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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
UNC opponent preview: UNLV

By Robbi Pickeral

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: UNLV

Date: Dec. 29, 2 p.m.

Location: Smith Center, Chapel Hill

Series results: UNC leads 3-1 (last game was last November, when UNLV beat the Tar Heels 90-80 in the Las Vegas Invitational)

UNLV last season: 26-9, 9-5 in the Mountain West Conference. Lost to Colorado in the NCAA tournament.

Foe to know: Mike Moser, 6-8 forward, redshirt junior

The UCLA transfer was a big reason the Rebels handed the Tar Heels their first loss of last season, scoring 16 points and pulling down 18 rebounds in what amounted to a UNLV home game in the Las Vegas Invitational.

Moser led the Rebels in points (14.0) and rebounds (10.5) for the season, and gathered information about an early jump to the NBA before ultimately opting to return to UNLV. The Rebels should be ranked entering this season, and Moser will likely be a big test for a Tar Heels frontcourt that begins the fall with limited experience.

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