Carolina is coming off a 79-65 win over MSU on its home court in East Lansing, Mich., on Wednesday night. UNC never trailed in the game, had five players score in double figures and out-rebounded MSU by 11.
UNC finished fall semester classes on Wednesday, and the final exam period runs from today through Friday Dec. 13.
On Saturday, the Tar Heels will welcome home former letterman Wes Miller (UNC '07), now in his second full season as the head coach at UNCG. Miller took over as the Spartan head coach midway through the 2011-12 season. He won an NCAA championship as a player at Carolina in 2005.
Former Tar Heels Jackie Manuel (UNC '05) and J.B. Tanner (UNC '09) are members of Miller's staff as an assistant coach and director of operations, respectively. Both Manuel and Tanner won NCAA championships as UNC seniors.
The Tar Heels and Spartans will tip off just after 7 p.m. at the Smith Center. ESPNU will televise the game nationally with Joe Davis (play-by-play) and Paul Biancardi (analyst) on the call. The game will be streamed live via ESPN3.
The game also will be carried nationally on satellite radio by XM (channel 196) and Sirius (channel 138).
UNCG is 4-4 in 2013-14 and is coming off an 87-66 home loss on Tuesday night to Presbyterian. The Spartans went 1-2 in Estero, Fla., during Thanksgiving week, beating Stetson and losing to Louisiana Tech and San Diego.
Saturday's game is the first of a stretch of six consecutive UNC contests in the Smith Center to close out the month of December. The Tar Heels, in the midst of final exams, will return to the court to host Kentucky next Saturday (Dec. 14). Following that game, Carolina will host Texas (Dec. 18), Davidson (Dec. 21), Northern Kentucky (Dec. 27) and UNC Wilmington (Dec. 31). Atlantic Coast Conference play will begin for UNC on Jan. 5 at Wake Forest.
Saturday's game will be the first meeting between Carolina and UNCG in men's basketball.
Roy Williams is 1-0 against the Spartans, having beaten UNCG, 105-66, on Nov. 22, 2002, while he was the head coach at Kansas.
Miller returns to the Smith Center seven seasons after he served as team co-captain as a senior in 2006-07. He sat out the 2003-04 season (Williams' first as the UNC head coach) as a redshirt after transferring to Carolina in the summer of 2003 from James Madison. He played three seasons in Chapel Hill, winning an NCAA championship in 2005 alongside Sean May, Raymond Felton and the rest of Williams' first national title squad.
Miller finished his UNC career with 342 points in 93 games, hitting 39.7 percent of his three-point attempts (96 of 242).
Manuel played at Carolina from 2001-05, scoring 785 points (6.2 per game) and earning a spot on the All-ACC Defensive Team in '04 and '05. He was a tri-captain of the 2005 NCAA championship team.
Tanner saw action in 39 Tar Heel games from 2007-09, scoring 38 career points.