|UNC (20-4, 8-2 ACC) vs. Notre Dame (17-6, 6-4 ACC)|
|When: Feb. 5, 2017 - 1 p.m.|
|Where: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro
|Tickets: On Sale Sunday 11 a.m.|
|Live Stats: GoHeels.com
|UNC Notes • ND Notes
|Rankings: UNC No. 12/No. 10 (AP/coaches); Notre Dame is No. 20/18.|
|Series: UNC leads, 20-7|
• Carolina will host Notre Dame this weekend, but not when or where anyone thought the game would be played. The Tar Heels and Fighting Irish will meet on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Greensboro Coliseum. ESPNEWS will televise the contest.
• The game was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Chapel Hill but was postponed and moved due to an emergency water crisis in Orange County, Chapel Hill and the UNC campus. The University of North Carolina officially closed campus as of 1 p.m. Friday. Classes were cancelled and staff members were told to leave campus as soon as possible.
• The Tar Heels practiced and stayed in a hotel in Durham on Friday night and stayed in Greensboro on Saturday night while officials worked to restore the water supply in Orange County.
• The Tar Heels are 20-4 overall and 8-2 in the ACC.
• Carolina has won 20 games for the 59th time in school history and the 13th time in 14 years under head coach Roy Williams.
• Carolina has a half-game lead over Virginia (7-2) and a one-game lead over Florida State (7-3) in the ACC standings.
• UNC is ranked 12th in the Associated Press and 10th in the USA Today/Coaches polls. Notre Dame is 20th and 18th, respectively.
• Carolina is fifth in the NCAA’s RPI (1-Baylor, 2-Villanova, 3-Kansas, 4-Louisville, 5-UNC). The Tar Heels’ opponents collectively have the 13th-highest RPI in the nation.
• Carolina has seven wins (7-1) over teams in the NCAA’s top 50, tied with Baylor, Butler and Villanova for second most in the nation behind Florida State (8-1).
• Carolina is tied for third nationally with 12 wins (12-4) over teams in the NCAA’s top 100. Butler has 14, Villanova has 13 and UNC, Baylor, FSU and Kansas have 12.
Carolina’s Next Eight Games
Notre Dame: 20-26-29
at Duke: 21-13-18
at NC State: NR-88-83
at Pitt: NR-79-56
at Virginia: 9-2-12
• Theo Pinson will miss his third game in a row. He rolled his right ankle on 1/26 against Virginia Tech. Pinson is averaging 6.2 points and 5.2 rebounds and has 20 assists and only two turnovers in the six games he has played in this year. UNC is plus-114 in scoring and plus-53 in assist-turnovers in his six games this season.
• Carolina has dropped from 10th to 32nd in the country in defensive efficiency in the last four games.
– In the first 18 games, UNC held the opponents under 45 percent shooting from the floor 14 times; Tennessee and Kentucky were the only teams to shoot 50 percent from the floor.
– In the last six games, UNC has held only two teams under 45 percent and Virginia Tech and Pitt both shot over 50 percent.
– In the first 17 games, 12 opponents committed more turnovers than assists and only two had more assists than turnovers.
– In the last seven games, five teams have more assists than turnovers and none have more turnovers than assists.
– Nine of the first 14 opponents had a points per possession under .85; in ACC play, only one (NC State .66) has had a points per possession under .85.
– Six of the last seven opponents have points per possessions of at least .90 (.99 by Wake Forest, .93 by Syracuse, .96 by Boston College, 1.06 by Virginia Tech, .95 by Miami and 1.18 by Pitt).
– The opponents have had a points per possession greater than 1.0 in six of the last seven halves dating back to the second half of the Boston College game.
UNC-NOTRE DAME SERIES
• The Tar Heels are 3-1 in Chapel Hill against the Irish (all four games played in the Smith Center).
• UNC is 4-3 against Notre Dame since the Irish joined the ACC, including 1-1 in the ACC Tournament (2015 championship game and 2016 semifinal) and 1-0 in the NCAA Tournament (2016 East Regional final).
• This is the fifth straight matchup that will be played in a different city: 3/14/15 in Greensboro, 2/6/16 in South Bend, 3/11/16 in Washington, D.C., and 3/27/16 in Philadelphia.
• This is the seventh time both teams are ranked in the AP poll. UNC won the first four matchups when both teams were ranked and Notre Dame has won the last two (in 2015).
• Roy Williams is 5-3 against Notre Dame, all as UNC’s head coach.
LAST YEAR VS. NOTRE DAME
• Carolina won two of the three games against Notre Dame last year.
• Notre Dame beat the Tar Heels, 80-76, in South Bend on 2/6/16; Carolina won, 78-47, in the ACC Tournament semifinals in Washington, D.C., on 3/11/16; and UNC beat the Irish 16 days later, 88-74, in Philadelphia in the NCAA East Regional final with a trip to the Final Four on the line.
UNC 88, Notre Dame 74, 3/27/16
• Brice Johnson led Carolina in the East Regional final with 25 points and 12 rebounds.
• Kennedy Meeks scored all 10 of his points in the second half.
• Joel Berry II had 11 points, eight assists and zero turnovers in 34 minutes.
• Carolina shot a season-high 61.5 percent from the floor, its highest ever in its 26 NCAA Tournament regional finals.
• Notre Dame shot 55.1 percent from the floor in defeat. That was the highest percentage against Carolina all season until Villanova shot 58.3 percent in the national championship game.
• Carolina out-rebounded the Irish, 32-15, and had a 23-6 edge in second-chance points.
• UNC committed a season-low six turnovers.
UNC 78, Notre Dame 47, 3/11/16
• The 31-point margin of victory was the largest in ACC Tournament semifinal history.
• It was Carolina’s largest in any ACC Tournament game since 1993.
• Notre Dame’s 47 points were the fewest allowed by UNC last year.
• Notre Dame attempted 19 free throws. The Irish shot 70 in their previous two games against Carolina.
• Marcus Paige hit four three-pointers and led UNC with 16 points.
• Isaiah Hicks posted his only career double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds.
• Justin Jackson scored all 11 of his points in the second half.
• Carolina led 41-22 at the half after a Joel Berry II three-pointer at the buzzer.
Notre Dame 80, UNC 76, 2/6/16
• Carolina dropped its second straight game (Louisville) and its third in a row against the Irish.
• The Irish made 31 free throws, second-most against a Roy Williams team at UNC.
• Notre Dame committed only two turnovers, fewest in any game against UNC since turnovers officially were kept in 1978-79.
• Carolina did not score a single point off Notre Dame turnovers.
• Carolina led by nine at the half.
• Marcus Paige led UNC with five three-pointers and 21 points.
• Notre Dame shot only 34.8 percent from the floor and made only 3 of 16 3FGs.