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N CAROLINA (9 - 1) at TENNESSEE (7 - 1)
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N CAROLINA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games9-1+36-36-388.145.249.5%44.871.133.540.1%30.9
Road Games4-1+22-32-383.040.244.9%45.871.234.240.0%34.0
Last 5 Games4-1+13-23-283.444.449.7%45.068.633.238.8%31.4
N CAROLINA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)88.145.232-6649.5%7-1939.9%16-2270.0%451119155135
vs opponents surrendering7233.525-6042.4%8-2235.8%13-1970.0%36913196133
Team Stats (Road Games)83.040.231-6944.9%7-2133.7%14-2169.9%461115155144
Stats Against (All Games)71.133.526-6440.1%11-2838.2%9-1365.2%31716206135
vs opponents averaging76.93727-5946.0%9-2437.6%14-2069.2%36816186134
Stats Against (Road Games)71.234.226-6440.0%11-2739.8%9-1468.1%34715207155

TENNESSEE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games7-1+54-24-179.440.745.2%37.665.624.738.3%35.2
Home Games4-0+11-11-
Last 5 Games4-1+23-23-177.039.444.9%33.068.828.040.1%36.4
TENNESSEE Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)79.440.727-6045.2%9-2141.2%17-2275.6%381119227146
vs opponents surrendering6831.724-5742.2%7-2133.6%12-1869.3%33813206153
Team Stats (Home Games)84.246.029-5750.4%10-2243.8%17-2275.6%37923217137
Stats Against (All Games)65.624.721-5438.3%7-1934.6%17-2472.8%35811226172
vs opponents averaging79.137.528-5847.4%8-2137.6%16-2271.9%36915187134
Stats Against (Home Games)59.220.220-5436.7%7-2036.2%12-1867.6%32711214172
Average power rating of opponents played: N CAROLINA 76.5,  TENNESSEE 76.5
N CAROLINA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/10/2017N IOWA86-69W-15W141O31-6250.0%37723-5541.8%2914
11/15/2017BUCKNELL93-81W - -31-6647.0%471329-6346.0%2813
11/20/2017@ STANFORD96-72W-7.5W156.5O37-7350.7%421424-5642.9%3219
11/26/2017*MICHIGAN ST45-63L2L156U15-6124.6%361622-5540.0%5224
12/6/2017W CAROLINA104-61W-32.5W154.5O37-6556.9%531723-6833.8%2515
12/17/2017@ TENNESSEE              
12/23/2017*OHIO ST              
12/30/2017WAKE FOREST              
1/3/2018@ FLORIDA ST              
1/6/2018@ VIRGINIA              
1/9/2018BOSTON COLLEGE              

TENNESSEE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/10/2017PRESBYTERIAN88-53W - -33-5856.9%39818-5036.0%2819
11/14/2017HIGH POINT84-53W - -27-5747.4%471719-5733.3%3116
11/24/2017*NC STATE67-58W-6W151U20-5337.7%361621-5538.2%4321
12/3/2017@ GEORGIA TECH77-70W-6.5W128.5O23-5343.4%351421-5438.9%3614
12/9/2017LIPSCOMB81-71W-17L -25-5942.4%391525-6339.7%3715
12/17/2017N CAROLINA              
12/23/2017@ WAKE FOREST              
12/30/2017@ ARKANSAS              
1/9/2018@ VANDERBILT              
N CAROLINA: Last season: 33-7, won program's sixth NCAA championship.
Who's gone: SF Justin Jackson, F/C Kennedy Meeks, F Isaiah Hicks, F Tony Bradley Jr., G Nate Britt.
Who's back: Final Four Most Outstanding Player Joel Berry II (14.7 points) returns at the point, though he could miss the start of the season after breaking a bone in his right hand. The Tar Heels return senior swingman Theo Pinson and junior wing guard Kenny Williams III, while March hero Luke Maye ' who hit the last-second shot against Kentucky to send UNC to the Final Four ' is the lone returnee up front.
Who's new: The Tar Heels found experienced help in Pittsburgh graduate transfer Cameron Johnson to fill Jackson's role on the wing. There's also a freshman class led by guard Jalek Felton and includes size in Garrison Brooks, Sterling Manley and Brandon Huffman.
The Skinny: The return of Berry and Pinson gives the Tar Heels toughness and leadership, and they can use plenty of combinations on the perimeter with a deep backcourt. The question is whether they can find reliable production inside considering their Hall of Fame coach prefers to have two big men and emphasizes rebounding. How the Tar Heels answer that will determine whether they have any chance to make it to the final Monday night in April for a third consecutive season.
TENNESSEE: Last season: 16-16, hasn't reached NCAA Tournament since 2014.
Who's gone: G Robert Hubbs III, G Kwe Parker (transfer to Cape Fear Community College), G Shembari Phillips (transfer to Georgia Tech).
Who's back: F Grant Williams earned freshman all-SEC honors from the league's coaches and is the Vols' top returning scorer (12.6) and rebounder (5.9); F Admiral Schofield averaged 8.2 points and 4.4 rebounds last season; G Jordan Bone (7.2 ppg), G Lamonte' Turner (8.2) and G Jordan Bowden (7.9) all had their moments last season; F Kyle Alexander has started 34 games over the last two years.
Who's new: G James Daniel III averaged 27.1 points per game for Howard in 2015-16 to lead all Division I scorers before playing just two games last season due to an ankle injury; G Chris Darrington averaged 20.7 points and 5.1 assists last season at Vincennes (Ind.); F Derrick Walker (6-8), F Zach Kent (6-foot-10) and F Yves Pons (6-5) are freshmen who should add size and athleticism to Tennessee's frontcourt.
The Skinny: Tennessee was in NCAA Tournament contention last season before fading down the stretch. The Vols are hoping their improved depth will help them avoid a similar fate this year. If Tennessee gets more consistent production from its backcourt and Williams builds off his impressive freshman season, the Vols have a chance to earn the NCAA or NIT bid that has eluded them the last three years.
Opportunity knocks for No. 20 Tennessee vs. No. 7 North Carolina

