Jan. 9, 2006
TAR HEELS HIT THE ROAD AT VIRGINIA TECH
Coming off its second win over a ranked team this season, North Carolina (9-2, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) will play its first road game of the 2005-06 ACC campaign on Tuesday at Virginia Tech (10-5, 0-2 ACC) at 7:30 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg,. Va. The game will be nationally televised by ESPN2. Mike Patrick (play-by-play) and Len Elmore (analyst) are scheduled to have the call for ESPN2.
Carolina was ranked No. 25 in the country in the Associated Press poll and No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll last week (the new polls were scheduled to be released on Monday evening, Jan. 9). UNC is coming off an 82-69 home win over No. 13/12 NC State on Saturday Jan. 7.
The Hokies are coming off a 74-68 loss at Florida State on Saturday Jan. 7. Virginia Tech has lost at Duke and at FSU in its two ACC games thus far this season and will be playing its first conference home game on Tuesday vs. Carolina.
After Tuesday's game at Virginia Tech, the Tar Heels will return home to host Miami on Saturday Jan. 14 in Chapel Hill and then play at Virginia on Thursday, Jan. 19.
THE SERIES VS. VIRGINIA TECH
The Tar Heels lead the all-time series with Virginia Tech, 54-10. UNC has beaten Virginia Tech 17 consecutive times and in 33 of the last 36 meetings (dating to Jan. 1940).
Just four of those meetings have come since 1980, however, with the Tar Heels defeating the Hokies during the 1992-93, 1994-95 and 1997-98 seasons and last year in Virginia Tech's inaugural ACC game.
Prior to last season, the last time Carolina had played in Blacksburg was on Feb. 17, 1975, when the Tar Heels picked up an 87-75 win over Virginia Tech.
LAST SEASON VS. THE HOKIES
BLACKSBURG, VA. -- Carolina started Atlantic Coast Conference play last season with a victory when it won at new ACC member Virginia Tech, 85-51, on Dec. 19, 2004.
Sean May (17 points and 8 rebounds) and Jawad Williams (17 points, 4 rebounds, 5 blocked shots) shot a combined 13 for 16 from the floor for Carolina. UNC outscored Virginia Tech 48-26 in the paint and shot 64.6 percent for the game.
The Tar Heels closed the first half on a 17-4 run to lead 41-27 at the break. UNC then started the second half with a 16-5 run to put the game out of reach.
Rashad McCants was limited by foul trouble to 18 minutes of action and scored just three points, his lowest output since scoring zero vs. Florida State his freshman season on Feb. 8, 2003.
LAST TIME OUT: CAROLINA 82, NC STATE 69
No. 25/25 Carolina closed the game on a 13-0 run and defeated No. 13/12 NC State, 82-69, on Jan. 7, 2006, in Chapel Hill. After a Cameron Bennerman field goal tied the game at 69-69 with 3:10 left to play, Tyler Hansbrough scored six of UNC's and the game's final 13 points. Bobby Frasor scored 15 of his season-high 17 points in the second half and had a key steal in the final two minutes of play.
Hansbrough hit 14 of 14 free throw attempts to lead the Tar Heels, who hit 26 of 28 from the charity stripe in the game. The team's free throw percentage of 92.9 was Carolina's highest in a game since the 2000-01 season. Hansbrough's 14 of 14 performance from the line was the best by a Tar Heel since Phil Ford went 16 for 16 on Feb. 24, 1976.
The win was Carolina's fifth in a row against NC State. The game was the first time since Jan. 20, 1990, that N.C. State entered the game with a higher ranking than UNC. The Wolfpack entered the game as the ACC's top defensive team in field goal percentage allowed (36.5 percent) and points allowed (58.0 ppg). The Tar Heels shot 53.2 percent from the floor and scored 82 points, both season highs allowed by NC State.
State started the game on a 11-0 run, but Carolina battled back with a 16-4 run to take a 16-15 lead at the second media timeout at the 11:29 mark of the opening period. UNC eventually led by as many as eight points in the first half before allowing NC State to take a 39-36 lead at the break.
The Tar Heels led for most of the second half but never by more than seven points before the Wolfpack tied the score at 69-all and Carolina ended the game on its 13-0 run.
Hansbrough led all scorers with 20 points, followed by Frasor's 17 points. David Noel (14 points, six rebounds and six assists with just two turnovers) and Reyshawn Terry (13 points, six rebounds) also reached double figures for Carolina.