Virginia at UNC: Gameday Live Blog

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UNC will look to stay above 0.500 in the ACC as the Tar Heels play in Virginia at the Smith Center.

Carolina lost at Notre Dame earlier this week, 78-73, to drop to 10-4 this year and 2-1 in the conference, following unbalanced ACC wins over Georgia Tech and Boston College.

Three players were missing in the Heels against the Irish and will recover one. Former horseman Justin McKoy returns after missing two games due to COVID protocols. He’s dressed up and going through warm-ups to play his old team. Sophomore Puff Johnson, who has yet to play this season, is also in uniform and warming up.

The other two UNC regulars are not in uniform for the game. Dawson Garcia will miss his second straight game after entering concussion protocol from a blow to the head early in the Boston College game, and Kerwin Walton is missing his second straight game due to COVID protocols.

Virginia comes out of back-to-back road wins at Syracuse and Clemson to move up to 9-5, 3-1 in the ACC. The Cavaliers have struggled at times this season, losing to Navy, Houston, Iowa and James Madison in the non-conference schedule.

UVA continues to be one of the nation’s leaders in two-point defense, overall defense, and shot blocking rates. However, opponents have managed to knock out all three against the Cavs’ pack line defense in the last few games. Pitt was 8 of 16 of three, and Clemson was 9 of 20 in the last game.

It will be UNC’s first home conference game of the season, as the Heels started with three straight road games for the fourth time in their history and the first since Michael Jordan’s junior year.

Your officials: Bert Simth, AJ Desai and everyone’s favorite photographer: Roger Ayers

Your starters: Black, Love, Davis, Bacot, Manek

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