Alex Conway & John Gwaltney Jr
North Carolina hosts their in-state rivals North Carolina
State Saturday afternoon in Chapel Hill and will look to avenge
an earlier loss to the Wolfpack.
In that game, UNC got run off the court in the first half,
getting outscored 20-0 in fast break points through the first
stanza. The Tar Heels battled back after being down by 28
points before ultimately losing 91-83.
After the game, UNC Head Coach
Roy Williams stated that he wasn't fond of "learning
experiences" and essentially told his club to man-up.
Since that game UNC has gone 5-2, losing a close game to Duke and
a more lopsided affair to Miami. The victories have been
highlighted by a high scoring output against Virginia, a team
notorious for keeping scores low.
UNC only has five regular season games remaining. Unlike
years past, this year's squad is still in the process of getting its
NCAA Tournament ticket stamped and approved. The remaining
games will go a long way in determining where the Tar Heels play
their postseason basketball.
N.C. State at a glance
Raleigh, North Carolina Nickname: Wolfpack Colors: Red & White Conference: ACC Arena: PNC Center (19,700) 2011-2012 Record: 24-13 (9-7) Last Game: W 84-66 vs. Florida State on Feb. 19, 2013
in Raleigh Last Game vs. UNC: W 91-83 on Jan. 26, 2013 in Raleigh More on the Wolfpack: Schedule
GAME PREVIEW THOUGHTS
P.J. Hairston scoring machine slowed down in North Carolina's
70-58 victory over Georgia Tech Tuesday night. Fortunately for
Tar Heels fans, the rest of the team didn't look too shabby.
James Michael McAdoo poured in a double-double by scoring 22
points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Leslie McDonald played like he aims to take over Hairston's role
as the big scorer of the bench by scoring 15 points.
It was the eighth straight game in which he's played that
Hairston has scored in double-figures so it's safe to assume that he
won't stay down in that statistical category for long.
McDonald had 15 points and connected on four three-pointers
against Georgia Tech earlier in the week.
After being injured/suspended for a chunk during the middle of
the season, McDonald hadn't been much of a factor until Tuesday
night. His performance against the Yellow Jackets was easily
his best performance since his return.
If UNC can count on McDonald to give them everything Hairston did
before being moved into the starting line-up (bench scoring), it
will make that move look even better moving forward.
North Carolina State's
Many people thought this would be a huge year for the Wolfpack.
In some regards it has.
N.C. State beat Duke and North Carolina at the PNC Arena.
But after beating Duke, N.C. State lost to Maryland. After
beating UNC, N.C. State proceeded to lose its next three games.
The Wolfpack have been wildly inconsistent this year.
They've had huge moments and huge letdowns. They could be a
team that reaches the Final Four. They could also get bounced
in the first round. They might not even make it to the NCAA
UNC will get to test their ability to take every opponent
seriously when they lock horns with N.C. State Saturday.
UNC has had its own consistency issues but unlike N.C. State,
with such a young team it was to be expected.
N.C. State and North Carolina could be battling for the same
position in the postseason making this already meaningful rivalry
game even more important.
N.C. State (19-7, 8-5) vs. North
Date: Sat, Feb 23,
2013 Time: 4:00 PM EST Venue:
Dean E. Smith Center (21,750) TV:ESPN Radio: Tar Heel Sports
Network & SiriusXM (Sirius94/XM 191) Series: UNC leads, 147-76
(UNC is 71-22 vs. NCSU in Chapel Hill, including 21-5 in the Smith