North Carolina

Capsule: UNC faces Fairfield Sunday

Fairfield at No. 1 North Carolina

When: 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Smith Center, Chapel Hill

TV/Radio: ESPNU, 106.1-WTKK

Projected starting lineups

Fairfield (0-1)

G Jerome Segura 4 ppg, 6 apg

G Tyler Nelson 6 ppg, 4 apg

G Curtis Cobb 8 ppg, 1 rpg

F Scott King Jr. 4 ppg, 1 rpg

F Marcus Gilbert 8 ppg, 1 rpg

North Carolina (1-0)

G Joel Berry 14 ppg, 4 apg

G Theo Pinson 7 ppg, 9 rpg

F Justin Jackson 4 ppg, 2 rpg

F Brice Johnson 16 ppg, 10 rpg

F Kennedy Meeks 25 ppg, 11 rpg

Observations

This one could, and probably should, get ugly. Fairfield has won seven games – and no more – in each of the past two seasons, and it’s coming off a 70-57 defeat against Yale in its season opener.

In that game, Fairfield had more fouls (26) than rebounds (24). The Tar Heels, who outscored Temple 42-14 in the paint in UNC’s season opener Friday, might just beat that margin on Sunday. UNC junior Kennedy Meeks took advantage of smaller defenders and scored a career-high 25 points during the Tar Heel’s 91-67 win over Temple. He’s likely to have the same kind of scoring chances against Fairfield, which lacks size up front. Fairfield’s tallest starter, Scott King, is 6-foot-9, and a svelte 220 pounds.

Andrew Carter

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