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North Carolina (13-5) at (18) NC State (15-4)



Saturday, January 26, 7 p.m. (et)

The Sports Network

By Scott Haynes, College Basketball Senior Editor

FACTS & STATS: Site: PNC Arena (18,639) -- Raleigh, North Carolina. Television: ESPN. Home Record: UNC 9-1, NC State 11-0. Away Record: UNC 2-3, NC State 1-3. Neutral Record: UNC 2-1, NC State 3-1. Conference Record: UNC 3-2, NC State 4-2. Series Record: North Carolina leads, 147-75.

GAME NOTES: Local rivals collide in Atlantic Coast Conference action as the North Carolina Tar Heels make the short trip to Raleigh on Saturday looking for an upset of the 18th-ranked NC State Wolfpack.

Roy Williams' Tar Heels aren't considered a real threat to win the national title this season, but the team has kept itself within striking distance in the ACC standings, with wins in each of the last three games. UNC is now 13-5 overall and 3-2 in league play, and enters this contest off an impressive 79-63 win over Georgia Tech this week.

Mark Gottfried's Wolfpack came into the season with much more hype and for the most part have lived up to it, including knocking off Duke a couple of weeks ago. However, NC State has hit a wall of sorts recently, with losses in two of their last three games. Monday's 86-84 setback to Wake Forest dropped the Wolfpack to 15-4 overall and 4-2 in-conference. NC State is a perfect 11-0 in Raleigh this season.

North Carolina owns a 147-75 advantage all-time against NC State and has won each of the last 13 meetings and 19 of the last 20 overall.

Despite Georgia Tech hauling in a whopping 50 rebounds, it was unable to take advantage, as UNC held the Yellow Jackets to a mere .360 shooting percentage and committed a mere eight fouls in the game. Reggie Bullock led three Tar Heels in double figures in the win, posting 17 points. P.J. Hairston followed with 15 points, while James Michael McAdoo just missed a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds.

The Tar Heels won't be at full strength in this game, as guard Leslie McDonald (8.4 ppg) is serving a three-game suspension. However, with a squad that is averaging 78.7 ppg (15th nationally), there is certainly enough firepower to assuage the loss. While McAdoo was touted as an All-American candidate coming in and has not really found that kind of consistency yet, the 6-foot-9 sophomore is leading the team in both scoring (14.7 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg) this season. Bullock (14.3 ppg) is a close second in the scoring column, while Hairston (11.9 ppg) has done most of his damage off the bench. Dexter Strickland (7.9 ppg) and Marcus Paige (6.7 ppg) aren't prolific scorers, but they are both solid distributors, combining for 147 assists thus far.

It certainly wasn't a lack of scoring that did in the Wolfpack this week in Winston-Salem. NC State just let one slip away after taking a 12-point lead into halftime. After shooting 55.6 percent from the floor over the first 20 minutes, NC State lost its touch in the second half (41.2 percent). Rodney Purvis led five players in double figures in the loss with 18 points. T.J. Warren came off the bench to tally 14, while C.J. Leslie, Richard Howell and Lorenzo Brown all finished with 13. Howell (16 rebounds) and Brown (10 assists) both recorded double-doubles.

The shooting woes in the second half were a bit of an anomaly for a team that ranks third nationally in field-goal percentage (.510). The Wolfpack are averaging just under 80 points per game and boast of five players averaging double digits, led by Leslie's 15.3 ppg. Brown is an All-American candidate at the point, with the ability to both score (12.8 ppg) and distribute (6.9 apg) at high rates. Howell (12.6 ppg, 10.6 rpg) is the perfect low post complement, ranking second in the ACC and 12th nationally in rebounding. Warren (12.2 ppg) and Scott (11.7 ppg) provide even more options.

The Wolfpack aren't built for prolonged slides, and will certainly be motivated to bounce back, especially with the Tar Heels coming to town. UNC is starting to find its groove, but in the ACC, things can change in a hurry.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: NC State 77, North Carolina 73

01/26 10:31:54 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCSU 79
JVU 43
 
Final
ECU 92
VULYNCH 51
 
Final
DUKE 20
UNC 45
 
1st
LOS 1
CAR 1
 
Final
MIA 93
LAC 110
2nd
SAC 22
CHI 29
 
Final
WVU 20
KST 26
 
Final
DUKE 20
UNC 45
 
2nd
TXST 28
ARKST 14
 
Final
AKR 66
USC 46
Final
UCONN 65
COC 57
Final
MIAMI 66
DREX 46
Final
BC 69
NMU 65
Final
CHAR 106
PSU 97
Final
MICH 71
DET 62
Final
WMARY 100
BFLD 57
 
Final
USCU 107
BOBJONES 41
 
Final
UCF 76
ECKERD 59
 
Final
PURD 82
GRAM 30
 
Final
NCSU 79
JVU 43
 
Final
RFLSH 102
KEYSTONE 69
 
Final
VCU 106
MDES 66
Final
PROV 88
NAVY 51
 
Final
BRY 72
UNH 63
 
Final
PETE 59
NIAG 61
 
Final
STET 96
PBAT 85
 
Final
WAGN 83
SUNYWEST 49
 
Final
IOWA 57
TEX 71
 
Final
TENN 70
TXSOU 58
 
Final
SHU 54
MLOWELL 57
 
Final
ECU 92
VULYNCH 51
 
Final
TENNM 115
CBC 29
 
Final
MD 66
FORD 50
Final
WVU 91
GMAS 65
Final
RAD 61
HOW 52
 
Final
MURST 89
BRESCIA 56
 
Final
VILL 72
BUCK 65
 
Final
TENST 75
FISK 60
 
Final
HARV 71
FATL 49
 
Final
MINN 109
FRANKPRCE 57
 
Final
TULA 100
MVSU 61
 
Final
TCU 86
NO 71
 
Final
NW 69
UNF 67
 
Final
LSUALEX 79
NWST 89
 
Final
IND 74
SMU 68
 
Final
UAB 71
SFLA 73
 
Final
EILL 61
UCD 63
 
Final
SAV 59
WINT 58
 
Final
NIOWA 73
MRGST 53
 
Final
MISS 69
SOUTH 38
 
Final
SCAR 69
CORN 45
 
Final
VANDY 72
LIP 62
 
Final
ARST 68
LMU 44
 
Final
ALA 81
SMISS 67
 
2nd
GRCN 63
TXARL 65
 
2nd
NILL 66
IDAHO 58
 
2nd
CAL 56
SYR 42
 
2nd
GAELS 34
DEN 28
 
2nd
NARZ 39
FRES 25
 
2nd
PAC 41
PACU 27
 
1st
SDST 18
CALST 6
 
1st
UCLA 12
NICST 6
 
Final
PHI 2
MIN 3
Final
OTT 3
NAS 2
Final
MON 4
STL 1
Final
TOR 5
TAM 2
Final
WIN 3
DET 4
Final
DAL 3
ARI 1
 
3rd
CAL 3
CHI 4
 
3rd
COL 2
WAS 2
 
2nd
VAN 1
ANA 2
 
1st
LOS 1
CAR 1
 
1st
SJS 0
FLA 1
 
4th
OAK 17
KAN 20