Carolina will return to the court after a week off on Sunday at UAB.
Carolina will return to the court after a week off on Sunday at UAB.
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Tar Heels Hit The Road At UAB
Release: 12/01/2013

CHAPEL HILL -- North Carolina (4-1) will play its first road game of the 2013-14 season against a familiar opponent when it plays at UAB (5-2) on Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern (5 p.m. in Birmingham).  

The Blazers are coached by former Tar Heel assistant Jerod Haase, now in his second season as the UAB head coach after nine seasons on Roy Williams' staff at Carolina and 13 total years as a member of Williams' staff (including four years at Kansas).

Former Tar Heel player Bobby Frasor is also in his second season at UAB, serving as the Blazers' director of basketball operations.  Frasor won an NCAA championship at Carolina as a senior on the 2009 national title team.  He served as UNC's assistant video coordinator in 2011-12 after playing professionally in Europe.

The game will be played at the Bartow Arena in Birmingham and will tip off just after 6 p.m. Eastern on Sunday evening.

Carolina has won back-to-back games and enters Sunday's contest coming off a 93-84 win over defending NCAA champion and No. 3-ranked Louisville last Sunday.  That victory came in the championship game of the Hall of Fame Tipoff in Uncasville, Conn.

Sunday's game will be televised nationally by Fox Sports 1.  Adam Alexander (play-by-play) and Dan Bonner (analyst) will have the call.  

UAB went 1-2 last weekend at the Charleston Classic, beating Nebraska 87-74 and losing to New Mexico (97-94) and Temple (87-66) in Charleston, S.C.  In its most recent outing, UAB beat Florida A&M 85-73 on Wednesday night at home.

Sunday's game will mark the third game in a four-game stretch away from Chapel Hill for the Tar Heels. Carolina started with three in a row at home this season and won a pair of games last weekend to win the Hall of Fame Tipoff tournament.

After the game at UAB, the Tar Heels will journey to play at Michigan State next Wednesday (Dec. 4) in East Lansing, Mich., in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Carolina's next home game will be on Dec. 7 against UNCG, which is the first of a stretch of six consecutive Tar Heel home games to close out the month of December.  The Spartans are coached by former Tar Heel player Wes Miller, whose staff also features former Carolina players Jackie Manuel and J.B. Tanner.



• Carolina leads the series with UAB, 3-0.  

• Sunday's game marks the second in a three-game series between the Tar Heels and Blazers. UAB played in the Smith Center in Chapel Hill last year and will do so again next season.

• UNC beat UAB 102-84 one year ago on Dec. 1, 2012, in Chapel Hill (see more detailed summary below).

• Carolina also won its only previous contest at UAB four seasons ago in a 60-55 Tar Heel victory in a 2010 NIT quarterfinal game.

• Prior to that NIT game, the only previous meeting in the series was a 77-59 Carolina win on March 15, 1986, in Ogden, Utah, in the NCAA Tournament West Regional second round.  The third-seeded Tar Heels beat the sixth-seeded Blazers to advance to the Sweet 16, where Carolina lost to freshman Pervis Ellison and eventual NCAA champion Louisville the next week in Houston, Texas.

Roy Williams is 3-0 as a head coach against UAB, going 2-0 at UNC and and 1-0 at Kansas.



Leslie McDonald scored a career-high 24 points and handed out a career-high five assists in his first collegiate start to lead the Tar Heels to a 102-84 win over UAB on December 1, 2012, in the Smith Center.  McDonald hit 7 of 11 shots, including 5 of 8 three-pointers.  

• Carolina played without freshman point guard Marcus Paige, who missed his first game of the season (and the only game of his career to date) with a left shoulder strain suffered in practice the day before the game.  Paige was in uniform but did not play.  

Dexter Strickland made his first career start at point guard against UAB and dished out a career-high nine assists while scoring 11 points and grabbing four rebounds in 29 minutes. Strickland played in his 100th game as a Tar Heel and made his 67th start, but it was his first collegiate start at the point. 

• Freshman forward Brice Johnson scored 11 points, his third consecutive game scoring in double figures early in the year. 

• Sophomore forward James Michael McAdoo posted a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

• Junior guard/forward Reggie Bullock played despite a contusion on his right ring finger (suffered when his hand was stepped on at Indiana four days before the game) and had 17 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals in 37 minutes.

• Sophomore guard P.J. Hairston scored all 16 of his points in the second half. 

Joel James made his first career start, finishing with two points, three rebounds and a blocked shot in 12 minutes.

• Carolina shot 71.9 percent from the floor in the second half, making 23 of 32 shots. It was UNC's highest percentage in a half since shooting 73.5 percent in the second half vs. Arkansas on March 23, 2008 (in a second round NCAA Tournament game in Raleigh).

• The Tar Heels scored 67 second-half points, their most since also scoring 67 against Chaminade in the second half on Nov. 24, 2008, in Maui.

• Carolina had 17 assists on 23 baskets in the second half and had 28 assists on 37 field goals for the game.

• The Tar Heels committed 20 turnovers, including 11 in the first half.

• It was the first time UNC played a game against a team led by a former UNC assistant coach (Jerod Haase) since UNC played Roy Williams's Kansas Jayhawks in 2002 in New York in the preseason NIT in Madison Square Garden.  Williams became the Tar Heel head coach four-and-a-half months later.

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