North Carolina vs. Miami: Full Game Preview
|North Carolina||J Michael McAdoo 14.5||J Michael McAdoo 7.5||M Paige 4.7|
|Miami||S Larkin 14.2||R Johnson 7.2||S Larkin 4.3|
North Carolina meets Miami (FL) in the championship of the ACC Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on Sunday. It gets started at 1 p.m. ET and you can see it on ESPN or ACC Network. The Tar Heels lost to the Hurricanes 87-61 on Feb. 9 and are 7-2 against them over the last four years.
In a 79-76 win over Maryland on Mar. 16, Reggie Bullock put up 15 points and nine rebounds for the Tar Heels. He is putting up 14.3 points per game while also averaging 6.6 rebounds per game. For the Hurricanes, Durand Scott put up 32 points in the 81-71 win over NC State on Mar. 16. He contributes 4.0 rebounds per game in addition to his 13.4 points per game.
North Carolina has a statistical advantage in two significant areas. First, in assists, the Tar Heels have an edge over the Hurricanes, 17.3 per game to 11.2 per game. North Carolina also has an advantage in scoring, 77.2 points per game to 69.4 points per game.
The Hurricanes, however, appear to have the edge in blocked shots, four per game to three per game.
Miami (FL) StatSmack
- Over the past 10 years, North Carolina has had more players drafted by the NBA than Miami (16 vs. four).
- The North Carolina basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Miami (88 percent vs. 73 percent).
- North Carolina has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Miami (27 vs. one).
- Marcus Paige is ranked 3rd in the ACC in assists.
- The North Carolina rebounding leader (James Michael McAdoo, 237 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Miami rebounding leader (Kenny Kadji, 206 rebounds).
- North Carolina has a much better NCSA Athletic Ranking than Miami (No. 7 vs. No. 58).
- North Carolina has a much lower average debt at graduation according to Kiplinger than Miami ($14,262 vs. $24,396).
- North Carolina has a much better NCSA Academic Ranking than Miami (No. 28 vs. No. 50).
- North Carolina has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Miami (three vs. zero).
- North Carolina has an average margin of victory of 16 over Miami in 16 wins since 1986.
- Since 1998, North Carolina has recruited more Top 10 high school players than Miami (15 vs. zero).