The Tar Heels are set to play their third game in three days, but this one will be the third place game in the Battle 4 Atlantis against Arkansas. We all know by now what happened in yesterday’s game against Villanova, but just in case you missed it, there was a lot of physicality and a lot of foul calls that eventually ended up deciding the game. Make of those two things being said in the same sentence what you will.
On the other side, Arkansas is fresh off of an intense game against Memphis, one that ultimately resulted in them losing 79-84. I’ve been able to watch both of Arkansas’ games in the tournament, and one player that stands out to me as a big-time challenge is Trevon Brazile. He is a 6’10 forward capable of stretching the floor and doing a solid job on the boards. Armando Bacot is going to have his hands full dealing with Brazile, and to make matters worse, guards Tramon Mark, Davonte Davis, and Khalif Battle have all made life difficult for their opponents during this tournament. I don’t anticipate this game being quite as physical as the Villanova matchup, but it doesn’t mean that things will be any easier for the Tar Heels, especially considering the fact that Cormac Ryan is out for this one after suffering an ankle injury in the final minute of yesterday’s game.
Cormac Ryan is not on the court warming up for UNC after twisting his ankle yesterday.— Jeremiah Holloway ✍ (@jxholloway) November 24, 2023
If he doesn’t play, UNC will use a different starting lineup for the third consecutive day. https://t.co/wdUnhjApMt
We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, and also got all of the Black Friday shopping done that you wanted to do. We will be back later with some post-game analysis and takes. Until then, Go Heels!