Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
Time: 12:00 noon
Date: February 16, 2013
Place: Dean Smith Center
TV: ACC Network, ESPN3
Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network
Spread: UNC -5; Pomeroy: UNC 64-63 (48%)
Last Meeting: UVA 61-52 over UNC on Jan. 6
Speaking strictly in terms of wins and losses and mathematical possibilities, this is not a must-win for Virginia.
But with a low RPI and a tough schedule ahead, including a trip to No. 3 Miami and hosting No. 2 Duke, it sure does have that feel.
With only three home games remaining, a road win today would go a long way in giving the Cavaliers a little ease of mind that the Hoos may very well make the big dance this year. A loss could mean a blow in confidence and a tremendous uphill ways to go.
The team that controls today's tempo will likely return to Charlottesville with a win (see what I did there?). Carolina ranks 13th in the country in points per game, 6th in rebounds per game and 3rd in assists -- all tempo-based stats -- but only 120th (44.2%) in field goal percentage. The Hoos are shooting 46.1% (49th in the country) and, with any luck, Joe Harris will once again be ON FIIIIIRE.
Another huge game today -- leave your game thoughts here and GO HOOS!