Robbi PickeralMarch 10, 2011 

No. 9 seed

18-13 regular season, 6-10 ACC

vs. No. 8 Virginia, noon today, WRAL

Starting lineup

F Adrian Thomas, 9.3 ppg 3.9 rpg

C Reggie Johnson 12.0 ppg, 9.7 rpg

G Durand Scott 13.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg

G Garrius Adams 7.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg

G Malcolm Grant 14.9 ppg, 3.1 apg

Coming in hot: Malcolm Grant leads the league in 3-point field-goal percentage (.436)

Number to know: Three, the number of assists Malcolm Grant needs to join teammate Durand Scott with 100 for the second straight season - marking them as the first Canes teammates to post back-to-back seasons with 100-plus assists apiece since 1987-88 and 1988-89.

Contender or pretender: Whichever team wins this one faces a tough Friday game against top-seed North Carolina, which has a seven-game winning streak and doesn't look like it's going to slow down any time soon. Miami beat Virginia 70-68 in overtime in the teams' only matchup this season.

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