North Carolina's Marcus Paige encourages the crowd to stand and cheer during their game against the Maryland Terrapins at the Dean Smith Center on December 1, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina won 89-81. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Preview: Texas vs. No. 3 North Carolina

Coach Roy Williams brings talented Tar Heels to Austin for high-profile matchup

Posted December 11th, 2015


Time: 4:15 p.m. Saturday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

TV/Radio: ESPN/104.9 The Horn.


Series history: Texas leads the all-time series, 6-3. The Longhorns won the last meeting, 86-83, on Dec. 18, 2013, in Chapel Hill.

TEXAS (5-3 overall)
1GIsaiah TaylorJr.6-318513.34.8*
2GDemarcus HollandSr.6-31905.62.5
3GJavan FelixSr.5-112058.92.1*
21FConnor LammertSr.6-102355.94.9
55CCam RidleySr.6-1029012.49.5
Coach: Shaka Smart (5-3, 1st year at Texas; 168-59, 7th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About Texas: Coach Shaka Smart’s three freshmen now have eight games under their belt, and all are finding a certain comfort level. Smart needs Kerwin Roach, Eric Davis and Tevin Mack all to contribute against North Carolina. Mack was practically giddy and relieved after getting 17 points against UT-San Antonio. Roach has shown incredible leaping ability, and Davis is now up to 40 percent from 3-point range. … C Prince Ibeh (lower back) could return after sitting out Tuesday’s game. Trainers examined him again Friday. … This is a prime opportunity for G Isaiah Taylor, matching wits with Marcus Paige. Taylor had only 10 points in the last two games.

No. 3 NORTH CAROLINA (7-1 overall)
2GJoel Berry IISoph.6-019511.82.6
5GMarcus PaigeSr.6-217516.52.0
44F/GJustin JacksonSoph.6-820014.04.4
11FBrice Johnson Sr.6-1023013.49.6
3FKennedy MeeksJr.6-1026013.47.6
Coach: Roy Williams (339-102, 13th year at UNC; 757-203, 28th year overall)

About North Carolina: Star G Marcus Paige, the preseason co-ACC Player of the Year, missed the first six games with a broken bone in his right hand. Now that he’s back, several national pundits believe the Tar Heels are once again national-title contenders. In Paige’s absence, coach Roy Williams used Joel Berry II as the point guard. … Coach Roy Williams had plenty of success against Texas during his Kansas coaching days, but he’s 1-5 against UT at North Carolina. The Heels are 0-2 in Austin. … UNC’s only stumble so far came against Northern Iowa on a night the Heels were 5 for 18 from 3-point range.

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