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Getting to Know the North Carolina Tarheels

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Getting to Know the North Carolina Tarheels

The Tarheels will travel to Raleigh to face NC State this Wednesday night at 8 o’clock with coverage on The ACC Network. Carolina is 21-5 thus far and 9-3 in ACC play. The Tarheels are currently first in the ACC and are coming off a tough 78-86 loss at Duke. What do you need to know before this Wednesday night?

Carolina could not stop Grayson Allen as they lost 78-86 in Cameron Indoor.

Justin Jackson played well scoring 21 points on 8-13 shooting from the field. Joel Berry pushed the pace but was not efficient scoring 15 points on 5-13 shooting for the night. UNC as a team shot just 10-18 from the foul line, well below their season average of 70%. Grayson Allen had clean looks in route to his 25 points, including 7 made three-pointers. Defensively the Tarheels struggled to contain Duke’s dribble-drive attack which led to breakdowns surrendering 13 made three-pointers. Duke also outrebounded the Heels 31-30, Carolina missed Isiah Hicks underneath. UNC has almost a full week off to move on and prepare for NC State this Wednesday night. Roy Williams is giving his group some downtime to recover from some nagging injuries before Wednesday night’s tip.

Last time UNC outplayed NC State.

NC State could not get anything going the last time they played UNC. The Pack lost by 51 points as they failed to compete against the Tarheels. Joel Berry and Justin Jackson led the Heels as they scored 19 and 21 points respectively only logging 23 minutes a piece. In total UNC took NC State out of the game by playing with plenty of energy and hard-nosed defense. Joel Berry and company neutralized Dennis Smith as they forced him into turnovers and fouls from the start. NC State was outplayed in every category of importance as one would expect when losing by 51 points.

North Carolina will try and avoid a trap game Wednesday night.

Roy Williams understands the importance of rivalry games and will have his group focused this Wednesday night. NC State will hope the Tarheels are overlooking them as they beat them by 51 points earlier in the season and have College Gameday coming to Chapel Hill this Saturday. The next two foes on UNC’s schedule following NC State are UVA and Louisville. These two games could go long ways in determining the ACC regular season champ in addition to NCAA Tournament seeding. Can Carolina stay in the moment to knock off NC State? After NC State’s last few results safe money says yes; however, just when NC State looks dead they come away with a surprising result. Game time is at 8 o’clock with coverage on The ACC Network.



  1. wolfpack74

    February 14, 2017 at 1:30 am

    I want Archie’s brother.

    • Wolfer96

      February 14, 2017 at 3:00 am

      He’s had a lot of talent at Arizona and has done ok but I wouldn’t say he’s done great? Probably better coach than Gottfried but at this point that’s not saying a whole lot.

      • wolfpack74

        February 15, 2017 at 2:38 am

        4× Elite Eight (2008, 2011, 2014, 2015)
        6× Sweet Sixteen (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013–2015)
        9× NCAA Tournament bids (2006–2009, 2011, 2013–2016)

        Much better than 95% of the Coaches in Division 1.

        • Wolfer96

          February 15, 2017 at 3:14 am

          Ben Howland went to like 4 final fours. If we want a guy that would actually be interested in the job we should be targeting him.

        • Wolfer96

          February 15, 2017 at 3:23 am

          If you look at Gott’s accomplishments on paper it looks pretty good too. But both State and Arizona want championships. And Arizona has had more talent than State the last 10 years or so. I acknowledge that Arizona has done well but based on talent and expectations some could say they fell short.

  2. Wolfer96

    February 14, 2017 at 12:59 am

    My choices for new coach would begin with Creighton’s coach and Butler’s coach.

  3. Wolfer96

    February 14, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Just heard rumors that Gottfried fired at season’s end. I think it’s a mistake to keep him till then. Should fire him now and let one of the assistants take a shot at closing out season strong. Not a fan of Archie. Heard that he was telling ppl that State could not compete with unc/duke during his playing days.

  4. wolfpack74

    February 14, 2017 at 12:33 am

    Welcome back Tyler. I thought we had lost you guys. A trap game? OMG that is real wishful thinking.

    • Tyler White

      February 14, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      @wolfpack74 if we are still writing through this season you are not losing us haha. A Trap game is real wishful thinking it is about the only thing we can hope for. But if NC State is NC State then they are capable of the surprising result right?

      • Wolfer96

        February 14, 2017 at 10:15 pm

        Inconsistency would be an understatement to describe this team. It could lose by 50 or pull out an upset. But my gut tells me it’s going to be ugly.

      • wolfpack74

        February 15, 2017 at 2:32 am

        I would like to see the Cardiac Pack once again. I thought you guys had left since nothing was written about the debacle in Winston Salem.

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