Virginia Cavaliers at North Carolina Tar Heels

Virginia Cavaliers Preview

The Virginia Cavaliers have won four of their last five games, and they will aim for a season sweep of North Carolina on Saturday night in Chapel Hill, N.C. Two of Virginia’s past four victories came in overtime, including a 50-49 slugfest with Notre Dame on Tuesday. Even with overtime, the Cavaliers matched their lowest point total in the past 15 games.  

Senior forward Mamadi Diakite scored 20 vs. Notre Dame, one off his season high. North Carolina and Virginia met Dec. 8 in Charlottesville, with the host Cavaliers winning 56-47 when both teams were ranked in the Top 10. Neither team is ranked now. Virginia’s past four victories have come by a combined 15 points. 

North Carolina Tar Heels Preview

The North Carolina Tar Heels sit alone in last place in the 15-team Atlantic Coast Conference entering a Saturday game against Virginia. North Carolina is on a four-game losing streak, with each of those defeats occurring since freshman guard Cole Anthony returned to action. His last game before sitting out almost two months with a knee injury was a 56-47 defeat at Virginia on Dec. 8.  

The Tar Heels followed an emotional overtime loss to visiting Duke last Saturday with a miserable outing in a 74-57 loss at Wake Forest on Tuesday. Forward Garrison Brooks, who wore goggles to protect an injured right eye, shot 0-for-5 from the field and finished without a field goal for the first time since December 2018.