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Heels set to host Hokies

North Carolina (14-6, 4-3 ACC) vs.
Virginia Tech (11-9, 2-5 ACC)

Desmond Hubert continues to get favorable reviews from Roy Williams for his defense.

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Tipoff: Noon
Site: Smith Center, Chapel Hill
Television: ACC Network (Tim Brant, Dan Bonner)

STORYLINES

North Carolina (14-6, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) will try to win its fifth game in its last six outings when it hosts Virginia Tech (11-9, 2-5 ACC) on Saturday at noon in the Smith Center.

The game will be televised regionally by the ACC Network’s syndicated network of stations. Tim Brant (play-by-play) and Dan Bonner (analyst) will have the call.

After starting conference play 0-2 in early January, Carolina has won four of five games in the last three weeks. The run started with a win at Florida State on Jan. 12, followed by back-to-back home wins over Maryland (Jan. 19) and Georgia Tech (Jan. 23). The Tar Heels lost at NC State last Saturday, then bounced back with a win at Boston College on Tuesday night.

The Hokies enter Saturday’s game at 11-9 overall, 2-5 in conference play. On Wednesday night, Virginia Tech hosted Miami and lost to the Hurricanes, 73-64.

Carolina went 1-0 against the Hokies in each of the last two seasons, winning in Blacksburg in 2012 and in Chapel Hill in 2011. UNC has won 25 of the last 28 meetings in the series.

UNC junior guard Leslie McDonald is scheduled to return to the lineup on Saturday after missing six games. McDonald sat out the last three games due to suspension and the previous three games with a knee injury.

A LOOK AHEAD ...

After Saturday’s game, Carolina will host Wake Forest on Tuesday at 7 p.m. before a two-game ACC road swing at Miami and Duke.

HAIRSTON SUFFERS CONCUSSION AT BC, DOUBTFUL VS. VA. TECH

Sophomore P.J. Hairston suffered a concussion late in the first half at Boston College on Jan. 29 and did not return to the game. He caught an inadvertent elbow from teammate Dexter Strickland.

Hairston had showed improvement as of Wednesday afternoon, but he is doubtful to play versus Virginia Tech. A decision on his playing status will not he made until Saturday morning.

THE SERIES VS. VIRGINIA TECH

The Tar Heels lead the all-time series with Virginia Tech, 62-13 over-all and 9-3 since the Hokies joined the ACC in the 2004-05 season.

Carolina is 27-6 against the Hokies in Chapel Hill and 3-1 in the Smith
Center.

The Tar Heels have won seven of their last eight meetings with the Hokies and 25 of the last 28 meetings. Virginia Tech beat UNC in Blacksburg in 2009-10 and swept two regular season meetings during the 2006-07 season for its only three wins in the series since Feb. 12, 1966.

Roy Williams is 9-3 vs. Virginia Tech as a head coach, with all 12 decisions coming since the Hokies joined the ACC for the 2004-05 season. Williams is 4-2 in Blacksburg, 3-1 in Chapel Hill and 2-0 in the ACC Tournament against the Hokies as the UNC head coach.

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