Previewing Heels-PackThe 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 starsRaymond 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. StateWriting 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 TrafficThe 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 RecapRoy Williams and Marcus Paige discuss defending NC State's Cat Barber and using last year's loss as motivation for Saturday's game.
Roy Williams Keeping Last Season's Loss FreshIf 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 WolfpackOn 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 SaturdayNorth 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.
North Carolina-NC State PreviewAn efficient offense is one of the reasons UNC is off to its best start in ACC play in 15 seasons, but Roy Williams wouldn't mind seeing some improvement on the defensive end. What better way to start than shutting down the league's leading scorer? The fifth-ranked Tar Heels seek a ninth straight victory when Anthony "Cat" Barber and struggling NC State visit Chapel Hill on Saturday. (Yahoo! Sports)
Previewing N.C. StateNo. 5 North Carolina returns from a weeklong break looking to avenge last season’s loss to N.C. State at the Smith Center on Saturday. Tip-off is set for noon and will be televised by ESPN. N.C. State enters Saturday’s contest with a 10-7 (0-4 ACC) record. The winless conference mark represents the Wolfpack’s worst start in league play since the 1996-97 season. (Inside Carolina)
Art’s Angle: Happy Birthday, Dean DomeN.C. State’s visit to Chapel Hill on Saturday marks the 30th birthday of the Dean Smith Center, which opened on the third Saturday in January, 1986, against Duke in what felt like an NCAA Tournament game. Both teams were undefeated – UNC 17-0 and ranked No. 1, Duke 16-0 and No. 3 – and playing on the court for the first time. (Chapelboro.com)
Harrison Barnes Shares His New Year's ResolutionsWhen Harrison Barnes is healthy and playing starter minutes, the Golden State Warriors are a better basketball team. That's saying something, considering the Warriors currently have a league-best 35-2 record. Still rounding back into game shape after missing 16 games with an ankle injury, the forward hopes to keep the injury behind him in 2016. (Red Bull)
Buzz Peterson's son making name for himself at Charlotte ChristianCharlotte Christian junior Rob Peterson has been around basketball his entire life. His father, Robert Bower Peterson II -- or better known as “Buzz” -- was the 1981 N.C. high school basketball player of the year. The younger Peterson, 17, looks very much like his father and has a similar build at 6-foot-5 and 170 pounds. Like his father, Peterson is developing quite a game. (Charlotte Observer)
Video: Sean May, C.B. McGrath Preview UNC-N.C. State MatchupSean May speaks with assistant C.B. McGrath about the Tar Heels' upcoming matchup with N.C. State. The Tar Heels take on the Wolfpack on Saturday at Noon January 16, 2016.
Lucas: Room For ImprovementCarolina sits in first place in the ACC, and with Pittsburgh hosting Louisville tonight, there’s a chance the Tar Heels could be the only undefeated team in the league by the time they host NC State on Saturday at noon. At 4-0 in the league for the first time in the Roy Williams era, it’s easy to feel good about UNC basketball. But here’s a dose of reality: (GoHeels.com)
|at #6 UNC||92|
|Chrabascz (Butler) 21 pts; Jackson (UNC) 24 pts;|
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|(6) North Carolina||14-4||30-7|
|(16) Florida State||12-6||26-9|
|(14) Notre Dame||12-6||26-10|