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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)

Know Your Opponent: North Carolina State

It's not that State isn't capable of winning most nights - Wednesday in Raleigh included. The rout of RPI No. 10 Miami proved that Mark Gottfried's club can play with anyone. It's more of a numbers game, and the numbers aren't pretty. No. 101 in the RPI, 13th in the ACC at 4-10 and currently in line for a Tuesday play-in game at the ACC Tournament. (GoHeels.com)

Brice Johnson named Naismith Trophy National Player of the Week

After two huge games, UNC senior forward Brice Johnson was honored at the national level. The 6-9 South Carolina native was named the Naismith Trophy National Player of the Week on Tuesday. In addition to averaging 22.5 points and 17 rebounds in the two games, Johnson shot 71% from the field. For the season, he averages 16.9 points and 10.6 rebounds. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels have lots at stake with Wolfpack trying to pull upset

With less than two weeks remaining in the regular season, UNC sits in first place in the ACC. That’s not bad for the No. 7 Tar Heels, who a couple of weeks ago hit a rough patch in the season. Now it has come to the point in the season when championships tend to become a focus. “It’s that time of the year,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. (Burlington Times News)

Slump aside, Wolfpack well aware of the danger posed by North Carolina's Marcus Paige

By his standards, UNC guard Marcus Paige is in a slump. The senior hasn’t cracked double figures in scoring in the Tar Heels’ last two games, and he’s hit just one of the 11 3-point shots he’s taken during that span. But don’t expect N.C. State to sag off of him. “He’s played like he’s Stephen Curry against us,” Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried said. (Fayetteville Observer)

No. 7 UNC, No. 12 Miami atop ACC entering tough stretch run

UNC sits atop the ACC standings, right where the Tar Heels were expected to be when they were the preseason No. 1 pick. Now, though, they've got plenty of company. The league is set for quite a finish to the regular season. With less than two weeks left, seven teams have at least nine ACC wins. And they're dotting one another's closing schedules. (Associated Press)

Statistical Trends Since Notre Dame Loss

UNC is 3-1 since dropping two straight games to Louisville and Notre Dame in early February. Even after a grueling stretch of conference play, the Tar Heels maintain a one-game advantage atop the ACC. Statistical trends show what has been working for Carolina recently and what areas need extra attention as March Madness approaches. (Carolina Blue)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-NC State

The Wolfpack have size to control the boards, a point guard that can drive and enough three point shooting should enough players get hot to make this a tough out for the Tar Heels. That is why UNC needs to exploit every bit of NC State's bad defensive numbers. UNC showed against Pitt and Miami what happens when the offense locks in and has balance. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC prepares for battle between Paige, Barber

UNC and N.C. State meet tonight with drastically different goals. No. 7 UNC boasts pole position atop the ACC after thrashing second-place No. 12 Miami 96-71 on Saturday. And with a trip to No. 3 Virginia looming and a rematch with No. 15 Duke awaiting a week later, the Tar Heels’ hopes for a regular-season conference title rest in each game. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC at N.C. State, three to know preview

Senior guard Marcus Paige's dominance with his preferred Wilson ball at PNC Arena is well-documented. Paige, who was defended effectively by Cody Martin during a 1-for-9, three-point performance in Chapel Hill last month, has totaled 58 points, 14 assists, 11 rebounds, six steals and one turnovers during his last two games in Raleigh. (Fayetteville Observer)

North Carolina-NC State Preview

North Carolina followed last week's loss against its fiercest rival with a rout of its ACC co-leader at the time. To remain alone atop the conference, the Tar Heels must take care of business against another in-state foe - this time toward the bottom of the standings. Seventh-ranked UNC looks to avoid a letdown Wednesday when it visits N.C. State. (Yahoo! Sports)

Tar Heels are looking for closing speed

UNC is averaging 15 seconds per possession. That’s the 10th-fastest pace in the country and the fastest in the ACC. UNC averages almost three more possessions per game than it did in 2014-15. That’s a significant increase, and Kennedy Meeks, at 260 pounds, has struggled at times to stay involved in the offense. Isaiah Hicks, at 235, can better keep up. (Greensboro News & Record)

Marcus Paige, Tar Heels search for identity

North Carolina's Marcus Paige is a better player as a point guard than a shooting guard. Are the Tar Heels actually a better team with Paige at the point, though? The unclear answer to the question matters more than the assertion above it, but Paige's preference should carry weight in the pursuit of big picture success. (Fayetteville Observer)

Pack's Barber, Offensive Boards a Concern for UNC

Roy Williams is preparing his seventh-ranked Tar Heels for its rivalry matchup at N.C. State on Wednesday by putting an emphasis on stopping Cat Barber and limiting the Wolfpack’s offensive rebounding. “Cat is a huge part of their club,” Williams during his press conference on Tuesday. Barber is the ACC’s leading scorer at 23.1 points per game. (Inside Carolina)

Roy Williams would have 'hard time' leaving UNC amid NCAA investigation

Roy Williams plans on sticking with UNC through thick and thin. The Tar Heels coach, 65, told reporters Tuesday he would have a "hard time" walking away from the team even as an NCAA investigation into the university persists as a dark cloud over the athletic department. “When I leave I want it to be in good shape,” Williams said. (Sporting News)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 71
Gonzaga: 65
Mon, Apr 3 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Northern Iowa
Fri, Nov 10, TBD

UNC @ Stanford
Mon, Nov 20, TBD

UNC vs. TBD
Thu, Nov 23, TBD ESPN

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(6) North Carolina14-433-7
(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
Syracuse10-819-15
Miami10-821-12
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-16
Clemson6-1217-16
NC State4-1415-17
Pittsburgh4-1416-17
Boston College2-169-23

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