RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.
5:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net (Thom Brennaman, Mike Gminski)
"They have a really nice defensive package. They put pressure on the ball and that makes it difficult to throw the ball into the post. They front the person who is low three-quarters when he is off the block so it makes it difficult to throw it in. If they do front it, they got weak side help, so if you throw it over the top they have got that. I think their overall defensive package is good and it does emphasize covering from the inside-out, which I think every good defensive team tries to do first. ... It really is difficult [to guard their offense] because you have to cover so much floor area of the court then you normally do. By that I mean the big guy has to go out farther then he would normally do. The little guys not only have to cover way out but they may have to cover somebody in the post area. When they go backdoor they go at full speed, so you are covering a team who's cutters are really going hard. It is an offense that fits that team very, very well." -- Roy Williams
Probable Starting Lineup: Engin Atsur (6-3, 185, G, Fr.) – 8.3 ppg, 2.2 apg Scooter Sherrill (6-3, 186, G, Sr.) – 10.9 ppg Julius Hodge (6-7, 191, G, Jr.) – 18.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.0 apg Marcus Melvin (6-8, 230, F, Sr.) – 13.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg Ilian Evtimov (6-7, 231, F, So.) – 8.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.9 apg Key Reserves: Levi Watkins (6-8, 227, F, Jr.) – 7.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg Mike O'Donnell (5-11, 160, G, Fr.) – 3.1 ppg, 1.4 apg Jordan Collins (6-10, 232, C, Jr.) – 2.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg Cameron Bennerman (6-4, 199, G, So.) – 2.0 ppg
First Meeting: After trailing at halftime, the Tar Heels took total control in the second half and held on in the final minute, 68-66, to end a four-game losing streak to the Wolfpack. UNC forced 20 State turnovers. For a game recap, including stats, quotes, photos, etc. -- CLICK HERE.
Season Update: Maintaining an undefeated record at home and picking up some key road wins has secured N.C. State's hold on second place in the ACC. Since losing to the Tar Heels last month, they're 7-1. Barring a collapse down the stretch, the Wolfpack are poised to get their highest NCAA Tournament seed in 16 years.
Hodge ... Melvin
Evtimov ... Sherrill
Watkins ... Sendek