Mar 22, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard P.J. Hairston (15) shoots a free throw in the second half of the game against the Villanova Wildcats during the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Sprint Center. North Carolina won 78-71. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas Basketball: North Carolina Game Preview

On Sunday, the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks take the court again, this time vs eighth-seeded North Carolina. The game is scheduled for 3:15 central time and will be shown on CBS.

Kansas knocked off a sluggish Western Kentucky team on Friday night,64-57 improving their record to 30-5. Now the team looks to get on the right track against a good North Carolina club that is 25-10 overall. The Tar Heels defeated Villanova, 79-71 in the second round setting up this game.

North Carolina is led by forward James McAdoo, who is averaging about 15 points per game, and seven rebounds per game. Guard P.J. Hairston led the team on Friday with 23 points. He is averaging 14.5 points per game on the season. North Carolina is another team who is small up front but make up for this with offensive efficiency keyed by guards Marcus Paige and Dexter Strickland. Paige is averaging five assists per game, while Strickland contributes with four.

The Tar Heels have lost to Miami three times this season, Duke twice, North Carolina State, Butler, Virginia, Indiana and Texas. All but Virginia, and Texas were in the NCAA tournament, proving this team. North Carolina’s best win on the year came vs UNLV on Dec. 29th.

Kansas will look too cut down on costly turnovers as they helped keep the Hilltoppers close in the second round. Center Jeff Withey was too much for Western Kentucky in the middle, yet the team struggled to find him the ball. North Carolina is another small team who has nobody to match up with Withey in the middle. Seldom used 6-9 forward Brice Johnson may see more playing time to try and slow Withey down. North Carolina has athletic guards and forwards who will battle with the Jayhawks, but Withey is once again the x-factor.

 

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