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The Tar Heels were able to get a 14-point ACC win without Marcus Paige hitting a single three-pointer. Carolina is 42-for-56 (75.0%) from the free throw line in the last two games. That was the rare 14-point win that could have been much, much worse. Carolina shot just 40.6 percent from the field, and a healthy portion of those misses came in the paint and around the rim.

Box Score: North Carolina 84, NC State 70

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 84-70 win over NC State in Chapel Hill on Saturday.

Five questions to ponder before tipoff

Will the Tar Heels play with as much urgency against N.C. State as they did against Clemson? The folks in Chapel Hill might say publicly that the Wolfpack isn’t their rival. But the last thing the Tar Heels want to do is lose to those guys from down the road, especially on their own home floor. So you can expect there will be plenty of diving on the floor and chest bumps among the guys in Carolina blue today.

UNC-N.C. State ready for in-state battle

Last weekend, North Carolina continued its 57-home-game win streak against Clemson. Today, The Tar Heels will look to stretch another streak against N.C. State. UNC hasn’t lost to the Wolfpack in Chapel Hill during Roy Williams’ 11-year tenure. UNC has also defeated N.C. State 14 of the last 15 meetings and 20 of the last 22. But for the second week in a row, Williams wouldn’t address streaks.

Three to know preview of N.C. State at UNC

Roy Williams said the UNC-N.C. State rivalry probably means more to him than the typical UNC fan because of his closeness to it. Many of his childhood friends were students at N.C. State when he was at UNC. The Tar Heels are 20-2 with 15 double-digit victory margins against N.C. State since Williams returned to his alma mater. Gottfried's 1-4 record in the series included a home victory last season.

Containing Warren top priority for Tar Heels, Tokoto

N.C. State’s young basketball team has begun to develop some offensive balance during its current three-game winning streak. But as UNC coach Roy Williams is well aware, the player that makes the Wolfpack go is still T.J. Warren. Containing the sophomore forward, who leads the ACC in scoring at 22.5 points per game, will be front-and-center in the Tar Heels’ defensive game plan Saturday.

Preview: UNC vs NC State

NC State's Anthony "Cat" Barber presents a problem for this Tar Heel team with his speed. Barber is one of the quicker players in the conference and will test UNC's perimeter defenders on the ball and UNC's interior defenders in rotation. The caveat here is Barber has shown a penchant for not making great decisions when he gets into the lane. Prediction: UNC 74 NCSU 61

Kennedy Meeks Needs The Majority Of Minutes For UNC Down Low

After Jackson Simmons earned the start against Boston College, it was clear Williams was sending his post men a message. And while James once again started the next contest versus Virginia, he played only 12 minutes — Meeks, meanwhile, came off the bench for 21 minutes and scored 15 points.

A Closer Look: NC State

When talking about N.C. State, ACC scoring leader T.J. Warren, who has been their go to guy all year long, immediately comes to mind. Last year Warren averaged 14.5 points in two games against the Tar Heels, including 19 huge points off the bench in the win in Raleigh.

Defending the ACC's Leading Scorer

North Carolina’s defensive emphasis against N.C. State on Saturday will be in limiting ACC leading scorer T.J. Warren’s effectiveness. That task has proven difficult for most Wolfpack opponents this season. Warren, a sophomore forward out of Durham, N.C., is averaging 22.5 points on 51.3 percent shooting this season.

McAdoo Picking Up His Game

James Michael McAdoo has been content to see his North Carolina teammates get attention even as he's playing some of the best basketball of his career. The 6-foot-9 junior ranks among the ACC's leaders in scoring, rebounding and shooting percentage in league games. He's also looking more assertive and at times more emotional on the court heading into Saturday's game against N C State.

Roy Williams taking nothing for granted against NC State

Roy Williams said Friday that North Carolina sophomore J.P. Tokoto could be one of the best defenders he’s ever coached. Tokoto will have a prime opportunity to showcase his ability when UNC faces N.C. State and Durham native T.J. Warren Saturday at the Smith Center. Warren leads the ACC in scoring at 22.5 points and is coming off his fourth 30-point game of the season.

UNC-NCSU Preview

The Heels are coming off a 78-65 dark match house show against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in a game that few can say will be etched in their memories after the weather relegated the game to the internet. UNC now has its first winning streak of 2014 and will look to make it three in a row as they attempt to pull themselves further up the conference standings.

UNC vs. N.C. State Preview

North Carolina hosts N.C. State on Saturday (1:00 p.m., ESPN2), as coach Roy Williams looks to improve to 11-0 at home against the Wolfpack during his time as the Tar Heels' head coach. N.C. State enters the game at 14-7 (4-4 ACC) and winners of three straight. UNC (13-7, 3-4 ACC) has won three of its last four games to climb back to the middle of the ACC standings.

Video: Roy Williams, James Michael McAdoo Friday Pre-NC State Press Conference

North Carolina coach Roy Williams and forward James Michael McAdoo talk about the Tar Heels' recent play and the upcoming rivalry game against NC State.

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