G Marcus Paige (6-0/157, FR) 6.7 ppg, 4.4 apg
G Dexter Strickland (6-3/185, SR) 7.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg
F Reggie Bullock (6-7/205, JR) 14.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg
F James Michael McAdoo (6-9/230, SO) 14.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg
C Desmond Hubert (6-9/220, SO) 1.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg
Reggie Bullock - Smooth wing is leading the ACC in 3-point shooting, as he has knocked down 46.3% of his attempts.
An underrated rebounder, Bullock is dangerous slicing to the rim to grab offensive boards so NC State must be aware of where he is at all times.
North Carolina Game Notes
TAR HEELS TO VISIT NC STATE ON SATURDAY NIGHT
• North Carolina (13-5, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) will try to win its fourth consecutive game when it visits NC State (15-4, 4-2 ACC) on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the PNC Arena in Raleigh.
• The game will be televised nationally by ESPN. Dan Shulman (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (analyst) and Shannon Spake (reporter) will have the call.
• The Tar Heels enter Saturday's game having won three consecutive ACC contests after starting 0-2 in conference play with losses at Virginia and at home to Miami early this month. Since those two losses, Carolina has won at Florida State and at home over Maryland and Georgia Tech on Wednesday night.
• The Wolfpack enters Saturday's game with a 15-4 record and a 4-2 mark in ACC play. NC State is ranked No. 18 in both national polls and is coming off a loss at Wake Forest on Tuesday night.
• Saturday's game will follow ESPN's College GameDay studio show, which will originate from the RBC Center this week.
• Carolina went 3-0 against the Wolfpack last season and has won 13 consecutive meetings in the series.
A LOOK AHEAD
• After Saturday's contest, Carolina will play its second ACC road contest in four days when it visits Boston College on Tuesday night to close out the month of January.
• The Tar Heels will host back-to-back home games after the game against BC when they host Virginia Tech next Saturday (Feb. 2) and then Wake Forest (Tuesday Feb. 5).
THE SERIES VS. THE WOLFPACK
• The Tar Heels lead the all-time series with NC State, 147-75.
• Carolina has beaten the Wolfpack the last 13 times the teams have played and in 19 of the last 20 meetings in the series (with 14 of those 19 wins coming by double figures).
• Carolina is 58-44 all-time against NC State in Raleigh, including a 10-3 mark in the PNC Arena.
• Carolina has won 13 of its last 16 games against the Wolfpack in Raleigh, losing in 2007, 2003 and 2002 since 1996.
• UNC's current 13-game winning streak over NCSU is its longest streak against the Wolfpack, surpassing an 11-game streak from Feb. 10, 1934, to Feb. 22, 1938.
• The Tar Heels have won 36 of their last 44 games against the Wolfpack.
• UNC's 13-game winning streak against NC State is its longest in the ACC era against a Big Four opponent. The Tar Heels had a 12-game streak against Wake Forest from 1982-87.
• Saturday's game will mark the first meeting in the series since Jan. 20, 1990, when NC State was ranked in the national polls and Carolina was not. The Wolfpack is No. 18 in both polls this week.
• Since the Tar Heels last lost in Raleigh on Feb. 3, 2007, Carolina is 13-0 vs. NC State with an average margin of victory of 14.5 points per meeting.
• Roy Williams is 24-1 as a head coach against NC State, including a 5-0 record at Kansas and a 19-1 mark at Carolina. Under Williams, UNC swept the season series from the Wolfpack in 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 and took two of three meetings in 2006-07 (splitting in the regular season and beating the Wolfpack in the ACC Tournament title game).
SUITS AND SNEAKERS FOR CANCER RESEARCH ON SATURDAY
• The Coaches vs. Cancer organization's annual Suits And Sneakers awareness weekend is January 25-27, 2013. Carolina's Roy Williams and his staff will participate at the NC State game on Saturday.
Tar Heel players will wear pink sneakers as part of the event.
• Coaches vs. Cancer is a joint effort of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches that empowers basketball coaches to help make a difference in the fight against cancer.
ESPN'S COLLEGE GAMEDAY LOVES CAROLINA
• Saturday's game in Raleigh will be a part of the broadcast of ESPN's College GameDay, the college basketball studio show originating from on-campus sites. The Tar Heels will be part of College Game- Day broadcasts twice this season (Saturday in Raleigh and March 9 in Chapel Hill vs. Duke).
• Carolina will be playing in games at a GameDay site for a record 10th time with its two appearances in 2013.
• The Tar Heels' Jan. 26 game at NC State will be preceded by a 6 p.m. College GameDay broadcast from Raleigh.
• The program will travel to Chapel Hill on March 9 for the regular season finale between the Tar Heels and Duke. That game is scheduled to be part of ESPN's first split site production of the show. College GameDay will begin the morning at 10 a.m. in Washington, D.C., at the site of the Syracuse at Georgetown game (noon, ESPN). The crew will then travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., for the evening show at 8 p.m., prior to the start of the Duke at Carolina matchup (9 p.m.).
VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
• Carolina is 1-1 against nationally-ranked opponents this season. The Tar Heels have posted an 83-59 loss at top-ranked Indiana on Nov. 27 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and a 79-73 home win over No. 20 UNLV on Dec. 29.
WINNING ON THE ROAD UNDER WILLIAMS
• Carolina has proven to be one of the best road teams in Atlantic Coast Conference annals under head coach Roy Williams, whose ACC road winning percentage of .662 is second-best in ACC history behind Vic Bubas of Duke (.667 from 1960-69). Frank McGuire of UNC and South Carolina is third at .618.
• Williams is 49-25 on the road in ACC play as the UNC head coach.
• The Tar Heels won their last seven ACC road games in a row to finish 7-1 on the road in the conference last year, the third time Carolina has won seven or more ACC road games under Williams. UNC went 7-1 on the road in 2006 and 2012 and 8-0 in 2008.
• Under Williams, UNC has gone 6-2 on the road in the ACC in 2004-05, 7-1 in 2005-06, 8-0 in 2007-08, 6-2 in 2008-09, 6-2 in 2010-11 and 7-1 in 2011-12.
• The 2011-12 season marked Carolina's 35th above-.500 road record in 59 ACC seasons (and its 46th season at .500 or better).
• Carolina has posted an above-.500 ACC road record in six of Williams' nine previous seasons as the head coach in Chapel Hill and has been at least .500 in seven of Williams' nine seasons.
• Carolina has attempted 20 or more three-point field goals in eight of its first 18 games this season after doing so five times in 38 games in 2011-12.
• The Tar Heels' attempted a season-high 22 threes against Ohio in the 2012 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in St. Louis and have already matched or eclipsed that figure seven times in 2012-13.
• UNC has connected on 10 or more three-pointers in six games this season (10 at Long Beach State, 15 vs. Mississippi State, 13 vs. Chaminade, 10 vs. UAB, 11 vs. East Tennessee State and 13 vs. McNeese State). Last year, the Tar Heels hit 10 or more threes four times all season, including a 2011-12 high of 11 twice.
• UNC is 129 for 353 (.365) as a team from three-point range through 18 games in 2012-13, up from .335 in 579 attempts last season.
• The Tar Heels are third in the ACC in three-pointers made (7.2 per game) and are fifth in three-point accuracy at .365.
• Through 18 games in 2012-13, Carolina is shooting more three-pointers (19.6 attempts per game) than in any season in the Roy Williams era in Chapel Hill. The most long-range attempts the Tar Heels have averaged in Williams' nine previous seasons is 18.6 per game in 2004-05.
• The Carolina record for most three-point attempts in season is 822 in 2002-03 (an average of 23.5 attempts per game).