North Carolina at Georgia Tech, 7:00 PM, Tar Heel Sports Network
Note: Due to the severity of the storm's aftermath, ESPN cannot get a broadcast crew to the game so it will not be televised. UNC has announced that THSN audio will be streamed online for free at GoHeels.com.
As of this writing, the game is scheduled to take place even if it won't be televised. Both teams are in Atlanta with UNC finally arriving at the hotel at around 2 AM Wednesday morning. The Tar Heels made it to the arena for their afternoon shootaround and the plan right now is for the game to take place. The only potential fly in the ointment is the officials which are en route to Atlanta. The game can be played with just two officials and according to GoHeels.com's Adam Lucas, there is optimism at least two can get to the game. Whether fans can make it to the game given all the issues Atlanta has had with traffic is unclear meaning this game could get played in front of a near empty arena.
UNC's travel difficulties shouldn't prove to be too much of an issue for how the team performs. Yes, they arrive late to the hotel and it wasn't easy getting there but the team has had plenty of time to deal with the circumstances. Again, if the game is played in a near empty arena that could make for a strange game. However if Georgia Tech students make it to the game it could be a raucous home crowd. The latter seems unlikely and this could very well be a game played with very few people in attendance.
The Tar Heels will look to build off Sunday's blowout of Clemson with another solid offensive effort. UNC finally brought the effort, intensity and focus that had been too often absent this season in beating Clemson by 19. Any hope of getting the season fully turned around and rolling in the right direction will hinge more on replicating that kind of effort than anything else. This is especially true of James Michael McAdoo's play which has been very good over the past four games. Getting more games like that from him seems to set the tone for the rest of the team.
This is the second of five winnable games for UNC. It is wrong to label it a must-win but there is an element of negating the home loss to Miami with a road win against Georgia Tech. Doing so should set the stage for the Heels leveling out what could have been a season destroying nosedive.
UNC 76 GT 70