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Tar Heels Welcome Virginia Tech Sunday
Release: 01/05/2013
CHAPEL HILL --- North Carolina looks to start 3-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play for the first time since 2009 when the Tar Heels host Virginia Tech Sunday afternoon at 2 at Carmichael Arena. Carolina is 14-1 on the year and 2-0 in the ACC following a thrilling 60-57 win over No. 8 Maryland Thursday. Virginia Tech is 7-6 on the season (1-1 in the ACC) after falling to archrival Virginia on Thursday, 52-48. UNC is ranked No. 15 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 and No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll. Virginia Tech is unranked.

AT A GLANCE
Records: North Carolina 14-1 (2-0 ACC), Virginia Tech 7-6 (1-1 ACC)
Rankings: North Carolina is ranked No. 15 in the AP poll and No. 23 in the coaches' poll. Virginia Tech is unranked.
TV: GoHeelsTV. Today's game can be streamed live at GoHeels.com via GoHeelsTV.
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network, a division of Learfield Communications. Walter Storholt (play-by-play) has the call. A link to the live stream can be found at GoHeels.com.

VIRGINIA TECH SERIES NOTES
• North Carolina is 14-3 all-time against Virginia Tech, including an 8-0 mark in Chapel Hill.
• The Tar Heels won the only meeting in 2012, a 56-37 victory in Blacksburg. That win was head coach Sylvia Hatchell's 600th career win at North Carolina.
• The Tar Heels have won 11 of the last 12 games in the series. Virginia Tech won in Blacksburg in 2010, the Hokies' first victory in the series since 1984.
• This season will mark the first time since Virginia Tech joined the ACC that the two teams will play a home-and-home. Carolina returns to Blacksburg on Feb. 22.

QUICK HITS
• Carolina ranks in the top 10 in the nation in steals (2nd), blocks (5th) and field-goal percentage defense (6th).
• Freshman Xylina McDaniel has been named ACC Rookie of the Week a league-best three times in 2012-13. She leads all ACC freshmen in scoring (12.6 ppg), rebounding (8.3 rpg) and steals (2.8 spg).
• Head coach Sylvia Hatchell is currently seven wins shy of 900 for her career and just one behind Vivian Stringer for the lead among active coaches. Only Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt have reached 900 wins.
• Senior Tierra Ruffin-Pratt is averaging a team-best 14.4 points per game this season. Entering 2012-13, her career scoring average in 84 games was 6.7 ppg.
• Senior Krista Gross is second in the ACC in rebounding with 9.9 rpg. Entering 2012-13, her career rebounding average in 95 games was 4.4 rpg.

LAST TIME OUT: No. 15 UNC 60, No. 8 Maryland 57
CHAPEL HILL (AP) --- Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 13 points and blocked a 3-pointer in the final seconds of No. 15 North Carolina's 60-57 victory over No. 8 Maryland on Thursday night. Brittany Rountree also had 13 points and Waltiea Rolle added 12 for North Carolina (14-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which blew most of an 11-point second-half lead and was just 1 of 7 from the free-throw line in the final minute but won its seventh straight and first in the series since 2010.

HATCHELL APPROACHING HISTORY
Head coach Sylvia Hatchell enters Sunday's game with a career record of 893-315 in 38 seasons, just seven wins shy of 900. Only two coaches in women's basketball history have reached this milestone - Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt - but Hatchell and Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer are both on pace to get there in 2013. Stringer currently sits one win ahead of Hatchell with 894 all-time.


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