Virginia vs. North Carolina: Full Game Preview
|Virginia||J Harris 16.3||A Mitchell 9.0||J Evans 5.0|
|North Carolina||J Michael McAdoo 14.6||J Michael McAdoo 8.2||M Paige 4.3|
Virginia visits Dean E. Smith Center on Saturday to take on North Carolina. Tipoff is at 12 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ACC Network. The Cavaliers beat the Tar Heels 61-52 on Jan. 6 and are 2-5 against them over the last four years.
North Carolina and Virginia are packed together in the conference, holding down fourth and third place, respectively.
In their last outing, behind 26 points from Joe Harris, the Cavaliers blew out Virginia Tech 73-55 on Feb. 12. He leads the team with 16.3 points per game. For the Tar Heels, P.J. Hairston put up 23 points and 8 rebounds in the 73-68 loss to Duke on Feb. 13. He contributes 3.8 rebounds per game in addition to his 12.8 points per game.
Reviewing current performance metrics, North Carolina has an edge in two significant categories. The first is rebounding, where the Tar Heels have the upper hand, 41 per game to 32 per game. North Carolina also has an advantage in scoring, 77 points per game to 64 points per game.
However, the Cavaliers have an advantage in blocked shots, where they lead the Tar Heels, 4 per game to 3 per game. North Carolina ranks second in their conference in offensive rebounding percentage at 37.0 percent, which also places them 42nd in the country.
North Carolina StatSmack
- Virginia allows fewer rebounds (30.0 allowed per game vs. 37.0 allowed per game) than North Carolina this season.
- The Virginia scoring leader (Joe Harris, 391 points) has more points than the North Carolina scoring leader (James Michael McAdoo, 351 points).
- The Virginia blocks leader (Darion Atkins, 25 blocks) has more blocks than the North Carolina blocks leader (Desmond Hubert, 23 blocks).
- Virginia is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Virginia is 208 lbs compared to 201 lbs for North Carolina.
- The Virginia three-point leader (Joe Harris, 59 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the North Carolina three-point leader (Reggie Bullock, 58 three-pointers).
- The Virginia rebounding leader (Akil Mitchell, 206 rebounds) has more rebounds than the North Carolina rebounding leader (James Michael McAdoo, 196 rebounds).
- Virginia is a better free-throw-shooting team (71.4 percent vs. 64.4 percent) than North Carolina this season.
- Boom! Virginia defeated North Carolina by 9 points the last time they played (Jan 06, 2013).
- Virginia is a better three-point shooting team (40.2 percent vs. 36.3 percent) than North Carolina this season.
- Virginia is ranked higher than North Carolina in the ACC (No. 3 vs. No. 4).
- Virginia has come back to win after being down at half against North Carolina four times since 1999.