North Carolina center fielder Brian Miller (Aaron Fitt)

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Takeaways From ‘Hoos-Heels Hoedown

Analysis

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Heading into this season, we had very high expectations for the North Carolina and Virginia offenses. In our preseason Top 25 Breakdowns, we graded the offenses nearly identically — both earned 65 grades (on the 20-80 scale) for hitting and 55 grades for power. But the Tar Heels were ranked No. 9 in our preseason rankings, and the Cavaliers were No. 17, for one reason: UNC owned a clear edge on the mound (where the Tar Heels earned a preseason grade of 60 in the rotation, compared with UVa.’s 50).

The first weekend of[…]

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