Tar Heels, Sun Devils set for showdown

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Smith Center has seen plenty of great games as the home to the North Carolina men, but it's going to be quite a showing of women's basketball here today with four ranked teams squaring off. Things get started with No. 12 Arizona State taking on the host Tar Heels, who are ranked seventh.

When the first game of the double-header tips off at 2:30 p.m., Carolina will be looking to see just how well they do at replacing all-world point guard Ivory Latta and underrated forward Camille Little. But they'll have the home-court advantage, a great post player in Erlana Larkins, and a game already under their belts.

Since the Sun Devils didn't have a tune-up game before this showdown, it'll be interesting to see if there's any rust on the three returning starters from last year's squad, which was the best in school history.

Arizona State was also a great road team last year, setting a school record for victories away from home. We'll see how it carries over against a UNC team that will no doubt try to come out of the gate pushing the tempo and put ASU on its heels.

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