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March 16, 2013

UNC - Miami Capsule

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North Carolina has advanced all the way to the ACC tournament finals after defeating the previously red-hot Maryland Terrapins.

Maryland was coming off an upset bid over Duke on Friday night and gave the Tar Heels a good run for their money.

Alex Len took advantage of UNC's smaller inside presence which included an injured James Michael McAdoo.

UNC will transition from the stern test Maryland presented right into a battle with the ACC regular season champion Miami Hurricanes.

UNC has had an up-and-down season but its fans will forgive all the imperfections with a victory in Sunday's title game.

Miami at a glance

Location: Coral Gables, Florida
Nickname: Hurricanes
Colors: Orange, Green & White
Conference: ACC
Arena: BankUnited Center (7,200)
2011-2012 Record: 20-13 (9-7)
Last Game: W 81-71 vs. N.C. State on Mar 16, 2013 in Greensboro, N.C.
Last Game vs. UNC: W 87-61 on Feb 9, 2013 in Coral Gables
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UNC's Health

UNC has been battling some injuries during the ACC tournament.

James Michael McAdoo has been hobbling around on a bad back while P.J. Hairston played against Maryland with his fingers taped together.

UNC is already operating with a short rotation but the good news is they have guys that have been capable of stepping in.

Desmond Hubert played six minutes, grabbed 2 rebounds and blocked a shot during that time frame. Hubert has been playing better of late, especially in his ball handling. He's been grabbing the ball more strongly on rebounds and passes and hasn't let it slip through his hands as often as he did earlier in the year.

McAdoo clearly isn't moving the way he would if he didn't have a bulging disk in his back. Look no further than his nine fouls over the two tournament games to see how the injury has affected his ability to play quality defense.

Hairston started hot against Maryland, drilling his first shot of the game, a three-pointer. But he only shot 3-10 and 2-8 from three-point range.Having a laceration on your hand is a tough injury for a basketball player and should be closely monitored going forward.

Miami's Backcourt

Shane Larkin has been sensational all season. He continued his stellar play against N.C. State with 23 points, four assists, three steals and seven rebounds.

Larkin shot 8-10 from the free throw line allowing his aggressiveness to pay off with points from the charity stripe.

Durand Scott had been a sleeping volcano before the ACC semifinals.

Then he erupted.

Scott poured in 32 points after only tallying nine points against Boston College in the tournament opener, and six points against Clemson during Miami's regular season finale.

Scott shot 67 percent from the field and knocked down five three-pointers to help take out the Wolfpack.

He did foul out of the game and it would be wise for UNC to attack him early in an attempt to get him in foul trouble and out of the game.


Miami might have the most versatile set of players of any team in the ACC.

That versatility allows them to dictate what kind of game they would like to play instead of leaving that option in the hands of their opponent.

UNC will undoubtedly go with their now traditional small line-up as long as Hairston is able to play through his hand injury.

Look for Miami to take the ball inside with Kenny Kadji, Julian Gamble and Reggie Johnson off the bench.

Johnson got a lot of preseason publicity but was sidelined for a healthy chunk of the early year.

Johnson has produced recently but the talent and ability is there. He hasn't scored in double digits since a February 13 game against Florida State but could tear up UNC's interior if they take him lightly.

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North Carolina (24-9, 12-6) vs. Miami (26-6, 12-6)

Date: Sun, Mar 17, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM EST
Venue: Greensboro Coliseum (23,500)
TV: ESPN2/ACC Network

Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network & SiriusXM (Sirius 123/XM 190)
Series:UNC leads 18-4

North Carolina

Head Coach - Roy Williams (281-77 at UNC; 699-178 overall)

Rankings - AP: NR, USA Today: NR, RPI: 19

Last starting line-up for North Carolina (against Maryland)

F - Jame Michael McAdoo
G/F - Reggie Bullock
G - P.J. Hairston
G - Dexter Strickland

G - Marcus Paige



Points: 77.2 PPG (14th overall)

Rebounds: 39.3 RPG (13th overall)

Assists: 17.5 APG (2nd overall)

Field goal percentage: .444 (111th overall)


Scoring: James Michael McAdoo (14.5 PPG) Reggie Bullock (14.3 PPG)

Rebounding: James Michael McAdoo (7.5 RPG) Reggie Bullock (6.5 RPG)

Assists: Marcus Paige (4.7 APG) Dexter Strickland (4.1 APG)


Head Coach - Jim Larranaga (46-19 at UM; 516-353 overall)

Rankings - AP: 9, USA Today: 10, RPI: 4



Points: 69.0 (133rd overall)

Rebounds: 35.7 (120th overall)

Assists: 11.3 (286th overall)

Field goal percentage: .458 (55th overall)


Scoring: Shane Larkin (13.9 PPG) Kenny Kadji (13.6 PPG)

Rebounding: Reggie Johnson (7.2 RPG) Kenny Kadji (7.0 RPG)

Assists: Shane Larkin (4.4 APG) Durand Scott (2.6 APG)

Last starting line-up for Miami (against N.C. State)

F/C - Julian Gamble
F/C - Kenny Kadji
G - Trey McKinney Jones
G - Durand Scott

G - Shane Larkin

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