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.
Previous schedule previews:
Nov. 19 Mississippi State in the Maui Invitational
Nov. 20 Butler/Marquette in the Maui Invitational
Nov. 21 TBA in the Maui Invitational
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