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Posted Saturday, February 3, 2007

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Tar Heels visit Wolfpack

Chapel Hill, NC - The North Carolina men’s basketball team will begin February and close out the first half of its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule with a road date at NC State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the RBC Center in Raleigh. The game will be televised
by ABC.

The Tar Heels (20-2, 6-1 ACC) went 8-1 in January and have won five games in a row since losing at Virginia Tech on Jan. 13.

UNC is coming off a 105-64 home victory overMiami onWednesday night. Last week, the Tar Heels won on the road atWake Forest and at No. 17/19 Arizona. With the win over Miami, UNC moved into first place in the ACC standings by a half-game over Virginia Tech and Boston College (both 6-2).

Carolina will play the first of back-to-back road games on Saturday afternoon at NC State, followed by a contest next Wednesday at Duke. The game at Duke will complete a stretch that has included six road dates in eight games. After two weeks at No. 4 in both polls, the Tar Heels moved up to No. 3 in theAssociated Press and No. 3 in the ESPN/USAToday coaches poll this week after their road wins overWake Forest and Arizona.

TheWolfpack (12-8, 2-5ACC) is coming off a 70-59 win onWednesday night at Virginia Tech.

THE SERIES VS. NC STATE
• The Tar Heels lead the all-time series with NC State, 134-74. Carolina has swept the season series from NC State in each of the last three seasons, winning six consecutive games in the series.
• Carolina is 53-43 all-time against NC State in Raleigh (including a 5-2 mark in the ESA/RBC Center and a 29-29 mark at Reynolds
Coliseum).
• Carolina has won eight of its last 10 games against theWolfpack in Raleigh.
• Carolina has won six in a row vs. NC State but theWolfpack had beaten UNC four times in 20-2 overall, 6-1 ACC

Matchup: North Carolina at NC State
Date: Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Site: RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.
Records: Carolina 20-2, 6-1 ACC, NC State 12-8, 2-5 ACC
Rankings: Carolina is ranked No. 3 by the AP and No. 3 by the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll this week. NC State is unranked
TV: ABC
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network, a division of Learfield Communications. Woody Durham (play-by-play), Eric Montross
(analyst) and Jones Angell (host) provide the call. The game is also available on XM satellite radio. A live broadcast is
available on a subscription basis on the University of North Carolina’s official website, TarHeelBlue.com.
Websites: North Carolina (TarHeelBlue.com) • NC State (GoPack.com)
Series Record: UNC leads, 134-74
Last Meeting: UNC 95, NC State 71 on Feb. 22, 2006, in Raleigh, N.C.
Last UNC win: same
Last NCSU win: NCSU 75, UNC 67 (OT) on Feb. 25, 2003, in Chapel Hill
Fast Fact: Carolina has won six games in a row over NC State, sweeping the series rivalry in each of Roy Williamsʼ three years as
the Tar Heel head coach.

• RoyWilliams is 11-0 as a head coach against NC State, including a 5-0 record at Kansas and a 6-0 mark at Carolina. The Tar Heels have swept the season series from the Wolfpack in each of Williams’ three seasons as UNC head coach.

LAST YEAR IN CHAPEL HILL
No. 25/25 Carolina closed the game on a 13-0 run and defeated No. 13/12 NC State, 82-69, on Jan. 7, 2006, in Chapel Hill. After a Cameron Bennerman field goal tied the game at 69-69 with 3:10 left to play, TylerHansbrough scored six of UNC’s and the game’s final 13 points. Bobby Frasor scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and had a key steal in the final two minutes of play.

