UNC has already beaten the Cavaliers by 22 points this season, so today's game serves as the last warm-up for the Tar Heels' Wednesday night showdown at Duke.
The matchup against Virginia (7-11, 1-6 ACC) will mark the 100th ACC contest for coach Roy Williams, who has led UNC to a 162-35 overall record, and is 73-26 against league foes.
The eight Tar Heels who are members of the Naismith Hall of Fame will be honored at halftime today. On hand will be Williams, Dean Smith, Bob McAdoo, James Worthy and Billy Cunningham. Larry Brown, current coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, is unable to attend. The late Ben Carenvale and Frank McGuire also will be remembered.
Looking ahead to Wednesday's game at Duke, Carolina's seniors have never lost at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and to keep that streak going, they'll all need to play their parts. Forward Tyler Hansbrough, who really has no Duke counterpart in the middle, will have to dominate the lane. Wing Danny Green will have to try to help slow Gerald Henderson, and reserve guard Bobby Frasor will need to try to spark the bench, with fellow senior Marcus Ginyard sidelined for the season because of a left foot injury.