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NC State Wolfpack vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Pick & Prediction JAN 29TH 2022

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Aiming for its third straight win, North Carolina will host struggling rival NC State on Saturday in Atlantic Coast Conference action in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Wolfpack (10-11, 3-7 ACC) have lost three of their last four but can get back to .500 with a road win.

Meanwhile the Tar Heels (14-6, 6-3) have won two in a row and are a perfect 11-0 at home this season.

The latest win for UNC came Wednesday, 58-47 over visiting Boston College. Stout defense led the Tar Heels to a victory as the Eagles shot a season-worst 6.3 percent from 3-point range. Boston College also had just five assists to nine turnovers, and was held to 6-of-28 shooting -- 21.4 percent -- in the second half.

North Carolina was playing its third game in five days and won despite shooting 29.1 percent from the floor. It was the first win ever for the Tar Heels when shooting less than 30 percent.

Caleb Love led the way with 16 points. Armando Bacot had 18 rebounds, but just six points on 1-of-10 shooting.

"A win is a win," first-year UNC coach Hubert Davis said. "That's why I talk a lot with the team about us being really good defensively. And that's why I always talk about energy, effort and toughness, because those are things that are in our control and things that you can bring every given day."

NC State played Wednesday night, too, falling 73-65 at Notre Dame. The Wolfpack turned the ball over 13 times and allowed the Irish to score 20 points off those mistakes. NC State also missed five of 12 free throws and let the Irish grab 11 offensive boards, which they turned into 13 second-chance points. Notre Dame also knocked down 11 3-pointers, while the Wolfpack had just six makes from that range.

"I think that was the biggest difference," NC State coach Kevin Keatts said. "They had 33 points from the 3-point line, and we had 18. It was an eight-point game. That was the difference."

Against the Irish, Dereon Seabron tallied 21 points and eight boards. It was the ninth 20-point game of the season for the sophomore, who is third in the ACC in scoring with 19.0 points per game.

This is the first of two regular-season meetings between the Tar Heels and Wolfpack. They'll play in Raleigh on Feb. 26. UNC has the all-time advantage in the series, 114-49.

--Field Level Media

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NC State Wolfpack vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Recap JAN 29TH 2022

Caleb Love scored 21 points as North Carolina led wire-to-wire in a rout over in-state rival N.C. State, winning 100-80 Saturday in Chapel Hill.

Love also tallied five assists for the Tar Heels (15-6, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their third straight game. Armando Bacot registered his 16th double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Additionally, RJ Davis and Brady Manek notched 17 points apiece for the Tar Heels.

N.C. State (10-12, 3-8) lost its second straight game despite getting a season-best 34 points from freshman Terquavion Smith and 25 points from Jericole Hellems. Those two players aside, the rest of the Wolfpack shot 7 of 29 from the floor, a 24.1% clip. N.C. State has now lost five of its last seven games.

UNC jumped out to a 19-9 lead from the opening tip, with Love scoring nine points during that stretch on 3 of 4 shooting. By halftime, the Tar Heels led by 25 points and were shooting 10 of 15 -- 66.7 percent -- from 3-point range.

The Tar Heels finished the day making a season-high 15 shots from 3-point land.

North Carolina took its largest lead of the day early in the second half, coming out of halftime on a 17-7 run to power it to a 35-point advantage. Davis scored eight points during that stretch.

Early in the second half, Bacot tallied his 1,000th career point, becoming the 79th Tar Heel to reach that milestone. No other Division I men's team has more 1,000-point scorers than UNC.

The Tar Heels outscored the Wolfpack 28-22 in the paint and 25-11 on fast break opportunities.

Before the game, North Carolina raised a banner into the rafters in honor of longtime coach Roy Williams, who retired after last season. Williams guided the Tar Heels to three national championships and was an assistant coach on the 1982 national championship team too. Members of that squad, including Tar Heel and NBA legend Michael Jordan, were honored at halftime for their 40th anniversary.

UNC and N.C. State will meet for one more regular season game this year, on Feb. 26 in Raleigh.

--Field Level Media

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