Starters: Theo Pinson – guard, Joel Berry II – guard, Kennedy Meeks – forward, Isaiah Hicks - forward, Justin Jackson - forward
Top scorer: Justin Jackson, 18.2 ppg
Reb. leader: Kennedy Meeks, 9.3 rpg
Assists leader: Joel Berry II, 3.6 apg
Best player: Forward Justin Jackson decided not to enter the NBA Draft after the Tar Heels lost in last year’s title game to try and lead UNC all the way in 2017. He is not only the team’s leading scorer, he is second in assists and fourth in rebounds and was named ACC Player of the Year.
How to win: North Carolina is a hot-and-cold team that has a tendency to go through long droughts when it can’t hit from outside. One way to beat the Tar Heels is to pack the paint on defense and dare them to hit outside shots. Sometimes it works (like Virginia’s 53-43 win over UNC) and sometimes it doesn’t (like Virginia’s 65-41 loss to UNC).
Three things to know
1. North Carolina leads the nation in rebounding margin, collecting on average 13 more boards per game than its opponent. That’s the second-highest figure of any school since 1980.
2. North Carolina (31-7) has won 30 or more games for the seventh time in 14 seasons under Roy Williams.
3. North Carolina’s assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.51:1 is the third best in school history.
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