UNC vs Virginia Tech

Where: Dean Smith Center, Chapel Hill, NC
When: Saturday, February 16th, 1:00 PM
TV: CBS
Records: UNC 23-2, 8-2 ACC; VT 14-10, 5-5 ACC

I’ve never seen anything like it, and I’ve never been involved in anything like it,”

-Roy Williams during his Friday press conference

That makes two of us, Roy. So for a fourth straight game, UNC will go without Lawson which has proven to be tough enough as it is. Add to his absence the possibility Deon Thompson might not play as well flu stricken Danny Green. This puts UNC in the position of having to depend on some players like Mike Copeland and Will Graves who have not seen much of the floor this season. Of course as commenter, william, pointed out this might turn out to be a good thing that these guys get meaningful minutes now in case they are needed down the road.

Whatever the case I expect another game which ends up being far more difficult than it would be if the Heels were playing at full strength. As usual I expect Tyler Hansbrough to continue to carry this team on his back, bad toe and all. Wayne Ellington has responded nicely since the Duke loss and Marcus Ginyard has found some offense to go with his defense. As always the day rests on Quentin Thomas and his improving ability to get the offense working. VT plays decent defense but really struggles shooting the basketball. Struggling offensive units have often found the range versus UNC. If that happens again on Saturday, the Heels will need to crack the VT defense and avoid their athletic shot blocker.

I have high hopes this is the last game UNC plays sans Lawson. Given the nature of everything that is happening another survival mode game is the likely way this one will unfold.

UNC 80 VT 64

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9 Responses to UNC vs Virginia Tech

  1. william says:

    Hey, remember back during the Valpo/Nevada/Nicholls State phase of the schedule when everybody was hoping for some more interesting and exciting games on the schedule?

    Be careful of what you wish for, lol.

  2. C. Michael says:

    All things considered, that was THE best half of basketball this team has played all year!

  3. Wilson says:

    Did I just see Quentin Thomas jank in someone’s mug? WOW!

  4. 52BigGameJames says:

    two things I would like to see–Tyler becoming a legit 3 point threat (2 per game would be about right), and another reliable ball-handler off the bench.

  5. 52BigGameJames says:

    I want to see what if anything Campbell is goodfer.

  6. 52BigGameJames says:

    looks steady to me

  7. william says:

    nice haircut Campbell has. Hey, this was Valpo all over again. Who’dve thunk?

  8. Hokies…woodshed. Woodshed…Hokies.

    Let’s make a return trip next week.

  9. william says:

    Yeah, a little payback for last year….

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