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Game Thread: UNC vs Virginia Tech

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North Carolina vs Virginia Tech, 6:30 PM, ESPNU

This game marks the return of Tar Heel great Brad Daugherty to Chapel Hill. Daugherty is back doing work as a basketball analyst for ESPN after a stint on the network's NASCAR coverage. He has been assigned to the ACC Sunday night games and a welcome addition to the broadcast.

Virginia Tech, which has struggled mightily this season, will be without leading rebounder Joey Van Negeran and leading scorer Justin Bibbs. The former is suspended and the latter recovering from a concussion. That's 23.4 ppg that Virginia Tech will be missing including a long range threat in Bibbs who has hit 47% of his three point attempts this season.

That being said Dean Smith once noted facing a team that has just lost a player is a dangerous thing. In this case, the injury likely makes a bad team worse. All the same, UNC should come out and make short work of the Hokies to remove all doubt.

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