Hansbrough hit 14 of 14 free throw attempts
to lead the Tar Heels, who hit 26 of 28 from the
charity stripe in the game. The team’s free throw
percentage of 92.9 was Carolina’s highest in a
game since the 2000-01 season. Hansbrough’s
14 of 14 performance from the line was the best
by a Tar Heel since Phil Ford went 16 for 16 on
Feb. 24, 1976.
The win was Carolina’s fifth in a row against
NC State. The game was the first time since Jan.
20, 1990, that N.C. State entered the game with
a higher ranking than UNC. The Wolfpack entered
the game as the ACC’s top defensive team
in field goal percentage allowed (36.5 percent)
and points allowed (58.0 ppg). The Tar Heels
shot 53.2 percent from the floor and scored 82
points, both season highs allowed by NC State.
State started the game on a 11-0 run, but Carolina
battled back with a 16-4 run to take a 16-15
lead at the second media timeout at the 11:29
mark of the opening period. UNC eventually led
by as many as eight points in the first half before
allowing NC State to take a 39-36 lead at the
break.
The Tar Heels led for most of the second half
but never by more than seven points before the
Wolfpack tied the score at 69-all and Carolina
ended the game on its 13-0 run.
Hansbrough led all scorers with 20 points, followed
by Frasor’s 17 points. David Noel (14
points, six rebounds and six assists with just two
turnovers) and Reyshawn Terry (13 points, six
rebounds) also reached double figures for Carolina.
LAST YEAR IN RALEIGH
Senior David Noel scored a career-high 25
points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Reyshawn
Terry had 20 points on 9 of 14 shooting as No.
21/21 North Carolina dominated No. 15/14 NC
State, 95-71, on Feb. 22, 2006, at the RBC Center.
Tyler Hansbrough scored 17 points for the
Tar Heels, whileWes Miller had 15 points on 5
of 8 three-point shooting and dished out a careerhigh
six assists. UNC guards Miller (six assists
and one turnover), Bobby Frasor (6 and two)
and Quentin Thomas (five and zero) combined
for 17 assists and three miscues in the game.
Marcus Ginyard hit 4 of 7 field goals, scoring
nine points — the most he had scored in 15
games.
The win capped Carolina’s third straight season
sweep in its series with theWolfpack.
The loss was theWolfpack’s first in theACC at
home on the season and dropped the Pack to 15-
2 overall at home. It was UNC’s biggest win
over NC State in Raleigh since a 100-67 win on
Jan. 7, 1993, in Reynolds Coliseum. It was
State’s largest ACC home loss since a 27-point
loss to Duke on Jan. 20, 1994.
Carolina’s six turnovers against NC State were
the fewest in a game by the Tar Heels in 300
games since they had two against Fairfield on
March 13, 1997 (in the first round of the 1997
NCAATournament). The two first-half miscues
were UNC’s lowest number of turnovers in any
half all season. Carolina’s 24 assists vs. six
turnovers (+18) marked the team’s highest assist/
turnover differential since a 27-8 (+19) ratio
vs.Wyoming in the NIT second round onMarch
24, 2003, in Chapel Hill.
Noel had 18 points and eight rebounds by halftime
and eclipsed his previous career high of 21
points on a tipin with 18:00 left in the second
half. Carolina seized the game’s momentum
with a 13-3 run, topped off by Terry’s threepointer
to make it 46-32 Tar Heels with 1:33 left
in the first half. Carolina held a 12-1 edge in offensive
rebounds at halftime and its 12 offensive
boards were one more than State’s 11 total rebounds
in the first half.
NC State closed to 60-51 with 13:40 left to
play in the second period, but Tony Bethel couldn’t
connect on a three-pointer and Noel responded
with a three-pointer of his own to push
the margin back to 12. The lead was never less
than 10 the rest of the way. TheWolfpack was 0
for 10 on three-pointers in second half, shooting
37.9 percent overall after halftime.
Carolina outscored NC State 46-32 in the
paint. The Tar Heels’ 95 points were the most
allowed by NC State all season.

HANSBROUGH NEARING 1,000 POINTS
• Sophomore forward Tyler Hansbrough enters the NC State game with 992 points in 53 career games and is nearing 1,000 total
points.
• The fastest Tar Heels to reach the 1,000-point plateau since freshmen became eligible in 1972- 73 are Joseph Forte (in the 2000-01 season) and Rashad McCants (2003-04), both of whom reached the milestone in 56 career games.
• The last UNC player to reach the 1,000-point club faster was Charles Scott (52 games) in 1968-69.
• Carolina has had 58 players score 1,000 points in its history, more than any other school in the nation.

