Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina: Full Game Preview

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Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina: Full Game Preview
Virginia Tech
(11-9, 2-4 away)
North Carolina
(14-6, 10-2 home)
Venue: Dean E. Smith Center
12:00PM ET / 9:00AM PT, February 02, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Virginia Tech E Green 25.5 C Raines 6.7 E Green 4.2
North Carolina J Michael McAdoo 14.7 J Michael McAdoo 8.5 M Paige 4.5

Virginia Tech travels to Dean E. Smith Center on Saturday to take on North Carolina. Tip-off occurs at 12:00 EST and you can catch it on ACC Network. The Hokies are 1-5 against the Tar Heels over the last four years. They lost 82-68 the last time they played (1/19/2012).

Virginia Tech maintains 10th place in the ACC while North Carolina is in 5th place.

In spite of 30 points from Erick Green, the Hokies came up short 73-64 against Miami (FL) on January 30th. A stat-sheet stuffer, he leads the team with 25.5 points per game, 4.2 assists per game, and 1.4 steals per game. In an 82-70 victory over Boston College on January 29th, Dexter Strickland put up 14 points for the Tar Heels. He is averaging 8.1 points per game in addition to a team-best 1.5 steals per game.

North Carolina has an edge in a single key statistical category, assists, where the Tar Heels have the upper hand over the Hokies, 18 per game to 11 per game. A key area of strength for North Carolina is offensive rebounding percentage at 37.3, which ranks 2nd in their conference (and 45th nationally).

North Carolina StatSmack

  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Virginia Tech currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (976 to 963) than North Carolina, per the NCAA.
  • Virginia Tech has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than North Carolina ($30,017 vs $35,614).
  • The Virginia Tech scoring leader (Erick Green) has more points than the North Carolina scoring leader (James Michael McAdoo).
  • Jarell Eddie is ranked 10th in the ACC in points and 7th in the ACC in three-pointers.
  • Erick Green is ranked 2nd nationally in points, 9th in the ACC in three-pointers, 5th in the ACC in assists, and 8th in the ACC in steals.
  • Virginia Tech is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Virginia Tech is 208 lbs compared to 201 lbs for North Carolina.
VT Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Erick Green 36 25 4 4 1 0 2
B- Jarell Eddie 32 14 6 1 0 1 2
C Robert Brown 29 9 3 2 1 0 2
C Cadarian Raines 24 7 7 1 0 1 2
C- Marshall Wood 16 4 4 1 0 1 1
C- C.J. Barksdale 21 5 5 1 0 1 1
D+ J. van Zegeren 16 4 3 0 0 1 1
D Marquis Rankin 19 3 1 1 1 0 1
D Christian Beyer 12 2 4 0 0 0 1
D Will Johnston 9 2 0 0 0 0 0
D- Joey Racer 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D- Greg Donlon 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D- Marcus Patrick 6 0 1 0 0 0 1
UNC Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B J. McAdoo 29 15 9 1 1 0 3
B Reggie Bullock 29 14 6 3 1 0 1
B P.J. Hairston 20 12 4 2 1 0 1
C+ D. Strickland 27 8 3 4 2 0 1
C+ Marcus Paige 27 7 3 4 1 0 2
C Brice Johnson 13 8 4 0 1 1 1
C Leslie McDonald 18 8 2 2 1 0 1
C J.P. Tokoto 11 4 3 1 1 0 1
C- Joel James 11 3 3 0 0 1 1
D+ Jackson Simmons 7 3 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Desmond Hubert 12 1 2 0 0 1 1
D James Manor 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Denzel Robinson 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Wade Moody 2 1 0 0 0 0 1
D Frank Tanner 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Luke Davis 6 1 0 2 0 0 1
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