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Williams finally discovers formula for paying back Wolfpack

A weird game on a strange day in the Dean Dome left Carolina feeling a little better and State looking a little worse. That seems to have become a trend. North Carolina, deep in bodies and headed for bigger games later in the year, wore down N.C. State 67-55 Saturday. Hard to say where State is headed. (Greensboro News & Record)

Kennedy Meeks helps Tar Heels muscle past Wolfpack

Kennedy Meeks, UNC’s resident big-bodied post player, outplayed the Wolfpack’s plus-sized contingent of BeeJay Anya and Abdul-Malik Abu in No. 5 North Carolina’s 67-55 win on Saturday. Meeks, reinserted into the lineup after missing several weeks with a knee injury, provided a 23-point reminder of why he’s a crucial part of UNC’s hopes. (Greensboro News & Record)

Even without stars shining, UNC finds a way to win … the way good teams do

Mark Gottfried’s words turned out to be prophetic. Only it wasn’t his N.C. State basketball team that heeded them. “Throughout the game of basketball, things happen,” the Wolfpack coach said Wednesday after his team’s home loss to Florida State. “Good teams overcome whatever it may be … foul trouble, poor shooting.” Saturday at the Smith Center, that’s exactly what North Carolina did. (Wilmington Star News)

Nate Britt Provides Boost For UNC

Nate Britt may have finished the game with a pedestrian stat line – three points on 1-for-3 shooting to go along with one assist and two steals - but stats don’t tell the entire story. The junior backup point guard brought something that cannot be measured by numbers to a UNC squad struggling to match the Wolfpack’s intensity. (Inside Carolina)

UNC 67, NC State 55: Meeks, Depth, and Defense

While everyone expected a dominant performance, North Carolina ultimately had to grind out a 12 point win after being tied with NC State at halftime. Here is what we learned. Kennedy Meeks is back. Meeks returned to the start lineup and after a nondescript first half, went to work in the second stanza. Meek scored 18 of his team high 23 points after halftime. (Tar Heel Blog)

Depth on Display in UNC's Win Over N.C. State

On a day in which No. 5 North Carolina’s shots often refused to fall, the full capacity of Roy Williams’s scoring offense was visible through effective secondary options that led to a 67-55 win over N.C. State. Williams and the Tar Heels defeated N.C. State for the 29th time in 32 tries in a game Williams' team likely would have lost last season. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels succeed in containing N.C. State's Cat Barber

Cat Barber tried to shake free from UNC's Joel Berry, but N.C. State had to call a timeout to avoid a five-second inbounding violation. Minutes later, Kennedy Meeks blocked a layup attempt from Barber, who touched the ball before it rolled out of bounds. N.C. State's star point guard struggled in the second half of a 67-55 loss to the Tar Heels on Saturday. (Fayetteville Observer)

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

Kennedy Meeks' 23 points on 10-for-16 shooting was a big "I'm back!" statement. Meeks was why UNC won the game in the second half. It was all inside, easy scores. The key to a championship team is balance, and with Meeks, Hicks, and Johnson on the inside and Paige, Berry, and Jackson on the perimeter, the Tar Heels have all the parts. (Carolina Blue)

UNC's depth more than a luxury in double-digit win over Wolfpack

North Carolina's best guard played like its third-best guard. UNC's best post player performed like its third-best post player. The Tar Heels remained atop the ACC standings because conventional math doesn't apply to them. UNC relied heavily on its enviable depth to claim a 67-55 home win against N.C. State on Saturday. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC-NCSU Postgame Notes

Roy Williams is 29-3 against N.C. State as a head coach – 24-3 at Carolina and 5-0 while at Kansas. UNC leads the series, 152-77, with wins in 18 of the last 20 games vs. the Wolfpack. Kennedy Meeks scored a game-high 23 points (one more than NC State’s top two scorers combined). It was Meeks’ 40th career double-figure scoring game. (GoHeels.com)

UNC-NCSU Postgame Quotes

Roy Williams: "For us, our depth has always been a positive. I think Isaiah [Hicks] and Nate really kept us in the game in the first half, and then Kennedy really was much better in the second half. We’ve got to rebound the defensive board a lot better. Points off of turnovers, we had 17 to their four. They had 18 turnovers. We had 9, so that was good for us as well." (GoHeels.com)

Lucas: Coming Out Flat

Oh Roy Williams, you tough little nut. There’s a belief about Williams that he has so much success against N.C. State because he gets so emotional about the rivalry. He lived through the era when the Wolfpack regularly beat the Tar Heels, and even now—it’s now a good forty years later—he still has painful memories of those days. Sometimes, that emotion helps. (GoHeels.com)

Talking Points: Deep Heels too much for Pack

UNC's squad runs deep. If you hadn't figured that by now, it was abundantly clear as the Tar Heels defeated NC State 67-55 with limited production out of Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige and Justin Jackson. Kennedy Meeks was the biggest factor. The big man got after NC State's foul issues and subsequent tentativeness in the paint for a game-high 23 points and six rebounds. (GoHeels.com)

No. 5 UNC lifted to home win thanks to Kennedy Meeks' huge second half

UNC got a nice fight from in-state foe NC State on Saturday in Chapel Hill, but Roy Williams' team got the 67-55 win, which means the Heels will remain a top-five team in the polls come Monday. The reason for the win was mostly Kennedy Meeks, who had 23 points, added six rebounds and had three blocks. Eighteen of Meeks' points came in the final 20 minutes. (CBS Sports)

Video: Roy Williams Post-NC State Press Conference

North Carolina coach Roy Williams addresses the media following the Tar Heels' 67-55 victory over NC State in Chapel Hill on January 16, 2016. View Video...

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