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Marquette vs. UNC has unexpected rivalry flavor – Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia 2021-02-23 16:40:14 –

North Carolina and Marquette haven’t met in men’s basketball for nearly a decade, but the loyal people in Tar Heels no longer like the Golden Eagles.

What did the Milwaukee-based program do to offend the people of Chapel Hill, North Carolina? Their coach wore a different shade of blue as a college student at the time.

Marquette coach Steve Woicechovsky is a graduate of the Duke.

Wojciechowski hopes to remind Wednesday night that the program will meet at UNC and be added late to the non-conference slate. North Carolina was initially set to face Boston University’s enemy Atlantic Coast Conference on Wednesday, but ACC postponed the game as BC navigated program concerns related to COVID-19. did.

Such scrambling is new to Tar Heels (14-7, 8-5), who scheduled and defeated the Northeast on February 17, after the scheduled match with Virginia Tech was postponed. Is not.

North Carolina leads the best-ever series in Marquette 4-1. The Tar Heels defeated the Golden Eagles 81-63 at the school’s last meeting at the 2011 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in March.

The program also participated in the National Championships in 1977, where Marquette won 67-59 in Atlanta in the final match of his career with renowned Marquette coach Al McGuire.

It remains Marquette’s only national title in men’s basketball.

North Carolina has won six of the last eight games and will drop out of Saturday’s ACC rival Louisville’s 99-54 defeat. The Tar Heels set the season’s highest points and field goal rate (60.9), while Dalon Sharp scored 21 points and 11 rebounds, scoring five North Carolina scorers at a double-digit pace.

“The biggest thing for us is that we shot a ball that we didn’t do very often this year,” said Tar Heels coach Roy Williams. “And we didn’t turn it over-29 (assist), 11 (turnover). These are the kind we’ve been trying to emphasize above all else.”

Marquette (10-12, 6-10) has been idle since losing three games in a row on February 17th at 73-57 Roadwin against Butler. 17 points with a 5-9 shot from the field, adding 6 rebounds on his first start since December 2019.

“I knew I needed to go out and be aggressive, so look for a shot early,” Elliott said. “The start gave me confidence, but my teammates told me to be proactive and gave me confidence.”

-Field level media

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