Saturday, January 13, 2018 1:00 am
No. 20 North Carolina at Notre Dame
When: 6 p.m. today
Where: Purcell Pavilion, South Bend
Records: Notre Dame (13-4, 3-1), North Carolina (13-4, 2-2 ACC)
Outlook: North Carolina leads the series 21-7 and 5-3 in ACC play. The Tar Heels have won the last two contests – 83-76 on Feb. 4, 2017, and 78-47 on March 22, 2016. ... North Carolina leads 4-2 in South Bend with wins in 1963, 1985, 1994 and 2014 and losses in 1987 and 2016. ...
Senior guard Matt Farrell's status for today is uncertain. He has missed two full games with an ankle injury, including the Irish's 60-53 loss to Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Wednesday. Martinas Geben scored a career-high 16 points in the loss. T.J. Gibbs and John Mooney each added 11 points. ... Notre Dame trailed 30-20 at halftime but came back to lead 38-37 with 11 minutes left in the game, but Georgia Tech responded to lead by 10 with seven minutes left. ...
In conference play, Gibbs is 15 of 16 from the free-throw line (93.8 percent), which is fourth-best in the league. Rex Pflueger ranks third in the conference with an assist/turnover ratio of 3.40 with 17 assists and five turnovers. ...
North Carolina is coming off a 96-66 home win Tuesday over Boston College. ... The Tar Heels are 3-2 away from Chapel Hill this season, 3-0 in nonconference play and 0-2 in ACC play. ... At No. 20 in the AP poll, the Tar Heels have been in the Top 25 for 71 straight weeks.
Up next: The Irish play host to Louisville at Purcell Pavilion at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
– Aubree Reichel, The Journal Gazette