Previewing North Carolina

No. 5 North Carolina (23-4, 9-3) is looking for revenge as NC State (14-11, 4-8) comes to Chapel Hill. Pack Pride takes a closer look at tonight's opponent -- tip-off is at 9:00 p.m.


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

    Tyler Hansbrough - The sophomore center is arguably the ACC's top player, and he is having another strong season. Averaging 18.5 points and 7.7 rebounds, Hansbrough will be on a mission against the Wolfpack.


  • UNC leads the nation with 10 wins against teams ranked in the RPI top 10 this season and is second in the country with five wins over RPI top 25 teams.
  • The win over Boston College marked the third consecutive time that Carolina has followed a loss with a road win over a ranked team (road wins over Clemson, Duke and BC followed losses to Virginia Tech, NC State and Virginia Tech).
  • Carolina is currently shooting 50.4 percent from the field. The last three Tar Heel teams (1998, 1995, and 1993) to make at least half their field goals have gone to the Final Four.
  • Carolina is 17-0 this season when it shoots 50 percent or better from the floor.
  • During the Roy Williams era, Carolina has lost nine games after which it had a chance to avenge the loss later in the regular season. The Tar Heels have won eight of those rematches, with the wins coming by an average of 13 points. The only losses in that situation were at Duke on Senior Day in 2004 and at home to Virginia Tech in 2006-07.
  • Ten Tar Heels average double-figures in minutes played but none is averaging 30. The last UNC team without a player who averaged at least 30 minutes was the 1990-91 team.
  • Carolina hasn't lost consecutive ACC road games in nearly three years (since Feb. 10 and 24, 2004).
  • Carolina currently has 15 victories of at least 20 points per game this season. The Tar Heels had six such games all of last season. The 2005 championship team had 18 such games.
  • Carolina is ranked No. 2 in the latest RPI rankings and No. 1 in the Sagarin poll.
  • UNC has 76 starts by freshmen this year to lead the ACC.
  • Ten Tar Heels average double-figures in minutes played.
  • Roy Williams's five Final Four teams have collectively averaged 15.8 turnovers per game. This year's Tar Heels average 14.3 per game despite starting three freshmen in most games, including a freshman point guard (Ty Lawson) in the last 22 contests).
  • Carolina is averaging 87.7 points per game this season, second-best in the nation. The school record is 91.3 ppg, set in 1986-87.
  • Carolina leads the ACC in scoring, scoring margin, field goal percentage, rebounding, rebounding margin, assists and assist/turnover ratio.
  • Tyler Hansbrough (10), Brandan Wright (six), Wayne Ellington (one) and Ty Lawson (one) have combined to win 18 of the last 30 ACC Rookie of the Week awards.
  • Since moving into the starting lineup against Ohio State, Ty Lawson has 125 assists and just 39 turnovers in 22 starts. That's just 1.8 turnovers per start.
  • Lawson already has a pair of zero-turnover games as a Carolina starter. Raymond Felton had four zero-turnover games in his three-year Carolina career. Lawson's current assist/ turnover ratio is 2.20, second-best in the ACC. Since turnovers were reliably tracked, the best mark for a Carolina freshman point guard who started the majority of his team's games is Ed Cota's 1.89.
  • Carolina has held 15 opponents this season under 40 percent shooting from the floor and is 14-1 in those games (losing to Virginia Tech on Feb. 13).
  • Carolina has shot 50 percent or better from the floor in 31 of 54 halves this season and in both halves in 10 games. UNC has shot 60 percent or better in 10 halves this year.
  • Brandan Wright is currently shooting 65.3 percent from the field to lead the ACC. That would eclipse the all-time ACC freshman record of 62.6 percent set by Sam Perkins.
  • Carolina currently has a +9.5 rebounding margin to lead the ACC and rank second in the nation. The Tar Heels have had only one rebounding margin of at least 10.0 in program history—the 1956-57 team had a margin of +10.8.
  • Carolina has lost by double digits under Roy Williams just five times in 3+ seasons, with the biggest loss being 15 points at USC last season. In the three previous seasons prior to Williams' return to Chapel Hill, Carolina lost by double digits 28 times.

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