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N.C. State fans burn UNC jersey
After N.C. State's big 58-46 win over North Carolina on Tuesday night, Wolfpack students and fans took to the bell tower in celebration. News & Observer photographer Jill Knight captured this picture of fans burning a UNC jersey. Pretty serious move. Its ACC basketball. Fans take it to the next level.
Black History Retold: Charlie Scott Becomes UNC’s First African-American Scholarship Hoops Player
When legendary University of North Carolina coach Dean Smith wanted his basketball team to get better back in the early 1960’s, he decided to open up his recruiting to start taking a look at black players at the persuasion of his church pastor . However, finding a black player that could fit the successful “Tar Heel” basketball player profile and have the grades the university required for admittance would be a challenge.
Execution eludes UNC against Wolfpack
The Tar Heels didn’t have their wits about them and didn’t adequately execute in the clutch, and NCSU won in the Dean Dome for the first time since Feb. 25, 2003. The final score was 58-46. No UNC team had ever finished a game having scored so few points in there. The Smith Center opened in 1986. “Silly poise,” Roy Williams said. “No poise is what it was."
Turner's Take: Go Out and Do Something
Go out and do something. Dean Smith did more than coach winning basketball, he did something with his life. As a college basketball coach, Smith was in a position to influence change. We do not all have that particular podium, that position that carries such influence, but we do have the ability to go out and do something.
Larry Brown is in familiar territory with SMU and NCAA
Southern Methodist University basketball coach Larry Brown has never had a nickname, perhaps because so many would fit. Some might call him "Suitcase" for all the professional and college jobs he has had in his career. Others might call him "The Cat" because it seems Brown has nine lives.
The Morning After: UNC-NCSU
It was a night of ineffectiveness. A more physical N.C. State team held UNC to 18 points and 28% shooting in the first half. UNC's best player, Marcus Paige was held to one shot and two points. “I mean we shot 7 for 25," Paige said after the game. "We got the ball inside around the basket. They are physical down low. We got the shots that we wanted, we didn’t make very many of them, obviously."
New book takes a familial look at UNC-Duke
The rivalry between Duke University and the University of North Carolina, especially on the basketball court, is one of a kind. It divides households and unites fans. Two men who know it well, Johnny Moore and Art Chansky, have a new book out looking deeper at "The Blue Divide."
There’s no turning to Paige this time for Tar Heels
Marcus Paige never transformed into his alter ego of Wolfpack killer on Tuesday. His pedestrian performance became a factor in UNC’s toothless 58-46 loss to NC State at the Smith Center. Paige, the junior who often has starred in defeats of N.C. State, struggled to seven points as the 15th-ranked Tar Heels stumbled to the lowest point total in the 29-year history of their home building.
Lucas: Defining Moments
Let’s not act like NC State suddenly showed up on Tuesday night and learned how to defend. The Wolfpack has been consistently good in the paint defensively in ACC play. League opponents are shooting just 44.1 percent against them on two-point shots, the third-best such defensive mark in the conference.
Wolfpack, Barber scratch Tar Heels
North Carolina coach Roy Williams got the loud crowd he ordered, and for all of the talk about there no longer being much to these games between N.C. State and UNC, well...“The bottom line is North Carolina State kicked our rear ends,” Williams said Tuesday night. NCSU won in the Dean E. Smith Center for the first time in a dozen years.
Troubling Trend for Tar Heels
For the third time in seven games, No. 15 North Carolina executed poorly down the stretch in Tuesday’s 58-46 loss to N.C. State. “We made a nice run, but runs don’t do you any good unless you’re tough enough to withstand and keep going,” UNC head coach Roy Williams said during his postgame press conference.
Post Lockdown vs NC State
N.C. State’s physical approach on the interior limited No. 15 North Carolina’s post production in Tuesday’s 58-46 loss at the Smith Center. In UNC’s previous five games, Kennedy Meeks, Brice Johnson and Isaiah combined to average 41.4 points on 64.7 percent shooting. That efficiency took a nose dive against a Wolfpack front line that utilized its bulk to frustrate the Tar Heel big men.
UNC's offense has historically bad night in loss to N.C. State
Asked Monday about the notion that the UNC-N.C. State game was important to the Wolfpack, UNC coach Roy Williams said the matchup was just as important to his Tar Heels. After setting a Smith Center record for offensive futility in a 58-46 home loss Tuesday, UNC has dropped five of seven games with less than two weeks left in the regular season.
Recap & Analysis: NC State 58 UNC 46
Forty six points. In the nearly 30 year history of the Dean Smith Center, North Carolina had never scored as few points as the Tar Heels did Tuesday night. It was an incredible display of offensive ineptitude out of the gate. None of the shots were falling in the first half and UNC was unable to grab offensive rebounds to compensate for the poor shooting.
UNC-NC State Postgame Quotes
Roy Williams: "Congratulate Mark and his club. They were dominating from the first get-go. Before I even get to that, let me say something really clear. Our crowd was great tonight, we let them down. They were sensational, they were off the charts. Coach let them down, players, we just--early in the game they dominated everything, intimidated us inside."