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UNC overcomes Cat Barber's 32 points to beat N.C. State 80-68

For the first eight minutes Wednesday, it was the Anthony "Cat" Barber show in PNC Arena. N.C. State's best scorer showed how he’s been averaging a conference-best 23 points per game, draining seven of his first nine shots to rack up 16 points. Regardless, No. 7 UNC went on to outscore N.C. State 70-45 the rest of the way en route to an 80-68 win. (Daily Tar Heel)

Lucas: Tunnel Vision

It starts with the tunnel. Every time UNC travels to Raleigh to face NC State, the reminders of where they are and how much they are hated begins before they even set foot on the PNC Arena court. “They have this red tunnel that I guess we’re supposed to run out of,” says Theo Pinson. “We don’t run out of that tunnel. “It’s red. And everything starts right there.” (GoHeels.com)

Roy Williams Post-NC State Quotes & Video

Roy Williams: "I was really proud of our team, the way we withstood that first seven or eight or nine minutes. I don’t very often look at the clock, so I can’t tell you exactly what it was, but I knew they were kicking our tails, and they were making shots, but I was pleased with the way we just kept playing. It showed a veteran club out there." (Inside Carolina)

Ross' Reactions: UNC vs. N.C. State

You can't say enough about how important Justin Jackson is to this team. He adds a consistent scorer next to Brice Johnson but also puts pressure on the defense. He scores like no other player on the UNC roster. Whether it's off screens, interior floaters, or deep shots, Jackson has thrived when he is aggressive and given room to operate. (Carolina Blue)

Justin Jackson in Rhythm

Justin Jackson wasn’t exactly sure where to go in No. 7 UNC’s secondary break in the first half on Wednesday. It was hard to tell, given his smooth stroke from the top of the key to give UNC its first lead after falling behind N.C. State by 13 points. “I didn’t really know where to go as the four,” Jackson said after the 80-68 victory. (Inside Carolina)

UNC 80, NCSU 68: Mr. February (and March?)

UNC took a punch from NC State then delivered blow after blow over a 27 minute period to move to 12-3 in ACC play and 23-5 overall. Here is what we learned. Justin Jackson is Mr. February. Whatever caused the light bulb to come on for Jackson, it has made him the offensive threat UNC needed and the Tar Heels a very dangerous team. (Tar Heel Blog)

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)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 75
Kentucky: 73
Sun, Mar 26 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Oregon
Sat, Apr 1, 8:49 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Standings
(6) North Carolina14-431-7
(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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