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Location: RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina

Tip-Off: 8:00 p.m.

Television: R/JP

Radio: Airtime begins @ 7:30 PM on the Wolfpack Radio Network

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    NC State's Projected Starters

    22 Tony Bethel (6-2, 178, G, Jr.) - 8.1 ppg, 2.5 apg
    14 Engin Atsur (6-3, 200, G, So.) – 8.7 ppg, 2.6 apg
    24 Julius Hodge (6-7, 205, F, Sr.) – 17.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg
     3 Ilian Evtimov (6-7, 232, F, Sr.) - 8.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg
    32 Jordan Collins (6-10, 242, C, Sr.) – 6.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg

    North Carolina's Probable Starters

    32 Rashad McCants 15.8 ppg 3.1 rpg
    42 Sean May 15.6 ppg 10.3 rpg
    21 Jawad Williams 14.7 ppg 4.0 rpg
    02 Ray Felton 11.6 ppg 7.1 apg
    05 Jackie Manuel 5.8 ppg 2.8 rpg

    Players to Watch

    NC State
    Tony Bethel --
    Bethel has played outstanding since returning from a battle with a variety of illnesses. He must have a big game for NC State to have a chance. If he can shut down Felton like he did Maryland's John Gilchrist, it could be a good night for the Wolfpack.

    North Carolina
    Ray Felton --
    He's the engine for North Carolina. Will Bethel be able to slow him down?

    NC State Notes

  • NC STATE VERSUS NORTH CAROLINA: Tuesday's meeting will mark the 206th between NC State and North Carolina in the series that dates back to the 1912-13 season. The Wolfpack has faced just two other teams, Duke and Wake Forest, more times than the Tar Heels.

    UNC holds a 131-74 lead in the series and has won 19 of the last 27 meetings between the teams. NC State had earned four consecutive victories over North Carolina, the most consecutive wins since the 1970s, before dropping both contests to the Tar Heels last season.

  • D-ING IT UP...: Two wins might not constitute a winning streak, but since NC State has now accomplished that feat for the first time since late December we'll consider it a streak.

    Whatever you call it, the Wolfpack has used a tenacious defense to earn victories in its last two outings: at Georgia Tech and versus No. 22 Maryland. In those two games combined, the opposition has averaged just 57 points.

    Tech entered the contest averaging 76.6 points per game before posting the lowest scoring tally for a Wolfpack league opponent in four years with 51 points (Florida State scored just 46 points on Feb. 25, 2001). That total tied as the fifth lowest by by an ACC team during Herb Sendek's nine years.

    Maryland came into the RBC Center averaging 83 points per game, but was held 20 points under its normal total. The Wolfpack has given up 64.2 points per game in its five league wins, 77.1 in the seven losses.

  • ...AND THREE-ING IT UP: Another key to the Wolfpack 's five league victories has been its three points shooting. NC State is averaging 10.4 three pointers made per game and is shooting .448 from behind the arc in its five ACC wins, but just 7.3 threes on .352 in his seven conference losses.

    Overall, the Wolfpack ranks second only to Duke in the ACC-only stats 8.58 per game. The Wolfpack has connected on double figure three-point shots in four ACC contests this season: at Miami (12), at Maryland (12), at Clemson (13) and versus Maryland (13) at home.

    NC State's 65% mark on threes at Clemson marked the highest ever for an opponent in Littlejohn Coliseum.

  • MAKING THE EXTRA PASS: Abig point of emphasis in Wolfpack basketball is making the extra pass - working the ball around until you hit the open man. The Wolfpack did just that en route to its 19-point win over Maryland last week, dishing out its highest number of assists in an ACC game in two years with 22. Even more impressive, NC State dished out an assist on 88% of its field goals - 22 of 25! For the season, the Wolfpack has made an assist on 60% of its field goals made.

  • PACK BEATS RANKED TEAMS AT HOME: NC State has won just two of its five home conference games this season, but both of them have been against ranked teams. In fact, three of the Pack's five ACC victories have been hard-fought road wins.

    The Wolfpack has had some close calls in conference games this season, losing to Miami and Virginia Tech by one point, to Virginia by two and defeating Georgia Tech in Atlanta by two.

    North Carolina Notes

  • Carolina is 20-0 this season when leading at halftime.
  • Carolina has never trailed in the second half of 21 of its 22 wins this season (trailing for 6:01 vs. Connecticut on Feb. 13). The Tar Heels have led from start to finish in 10 wins and never trailed in the second half in 11 other victories.
  • Carolina has led at halftime in 20 of 25 games this season by an average of 18.9 ppg.


  • Carolina enters the NC State game with an ACC record of 10-2. This season marks the 30th time in 52 years of ACC competition that UNC has won 10 or more conference games.
  • The last time the Tar Heels won 10 ACC games was in 2000-01, when they went 13-3.

    NOEL & MANUEL'S DEFENSE: In the recent games, top players guarded primarily by the duo of David Noel and Jackie Manuel (including Julius Hodge of NC State, Von Wafer of Florida State, J.J. Redick of Duke, Rudy Gay of Connecticut and J.R. Reynolds of Virginia) are 20-for-60 (33.3 percent) from the field and have zero 20-point games.

    The duo held Hodge to 7 of 17 shooting from the field (Feb. 3), Wafer to 5 of 12 (Feb. 6), Redick to 4 of 12 (Feb. 9), Gay to 4 of 14 (Feb. 13) and Reynolds to 0 of 5 (Feb. 16).

    ESPN's Dick Vitale recently named Manuel to his "All-Velcro Super Six" defensive team. Vitale writes of Manuel, "At North Carolina, the Tar Heels have great firepower with Sean May, Raymond Felton and Rashad McCants. But Jackie Manuel is a defensive standout who plays well against opposing big guards or small forwards, making them work hard for everything they get. He understands his role and provides a defensive stopper."

    TAR HEELS 4-2 ON THE ACC ROAD: UNC is 4-2 on the road in ACC games this season after going 2-6 on the road in the conference in 2003-04.

    This season marks the 40th time in 52 season of ACC play that Carolina has finished .500 or better on the road in conference action (and the first time since 2000-01). The Tar Heels have finished better than .500 29 times.

    Carolina has beaten Virginia Tech, Clemson, Virginia and Florida State on the road and lost at Wake Forest and Duke. UNC still must play at NC State and Maryland this season.

    Prior to 2004-05, the Tar Heels had lost 20 of 24 ACC road games in their last three seasons combined.

    30-POINT WINS: The Tar Heels have won nine games by 30 points or more this season. That is the most 30+-point wins since the 1992-93 team also had nine.

    As freshmen in 2001-02, Carolina seniors Jawad Williams, Jackie Manuel and Melvin Scott were part of a team that won just eight games all season (finishing 8-20 on the year). (Note courtesy of Neil Amato of the Durham Herald-Sun.)

    Photo Gallery

    Ray Felton, Rashad McCants

    Jackie Manuel, Jawad Williams

    Sean May, Marvin Williams

    Roy Williams

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