of the game for the team against MD. Of course he said it was not a great rating but the best one on the team. I cannot see changing anyone else out.

  8. 52BigGameJames says:

    Green for Ginyard

  9. Chris says:

    You didn’t factor in two things: Duke has an extremely balanced scoring team, and Henderson could score much more in a different system. He also plays defense which Ellington occasionally condescends to do. The nose thing against Tyler is a past event which all parties admitted was non-intentional unless you, Dan, wish to make a big deal about it. It certainly has no relevance when considering which player you would want to have on your team.

  10. Chris says:

    Also, a 36 point game does not make a season. Did he do the same to pull the Maryland game out of the quagmire game that Carolina played?

  11. TxTarheel says:

    36 points makes Ellington with big cojones hitting the final shot in OT at Clemson. All that being said let’s stick to this evening’s affair…a solid outing is needed on both ends. Shake up the lineup, shake up the rotation, I don’t necessarily care which it is – just want to see an improved effort.

  12. Tar Heel Fan says:

    My point about Ellington’s 36 is it shows what he can do any given night. I have not seen Henderson do anything close. If you are talking about two with close stats(even though Ellington is better in most of the categories) a game like that is a great tiebreaker.

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