Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball.
Audio: Roy Williams - NC State is a dangerous team
UNC head coach Roy Williams joined The David Glenn Show Tuesday to discuss how he’s preparing for the Tar Heels’ game at NC State, growing up with the rivalry and (since it’s Valentine’s Day) maybe a secret or two to maintaining a long, happy marriage. The Hall of Famer also explained why his team won’t be sleeping on the Wolfpack going into Wednesday night’s contest.
Know Your Opponent: North Carolina State
While counting North Carolina State out of postseason contention made a lot of people look foolish early in Mark Gottfried's tenure, it's going to take a Herculean effort to reverse the Wolfpack's current nosedive. With just five games remaining in the regular season, even avoiding Tuesday at the ACC Tournament may be a tall order.
For Pack to down Heels, they'll have to overcome adversity
"We are preparing for the game as if it would be any other game," NC State coach Mark Gottfried said. "(UNC is) really good. Obviously the game we played in Chapel Hill, we were a disaster. We've got to turn that around." While I, in no way, expected Gottfried or NC State to handle the pre-UNC press availability any differently, in concept, it still feels sad.
Lucas: Pack History Ignites Roy Williams
It’s NC State week, so you know what that means for Roy Williams. “He gets fired up every time we play them,” Theo Pinson said after the last time the Tar Heels faced the Wolfpack, a 51-point victory in Chapel Hill. “There’s a certain spark he has when we play NC State. You can tell by his voice. He wants our execution to be perfect because it’s NC State.”
Tony Bradley’s Development
Earlier this week, we took a look at Seventh Woods’ recent emergence. Fellow freshman Tony Bradley, who started off the season so strong (11.5 PPG (with a FG% of 72.2) and 6.8 RPG in 17.8 MPG through the first six games of his collegiate career), didn’t leave himself as much room for growth. But that doesn’t mean that his game hasn’t been developing.
Video: An ACC Tournament, A Power Outage, and an Old Story About Dean Smith
Cory Alexander explains that an ACC Tournament game that he played in as a star at Virginia when the lights went out in the arena was his favorite ACC Tournament memory. Alexander says that after the lights came back on, the Tar Heels ran the Cavs out of the gym, prompting jokes that Dean Smith was somehow behind the power-outage.
Joel Berry: "I put a lot on myself"
With only six regular season games left on North Carolina's basketball schedule, Joel Berry knows it’s time to step it up. And it’s not like Berry has hit a dramatic cold spell. Since his lowly 2 point total against Miami, UNC's point guard put up double figures in scoring in each of the past three games. That would be good enough for most guys, but Berry is different.
With season, program unraveling, Wolfpack tries to look forward
As the Wolfpack welcomes 10th-ranked UNC to PNC Arena tonight, it is a program in disarray. In the three weeks since N.C. State stunned Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium, the season has come apart. There was a blowout loss at Louisville, home defeats to Syracuse and Miami and lifeless performances in road routs against Florida State and Wake Forest.
Tar Heels brace for wounded Wolfpack
N.C. State isn't the only team looking for remedies. North Carolina is aiming for an on-court recovery as well. The Tar Heels go to N.C. State for a rematch of last month’s lopsided result. N.C. State has lost five games in a row and is one game away from being in last place. UNC is looking beyond the 107-56 whipping administered on the Wolfpack in Chapel Hill.
Handicapping the final furlongs of a six-horse race in the ACC
Can the Tar Heels defend aggressively in slower paced games and run their half court offense effectively? This team much prefers a fast track. UNC has not won an ACC game without scoring at least 80 points. As the current leader, UNC has the best odds to win the ACC race. But be sure, these Tar Heels are no odds-on favorite. Very tough remaining schedule.
Theo Pinson vs. Division I: The Stat-Stuffing Showdown
RealGM lists 3,162 players who have played at least 100 minutes at at least 10 mpg (out of 4,785 players overall). Theo Pinson’s steals put him in the 94.2 percentile, his rebounds at 96.8, assists 99.1, and his 2 turnovers in 116 minutes in the 99.5 exosphere. No other player in the country ranks in the top 5.8% in any four of the seven stats.
UNC Hoping to Avoid a Letdown Wednesday at NC State
The Tar Heels thoroughly dominated the Wolfpack at the Smith Center back in January to the tune of a 51-point victory that ranks among the largest in ACC history. As UNC (21-5, 9-3 ACC) prepares to face NC State Wednesday night at PNC Arena, its focus is on forgetting the past–knowing that type of performance is just about impossible to recreate.
Seventh Woods shows improvement as UNC's basketball season progresses
The Duke game was the high point of a promising stretch from the young point guard. In his past three games, Seventh Woods has had seven assists and, more importantly, no turnovers. It helps that Woods is starting to turn the corner on some lingering injuries that impacted his play in the first half of the season. “Finally his body is getting healthy,” Roy Williams said.
UNC faces an N.C. State team in turmoil
To call it a disappointing season for the NC State Wolfpack may be an understatement. The Wolfpack started the year with incredible hype thanks in large part to returning talent and incoming freshman phenom Dennis Smith Jr., but now, the Wolfpack are 3-10 in ACC play (second to last in the conference) and struggling to stay above .500 on the year.
Theo Pinson's Contributions on Point for UNC
While the sample size has been small, Theo Pinson’s playing the best basketball of his North Carolina career this season. The Greensboro native is averaging 6.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and one steal per game, while also shooting 43.3 percent, all career highs. Pinson’s maturation as a player has been evident in his play and his stats.