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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.

NC State fans vandalize Dean Smith Center (photo)

North Carolina State fans have built a reputation as noisy, cocky, and annoying fans; but they’ve crossed another line and took a rivalry too far. NC State fans vandalized the Dean Smith Center earlier Saturday before the start of the UNC vs. NC State game.

UNC overcomes second-half woes to defeat N.C. State

When it was all over at the Smith Center Saturday afternoon, North Carolina defeated N.C. State 84-70 — its second widest margin of victory in conference play. But the final score belied a second-half breakdown by the Tar Heels. “(N.C.) State dominated us in the second half,” coach Roy Williams said. “They shoot 65 percent, we shoot 39 percent.

Fast start paces UNC past the 'Pack

By the time N.C. State found an advantage on UNC late in the game, the Tar Heels were well on their way to coasting to an 84-70 win. The knockout punch came early for UNC, which built a 20-6 lead out of the gates and pushed the margin to 17 by halftime. It started with a 12-2 run to begin the game, and it persisted in a wire-to-wire win for the Tar Heels.

Talking Points: Roy's State

Roy Williams has the numbers to back up the spirited talk about the Wolfpack. Following Saturday's 84-70 win over NC State, the Tar Heels are 21-2 overall and 11-0 at the Smith Center against the Pack. Meanwhile, NC State head coach Mark Gottfried dropped to 1-5 against Williams and will undoubtedly hear howls of displeasure from Raleigh.

Lucas: The Total Package

One of assistant coach C.B. McGrath's favorite sayings is, "It starts with one guy." Usually, he's talking about energy. One guy, McGrath tells the Tar Heels, can be the catalyst to spark a team. Most often, during ACC play, that one guy has been James Michael McAdoo. He did it again Saturday afternoon. "We feed off James Michael's energy," Marcus Paige said.

Tempo Fuels Rivalry Win

N.C. State effectively sealed its fate by electing to run with North Carolina on Saturday. The Tar Heels improved to 11-0 at home against the Wolfpack under Roy Williams with their 84-70 victory. High tempo is a staple of Williams’s system, but for a team lacking the ability to overwhelm its opponents with immense talent, it’s absolutely critical.

Winning Without the 'A' Game

The beauty in North Carolina’s 84-70 win over N.C. State was not in its performance or efficiency, but rather its dominance by way of a complete team effort. There were missed dunks, sloppy passes, turnovers from balls slipping out of hands, head-scratching fouls, poor defensive rotations and an airmailed alley-oop for good measure – and that was just for the winning team.

Recap & Analysis: UNC 84 NC State 70

The offense wasn't always great but the effort was there for the Tar Heels, especially on the defensive end. James Michael McAdoo continued his aggressiveness and it paid off with trips to the free throw line. NC State's offense was nothing short of awful going 10-40 thanks in part to UNC's defense and Anthony Barber talking multiple ill-advised shots.

UNC-NC State Postgame Notes

The Tar Heels are 21-2 against NC State under head coach Roy Williams (11-0 in Chapel Hill) and have beaten the Wolfpack in 38 of the last 47 meetings. Including Kansas, Roy Williams' teams are 26-2 against NC State. Carolina scored 84 points, its highest point production in ACC play this year and the most since scoring 84 against UNC Wilmington on New Year's Eve.

Video: James Michael McAdoo Post-NC State Interview

North Carolina forward James Michael McAdoo talks with Jones Angell about the Tar Heels' 84-70 win over NC State.

Roy Williams Post-NC State Quotes

Roy Williams on the character of the team: "Well, I think it does say something about the kind of kids that we have, no matter if we're 0-3 or 1-4. Our kids stuck with it and tried to do what we asked them to do every day in practice, they've worked hard, and I really believe that we're getting better as a team. I told them that this week, I think we're really close to really becoming a good basketball team."

Instant analysis: UNC 84, N.C. State 70

North Carolina beat N.C. State 84-70 on Saturday in Chapel Hill. Here are some quick thoughts after the game. Why the Tar Heels won: They were more aggressive. It wasn't an accident that N.C. State struggled shooting the ball for most of the game. UNC contested shots and defended. Why the Wolfpack lost: N.C. State shot poorly, missed free throws, and the list could go on.

Video: UNC-NC State Game Highlights

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

Video: Roy Williams Post-NC State Press Conference

North Carolina coach Roy Williams talks to the media following the Tar Heels' 84-70 victory over NC State in Chapel Hill on Saturday.

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