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UNC takes step toward returning to Raleigh by beating Wolfpack

The UNC basketball team would like to return to PNC Arena for the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament next month. Wednesday, the seventh-ranked Tar Heels moved closer to that goal with a systematic 80-68 beating of N.C. State. UNC overcame a slow start to beat the Wolfpack for the second time this season and the 19th time in their last 21 meetings. (Wilmington Star News)

Video: Johnson, Jackson Lead Heels to Road Win vs. NC State - Highlights

Brice Johnson (22 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals) and Justin Jackson (17 points, 6 rebounds) led UNC to an 80-68 win on the road against NC State on February 24, 2016. View Video...

No. 7 UNC beats NC State 80-68 to stay in 1st in ACC

Brice Johnson had 22 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 7 North Carolina beat N.C. State 80-68 on Wednesday night. Justin Jackson added 17 points for the Tar Heels (23-5, 12-3 ACC), who shook off a slow start to extend their recent dominance against their nearby rivals. UNC has won 19 of 21 meetings, including 11 of 13 on the road under coach Roy Williams. (Associated Press)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - NC State

That was a pretty complete road performance over an NC State team that always considers it paramount to beat the Tar Heels. After a shaky beginning, the Tar Heels played well on both ends of the floor until the final 90 seconds or so on the way to an 80-68 win. Theo Pinson helped change the flow of the game with some tough defense on Cat Barber, who started the game on fire. (GoHeels.com)

Video: North Carolina's And-1 Fury vs. NC State

The Tar Heels finished through contact all night, as multiple players were able to finish and-1 opportunities in the win over the Wolfpack on February 24, 2016. View Video...

Box Score: North Carolina 80, NC State 68

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 80-68 win over NC State in Raleigh on Wednesday. (View Box Score)

Is UNC Basketball Still Cool?

North Carolina, in terms of pure inherent brand coolness, stands atop college basketball. Aside from perhaps UCLA, no other program offers the combination of tradition, historical success, iconic players, and iconic look. On the other hand, UNC has trended in the other direction in opting for a stubborn conservatism with regards to the program’s image. (SportsChannel 8)

Brice Johnson, Malcolm Brogdon Separating Themselves in ACC POY Race

With all due respect to the supporters of players such as Cat Barber and Grayson Allen, this season’s ACC Player of the Year race could and should come down to the best players on the best teams. That means the award might just be settled on Feb. 27 when Malcolm Brogdon’s Virginia Cavaliers take on Brice Johnson’s North Carolina Tar Heels. (Today's U)

Preview & Prediction: #7 UNC at NC State

UNC needs the top eight players to perform at a high level and Roy Williams needs to figure out the best way to do that. There will be times when Joel Berry at the PG will be the best option and times when it could be Marcus Paige or Nate Britt. It doesn't need to be one thing or the other, the lineup should be what UNC needs to win. Prediction: UNC 85, NCSU 75 (Tar Heel Blog)

Know Your Opponent: North Carolina State

It's not that State isn't capable of winning most nights - Wednesday in Raleigh included. The rout of RPI No. 10 Miami proved that Mark Gottfried's club can play with anyone. It's more of a numbers game, and the numbers aren't pretty. No. 101 in the RPI, 13th in the ACC at 4-10 and currently in line for a Tuesday play-in game at the ACC Tournament. (GoHeels.com)

Brice Johnson named Naismith Trophy National Player of the Week

After two huge games, UNC senior forward Brice Johnson was honored at the national level. The 6-9 South Carolina native was named the Naismith Trophy National Player of the Week on Tuesday. In addition to averaging 22.5 points and 17 rebounds in the two games, Johnson shot 71% from the field. For the season, he averages 16.9 points and 10.6 rebounds. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels have lots at stake with Wolfpack trying to pull upset

With less than two weeks remaining in the regular season, UNC sits in first place in the ACC. That’s not bad for the No. 7 Tar Heels, who a couple of weeks ago hit a rough patch in the season. Now it has come to the point in the season when championships tend to become a focus. “It’s that time of the year,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. (Burlington Times News)

Slump aside, Wolfpack well aware of the danger posed by North Carolina's Marcus Paige

By his standards, UNC guard Marcus Paige is in a slump. The senior hasn’t cracked double figures in scoring in the Tar Heels’ last two games, and he’s hit just one of the 11 3-point shots he’s taken during that span. But don’t expect N.C. State to sag off of him. “He’s played like he’s Stephen Curry against us,” Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried said. (Fayetteville Observer)

No. 7 UNC, No. 12 Miami atop ACC entering tough stretch run

UNC sits atop the ACC standings, right where the Tar Heels were expected to be when they were the preseason No. 1 pick. Now, though, they've got plenty of company. The league is set for quite a finish to the regular season. With less than two weeks left, seven teams have at least nine ACC wins. And they're dotting one another's closing schedules. (Associated Press)

Statistical Trends Since Notre Dame Loss

UNC is 3-1 since dropping two straight games to Louisville and Notre Dame in early February. Even after a grueling stretch of conference play, the Tar Heels maintain a one-game advantage atop the ACC. Statistical trends show what has been working for Carolina recently and what areas need extra attention as March Madness approaches. (Carolina Blue)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 92
Butler: 80
Fri, Mar 24 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Kentucky
Sun, Mar 26, 5:13 ET CBS

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#5 Kentucky49
at #6 UNC53
9:56 IN 2ND
Adebayo (Kentucky) 11 pts; Meeks (UNC) 5 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(6) North Carolina14-430-7
(16) Florida State12-626-9
(14) Notre Dame12-626-10
(10) Louisville12-625-9
(7) Duke11-728-9
(24) Virginia11-723-11
Virginia Tech10-822-11
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1020-15
NC State4-1415-17
Boston College2-169-23

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