North Carolina won last year's matchup at the Smith Center in overtime, 83-77, while NC State won the battle in Raleigh, 84-73.
"We have a great rivalry with NC State,* UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "The UNC-NC State game is always a tremendous one, and I*m sure Thursday*s will be the same."
Fans will find plenty to grab their attention off the court, as well.
Tickets to UNC women's basketball games are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors. There is no charge for admission for children 12 and under. North Carolina students, faculty and staff are admitted free with their UNC One Cards.
Tickets may be purchased the evening of the game at the UNC ticket office or in advance by calling (919) 962-2296 or (800) 722-4335.
Free parking will be available in the Manning and Bowles lots adjacent to the Smith Center.
Thursday*s game is the first of three that the UNC women will play at the Smith Center this season. The Tar Heels will host Virginia there on Jan. 27 and wrap up the regular season with a nationally-televised Senior Day game against Duke on Feb. 24.