No. 9 North Carolina takes on UNC Wilmington on from Trask Coliseum in Wilmington. Last season, the Tar Heels crushed the Seahawks, 97-69 at home.
UNC opened their season on Nov. 5 with a 76-65 win over Notre Dame from Chapel Hill in a very early ACC contest. UNCW had an easy win over a non-Division I opponent in Johnson & Wales (103-83) on Tuesday.
Anthony is legitThe last Anthony from New York who dominated college basketball was named Carmelo. Cole Anthony is a 6-3, 190-pound point guard, whose father played in the NBA (Greg) and was a very good player at UNLV. But Greg's son has even more talent and showed that on opening night against Notre Dame with 34 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists on 12-of-24 shooting (6-11 3pt). About the only thing he did wrong was to turn the ball over four times. His 34 points set a record for a freshman debut at North Carolina, which says something considering the lineage of great players there (Jordan, Perkins, Worthy, etc.).
Check the highlights 🎥 pic.twitter.com/EMhMRO9lrv— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) November 7, 2019
UNC basically reloaded this season after losing Nassir Little (9.8ppg), an incredibly hyped freshman who left early and didn't really produce. They also lost Coby White (16.1ppg, 4.1apg), Luke Maye (14.9ppg, 10.5rpg) and Cameron Johnson (16.9ppg, 5.8rpg) from a team that lost in the Sweet 16. But Anthony heads a talented freshman class along with center Armando Bacot (6-10,2 32), who scored seven points and grabbed eight boards in the first game. One thing that head coach Roy Williams will have to attempt to build is a bench. They have four players with injuries that are out indefinitely including shooting guards Brandon Robinson (ankle), freshman point guard Jeremiah Francis (knee) and freshman guard Anthony Harris (knee).
Sims has to lead the squadJohnson & Wales is a Division III team in Charlotte. UNCW turned the ball over 23 times and shot 44.6% from the field in their win on opening night. That last number might be a little disconcerting for head coach C.B. McGrath, whose teams have gone 21-44 in his first two seasons at the helm of UNC Wilmington. The longtime Roy Williams assistant took over two seasons ago for Kevin Keatts, who left for NC State.
McGrath has two starters returning from a team that finished 10-23 overall and last in the CAA (5-13). Fortunately, they return sophomore point guard Kai Toews (8.8pp, 7.7apg), who set the conference record for assists in a season in his freshman year and finished second in the nation in assists per game. Wing Jalen Sims (5.7ppg, 34.9% 3pt) will need to step up this year with Devontae Cacok (15.2ppg, 12.3rpg) gone along with several other transfers. Sims led the Seahawks with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting in the opener. They are also without dynamic guard Ty Gadsen (11.5ppg, 47.5% 3pt) who is out the first month due to hernia surgery.
North Carolina is:
- 13-3 ATS last 16 road games.
- 5-0-1 ATS last 6 against the CAA.
- 5-14-1 ATS last 20 non-conference games.
- 0-5 ATS last 5 after a SU win.