Sunday night, North Carolina gets a chance to go on its first winning streak of 2010.
The Tar Heels already pulled out their first road win of the season against N.C. State on Tuesday, and next up are the overachieving Virginia Cavaliers.
“You hope it’s a big boost,” UNC coach Roy Williams said of Tuesday’s win. “The whole season — it’s just a journey. Each and every day you have opportunities to learn something.”
Statistically speaking, Virginia (12-6, 3-2) hasn’t done much to qualify its status an upper echelon team in the ACC. The Cavaliers are dead last in the conference in scoring offense, field-goal percentage defense, and three-point field goal percentage defense.
But they’ve also delivered a beating to Georgia Tech, a team that handed UNC in a loss at the Smith Center just a few weeks ago.
UVa. does it, oddly enough, with stingy defense (the Cavaliers allowed only three opponents to top 70 points) and hot shooting from beyond the arc.
Virginia leads the ACC in three-point shooting percentage with a 40.1 percent clip from downtown.
It’s a statistical breakdown that looks downright confusing.
Leading the way is silky sophomore guard Sylven Landesberg. Landesberg is fifth in the ACC in scoring at 17.5 points per game.