Five in a Row?

NC State (11-4) goes over the Hill to visit UNC (12-4) in an ACC clash. Game time is set for 7:00 and will be televised ESPN... <P> Premium Subscribers can chat Live in the <a href=> Premium Chat Room</a> via the "Join Live Chat" Link.

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NC State (11-5 * 4-1) vs. UNC-CH (12-4 * 2-3)
7:00 pm ESPN
Smith Center
Chapel Hill, NC
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Roy Williams and Raymond Felton
The Match-Up: NC State will travel to Chapel Hill to take on the #12 Tar Heels in what could prove to be a pivotal ACC away game for the Pack. State has won 4 in a row vs. UNC-Ch and the Heels will be looking to defend their home court in yet another ACC challenge. The Heels are 2-3 in ACC play and find themselves bunched up in the middle of the ACC standings. The Wolfpack's 4-1 conference mark is good enough for sole possession of second place in the ACC.

Head Coach Roy Williams: Roy Williams, the winningest active coach in the country, embarks on his first season as head coach at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina. Williams became the UNC coach on April 14, 2003, just one week after leading the Kansas Jayhawks to the NCAA championship game. His presence has rejuvenated the UNC program, who have been ranked in the top 10 for most of the 2003-04 season.

January Play: The January calendar has been disappointing for the Heels. Although they defeated #1 Connecticut 86-83, they also suffered some unexpected losses. They brought an 8-1 record from 2003 into the new year with only a triple overtime loss to Wake Forest as the only blemish on their early season schedule. They opened January with a 61-56 loss against Kentucky. Since, the Heels have dropped conference games to Maryland and Florida State. For the month of January they have a 4-3 overall record.

Probable Starting 5: G/F – #32 Rashad McCants (So 6-4 207), 18.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.0 spg... F/C – #42 Shawn May (So 6-9 260), 16.1 ppg, 9.9 rpg 1.5 bpg ... F – #21 Jawad Williams (Jr 6-9 223), 14.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg... G – #1 Melvin Scott (Jr 6-2 190), 11.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.3 apg... G – #2 Raymond Felton (So 6-1 194), 11.8 ppg, 8.2 apg, 3.5 rpg.

UNC's Top Gun: It all starts with Raymond Felton for UNC. Felton is leading the ACC with 8.2 assists per game. The talented young point guard is challenging for national and conference honors. He was chosen by the ACC media as the pre-season player of the year. He is a fierce competitor who has the speed and athletic ability to take over any game. He is the type of player who makes others better. Against UConn, he played more than any other UNC player (33 minutes) while dishing out 7 assists.

UNC Rebounds: All of the UNC starters will crash the boards when they play NC State. UNC is averaging over 40 rebounds per game vs. their opponents who are only pulling down 37 boards per game. NC State on the other hand is averaging 34 boards per game. Raymond Felton, the UNC PG is averaging 3.5 rebounds per game. Only Hodge (6.5 rpg), Melvin (7.6 rpg) and Evtimov (4.5 rpg) average more for the Pack. Sean May is averaging almost 10 boards per game.

Fast Break Points

UNC-Ch leads the overall series 70-124 against the Pack
The Tar Heels are ranked #12 in this week's AP poll.
N.C. State has won four straight games against North Carolina, and by an average of 14.0 points.
NC State comes into Chapel Hill tomorrow night having won two games in a row at the Smith Center. Carolina hasn't lost three in a row to the Wolfpack at home since dropping seven straight from 1947-54.
Antawn Jamison boasts the most points scored against NC State by a Tar Heel with 36 in 1998. Rodney Monroe has the Pack high against Carolina, scoring 37 in 1991.
Carolina has won or shared 23 regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference championships and 15 ACC Tournament titles.
Ten different Tar Heels have been named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year
Forty-three Tar Heels have earned All-America honors, including 31 first-team honorees.
Carolina has placed 61 players on the All-ACC first team.

Roy Said It: "It's not the offense that scares me, it's those players running it. Herb [Sendek] now has his players in there. I think it's always a tougher period when you come in and have somebody else's players like when we played them at Kansas. Now his kids believe in what he's doing even more – they're more comfortable with it. They're a veteran team. Hodge, Scooter Sherrill, Melvin – those guys have been around a while."

Who's Hot and Who's Not: Rashad McCants has scored more than 25 points in three straight games and is now averaging a league-high 18.8 points per game. N.C. State's Julius Hodge is second at 17.7. Hodge has scored 11 points in the last two outings.

Money Man: Rashad McCants, despite all you hear in the media about attitude, proved he is a winner when he busted a last second shot that defeated then #1 Connecticut. McCants…"It's about stepping up. Big players make big shots and I just wanted to do that."

Key Match-Up:Raymond Felton vs. NC State's perimeter defense: UNC brings to the court a more talented and experienced team then the Wolfpack faced in 2003. They have players who can finish what the start offensively. NC State will need to shake things up for Felton on the perimeter to keep the PG from penetrating and dishing easy assists to the Carolina big men as well as big play man Rashad McCants. If Felton has his normal day of 10 assists vs. the Pack, it will be a long day in Chapel Hill for NC State.

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First-year North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams waves to the crowd as he arrives for "Late Night With Roy Williams" Friday, Oct. 17, 2003, at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.(AP Photo/Grant Halverson)

No Name Pos Ht Wt Yr City (High School)
1 Melvin Scott G 6-2 190   JR Baltimore, Md. (Southern)
2 Raymond Felton G 6-1 194   SO Latta, S.C. (Latta)
3 Reyshawn Terry F 6-7 214   FR Winston-Salem, N.C. (R.J. Reynolds)
5 Jackie Manuel G/F 6-5 198   JR West Palm Beach, Fla. (Cardinal Newman)
11 Wes Miller G 5-11 186   SO Charlotte, N.C. (New Hampton Prep (N.H.))
15 Damien Price G 6-0 208   SR Greensboro, N.C. (Dudley)
21 Jawad Williams F 6-9 223   JR Cleveland, Ohio (St. Edward)
22 Justin Bohlander F 6-7 190   FR Winston-Salem, N.C. (R.J. Reynolds)
25 Damion Grant C 6-11 262   SO Portland, Jamaica (Brewster Academy (N.H.))
30 Phillip McLamb F 6-6 218   SR Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Country Day)
31 Jonathan Miller G 6-2 192 SR Burlington, N.C. (Williams)
32 Rashad McCants G/F 6-4 207   SO Asheville, N.C. (New Hampton Prep (N.H.))
34 David Noel G/F 6-6 230   SO Durham, N.C. (Southern Durham)
35 CJ Hooker G 6-1 185   JR Palmer, Alaska (Palmer)
41 Byron Sanders G 6-9 228   SO Gulfport, Miss. (Harrison Central)
42 Sean May F/C 6-9 230   SO Bloomington, Ind. (Bloomington North)
45 Jesse Holley G 6-3 190   FR Roselle, N.J. (Abraham Clark)

*Thanks to UNC Athletics for much of the information in this preview.

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