Two teams with mirroring records square off in their ACC schedule openers on Sunday night, as the Virginia Cavaliers host the North Carolina Tar Heels in the John Paul Jones Arena.
It will be the first contest for Virginia (10-3 overall) since it defeated the Wofford Terriers, 74-39, on Dec. 30 in what was a bounce back from a 63-61 loss to Old Dominion on Dec. 22.
North Carolina (10-3), on the other hand, has won its last two games, defeating McNeese State before upending the then-No. 20 UNLV Runnin' Rebels, 79-73, on Dec. 29. Simply put, the Tar Heels can score. Averaging 83.6 points per game, North Carolina ranks fourth in the country in putting the ball in the basket. Additionally, they are the nation's top assisting team, dishing an average of 19.5 assists per contest, and pull in an average of 44.8 rebounds a night, which is good for third in the country.
Virginia, conversely, averages 64.8 points per game, which ranks 242nd in the country. Junior guard Joe Harris (15.0 points per game) and junior forward Akil Mitchell (13.2 points per game) are the only two Cavaliers currently scoring in double figures this season.
Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the game can be seen on ESPNU.