UNC opponent preview: McNeese State

As we count down to Late Night With Roy Williams (Oct. 12) and the beginning of basketball practice, let’s take a look at an opponent on North Carolina’s schedule ....

Opponent: McNeese State

Date: Dec. 22 at noon

Location: Smith Center, Chapel Hill

Series results: This will be the first meeting

McNeese last season: 17-16, 10-6 in the Southland Conference

Foe to know: Dontae Cannon, 6-1 guard, senior

Although the Cowboys lost All-American Patrick Richard, they return their next two leading scorers in Cannon (11.5 ppg) and Jeremie Mitchell (10.8 ppg). Cannon is a quick, smart shooting guard who is also a solid defender, and he will be key in a more team-oriented attack this season.

Tidbits: The Cowboys add some size in incoming freshmen forwards Jordan Wells (6-7, 250 pounds) and Austin Lewis (6-8, 215); and they also return 6-7 sophomore Craig McFerrin, who separated his shoulder last January and missed the rest of the season.

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