Tennessee has a chance to further emerge on the national stage when the No. 20 Volunteers play host to No. 7 North Carolina on Sunday afternoon.

But for Tennessee coach Rick Barnes, there's more emphasis on making improvements that will bode well for the remainder of the season.

"Your goal has to stay the same," Barnes said. "I'm not worried about showing well. I'm worried about getting better."

The teams meet for the second year in a row, this time at sold-out Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn.

It's a chance for North Carolina (9-1) to build on its recent success as players continue to blend into bigger roles. The Tar Heels suit up for the first time in 11 days following a break for exams.

The Volunteers (7-1) often do well in such settings. Since 1999, Tennessee has won five consecutive home games against teams that are reigning national champions.

"We knew we had a schedule at the beginning of the year that would give us opportunities," Barnes said. "We want to be a program that's big on everybody's schedule. We're not there yet. We're working to get there."

This marks the first time since Feb. 27, 2010, that two nationally ranked men's teams meet at Thompson-Boling Arena. Until this month, the Volunteers hadn't been ranked since December 2010.

The Tar Heels are 4-7 under coach Roy Williams in nonconference road games against top 20 teams.

Barnes, who holds a 6-11 record against North Carolina (counting his time as coach at Clemson and Texas), said the Tar Heels will arrive with a familiar mindset.

"If you don't get back, they make you pay," he said. "Even though they're a little younger than they were a year ago, to me they still look like a Roy Williams-coached basketball team."

One intriguing matchup could involve a pair of players from the Charlotte, N.C., area.

North Carolina has junior forward Luke Maye, who has emerged as one of the top players in the country this season by averaging 19.9 points per game. Tennessee has 6-foot-7 sophomore forward Grant Williams, who is scoring a team-leading 16.1 points per game.

North Carolina has averaged 93 points per game during its four-game winning streak. More players have started to make significant contributions, including backup freshman guard Jalek Felton.

"I think I am starting to pick up on things a little bit faster now," Felton said. "Starting to see a little progression and getting my confidence back to where I like it."

North Carolina made a school-record 72.7 percent of its 3-point attempts (16 of 22) in its last outing, a romp past Western Carolina.

"I think having that 3-ball will be something good for us when we get the ball inside (and can push it back out)," North Carolina guard Joel Berry II said.

North Carolina leads the series 9-1, though the Tar Heels had to pull out a 73-71 home victory last December, overcoming a 15-point deficit. Berry, the eventual Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four, didn't Tennessee last year because of an ankle injury.

"What I hope they remember is that we didn't win," Barnes said of his players.

North Carolina is the third of four Atlantic Coast Conference teams that the Volunteers will face during a 30-day span. They have already defeated North Carolina State and Georgia Tech, while they visit Wake Forest next weekend.

Last Updated: 12/19/2018 12:33:44 PM EST

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