Pitt men vs. North Carolina
ACC TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINALS
Tipoff: 2 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C.
Records: Pittsburgh (24-8, 11-7 in ACC); North Carolina (23-8, 13-5 in ACC)
Coaches: Jamie Dixon is 286-94 in his 11th year as Pitt's head coach. Roy Williams is 305-87 in his 11th year as North Carolina's head coach and 723-188 in 26 years overall as a head coach.
Probable starters: Pittsburgh - G Cameron Wright, 6-4 Jr. (10.8), G James Robinson, 6-3 So. (7.8), F Lamar Patterson, 6-5 Sr. (17.6), F Talib Zanna, 6-9 Sr. (12.5), F Michael Young, 6-8 Fr. (6.0). North Carolina - G Marcus Paige, 6-1 So. (17.1), G Leslie McDonald, 6-5 Sr. (10.7), F J.P. Tokoto, 6-5 So. (9.3), F Kennedy Meeks, 6-9 Fr. (7.4), F James Michael McAdoo, 6-9 Jr. (14.2).
Notes: North Carolina had won 12 games in a row before losing at Duke in its ACC regular-season finale. ... One of those wins was a 75-71 triumph over Pitt at North Carolina on Feb. 15. ... UNC is the No. 10 rebounding team in the NCAA, Pitt uncharastically is No. 112. ... North Carolina is shooting just 62.4 percent as a team from the free-throw line. ... The winner of today's game will play in the semifinals at 1 p.m. on Saturday. ... UNC leads the all-time series 8-1. ... The Tar Heels are 41-12 all-time in the ACC quarterfinals.
Mirror prediction: North Carolina 77, Pittsburgh 69
Comment: This would be Pitt's best win this season, but playing a second night in a row against a rested UNC team that is playing in North Carolina isn't a good formula for that to happen.
Mirror prediction record: 26-6
- Michael Boytim