UNC at NC State

Where: RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
When: Wednesday, February 20th, 7:00 PM
TV: ESPN
Records: UNC 24-2, 9-2 ACC; NCSU 15-10, 4-7 ACC

No screwing around and letting these guys shoot 76% from the floor again

If you ask me, UNC needs to treat this game with extreme caution and do their best to bring their A game.  When you are talking about a team whose fans hate UNC with almost every fiber of their being and staring at their last chance to salvage NCAA Tournament hopes I expect a more spirited effort from the Pack than we saw in Chapel Hill last month or any other lazy versions appearing in red uniforms over the past few games.

Given the PG situation at NCSU and the vastly improved play of Quentin Thomas the Ty Lawson equation is minimized for this particular game.  Questions surrounding Deon Thompson availability strikes me as a much bigger issue given how well NCSU plays in the interior.  If Thompson is again limited it means Alex Stepheson needs to step up and play huge as he did versus Virginia Tech.  The whole depth issue in general also puts Will Graves on the spot again, not so much for his offense, but for him to hustle and play defense.

This is a straight up “go on the road and take care of business” game.  Wake Forest pulled Duke back to within a game for the ACC lead and UNC needs to answer the bell and not give that progress up.   I would also like to see this team show some consistency and play a game similar to what we saw on Saturday.  Some evidence that the Heels are finding a groove heading down the stretch would be a great ramp up to the games that end up with trophies being awarded.

UNC 88 NCSU 72        

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12 Responses to UNC at NC State

  1. C. Michael says:

    This game has trap written ALL over it.

  2. 52BigGameJames says:

    agreed–huge “portend” game for the Heels imo.

  3. Asheville Heel says:

    I would expect that we will see the Pack energized and “seeing blue” tonight in the barn. Our guys need to remember that if the Wolfies could only win one game any year, this would be it! All you have to do is look at what happened to Clemson last night @ FSU; and folks that ain’t no UNC vs NCSU. We’ll get their best shot and we need to be ready for it.

  4. […] South). It seems more and more likely that Sidney wasn’t ready for this. Tar Heel Fan has a preview posted. State really isn’t doing anything well right now but not having Lawson might slow the […]

  5. Zack says:

    So – if everyone is saying this is a trap game…can it still be a trap game?

  6. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Did someone say trap?

  7. The first 5 minutes will determine whether this is a knock-down drag out battle or another beating. They can be quickly demoralized and the crowd taken out of the game if we come strong out of the gate.

    On the other hand, if Q turns it over and we forget about Tyler for stretches, it’ll be tighter than it should be.

  8. Josh Bowling says:

    You guys are really optimistic about this one. I think State will remember our last meeting and certainly not duplicate that. Fans will be ignited. I see this as a very close game. Hope I’m wrong.

  9. rbl says:

    I fear a tough, hard fought game. This is a must game for State, and I feel they will play like caged animals. We should win, but it won’t be a replication of the Chapel Hill game. I would really love to see a reprise of the VPI game.

    Go Heels!

  10. BigDaddyDoc says:

    Don’t be fooled by the time stamp – It is almost 7:30 PM, I have the game on DVR and haven’t yet taken a look, so I don’t know what the time/score is right now.

    But I have been meaning to post all day and write the phrase that THF has made famous: TRAP GAME.

    All the recipe ingredients are there – UNC less than 100%, on the road, holding it together with smoke, mirrors, duct tape and bailing wire; NCSU looking pretty bad the past couple of games – a win tonight makes a lot of the hurt of the past month go away.

    Now to the DVR to see if I am right…

  11. Tar Heel Fan says:

    I made the phrase “trap game” famous? Should I get a trademark or something? 😉

  12. BigDaddyDoc says:

    Trap game (TM)? Did I say trap game (TM)?

    State fan has to be very disappointed. Carolina fan has to be very happy, especially with the second half effort.

    So will Lawson’s return disrupt this team’s chemistry? Just saying UNC is starting to really come together…

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