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Recap: Virginia 81, North Carolina 93
Line Movements
Date: February 16, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
  

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - P.J. Hairston scored a career-high 29 points in his second straight start to help North Carolina beat Virginia 93-81 on Saturday.

Freshman Marcus Paige added 17 for the Tar Heels (17-8, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who snapped a two-game skid with one of their strongest offensive showings this season. North Carolina shot 49.2 percent (29 of 59) and hit 13 3-pointers for its best total in a league game while staying with the four-guard lineup it used in Wednesday night's loss at rival Duke.

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The Tar Heels had lost by 26 points at third-ranked Miami and by five to the No. 2 Blue Devils in the past week, but they buried shot after shot from outside Saturday and tore through a defense that ranked second nationally by allowing just 52 points per game.

Virginia (18-7, 8-4) hadn't allowed more than 69 points, a total UNC passed with more than 9 minutes left.

Joe Harris scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Cavaliers, who got off to a fast start by making 11 of 13 shots, with six of those coming from 3-point range for a 10-point lead in the first 11 minutes. Virginia finished at 58.5 percent (31 of 53) and hit 12 of 21 from 3-point range (57.1 percent), but the Cavaliers struggled to slow the Tar Heels after halftime.

Both teams needed this win to help their chase for a first-round bye at next month's ACC tournament, not to mention to solidify their NCAA tournament chances, too. Virginia won the first meeting in January by pulling away in the final minutes and had a shot to sweep the regular-season series for the first time since 2002.

But Hairston led the offensive surge for the Tar Heels, who scored eight straight points out of halftime to break open a tie game on the way to 53 second-half points.

The 6-foot-5 sophomore had averaged nearly 16 points per game on 51 percent shooting in his last six games and picked right up where he left off at Cameron Indoor Stadium, where he matched his career-high with 23 points in the 73-68 loss to the Blue Devils.

Coach Roy Williams started Hairston as one of four guards, shortened his rotation and played primarily with six players that night. Williams refused afterward to commit to using the same starting five against the Cavaliers, then went back to it anyway on Saturday.

Hairston went 8-for-14 from the field and 6-for-12 from behind the arc, where the Tar Heels finished at 13-for-28 (46.4 percent). In addition, Paige and Reggie Bullock each knocked down three 3s as the Tar Heels made at least 10 in a game for the first time since hitting 13 against McNeese State on Dec. 22.

The teams went into the locker room tied at 40 on Jontel Evans' running 1-hander from about 30 feet at the buzzer, but the Tar Heels sprinted out of the break. They pushed their lead to 83-65 on yet another 3 from Hairston with 5 1/2 minutes left, and Virginia got no closer than nine the rest of the way.

The Tar Heels played their second straight game without freshman center Joel James, due to a concussion.

Virginia freshman center Mike Tobey missed his fourth straight game due to mononucleosis.

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 VA  +180   +5   128.5 
 NCAR  -220   -5   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 VA  +180   +5    
 NCAR  -220   -5   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 VA  14%   38%   n/a 
 NCAR  86%   62%   n/a 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NCAA BK RECAPS
 Saturday, Feb 16
 
    Kent at Ohio
11:00 AM EDT
    Villanova at Connecticut
12:00 PM EDT
    Xavier at Dayton
12:00 PM EDT
    Boston College at Florida State
12:00 PM EDT
    Virginia at North Carolina
12:00 PM EDT
    William Mary at Old Dominion
12:00 PM EDT
    Notre Dame at Providence
12:00 PM EDT
    Rutgers at DePaul
1:00 PM EDT
    St Josephs at LaSalle
1:00 PM EDT
    Pittsburgh at Marquette
1:00 PM EDT
    Kentucky at Tennessee
1:00 PM EDT
    Florida at Auburn
1:45 PM EDT
    Texas Christian at Iowa State
1:45 PM EDT
    Oklahoma at Oklahoma State
1:45 PM EDT
    Indiana State at Bradley
2:00 PM EDT
    Purdue at Indiana
2:00 PM EDT
    Illinois Chicago at Loyola-Chicago
2:00 PM EDT
    Virginia Tech at North Carolina State
2:00 PM EDT
    Georgia Tech at Wake Forest
2:00 PM EDT
    Creighton at Evansville
3:00 PM EDT
    Missouri at Arkansas
4:00 PM EDT
    Butler at Fordham
4:00 PM EDT
    Towson at Hofstra
4:00 PM EDT
    UCLA at Stanford
4:00 PM EDT
    Texas Tech at West Virginia
4:00 PM EDT
    South Carolina at Alabama
4:00 PM EDT
    Southern Utah at Eastern Washington
5:00 PM EDT
    Mississippi St at Louisiana State
5:00 PM EDT
    Cornell at Brown
6:00 PM EDT
    Duke at Maryland
6:00 PM EDT
    Temple at Massachusetts
6:00 PM EDT
    Detroit at Valparaiso
6:00 PM EDT
    Texas AM at Vanderbilt
6:30 PM EDT
    Pennsylvania at Dartmouth
7:00 PM EDT
    Princeton at Harvard
7:00 PM EDT
    Baylor at Kansas State
7:00 PM EDT
    Cal Riverside at Long Beach State
7:00 PM EDT
    Northeastern at UNC Wilmington
7:00 PM EDT
    Oregon at Washington State
7:00 PM EDT
    Syracuse at Seton Hall
8:00 PM EDT
    Northern Iowa at Drake
8:00 PM EDT
    Georgia at Mississippi
8:00 PM EDT
    Michigan St at Nebraska
8:00 PM EDT
    Missouri St at Southern Illinois
8:00 PM EDT
    Rice at UAB
8:00 PM EDT
    Montana at Idaho State
9:00 PM EDT
    Texas at Kansas
9:00 PM EDT
    Sacramento State at Northern Colo
9:00 PM EDT
    San Diego State at UNLV
9:00 PM EDT
    Montana State at Weber State
9:00 PM EDT
    Denver at San Jose State
10:00 PM EDT
    Northridge at UC Davis
10:00 PM EDT
    Santa Barbara at Cal Poly SLO
10:00 PM EDT
    Hawaii at Pacific
10:00 PM EDT
    Cal State Fullerton at UC Irvine
11:00 PM EDT
    Oregon State at Washington
11:00 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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