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Video: UNC guard Joel Berry II steps into leadership role after Marcus Paige's injury

North Carolina guard Joel Berry II explains how he has grown as a player after Marcus Paige's injury and a five-turnover game against Georgia Tech. (Sports Illustrated)

Justin Jackson By The Numbers

That Justin Jackson hasn’t entirely lived up to the expectations of the fans and himself, going by his personal stated missions back in the fall, isn’t exactly news to anyone. Jackson’s production at this point has been below what was reasonably expected and in accordance with his talent and skill levels. Some of his issues have been pretty obvious, such as perimeter shooting. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Tar Heels-Wolfpack rivalry: Looking back at 4 big upsets

North Carolina enters Saturday's meeting with rival N.C. State looking to keep its spot atop the ACC standings. Meanwhile, N.C. State heads to the Smith Center hoping to pull off an upset that would at least temporarily alter the trajectory of its season. If conventional wisdom holds this afternoon, the deep, experienced Tar Heels, ranked fifth in the country, will tack a fifth game on to N.C. State's losing streak. (Fayetteville Observer)

Preview & Prediction: #5 UNC vs NC State

The Tar Heels return to action after a week long break looking to move to 5-0 in the ACC against an NC State team that is literally heading in the complete opposite direction. Roy Williams said Friday that junior center Kennedy Meeks had a "good" practice and barring any setbacks would likely return to the starting lineup. Prediction: UNC 101, NC State 58 (Tar Heel Blog)

Barber, Paige will determine State-UNC matchup

N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried breaks into a wry smile at the very mention of Marcus Paige’s name. “He’s made big shots against us,” Gottfried said. “There’s no doubt about it. He’s earned our respect; he’s earned our respect.” Ask UNC coach Roy Williams about how to stop Cat Barber, and he sounds close to stumped. (Greensboro News & Record)

Tar Heels hope to wipe away memory of Wolfpack's last visit

With a week off between games, there have been enough reminders for No. 5 North Carolina’s basketball team. A year ago, North Carolina State visited the Smith Center and departed with a 58-46 victory, marking the Tar Heels’ lowest point total in the history of playing in the building. (Burlington Times-News)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-NC State

If the Tar Heels start hitting threes and get more chances at the line, there might not be a limit to what this team can do. The question is whether that will be on display versus NC State's porous defense. The Wolfpack are over 100 in adjusted defensive efficiency. In ACC play it is at 112.9 with opponents shooting 42.6% from three, the worst 3P% defense in league play. (Tar Heel Blog)

Previewing Heels-Pack

The ACC's first-place team hosts the league's last-place team in a rivalry matchup. Roy Williams is 28-3 against N.C. State as a head coach, and the Wolfpack has dropped 19 of its last 23 games in Chapel Hill, but it pulled a 58-46 upset last season. With BeeJay Anya recording five of his six blocks after halftime, N.C. State held UNC to its lowest point total in the Smith Center. (Fayetteville Observer)

Marcus Paige expands offensive game to emulate past UNC stars

Raymond Felton and Ty Lawson set examples for current UNC guard Marcus Paige to emulate. To achieve his goal, Paige is taking a personalized approach. During their one-on-one meeting after the 2014-15 season, UNC coach Roy Williams told Paige, a willing 3-point shooter, to work on penetrating more so he could earn more free-throw opportunities. (Fayetteville Observer)

Know Your Opponent: N.C. State

Writing off North Carolina State's NCAA tournament hopes has become an almost annual winter tradition in the Triangle. Again the Wolfpack is on the ropes. Losers of four straight to open league play, NCSU sits at No. 89 in the KenPom rankings and No. 120 in the official NCAA RPI as of Friday. (GoHeels.com)

Pedestrian Bridge, Stairs To Help Smith Center Traffic

The University of North Carolina has installed a new set of stairs and a pedestrian bridge in the Bowles parking lot to improve the traffic flow for both pedestrians and vehicles following men’s basketball games at the Dean E. Smith Center, which is adjacent to the Bowles Lot. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Roy Williams, Marcus Paige Pre-NC State Press Conference Recap

Roy Williams and Marcus Paige discuss defending NC State's Cat Barber and using last year's loss as motivation for Saturday's game. View Video...

Roy Williams Keeping Last Season's Loss Fresh

If there was any possibility the fifth-ranked Tar Heels had forgotten about last season’s 58-46 home loss to N.C. State, their head coach has been willing and able to provide a refresher of sorts leading up to Saturday’s noon tip. “I make sure they remember the dadgum thing,” Roy Williams told reporters on Friday. (Inside Carolina)

Bad News for NC State: Roy Has Been Talking About Last Year's Loss to the Wolfpack

On February 24th, 2014, UNC lost to NC State 59-46 at home. It was the first home loss to NCSU during the Roy Williams era and the fewest number of points scored by UNC in the Dean Smith Center. Williams was asked if he has mentioned last year's game to the players this week. The answer is "yes" and, according to Marcus Paige, more than once. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heels Host Wolfpack Saturday

North Carolina (15-2, 4-0 ACC) will look to extend its eight-game winning streak and continue its best ACC start under Roy Williams when it hosts NC State (10-7, 0-4) on Saturday. The Tar Heels and Wolfpack will tip off at 12:01 p.m. in the Smith Center. Dave O’Brien, Dick Vitale, and Allison Williams will call the game for an ESPN national television audience.

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 72
Arkansas: 65
Sun, Mar 19 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Butler
Fri, Mar 24, 7:09 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(6) North Carolina14-429-7
(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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