Video: Roy Williams Post-NC State Press ConferenceNorth Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media following the Tar Heels' 97-73 win over NC State on Wednesday in Raleigh.
The Primary Break: UNC-NC State Quick TakesJoel Berry became the 75th Tar Heel to score 1,000 career points. He had 18 in the game, moving past Tommy LaGarde and Bob Paxton into 73rd place in UNC history with 1,013. Isaiah Hicks, who has 979 career points, will soon become the 76th member of UNC’s 1,000-point club, giving the current team four of them (Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks). (The Secondary Break)
Video: UNC Shuts Down NC State, 97-73 - HighlightsNorth Carolina forward Kennedy Meeks (17 points, 8 rebounds) and point guard Joel Berry (18 points, 6 assists) led the Tar Heels to a 24-point win at PNC Arena on February 15, 2017.
Kenny Williams Likely To Miss Rest Of SeasonNorth Carolina's starting shooting guard, Kenny Williams, will undergo surgery on his right knee, Roy Williams announced following Wednesday's win over N.C. State. Williams suffered the injury in practice on Tuesday and did not dress out for Wednesday’s game. UNC's head coach said Williams will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks, which probably means he won't return this season. (Inside Carolina)
Tar Heels Sweep Wolfpack, 97-73Joel Berry II scored 18 points to help No. 10 North Carolina beat N.C. State 97-73 on Wednesday to stay alone in first place in the ACC. Luke Maye added a career-high 13 points for the Tar Heels, who shot 56 percent while dominating both the paint and the glass to blow out the Wolfpack for the second time in a month. UNC had won the first meeting 107-56. (Associated Press)
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - UNC vs. NC StateNorth Carolina equaled the program's biggest-ever win at PNC Arena/RBC Center/Entertainment and Sports Arena with a 97-73 win over a dispirited NC State club. Carolina completely dominated the points in the paint category. The Tar Heels held an enormous 60-22 edge in the lane, as a series of UNC post players overwhelmed State on the interior. (GoHeels.com)
Box Score: North Carolina 97, NC State 73View the complete box score from North Carolina's 97-73 win over NC State in Raleigh on Wednesday. (View Box Score)
How can UNC fix its defense?The North Carolina Tar Heels have stumbled up a bit in the past few weeks and this has many looking for answers—mainly in Carolina's defense. But what happened? UNC had great efficiency numbers early in the year and was considered one of the best defensive teams. (Carolina Blue)
Audio: Roy Williams - NC State is a dangerous teamUNC head coach Roy Williams joined The David Glenn Show Tuesday to discuss how he’s preparing for the Tar Heels’ game at NC State, growing up with the rivalry and (since it’s Valentine’s Day) maybe a secret or two to maintaining a long, happy marriage. The Hall of Famer also explained why his team won’t be sleeping on the Wolfpack going into Wednesday night’s contest. (ACC Sports Journal)
Know Your Opponent: North Carolina StateWhile counting North Carolina State out of postseason contention made a lot of people look foolish early in Mark Gottfried's tenure, it's going to take a Herculean effort to reverse the Wolfpack's current nosedive. With just five games remaining in the regular season, even avoiding Tuesday at the ACC Tournament may be a tall order. (GoHeels.com)
For Pack to down Heels, they'll have to overcome adversity"We are preparing for the game as if it would be any other game," NC State coach Mark Gottfried said. "(UNC is) really good. Obviously the game we played in Chapel Hill, we were a disaster. We've got to turn that around." While I, in no way, expected Gottfried or NC State to handle the pre-UNC press availability any differently, in concept, it still feels sad. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Lucas: Pack History Ignites Roy WilliamsIt’s NC State week, so you know what that means for Roy Williams. “He gets fired up every time we play them,” Theo Pinson said after the last time the Tar Heels faced the Wolfpack, a 51-point victory in Chapel Hill. “There’s a certain spark he has when we play NC State. You can tell by his voice. He wants our execution to be perfect because it’s NC State.” (GoHeels.com)
Tony Bradley’s DevelopmentEarlier this week, we took a look at Seventh Woods’ recent emergence. Fellow freshman Tony Bradley, who started off the season so strong (11.5 PPG (with a FG% of 72.2) and 6.8 RPG in 17.8 MPG through the first six games of his collegiate career), didn’t leave himself as much room for growth. But that doesn’t mean that his game hasn’t been developing. (The Secondary Break)
Video: An ACC Tournament, A Power Outage, and an Old Story About Dean SmithCory Alexander explains that an ACC Tournament game that he played in as a star at Virginia when the lights went out in the arena was his favorite ACC Tournament memory. Alexander says that after the lights came back on, the Tar Heels ran the Cavs out of the gym, prompting jokes that Dean Smith was somehow behind the power-outage.
Joel Berry: "I put a lot on myself"With only six regular season games left on North Carolina's basketball schedule, Joel Berry knows it’s time to step it up. And it’s not like Berry has hit a dramatic cold spell. Since his lowly 2 point total against Miami, UNC's point guard put up double figures in scoring in each of the past three games. That would be good enough for most guys, but Berry is different. (Carolina Blue)
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