In the initial Tobacco Road rivalry match of the year, the University of North Carolina plays its in-state foe, North Carolina State, on Wednesday.
North Carolina State has an advantage going into this game because they are unbeaten at home. They haven’t actually played anyone at home, which is unfortunate. The only team they have defeated at home that is ranked in Ken Pomeroy’s top 200 is Virginia, whom they defeated on Saturday. Those games ought to be won by NC State. As of now, the Wolfpack’s strength of schedule, which is ranked No. 326 in the nation, has been their greatest adversary. When playing against teams who allow 70.8 points per match, North Carolina State averages 77.7 points per contest. Despite shooting only somewhat better than average, the Wolfpack receive their fair share of points because they are among the top teams in the nation in avoiding turnovers. NC State shoots 69.7% from the foul line, which is a little bit of a problem that could impact them later in the season.
There was some doubt about UNC’s ability to perform well away from home after they played their initial 12 matches of the campaign at home or on neutral grounds. Thus far, there hasn’t been an issue. In their first real road game, the Tar Heels overcame a respectable Pittsburgh squad, 70-57. They won 65-55 at Clemson the following game. The Tar Heels’ offensive, which is scoring 83.6 points per contest on average against opponents while giving up an average of 70.3 points, has been the secret to their success thus far. The shooting unit of North Carolina isn’t very good. However, it works well. The Tar Heels are mediocre in offensive rebounding and commit few turnovers. If teams execute the other three factors perfectly, they have the ability to shoot quite a bit lower.
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North Carolina vs NC State Game Information
- Date: 01/10/2024
- Time: 08:00 PM ET
- Location: PNC Arena.
- How to Watch North Carolina vs NC State: ESPN2
- Live Stream: CBS.com