No. 4 seed
vs. N.C. State-Virginia Tech winner, 2:30 p.m. Friday, WBTV, ESPN2
G Jontel Evans 4.4 ppg, 4.9 apg
G Joe Harris 17.0 ppg, 44.4 3pt%
F Justin Anderson 6.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg
F Paul Jesperson 5.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg
F Akil Mitchell 13.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg
Counting on a big weekend from …
Joe Harris. A shooting slump, 13-for-44in the past three games, comes at the wrong time for Virginia’s primary scoring option, but Harris has proven he can produce in big games. He knocked out Duke with 36 points.
Number to know
54.5 Virginia gave up the fewest points per game in the ACC, which was good enough to rank fourth nationally. Going back to his tenure at Washington State, it’s the seventh consecutive year Tony Bennett’s teams have ranked in top 20 in scoring defense.
Dancing shoes or flip flops?
Going to hedge our bets and give the Hoos one of each. Last year, N.C. State needed a win against Virginia to improve its NCAA tournament chances. This year, Virginia needs N.C. State to win Thursday and then beat the Wolfpack to feel better about its NCAA tournament fate.