CHAPEL HILL - North Carolina (16-8, 6-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) will try to snap a two-game losing streak when it hosts Virginia (18-6, 8-3 ACC) on Saturday at noon in the Smith Center. Carolina is coming off losses at Miami and at Duke in the last week, dropping the Tar Heels into a tie for fourth place in the conference with NC State at 6-5.
The ACC Network will televise the game regionally. Steve Martin (play-by-play) and former Tar Heel player and assistant coach Eddie Fogler (analyst) will have the call. Online, fans can watch the game via WatchESPN at http://es.pn/mbb-UVAvsUNC (blacked out in the ACC footprint) and in the official ACC app and online within the ACC footprint at http://www.theacc.com/live.
Virginia is riding a three-game winning streak into the Smith Center this weekend and has won seven of its last eight ACC games after losing back-to-back contests at Wake Forest and at Clemson in a four-day stretch a month ago.
Saturday's game will include several special recognitions in the Smith Center in addition to the game itself, including honoring 2012 Patterson Medal winners (top male and female student-athletes at UNC) Tyler Zeller and Katelyn Falgowski of the field hockey team during pregame and officially honoring Zeller's jersey in the Smith Center rafters at halftime.
In addition to Zeller, former Tar Heel players Lennie Rosenbluth, Tyler Hansbrough, Kendall Marshall and John Henson are expected to attend the game. Current NBA players Hansbrough, Marshall, Henson and Zeller (back in Chapel Hill during the NBA All-Star Game weekend festivities) will be introduced to the crowd during a timeout in the second half, and the UNC women's tennis team that won the ITA Indoor national championship earlier this week will be recognized at a timeout in the first half.
North Carolina (16-8, 6-5 ACC) vs. Virginia (18-6, 8-3 ACC)
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2013
Site: Smith Center, Chapel Hill
Television: ACC Network - Steve Martin (play-by-play), Eddie Fogler (analyst)
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network - Jones Angell (play-by-play), Eric Montross (analyst), Dave Nathan (host)
National Radio: Sirius 91, XM 91
Online: GoHeels.com; @UNC_Basketball, @GoHeels
2012-13 Carolina Record: 16-8, 6-5 ACC
2012-13 Virginia Record: 18-6, 8-3 ACC
Last Meeting: UVa 61, UNC 52 on Jan. 6, 2013, in Charlottesville
UNC: Roy Williams (UNC '72) is 273-76 in his 10th season at Carolina, 691-177 in his 25th season overall
UVa: Tony Bennett is 69-45 in his fourth season at UVa, 138-78 in his seventh season overall
THE SERIES VS. VIRGINIA
• Carolina leads the series with Virginia, 127-50.
• The Tar Heels have won nine of their last 11 games against Virginia since January of 2006, only losing a 2010 decision in Chapel Hill and a game in Charlottesville last month.
• Carolina has won seven of the last eight games against Virginia in Chapel Hill (losing in 2010).
• UNC leads the series 64-6 in Chapel Hill and 22-3 in the Smith Center. UVa has won in the Smith Center in 2000, 2002 and 2010 and also won in Chapel Hill in 1911, 1973 and 1981.
• Roy Williams is 14-5 as a head coach against Virginia, including a 12-4 mark at Carolina and a 2-1 record at Kansas.