Coach - Roy Williams (11 years at UNC, 306-89 record 2 National Championships)
Arena - Dean Smith Center (21,750 capacity)
2013-14 Record - 24-10 (13-5 ACC) Lost to Iowa State 85-83 in NCAA Third Round
Game with Pitt - @ Pitt Saturday, February 14 12:00
Top Returning Players (Bold = projected starter)
Marcus Paige 6'1" JR PG 17.5 PPG 4.2 APG 1.5 Steals per game
Brice Johnson 6'9" JR PF 10.3 PPG 6.1 RPG
J.P. Tokoto 6'5" JR SG 9.3 PPG 5.8 RPG 3.0 APG
Kennedy Meeks 6'9" SO C 7.6 PPG 6.1 RPG
Nate Britt 6'1" SO PG 5.1 PPG
Theo Pinson 6'6" FR SF Rivals #17 Overall Recruit
Justin Jackson 6'7" FR SF Rivals #11 Overall Recruit
Joel Berry 6'1" FR PG Rivals #27 Overall Recruit
The Scoop - North Carolina has a talented roster that mixes a good group of veteran upperclassmen, and one of the nation's top recruiting classes. The Tar Heels will miss James Michael McAdoo and Leslie McDonald, but they bring back three starters, most notably Marcus Paige. The junior point guard had a breakout season last year by doubling his scoring average and becoming a go-to perimeter scorer.
He will be joined in the back-court by hard working junior, J.P. Tokoto. He is not the best shooter, but understands his role and can still be an effective scorer. Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks should be in better position to handle all of the front-court duties, and Johnson especially can be a breakout candidate without McAdoo around this year. Isaiah Hicks is another player to watch there, as he was once a big time recruit.
What can separate the Tar Heels this year is a pair of five-star freshmen wings, Theo Pinson and Justin Jackson. Both players will provide immediate scoring for Roy Williams. Jackson may be the better of the two, and could win the starting job.