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Thursday, February 9, 1984The Daily Tar Heel7
Undefeated Tar Heels to face Virginia
Staff and win reports
For a time, his All-America guard was not shooting well.
Then his freshman point guard suffered a broken wrist. But
North Carolina's Dean Smith didn't panic.
Smith believes his top-ranked Tar Heels will perservere. Some
coaches might talk of how rough the season might be without
key players or how lack of scoring punch will affect a team.
"I don't think 4Hey, something's going good, so something
bad is going to happen, ' Smith said in a recent interview. "1
don't have that kind of philosophy, no. We take it a day at a
time, do the best we can."
North Carolina is now 20-0, the 20 consecutive wins being the
most since the 1957 championship season of 32-0. So far, the
streak has survived tough times, but it will get another test
tonight at 8 p.m. in Charlottesville against Virginia.
The Tar Heels can always expect a close game with the
Cavaliers (13-5 overall and 3-5 ACQ. In fact, since the start of
the 1981-82 season, Virginia hasn't lost a game by more than
. Virginia, which has won 59 of its last 63 games at home and
stands 7-2 in Charlottesville this season, is led by senior point
guard Othell Wilson. Wilson is averaging 14.6 points a game
and has 66 assists to his credit.
Freshman forward Tom Sheehey, a starter in every game this
season for Virginia, broke loose against Maryland, scoring 27
points on 11 o16 from the Field and five of nine from the foul
Sheeney, a native of Rochester, N.Y., is averaging 10.5 points
a game, joining Wilson, Rick Carlisle (11.5) and Jim Miller
(1 1.3) as double-figure scorers in the Cavaliers balanced attack.
North Carolina has won four straight over the Cavaliers and
six of the last seven, including a 69-66 win earlier this season in
North Carolina and Virginia have made it a habit of taking
second-half blowouts and turning them into tight games.
The Tar Heels lost most of a 21-point lead before winning
earlier this year.
Last season, Michael Jordan's steal and dunk put the lid on a
Tar Heel comeback after they had trailed by 16 in the second
half in Chanel Hill.
And 1981, in Sampson's only win in Carmichael Auditorium,
the Cavaliers came back in the second half from a big deficit
before winning, 80-79, in overtime.
With the way Jordan and the rest of the Tar Heels are playing
now. North Carolina could get a big lead and hold it and
hand the Cavaliers their first big loss in four years.
Jordan was shooting just below 50 percent through the first
two months of the season, but not once did Smith comment on
the shooting, choosing instead to talk about Jordan's overall
game. Now, Jordan is shooting 53.7 percent and leading the
team at 18 points per game.
"December was the only time I think Michael was pressing to
score," Smith said. "Since that stretch, he has played extremely
Kenny Smith was turning heads right until the moment LSU's
John Tudor blocked his slam-dunk attempt 10 days ago and
sent Smith sprawling on the court, fracturing his lefywrist.
Smith is out for at least four weeks, but Dean Smith says his
replacement , Steve Hale, will not hurt the team.
"Defensively, Steve will give us every bit the defense that
Kenny did, although Kenny has certainly improved," he said.
"In fact, Kenny almost won the defensive award in the LSU
Hale doesn't possess the speed of Smith, but Dean Smith said
the switch won't affect the team's performance.
"I don't think they will be effective pressing us with Steve and
Buzz Peterson," he said. "I would think we would get more
presses, but they may pay for it with Jordan at the end of the
press offense. We'll see."
There had been a meeting planned for this week to talk with
each player and discuss their role on the team. That meeting
took on new meaning with Smith's injury. Not a time to fret,
Dean Smith said, but a time tt jplan.
"Fortunately, we have a lot of experience in this situation,"
he said. "James Worthy broke his leg in 1980. Last year, it was
Buzz Peterson. In each case, ideally, you would know about
that and prepare for it in November and have a certain offense
"In each case, we haven't always gone on and played great,"
he added, "Sometimes, we've made up for it."
North Carolina Men's Basketball Statistics
20-0 overall, 8-0 ACC
Player G M-A Pet. M-A Pet. Reb Ave A TO S PF-D Pts Ave
Brad Daugherty 20 86-138 62.3 43-59 72.9 116 5.8 32 -T 14 54-2 215 10.8
Matt Doherty 20 65-131 49.6 52-67 77.6 74 3.7 ' 78 49 19 28-0 182 9.1
Cecil Exum 20 21-32 65.6 16-20 80.0 19 1.0 7 12 4 11-0 58 2.9
Steve Hale ' 20 34-62 54.8 20-24 83.3 23 1.2 50 38 16 29-0 88 4.4
Michael Jordan 20 146-272 53.7 67-84 79.8 114 5.7 41 46 28 44-1 359 18.0
TimoMakkonen 11 0-5 00.0 3-6 50.0 9 0.8 2 8 0 7-0 3 0.3
Cliff Morris 9 3-5 60.0 0-2 00.0 2 0.2 1 2 4 2-0 6 0.7
Sam Perkins , 20 125-212 59.0 92-111 82.9 192 9.6 33 36 20 40-0 342 17.1
Buzz Peterson ' 19 34-74 45.9 14-16 87.5 19 1.0 46 19 13 18-0 82 4.3
DavePopson 18 2045 44.4 4-7 57.1 28 1.6 9 9 3 300 44 2.4
Kenny Smith 17 68-120 56.7 , 342 83.3 28 1.6 89 53 25 26-0 171 10.1
Joe Wolf 19 25-46 54.3 16-22 72.7 39 2.1 8 9 3 15-0 66 3.5
UNC Totals -20 627-1142 54.9 362-460 78.7 701 35.1 396 316 149 304-3 1616 80.8
Opp Totals 20 535-1243 43.0 178-287 62.0 600 30.0 277 360 137 410-16 1248. 62.4
(Deadball Rebounds: Carolina 60, OPP 69)
Blocked. Shots: Perkins 38, Jordan 24, Daugherty 18, Doherty 10, Popson 6, Exum 3, Makkonen 2, Wolf 1, Hale 1.
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