North Carolina

Capsule: UNC has size advantage over Northern Iowa

No. 1 North Carolina at Northern Iowa

When: 2 p.m.

Where: McLeod Center

TV/Radio: ESPN3, 95.3-WDCG

Projected starting lineups

Northern Iowa (1-1)

G Wes Washpun 16.5 ppg, 5 apg

G Matt Bohannon 16 ppg, 4.5 rpg

G Jeremy Morgan 17 ppg, 6.5 rpg

G Paul Jesperson 10 ppg, 6 rpg

F Bennett Koch 4 ppg, 2.5 rpg

North Carolina (3-0)

G Joel Berry 15 ppg, 4 apg

G Theo Pinson 6.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg

F Justin Jackson 6.7 ppg, 3 apg

F Brice Johnson 16 ppg, 11.7 rpg

F Kennedy Meeks 16.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg

Observations

This is not the same Northern Iowa team that finished 31-4 a season ago. Three starters are gone, though Matt Bohannon and Jeremy Morgan, the team’s leading scorers through two games, are back. The Tar Heels will have a significant size advantage but Northern Iowa will be able to spread the floor and create match-up challenges of its own with smaller, quicker players. UNC coach Roy Williams liked his team’s intensity in a victory against Wofford on Wednesday night, though the Tar Heels still didn’t pull away until the final 10 minutes. In three games, UNC has yet to put together a complete game, though the Tar Heels won all three comfortably.

Andrew Carter

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