Here’s a preview capsule on the UNC game. A ton of James Johnson’s quotes previewing the game are in my previous blog post, and there will be a full preview story in tomorrow’s paper and on the website tomorrow.
Virginia Tech at North Carolina
Noon at Dean Smith Center
Records: Virginia Tech 11-9, 2-5 ACC; UNC 14-6, 4-3.
Last meeting: UNC won 82-68 on Jan. 19, 2012 at Tech.
Va. Tech probable starters: F Jarell Eddie (14.4 ppg), F C.J. Barksdale (5 ppg), C Cadarian Raines (6.6 ppg), G Robert Brown (9.6 ppg), G Erick Green (25.5 ppg).
UNC probable starters: F James Michael McAdoo (14.7 ppg), C Desmond Hubert (1.4 ppg), G-F Reggie Bullock (13.7 ppg), G Dexter Strickland (8.1 ppg), G Marcus Paige (6.8 ppg).
Notes: Who on UNC will guard Green? “Everybody on our team,” UNC coach Roy Williams said with a smile at his news conference Friday. “We’re thinking about playing a box-and-one with four guys on him and one guy in the middle of the lane. … He’s really freaking good.” Actually, Tech coach James Johnson figures Strickand will draw that task. … UNC’s P.J. Hairston (12.4 ppg), who suffered a concussion in Wednesday’s win over Boston College, is not expected to play today. … UNC’s Leslie McDonald (8.4 ppg) will play today after missing the past six games — three to injury and three because of a suspension. … UNC has won four of its past five games, with the loss coming last weekend at N.C. State. … McAdoo has recorded a double-double in three of the past four games. … UNC has won seven of the past eight meetings in this series.