Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, NC
When: Tuesday, February 12th, 8:00 PM
TV: ESPN2 or Raycom/LF in the ACC markets.
Records: UNC 22-2, 7-2 ACC; Virginia 11-11, 1-8 ACC
And no, the arena is not named after the Revolutionary War era naval hero.
Virginia has been dreadful since they got slammed to the floor and danced upon by Xavier. The ACC has been brutal to them despite Sean Singletary putting up All-ACC numbers. So why I am worried? Well, because UNC played double OT two days ago, Ty Lawson is unlikely to play and Marcus Ginyard is questionable with injuries on both feet which not only robs the Heels of their best defender against Singletary but makes UNCG transfer Marc Campbell the backup PG unless Roy decides to have Quentin Thomas play the whole game.
The other part that worries me is I hate playing at Charlottesville. I just have a bad feeling about playing up there because despite UVa being a terrible team all season, I just know they are going to come out hitting threes like Duke did and play the game of their collective lives to hang the Heels with a loss they can ill afford to take considering all the trouble they went through to avoid one versus Clemson.
That being said, there is also the real possibility that the team we saw during the final 13 minutes versus Clemson is the Tar Heel team we will see for the remainder of the season and tonight will be a 40 minute example of that. It is as much a matter of confidence as it is anything else for these guys. Let's hope the A game is readily present despite the short turnaround.
UNC 80 UVa 66