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Average not good enough for UNC
At least temporarily, the worry and stress fled from the North Carolina locker room on Saturday. The Tar Heels defeated rival N.C. State in a wire-to-wire win that was never particularly close, and in the process they climbed back even to 4-4 in conference after an 0-3 start. It was a feel-good moment for a team that hasn’t felt good since mid-December, when it beat Kentucky in the Smith Center.
Video: Tar Heel Take - NC State
Join Rachel Nash and Alex Curley as they go behind the scenes of North Carolina’s third big ACC win in a row against the NC State Wolfpack.
Remember the Time Michael Jordan Played Point Guard and Posted a Triple-Double in 10 of 11 Games
In early March 1989, Michael Jordan grew frustrated by his lack of help on offense. As a result, Jordan held a two-hour meeting with then head coach Doug Collins one day after missing a game because of a pulled groin. The resolution to their problem was converting M.J. to point guard for the remainder of the season.
Quick start from UNC buries Wolfpack
In what might be described as their best defensive half on the season in the first half, the Tar Heels jumped out quickly on the Wolfpack and never looked back to secure a 84-70 win, as Leslie McDonald led the way with 20 points while McAdoo had 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Giftastic Recap of NC State at UNC
UNC puts one of their worst teams in recent memory on the floor and State still loses by 14.
Tar Heel Super Bowl Sunday Memories: The Kendall Marshall Sixteen Assist Game
Every once in awhile UNC ends up with a basketball game on Super Bowl Sunday and one of the more memorable of these happened in 2011. To set the scene, Larry Drew abruptly left the team two days prior to UNC facing Florida State in Chapel Hill on February 6, 2011. That left freshman Kendall Marshall as the lone true point guard for a UNC team that had started to gel.
Leslie McDonald’s big game provides lift for North Carolina
Late in North Carolina’s 84-70 victory against N.C. State, Leslie McDonald got the ball on a fast break and went up for a dunk. He got high enough, but lost control of the ball resulting in an attempt that clanged off the back rim and rattled out. Had the jam gone, it would have been a fitting cap to a strong performance.
Tar Heels want more after taking care of erratic Wolfpack
The Tar Heels weathered their own choppiness and had more than enough to handle erratic NC State 84-70 in ACC basketball Saturday at the Smith Center. It was a lopsided victory against a heated rival during which North Carolina built several 22-point leads in the second half and extended its stranglehold on the Wolfpack in this building to an 11th straight season.
Tar Heels see progress in win over rival NC State
For at least 25 of the 40 minutes on Saturday, two teams that seemed relatively even on paper looked anything but. It took N.C. State (14-8, 4-5 ACC) over six minutes to crack four points, and at the 11:44 mark, the Tar Heels (14-7, 4-4 ACC) led 20-6. It felt familiar in a rivalry where North Carolina has won 11 straight at home against N.C. State, all but two by double-digit margins.
Tar Heels heal themselves
North Carolina won ugly against N.C. State on Saturday, beating the Wolfpack 84-70. Neither team shot well, but the Tar Heels redefined themselves to work under those conditions. After a reality check, UNC appears to have corrected its course with a new game plan to fit its new self-image.
Tar Heels Smack Pack
North Carolina didn’t waste any time continuing its dominance over N.C. State. Eight minutes into the game, the Wolfpack had as many made field goals as 35-second violations (two) and trailed 16-4. N.C. State never got closer than nine the rest of the way as UNC won 84-70 to improve to 11-0 at home against the Wolfpack (and 21-2 overall) with Roy Williams at the helm.
Break-even ACC mark isn't nearly good enough for Tar Heels
After starting 1-4 in the ACC for just the second time in school history, North Carolina got back to .500 with an 84-70 win Saturday against N.C. State. But sophomore point guard Marcus Paige said the team isn’t satisfied. “It’s definitely a little bit of a relief to not be in the cellar, I guess, but this isn’t where our goals are,” point guard Marcus Paige said.
Tar Heels starting to jell
The clock is ticking for the Tar Heels to discover their identity and start shaping their postseason destiny. The UNC team that dispatched N.C. State 84-70 on Saturday was, at least for the opening half, everything Roy Williams and observers expected in the preseason. The Tar Heels crashed the boards, played energetic defense and finished offensive possessions.
Tar Heels move closer to finding their identity, Wolfpack continues to search
North Carolina and N.C. State are two college basketball teams still in the process of trying to figure out who they are. From the looks of things Saturday, the Tar Heels are farther along in the process than the Wolfpack. Coach Roy Williams’ team continued a trend that started three games ago against Clemson by using effort and defense to overcome its lack of offensive proficiency.
Tar Heels win but there is work left to do
It's no secret that North Carolina coach Roy Williams enjoys beating N.C. State, one of the Tar Heels chief rivals. But after his team rolled past the Wolfpack 84-70 on Saturday, it wasn't a joyous Williams that addressed his team in the Smith Center locker room. His Tar Heels had missed 28 shots in the paint and he felt they should have been tougher down low. So, he issued a threat.