Previewing North Carolina

No. 3 North Carolina (20-2, 6-1) Pack Pride takes a closer look at tomorrow's opponent -- tip-off is at 3:30 p.m.


    F- 03 Reyshawn Terry
    F- 34 Brandon Wright
    C- 50 Tyler Hansbrough
    G- 02 Wayne Ellington
    G- 05 Ty Lawson

    Tyler Hansbrough - When playing North Carolina, all teams focus on trying to stop the sophomore big man. Few have success, as he remains one of the nation's top players.

    The North Carolina men's basketball team will begin February and close out the first half of its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule with a road date at NC State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the RBC Center in Raleigh. The game will be televised by ABC.

    The Tar Heels (20-2, 6-1 ACC) went 8-1 in January and have won five games in a row since losing at Virginia Tech on Jan. 13. UNC is coming off a 105-64 home victory overMiami onWednesday night. Last week, the Tar Heels won on the road atWake Forest and at No. 17/19 Arizona. With the win over Miami, UNC moved into first place in the ACC standings by a half-game over Virginia Tech and Boston College (both 6-2).

    Carolina will play the first of back-to-back road games on Saturday afternoon at NC State, followed by a contest next Wednesday at Duke. The game at Duke will complete a stretch that has included six road dates in eight games. After two weeks at No. 4 in both polls, the Tar Heels moved up to No. 3 in the Associated Press and No. 3 in the ESPN/USAToday coaches poll this week after their road wins over Wake Forest and Arizona.

    The Wolfpack (12-8, 2-5 ACC) is coming off a 70-59 win on Wednesday night at Virginia Tech.


  • Sophomore forward Tyler Hansbrough enters the NC State game with 992 points in 53 career games and is nearing 1,000 total points.
  • The fastest Tar Heels to reach the 1,000-point plateau since freshmen became eligible in 1972- 73 are Joseph Forte (in the 2000-01 season) and Rashad McCants (2003-04), both of whom reached the milestone in 56 career games.
  • The last UNC player to reach the 1,000- point club faster was Charles Scott (52 games) in 1968-69.
  • Carolina has had 58 players score 1,000 points in its history, more than any other school in the nation. 20 WINS, AGAIN
  • North Carolina (20-2) has won at least 20 games for the 49th time in its 97-year history. The Tar Heels have posted 20-win seasons in 34 of the last 37 years.
  • Roy Williams has won 20 or more games 17 times in 19 seasons as a head coach (his teams won 19 in each of the two other years). He has won 20 games or more in each of the last three seasons at Carolina.
  • Carolina won at least 20 games for an NCAA-record 31 consecutive seasons from 1970-71 to 2000-01. In that span, the Tar Heels won at least 25 games 21 times and at least 30 games three times.

    Members of Carolina's 1957 and 1982 NCAA championship teams will gather for a reunion in Chapel Hill on the weekend of Feb. 9 and 10. The reunion will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ‘57 national title and the 25th anniversary of the ‘82 title.

    Team members will be introduced at halftime of the game with Wake Forest on Saturday Feb. 10 and will attend a private dinner that evening hosted by head coach Roy Williams.

    Tar Heel big men Tyler Hansbrough and Brandan Wright are both on the 30-man Wooden Award Midseason All-American Team, the Wooden Award Committee announced on Jan. 30. While Hansbrough was a preseason selection, Wright was one of 10 newcomers chosen who were not selected to the preseason list.

    Senior Reyshawn Terry was on the preseason top 50 list.

    In total, twelve seniors, ten juniors, five sophomores and three freshmen make up the midseason list. Composed of the top 30 players who will compete for this season's player of the year award, the midseason list is based on individual player performance and team records during the first half of the season.

    Midway through the ACC season, Carolina's freshman class of Wayne Ellington, Ty Lawson, Alex Stepheson, Deon Thompson and Brandan Wright is scoring at a record rate. The highest-scoring freshman class in Carolina history is the 2002-03 group that averaged 42.1 points per game. This year's five freshmen are currently averaging a combined 44.6 points per game. That would be the third-highest scoring freshman class in ACC history.


  • Carolina is currently riding a three-game road winning streak, with all three victories coming by at least 20 points. That's the first time in the ACC era the Tar Heels have won three straight road games by at least 20, and the first time in program history since 1946.
  • The Tar Heels are 4-1 on the road this season, including a 2-1 mark in ACC play.
  • UNC was 7-1 on the road in ACC play last season, its best road record in the ACC since the conference schedule expanded to 16 games in the 1991-92 season. UNC previously had gone 6-2 on the road four times (in 1992-93, 1997-98, 2000-01 and 2004-05).
  • Carolina is 15-4 on the road in the ACC since the start of the 2004-05 season.

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