UNC-NCSU Postgame Notes

CHAPEL HILL – By the time the final seconds ticked off the clock in the Dean E. Smith Center on Wednesday night the only blue in the arena was the empty seats and the paint on the floor. Instead, North Carolina's famous basketball home was mostly red - as in N.C. State red after the Wolfpack ended a seven-game losing streak to the Tar Heels with a thorough 77-59 victory.

Here are some notes from UNC's sixth consecutive loss.

*With the loss the Tar Heels are six games under .500 for the first time in school history.

*The loss also marked the first time UNC has lost six home games in a season. The Heels had lost five home games in a season only three other times, 1929-30, 1943-44 and 1999-2000.

*Tonight's game was the 199th meeting between the rivals. UNC holds a 128-71 advantage versus the Wolfpack.

*The Wolfpack ended a seven-game losing streak the to Heels with tonight's victory and won for the first time in the Dean Dome since a shocking upset of then-No. 1 Carolina in February of 1998..

*Last season the Tar Heels beat State 60-52 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena and 76-63 at the Dean Dome.

*With 27 points, Kris Lang passed fellow Gastonia native James Worthy for 40th place on the school's all-time scoring list. Lang now has 1,230 career points. Worthy finished his career with 1,219 in two and a half seasons. Joe Wolf is 39th with 1,231 points.

*Entering Wednesday's game, the Tar Heels ranked last in the ACC in scoring offense at 71.8 points per game.

*Also before Wednesday's contest UNC ranked last in the ACC in scoring margin (-3.8 per game), field goal percentage (42.1%), rebounding margin (-2.5), turnover margin (-2.33), rebounding defense (39.7) and steals (6.6).

*Prior to Wednesday's game the highest team statistical ranking for UNC was assists at second ion the ACC with an average of 18.13 per contest.

*Jason Capel is ninth in the league with 3.62 assists per game while Brian Morrison is 12th with an average of 3 per affair.

*Morrison is also eight in the ACC with an average of 1.87 3-point field goals made per game. Capel is 14th (1.54).

*Will Johnson took as many shots in the final 10 minutes (three) that he had taken in the previous three games. Going back to the Virginia game, he had gone more than 66 minutes without taking a shot before launching a 3-pointer tonight.

*State has now won five consecutive road games for the first time since the 1974 national championship season.

*When greeting each other on the court seconds after the game ended State senior Anthony Grundy told UNC's Jawad Williams and some other Tar Heels to "Stay strong."

Andrew Jones is in his sixth year covering football and basketball for Inside Carolina. He also in his fourth year as a copy editor and staff writer for the Wilmington Star-News and hosts a nightly radio show on WAAV-AM980 in Wilmington. He has also written for ACCNews and once published The College Game and the former Total Sports. He can be reached via e-mail at: AJWAAV@aol.com.


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