The North Carolina Tar Heels are set to take on the Virginia Cavaliers in the second game of their home-and-home series. The Heels are still on a brutal losing streak in the month of February, with the most recent loss being against Wake Forest. The Cavs, however, are coming off of a one-point OT win against Notre Dame, and are currently trying to stay ahead of NC State in the conference standings to earn their right to a double-bye in the ACC Tournament.
The last time these two teams met the Heels were unable to get a lot going against Virginia’s stubborn defense. A lot has changed since then, including the fact that both teams are no longer ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll. If there’s a benefit that UNC will have this time around it’s the fact that Roy Williams will be playing a much tighter rotation and Cole Anthony will be 100% compared to the last time these two teams played (if we’re to believe that he was hurt during the first meeting, that is). This should be a
painful, brutal, slow as hell game that will make me want to jump into traffic good opportunity for the Tar Heels to climb out of last place in the ACC standings, but it’ll all depend on whether or not this team can play 40 minutes of quality basketball against Tony Bennett’s team. I know, that’s an extremely tough ask.
As always, we’ll be back with you all after the game with some post-game analysis.