Preview: Mississippi Valley State


While I love their mascot, the Delta Devils, I’m not sure that Mississippi Valley State is going to have a fun trip to Chapel Hill this Sunday. The Devils (0-2) got their season started off with a 13-point loss at Notre Dame, and followed it up with another double-digit loss to DePaul. MVSU trailed DePaul by 18 in the second half before pulling it back to 10. While both are undefeated, neither Notre Dame nor DePaul has played away from home this season or faced a Big 6 opponent; and neither is ranked. I’m going to go out on a limb here, but I think the talent level might be a bit higher in Chapel Hill than it is down in the Delta. This could get ugly. 

  • There isn’t a clear star for MVSU to which the Heels will need to focus their attention. The Devils are actually pretty balanced. In their game against DePaul, four players scored in double figures.
  • The Devils are an average shooting team, hitting at about a 40 percent clip, and slightly less than that from three.
  • MVSU is coached by former Kentucky point guard Sean Woods, who played on the 1992 tournament team known by Kentucky fans as “The Unforgettables.” He played in the regional final against Duke in which Christian Laettner hit the shot. So at least he also hates Duke. Woods scored 21 points in that game including the floater over Laettner that gave Kentucky the lead in overtime 103-102 with 2.1 seconds left. So, yeah, he REALLLY hates Duke.

A great mascot — even in all its early 90s outdated gloyr — can get you a lot of things, but it can’t get you a win in Chapel Hill for the home opener of the preseason No. 1.

Prediction:

UNC 87, MVSU 60