Previewing North Carolina

After back-to-back conference wins, NC State returns to the hardwood looking to upset rival North Carolina. Pack Pride takes a closer look at tonight's opponent -- tip-off is at 8:00 p.m.


    F- 13 Danny Green (13.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg)
    F- 21 Deon Thompson (11.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg)
    C- 50 Tyler Hansbrough (21.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg)
    G- 02 Wayne Ellington (15.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg)
    G- 05 Ty Lawson (15.9 ppg, 6.4 apg)

    F- 44 Tyler Zeller (10.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg)
    F- 32 Ed Davis (6.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg)
    G- 04 Bobby Frasor (2.6 ppg, 1.4 rpg)
    G- 11 Larry Drew II (1.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg)

    Tyler Hansbrough - The consensus All-American is having a strong senior season, as he leads the Tar Heels in scoring (21.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.6 rpg). Last time out he dominated the paint against the Wolfpack. Will NC State's post players be able to limit Hansbrough this time around?

    North Carolina Game Notes

  • Wayne Ellington has hit 27 three-pointers in the last nine games, including seven at home vs. both Miami and Maryland.

  • The win at Miami on Feb. 15 was the first time only two Tar Heels scored in double figures since Brandan Wright (24) and Tyler Hansbrough (20) vs. NC State on Feb. 21, 2007.

  • Carolina has shot 41.8 percent from three-point territory as a team during its nine-game winning streak.

  • The trio of Wayne Ellington, Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson have combined to average 54.2 points per game in ACC play this season.

  • Ty Lawson has made 19 of his last 33 three-point field goal attempts in his last nine games (57.6 percent). At 49.4 percent for the season, Lawson would lead the ACC if he met the conference's criteria for number of made 3FG.

  • Danny Green has made 45.8 percent of his three-point field goal attempts this season (54 of 118).

  • Carolina has a record of 90-12 in the last three seasons (since the start of the 2006-07 season). That is the best record of any team in the ACC by a wide margin. Duke is second in wins at 70-22 and Clemson is third at 69-25.

  • The last time a UNC non-starter scored in double figures was Will Graves on Dec. 18, 2008, against Evansville.

  • Coming into this season, Deon Thompson had 24 career games with at least five rebounds. This season he has grabbed at least five rebounds in 20 of Carolina's 25 games.

  • Ty Lawson hit a running three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Tar Heels an 80-77 win at Florida State on Jan. 28. Prior to that game-winner, the last time Carolina won on a shot with no time on the clock came on Dec. 12, 1998, when Brendan Haywood put back an Ed Cota miss to provide a 75-73 win over Charlotte in the Smith Center.

  • In the latest NCAA statistics, Ty Lawson was second the nation in assist/turnover ratio at 3.4 (through Feb. 15).

  • Lawson has more assists than turnovers in 79 of 95 career games, including 65 of the last 73. The last time Lawson had more turnovers than assists in a regular season game was Nov. 14, 2007, against Davidson.

  • The 24-point win over Clemson on Jan. 21 was Carolina's biggest win over a top-10 team since the Tar Heels defeated Duke 97-73 on Feb. 5, 1998.

  • Carolina is 40-0 in Wayne Ellington's three-year career when he makes at least 50 percent of his field goal attempts.

  • After Wayne Ellington attempted just 38.4 percent of his field goals from three-point range last season, this season 48.6 percent of Ellington's field goal attempts have come from outside the three-point line.

  • Danny Green is the only player under 6-foot-7 in the ACC's top 10 in blocked shots (Green is eighth at 1.5 blocks game).

  • Tyler Hansbrough is third in NCAA history in career free throws made with 889. Pete Maravich of LSU is second with 893 and Dickie Hemric of Wake Forest holds the alltime record with 905.

  • The Tar Heels have won their last nine games in a row by an average of 14.7 points per game.

  • The 69-65 win at Miami on Feb. 15 was Carolina's second single-digit victory of the season. The other 21 of UNC's wins this season have come by double digits. The Tar Heels have posted a scoring margin of 20.2 points per game in 2008-09, best in the nation.

  • Ty Lawson has 52 steals and 47 turnovers this season. Since 1980 (when turnovers were first reliably tracked), no starting Tar Heel point guard has finished with more steals than turnovers.

  • Lawson leads the ACC in assists and assist/turnover ratio and is second in steals.

  • UNC is 34-2 away from the Smith Center in the last two seasons.

  • Carolina's win over Duke on Feb. 11 was the 33rd 100-point game in the Roy Williams era. Prior to Williams's return to Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels had 29 100-point games in the previous 12 seasons.

  • Ed Davis is currently averaging a rebound every 2.6 minutes, a figure better than the career numbers for Tar Heel rebounding greats Sam Perkins (one every 3.8 minutes), George Lynch (one every 3.4 minutes), and Antawn Jamison (one every 3.4 minutes). Those three Tar Heels make up three of the top four on the all-time Carolina rebounding list—Billy Cunningham is the other, and minutes played weren't tracked during his career.

  • This year's walk-ons—Patrick Moody, J.B. Tanner, Jack Wooten and Marc Campbell—have 56 combined points in 25 games. Last year's walk-ons—this year's group plus Surry Wood—scored 47 combined points in 39 games.

  • This year's Tar Heels have notched an assist on 59.5 percent of their field goals. Last year's team recorded an assist on 52.5 percent of their field goals.

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