UNC at Virginia

Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, NC
When: Tuesday, February 12th, 8:00 PM
TV: ESPN2 or Raycom/LF in the ACC markets.

Records: UNC 22-2, 7-2 ACC; Virginia 11-11, 1-8 ACC

And no, the arena is not named after the Revolutionary War era naval hero.

Virginia has been dreadful since they got slammed to the floor and danced upon by Xavier. The ACC has been brutal to them despite Sean Singletary putting up All-ACC numbers. So why I am worried? Well, because UNC played double OT two days ago, Ty Lawson is unlikely to play and Marcus Ginyard is questionable with injuries on both feet which not only robs the Heels of their best defender against Singletary but makes UNCG transfer Marc Campbell the backup PG unless Roy decides to have Quentin Thomas play the whole game.

The other part that worries me is I hate playing at Charlottesville. I just have a bad feeling about playing up there because despite UVa being a terrible team all season, I just know they are going to come out hitting threes like Duke did and play the game of their collective lives to hang the Heels with a loss they can ill afford to take considering all the trouble they went through to avoid one versus Clemson.

That being said, there is also the real possibility that the team we saw during the final 13 minutes versus Clemson is the Tar Heel team we will see for the remainder of the season and tonight will be a 40 minute example of that. It is as much a matter of confidence as it is anything else for these guys. Let’s hope the A game is readily present despite the short turnaround.

UNC 80 UVa 66

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4 Responses to UNC at Virginia

  1. Josh Bowling says:

    I do have worries if Marcus is not able to play. We lose the ACC’s best point guard and our best defender for this one. Fortunately for us, we play Virginia, leaving one more game for Lawson to heal and Ginyard as well.

  2. Tar Heel alum and fan says:

    My hope is that the team will be inspired by the Clemson victory, and play with enthusiasm and renewed confidence. Based on how he’s been playing Thomas should be fine at point and it’s great to see him scoring. The other players will just have to step up when he’s out, and concentrate on perimeter defense. One thing I noticed in both the Duke and Clemson games is that Lawson really does provide UNC with much of its backcourt speed and quickness and ball pressure. Without him out there UNC sometimes appears a step or more slow, so help-defense and rotating seem critical.

  3. Josh Bowling says:

    Exactly!

  4. geof says:

    go hoos 😉

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