Well that was fun.
For the first time in ages, the Tar Heels followed up a strong win with a strong win, arguably a stronger win than their game against Louisville even though the Cardinals were seemingly the tougher opponent. Carolina faced a team coming off the high of a game winning shot, was comfortable in the Greensboro setup, and knew how to chuck the ball for three. Instead, the Tar Heels locked in and just opened up a can in the second half.
As is the case in tournament play, the competition gets harder now as the Tar Heels take on the “No.3” seed Virginia Tech Hokies tonight in quarterfinal action. The Tar Heels and Hokies haven’t met yet this season, as their original match up was one of a ton of games that had to be postponed due to COVID contract tracing. Since thier win against Miami on February 6th, Virginia Tech has only played twice: a loss to Georgia Tech, and a dominating win against Wake Forest. That last win came on February 27th, though supposedly the Hokies have been practicing this whole time so don’t expect the same rust issues that others have shown coming off a COVID pause.
For the Tar Heels, we all hope they can avoid a similar let down like we saw against Marquette after a similarly dominating performance against Louisville. We all know this team can get caught thinking they should throttle an opponent, and between their two dominating wins and playing a team coming off a COVID pause, the temptation may be there for Carolina to slip again. We’ll see if they’ve learned their lesson and that loss against Marquette may serve some purpose after all.
Here’s how you can catch the action tonight: Note, this has been updated with the news that broke this morning
- Time: 8:30 PM ET
- Location: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
- TV: ESPN. Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas on the call.
- Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network (list of affiliates) with Jones Angell on play-by-play and Eric Montross on analysis. To get the THSN broadcast on Sirius XM, tune to channel 80 (internet 80).
- Streaming: The ESPN coverage of the game can be seen on Watch ESPN on your various devices. THSN’s radio broadcast can be heard on GoHeels.com and Tune In.
- Line: UNC -3.5