UNC is set to take on Chattanooga after beating Tulane to open the 2016-17 season
North Carolina returns from their season opening win against Tulane to host the Mocs of Chattanooga for their home opener and already there is a lot of high hopes surrounding the UNC basketball program.
A veteran Chattanooga squad is coming off of an impressive road win against Tennessee (82-69) and is aiming to knock off a Tar Heels team that looked to be one of the most balanced offensive teams Roy Williams has ever had.
Chattanooga comes into Chapel Hill with a starting lineup that has five seniors, all part of the team that went 29-6 (lost in first round of NCAA Tourney vs Indiana) last year.
Though they will be without senior forward Chuck Ester, they still have a very talented front court.
The Mocs are led by forwards Justin Tuoyo and Tre’ McLean who combined for 43 points and 21 rebounds in their first game. The 6-foot-10 Tuoyo, Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year last year, was the most dominant post player of the game as he grabbed six offensive rebounds and had a couple blocks as well.
Even though their front court is the strength of their team, it can also be a weakness. Due to being undersized, they gave up many of their fouls in the paint.
Being that the Tar Heels once again have one of the best front courts in the country, the Mocs will have their hands full trying to contain Isaiah Hicks, Kennedy Meeks, and Tony Bradley.
The Tar Heels will try to build on a season opener that saw them shoot 45 percent (9-20) from three and have 23 assists on 34 made field goals.
A career night for many Heels, Justin Jackson had 27 points, Joel Berry II had 23, and Kennedy Meeks had 15 rebounds.
Their last meeting coming in 1997, North Carolina holds a 4-0 all-time advantage.
WHAT? North Carolina (1-0) vs. Chattanooga (1-0)
WHERE? Chapel Hill, N.C. – Dean E. Smith Center
WHEN? Sunday, 4 p.m EST.
TV? ESPN2 (Roy Philpott, Jason Capel)
RADIO? Tar Heel Sports Network. Jones Angell (play-by-play), Eric Montross (analyst).
ALL-TIME SERIES? UNC leads 4-0.
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