North Carolina

Capsule: UCLA vs. UNC should be a high-scoring game

No. 11 North Carolina vs. No. 22 UCLA

When: 1 p.m.

Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn

TV/Radio: CBS, 106.1-WTKK

Projected starting lineups

UCLA (8-3)

G Bryce Alford 16.9 ppg, 5.4 apg

G Aaron Holiday 10.5 ppg, 4.2 apg

G Isaac Hamilton 14.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg

F Tony Parker 14.6 ppg, 10.2 rpg

C Thomas Welsh 12.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg

North Carolina (8-2)

G Joel Berry 11.4 ppg, 4 apg

G Marcus Paige 17.3 ppg, 4.8 apg

F Justin Jackson 14 ppg, 4.2 rpg

F Brice Johnson 14.6 ppg, 9.2 rpg

F Joel James 2.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg

Observations

UCLA has won five consecutive games – including victories against then-No. 1 Kentucky and Gonzaga – since it lost 80-77 to Wake Forest on Nov. 25. All five of the Bruins’ starters are averaging double figures in scoring, and UCLA is No. 21 nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency, according to kenpom.com. Both the Bruins and Tar Heels prefer a fast pace, so this should be an entertaining, high-scoring game. The biggest challenges for UNC will be defending UCLA point guard Bryce Alford, son of Bruins coach Steve Alford, and neutralizing the 7-foot center Thomas Welsh, who had 21 points and 11 rebounds in the win against Kentucky. UNC and UCLA, two of the most successful programs in college basketball history, are playing for the second consecutive season. UNC won 78-56 last year in the Bahamas, and the Tar Heels lead the series 7-3.

Andrew Carter

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