• My Scores
  • NFL
  • NCAA BB
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • MLB

NCAA 2015

March Madness

Get the latest March Madness news >>

Play Bracket Games
Jerry Palm Predictions
Conference Tournaments
Play Now! Bracketology See all the brackets

E. Tennessee State vs North Carolina

Time: 07:30 P.M. EST
  •  

A pair of favorable home matchups might present North Carolina with a good opportunity to improve its overall defensive play.

The No. 20 Tar Heels look to focus on that end of the court Saturday night when they host East Tennessee State.

Coming off an 83-59 loss at top-ranked Indiana on Nov. 27, North Carolina (6-2) bounced back with a 102-84 home win over UAB last Saturday. Though the Tar Heels shot 52.9 percent and topped 100 points for the second time in three games, they also allowed 55 second-half points and found themselves trading baskets with the Blazers much of the night.

"Offensively we did some nice things," coach Roy Williams said. "We have guys who can shoot the ball. ... Defensively we weren't very good, but we've got to continue to work on it.

"Everything looks pretty when the ball goes into the basket except when the other team's got it and keep getting up good shots for them."

Williams' young and impressionable squad averages 84.1 points overall but has yielded 79.8 per game while splitting its last four contests. That stretch began with an 82-71 loss to Butler at the Maui Invitational.

"We just have to do better and work as a team," said senior guard Dexter Strickland, who had 11 points and nine assists versus UAB. "All five guys have to get back and play good team basketball."

The Tar Heels have a chance to fine-tune things defensively against ETSU (2-4) and next Saturday versus East Carolina before visiting Texas on Dec. 19. North Carolina has won 77 straight home games against unranked non-conference opponents since a loss to Ohio on Feb. 20, 2002.

Offensively, Williams had to be pleased after his team shot 71.9 percent in the second half and recorded a season-high 28 assists overall last weekend. Junior Leslie McDonald scored 24 points in his first career start while Reggie Bullock had 17 and James Michael McAdoo added 15 with 12 rebounds.

McDonald, who missed last season with a torn ACL, may not be in the starting lineup again with freshman point guard Marcus Paige on track to return from a shoulder injury, but he'll try to continue to provide a scoring boost.

"I feel pretty good," said McDonald, who has hit 17 of 34 from 3-point range this season. "I'm just going to keep doing what I've been doing, keep working on my shot and keep being consistent."

North Carolina looks to improve to 6-0 against ETSU in the teams' first meeting since the Tar Heels' 118-65 victory in 1987.

Facing a difficult task to begin with, the short-handed Buccaneers' slim chances for an upset may shrink even more if starting point guard Petey McClain misses a second straight contest with an ankle injury. ETSU is already playing without seniors Marcus Dubose (15.5 points per game) and Sheldon Cooley (9.5), who were suspended indefinitely after being arrested on drug charges last month.

Without McClain, the Bucs shot 28.8 percent and committed 18 turnovers in Wednesday's 70-45 loss at James Madison.

"We are really facing a tough situation right now without Petey," ETSU coach Murry Bartow said.

Bucs freshman Lester Wilson averages a team-leading 19.7 points.

Copyright 2015 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
 
Southern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Wofford16-225-651
Chattanooga15-322-996
Mercer12-617-14206
W. Carolina9-914-16238
ETSU8-1016-13184
VMI7-1111-18281
Samford6-1213-18290
Citadel6-1211-18323
UNC-Green.6-1210-21317
Furman5-138-21325
ACC
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Virginia16-128-13
Duke13-326-35
Notre Dame12-424-527
Louisville11-523-616
N. Carolina11-621-913
N.C. State9-818-1254
Syracuse9-818-1262
Pittsburgh8-819-1150
Miami (Fla.)8-818-1171
Clemson8-916-1385
Florida St.7-1015-15120
Wake Forest5-1113-16117
Boston College3-1411-18158
Georgia Tech3-1512-18119
Va. Tech2-1510-20224

Related Video

February 28, 2015
North Carolina at Miami recap (2:26)
February 23, 2015
Roy Williams criticizes fans
(0:43)
February 19, 2015
Inside College Basketball: 15 UNC at 4 Duke recap
(2:18)
February 10, 2015
Larry Brown on Dean Smith's impact
(7:46)
 
 
 
 
Other Games
TOWS 40 Final
GU 46
ARK 67 Final
MICH 80
LBSU 55 Final
OHST 89
CLST 63 Final
NCST 80
UMES 60 Final
CIN 92
UMKC 47 Final
LOU 99
LOYC 61 Final
MIST 73
COLO 54 Final
KAN 90
TNST 38 Final
MIZZ 68
TEMP 67 Final
DUKE 90
MOST 42 Final
OKST 62
CCSU 69 Final
IND 100
BRO 57 Final
ND 84
MONM 56 Final
SYR 108
ARIZ 66 Final
CLEM 54
NCO 54 Final
WICH 80
VALP 52 Final
NMEX 65
ILL 85 Final
GONZ 74
MINN 71 Final
USC 57