Wes Miller knew UNC vs NCSU game was different
Posted February 22, 2011
A rival by definition is one who attempts to equal or surpass another, or who pursues the same object as another.
When comparing the UNC and NC State basketball rivalry recently, you could make a case that the Wolfpack has not held up their end of the bargain too often. They have lost 15 out of 16 to the Tar Heels.
This may be the reason why the upcoming game on Wednesday night at the RBC Center doesn't seem to be generating as much talk as usual.
Wes Miller, who was a member of the 2005 UNC team that captured the national championship, said that recent results have done nothing to squelch the rivalry.
In an interview Tuesday on 620AM The Buzz, Miller said, "Everybody nationally talks about the Duke rivalry, but the State/Carolina rivalry is really big, maybe even bigger sometimes in the area."
Miller was a part of talented Tar Heel squads that beat NC State six out of seven games. Each was an anticipated game with a little extra incentive, he said.
"We were pretty good when I was in school. We were kind of the biggest game on everybody's schedule, but absolutely (felt) a little something extra when we went over to Raleigh," Miller said.
While the rivalry hasn't been as competitive in recent years as it has been in the post, Miller believes the balance of power will even out over time.
"Even if it gets a little lopsided, it won't be lopsided for a long period of time," he said.
"This is Tobacco Road, the Triangle, this is the best college basketball in the country. It goes through its ebbs and flows but Duke, North Carolina, NC State are always going to be really good in college basketball."