Tar Heels Visit Hokies Saturday
March 1, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
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CHAPEL HILL - North Carolina (21-7, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) will try to win its 11th game in a row when it hits the road to play at Virginia Tech (9-18, 2-13) on Saturday afternoon in Blacksburg, Va. The Tar Heels and Hokies will tip off at 2:30 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum.
The ACC Network of stations will televise the game with Tom Werme (play-by-play) and former Tar Heel player and assistant coach Eddie Fogler (analyst) on the call. Here's a list of ACC Network affiliates, and fans also can watch online at TheACC.com.
The contest also will be carried nationally on satellite radio by XM (channel 193) and Sirius (channel 117). GoHeels TV subscribers can listen to the game at GoHeels.com.
Carolina is coming off an 85-84 overtime win at N.C. State on Wednesday night.
The Tar Heels re-entered the national polls this week after a seven-week absence. UNC grabbed the No. 19 spot in the Associated Press poll and No. 21 in the coaches poll after finishing 4-0 in an eight-day stretch (beating No. 25 Pitt, Florida State, No. 5 Duke and Wake Forest).
Virginia Tech enters Saturday's matchup with an overall record of 9-18, including 2-13 in conference action. The Hokies have beaten Miami twice this season but lost three in a row and 13 of their last 14 games overall.
The Tar Heels have proven to be one of the nation's top road teams in more than a decade under the tutelage of head coach Roy Williams, whose ACC road winning percentage of .648 is second-best in ACC history behind Vic Bubas of Duke (.667 from 1960-69). Frank McGuire of UNC and South Carolina is third at .618.
Williams's teams are 57-31 on the road in ACC play in 11 seasons, including a 4-3 mark this season.
Overall, UNC has tallied 36 above-.500 road records in 60 ACC seasons. One more Tar Heel road win (either at Virginia Tech or at Duke) would clinch a 37th above-.500 effort.
The Tar Heels lead the all-time series with Virginia Tech, 63-13 overall and 10-3 since the Hokies joined the ACC for the 2004-05 season.
Carolina is 19-5 against the Hokies in Blacksburg and 4-2 in the Cassell Coliseum. The Tar Heels have won eight of their last nine meetings with the Hokies and 26 of the last 29 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. In 2006-07, the Hokies beat Carolina twice - both in Blacksburg and in Chapel Hill. Prior to those Virginia Tech wins, UNC had beaten the Hokies 18 consecutive times.
Just two regular season games remain after Saturday's contest in Blacksburg. Carolina is playing three of its final four regular season games on the road. Saturday's game at Virginia Tech will be followed by matchups at home against Notre Dame on Monday and at Duke (Saturday March 8).