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)|
|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)|
|2||G||Joel Berry II||Soph.||6-0||195||11.8||2.6|
|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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