ESPN's Greenberg expects 'different' U.Va. team against North CarolinaSaturday seventh-ranked UNC faces a Virginia team it leads by two games in the ACC standings with three regular-season contests remaining, but one that’s 13-0 at John Paul Jones Arena. The third-ranked Cavaliers are the only ACC team unbeaten at home this season. The occasion has ESPN’s College GameDay crew broadcasting their weekly show from U.Va. (Daily Press)
Video: Roy Williams Post-NC State Press ConferenceNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams talks about the Tar Heels' 80-68 win at N.C. State on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.
The Reinvention of Marvin WilliamsMarvin Williams has had a few roles during his time in the NBA: lottery pick, sixth man, stretch 4, but his most recent and perhaps unlikeliest is the reason he’s become especially valuable to the Charlotte Hornets. His transformation into a rim protector coupled with his ability to space the floor has made him one of the more unique players in the NBA. (Today's Fast Break)
Video: Locker Room Celebration after 80-68 win at N.C. StateGo inside the locker room and celebrate UNC's 80-68 win at N.C. State. Roy Williams is 30-3 against State, including 25-3 at UNC. The Tar Heels have beaten State 19 of the last 21 times and 25 of the last 28.
Tar Heels turn out to be cool as a Cat, defeat N.C. State againFor all the venom that confronts UNC when it enters this building, Wednesday became a mostly contented experience. The seventh-ranked Tar Heels, who withstood a rocky beginning, ultimately found a calm and poise that drowned out NC State 80-68 in ACC basketball, dousing the energy that had PNC Arena pumped up early on. (Burlington Times News)
North Carolina-N.C. State Postgame NotesThe Tar Heels are now 153-77 against N.C. State, including 13-4 in PNC Arena. Roy Williams is 30-3 against N.C. State, including 25-3 at Carolina. The Tar Heels have beaten N.C. State 19 of the last 21 times and 25 of the last 28. It was Brice Johnson’s 17th double-double of the season, which leads the ACC, and his fifth 20/10 game of the season. (GoHeels.com)
Veteran Tar Heels Rally Past PackWhen N.C. State whittled its deficit to 52-48 with 13:41 to play, the Tar Heels responded with a 9-0 spurt to build a double-digit advantage they would not relinquish. “Justin had it going, Brice had it going, we stopped giving them second-chance opportunities and our defense settled in, so that’s a complete game from Carolina," Marcus Paige said. (Inside Carolina)
UNC overcomes Cat Barber's 32 points to beat N.C. State 80-68For 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 VisionIt 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 & VideoRoy 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. StateYou 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 RhythmJustin 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 WolfpackThe 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 - HighlightsBrice 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.
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|(16) Florida State||12-6||26-9|
|(14) Notre Dame||12-6||26-10|