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Video: This Is SportsDesk featuring Jones Angell
In an homage to ESPN’s “This is SportsCenter,” The Daily Tar Heel sports desk presents “This is SportsDesk.” Jones Angell, UNC’s announcer for basketball and football, gives the play-by-play analysis of a moment on the DTH Sports Desk.
Virginia hands Tar Heels another ACC loss, 76-61
Malcolm Brogdon and Joe Harris each scored 16 points as Virginia sent North Carolina to another ACC loss, 76-61 Monday night. The Cavaliers opened a 15-point lead early in the second half. Justin Anderson had 13 points as Virginia extended its best start in league play since 1982-83. Kennedy Meeks scored 15 points and James Michael McAdoo had 11 for North Carolina.
Video: North Carolina-Virginia Highlights
View complete game highlights from North Carolina's 76-61 loss to the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville on Monday.
UNC suffers humbling 76-61 loss against Virginia
A lack of effort wasn’t the problem for the Tar Heels on Monday night during their 76-61 loss at Virginia. UNC simply lost to a better team that did a better job than the Tar Heels in all phases. UNC, meanwhile, floundered after a promising start and never seemed to recover from an ugly end to the first half. With the loss, UNC is 1-4 in the ACC for the first time since the 2001-02 season.
Video: James Michael McAdoo Huge Dunk vs. Virginia
North Carolina forward James Michael McAdoo drives the lane and finishes the dunk with the foul against Virginia.
Box Score: Virginia 76, North Carolina 61
View the complete box score from North Carolina's 76-61 loss to the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville on Monday.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Virginia
Virginia has been the best defensive team in the ACC in league games, and it showed on Monday night. The Tar Heels simply could never mount any kind of second-half momentum against the stingy Cavaliers, and never got the deficit into single digits after the 19:26 mark in the second half (Carolina has not had a second-half lead on the road in the ACC this year).
UNC vs. Virginia Preview
North Carolina travels to Virginia on Monday (7:00 p.m., ESPN) looking for its second consecutive conference win. The Cavaliers sit at 13-5 and 4-1 in the ACC. UNC struggled mightily – both offensively and defensively – in slower-paced games against Miami and Syracuse. Now, the Tar Heels head into a matchup with the ACC’s King of Slow.
Preview: UNC at Virginia
The Cavaliers are 4-1 in league play with the lone loss coming on the road at Duke and three of the four wins have come by double-digits. Virginia has already recorded a sweep over a good Florida State team and has established itself as easily a top half to top third of the ACC kind of team. That means this game will be a bear for UNC for a variety of reasons. Prediction: Virginia 61, UNC 55
Thought of the week: Aggresive Paige
Marcus Paige needs to change his mindset in the second half. Paige still thinks like a pass-first point guard. It’s understandable considering that’s what he was recruited to play. But it is also the wrong way to approach things this season. He is the best and most consistent scoring threat on this team and it needs him to be a scorer.
Three to know: North Carolina at Virginia
Since the start of 2014, few ACC teams have been as hot at Virginia. The Cavaliers posted decisive road wins against Florida State and N.C. State and comfortable home victories against Wake Forest and the Seminoles. Virginia’s lone loss was a 69-64 setback at Duke that saw the Cavaliers grab a lead in the final minute.
North Carolina’s defense will challenge Virginia
The Seminoles blocked nine shots Saturday. Today, Tobey and the Cavaliers host a North Carolina team that is also adept at protecting the rim. The Tar Heels are fourth in the ACC in field goal-percentage defense, holding opponents to 38.8 shooting from the floor and fourth in the league in blocked shots at 5.4 per outing.
Pickeral: Quick Turnaround
North Carolina coach Roy Williams hasn't been shy about his dislike for Sunday night games; among other things, he says, those match-ups erase the possibility of a true day off for the players and aggravate the natural rhythm of the school week. But Mondays? That's a different story. "I'm hopeful Monday will be really good for us,'' he said.
Art’s Angle: Your New ACC
The game against Boston College helped prepare Carolina for Virginia, which also values each possession with no stars besides All-ACC forward Joe Harris. The Cavaliers blew out NC State last week and should have beaten the Duke team that blew out State Saturday. So the Tar Heels needed to play even better than they did against BC to have any chance in Charlottesville.
ACC Basketball Previews, January 20
North Carolina at Virginia: Right now, per Ken Pomeroy, this game at Virginia is the lowest probability of a win remaining on UNC’s schedule (18%), slightly ahead of at Duke to end the year (21%). Prediction - Virginia, 65-60. I do think UNC will play better than it has early in ACC play, and I think it will win more games after this one. I just think that right now, Virginia is the better team. Pretty simple, really.