UNC vs. NC State Preview

North Carolina (23-4, 10-2) at N.C. State (18-9, 7-50

:  8 p.m.

: Raleigh, RBC Center (19,700)

Fast break

This might be one of the more wild atmospheres ever for a UNC at State

game. State officials are raising the bar by honoring the 1989 team (a

23-year anniversary, that’s a first) for its Wolfpack spirit, etc,

something that was decided Sunday. Too bad the focus along Tobacco Road

isn’t on State’s recent struggles and how crucial this game is to its

NCAA chances. Too much discussion still regards Tom Gugliotta and Chris

Corchinani – former Wolfpack greats – being kicked out of the arena last

Saturday by referee Karl Hess. As far as hoops goes, the Pack could be

wound really tight after blowing a 20-point lead at Duke and getting

rolled at home by FSU. UNC presents much more difficult matchups and is

playing very well. State has a chance if it gets off to a good start and

gets its fanatical crowd behind it. Otherwise, Mark Gottfried’s team

could wilt quickly if the Tar Heels start out hot, which hasn’t been the

norm for them.

: UNC, 77-67.

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