20 WINS, AGAIN
• North Carolina (20-2) has won at least 20 games for the 49th time in its 97-year history. The Tar Heels have posted 20-win seasons in 34 of the last 37 years.
• Roy Williams has won 20 or more games 17 times in 19 seasons as a head coach (his teams won 19 in each of the two other years). He has won 20 games or more in each of the last three seasons at Carolina.
• Carolina won at least 20 games for an NCAA-record 31 consecutive seasons from 1970-71 to 2000-01. In that span, the Tar Heels won at least 25 games 21 times and at least 30 games three times.

1957 AND 1982 NCAA CHAMPION REUNION
Members of Carolina’s 1957
and 1982 NCAA championship
teams will gather for a reunion in
Chapel Hill on the weekend of
Feb. 9 and 10. The reunion will
commemorate the 50th anniversary
of the ‘57 national title and
the 25th anniversary of the ‘82
title.
Team members will be introduced at halftime of the game with Wake Forest on Saturday Feb. 10 and will attend a private dinner that evening hosted by head coach Roy Williams.

HANSBROUGH, WRIGHT ON WOODEN TOP 30 LIST
Tar Heel big men Tyler Hansbrough and
Brandan Wright are both on the 30-man
Wooden Award Midseason All-American Team,
the Wooden Award Committee announced on
Jan. 30. While Hansbrough was a preseason selection,
Wright was one of 10 newcomers chosen
who were not selected to the preseason list.
Senior Reyshawn Terry was on the preseason
top 50 list.
In total, twelve seniors, ten juniors, five sophomores
and three freshmen make up the midseason
list. Composed of the top 30 players who
will compete for this season's player of the year
award, the midseason list is based on individual
player performance and team records during the
first half of the season.

FRESHMEN SCORING AT RECORD CLIP
Midway through the ACC season, Carolina’s freshman class of Wayne Ellington, Ty Lawson, Alex Stepheson, Deon Thompson and Brandan Wright is scoring at a record rate.
The highest-scoring freshman class in Carolina
history is the 2002-03 group that averaged
42.1 points per game. This year’s five freshmen
are currently averaging a combined 44.6 points
per game. That would be the third-highest scoring
freshman class in ACC history.

STIFLING DEFENSE
A strong emphasis on defense has been a key factor in Carolina’s 20-2 start this season:
• Carolina has held the last three opponents (Wake Forest, Arizona and Miami) to less than 40 percent shooting in six consecutive halves.
• In the five games (10 halves) since losing at Virginia Tech, the Tar Heels have shot 50 percent or better in seven of 10 halves and held the opposition to less than 40 percent in nine of 10 halves. (Georgia Tech shot 48.4 in the second half).
• The Tar Heels have forced 20 or more turnovers in a game seven times this season. UNC opponents average 17.1 turnovers per
game this season.

 Carolina has lost by double digits under Roy Williams just five times in 3+ seasons, with the biggest loss being 15 points at USC last season. In the three previous seasons prior to Williams' return to Chapel Hill, Carolina lost by double digits 28 times.

 Carolina is currently riding a three-game road winning streak, with all three victories coming by at least 20 points. That’s the first time in the ACC era the Tar Heels have won three straight road games by at least 20, and the first time in program history since 1946.

 Carolina has played NC State and Duke on the road in back-to-back games only twice in the ACC era. The Tar Heels swept both previous occasions (1982 and 2001).

 Carolina currently has 14 victories of at least 20 points per
game this season. The Tar Heels had six such games all of
last season. The 2005 championship team had 18 such games.
 Tyler Hansbrough leads the ACC in free throw attempts
with 8.3 per game.
 Carolina is ranked No. 2 in the latest RPI rankings and No.
1 in the Sagarin poll.
 UNC has 61 starts by freshmen this season, most in the
ACC entering this weekend’s action.
 Ten Tar Heels average double-figures in minutes played.
Of those 10 players, seven have a positive assist/turnover
ratio and five shoot better than 50 percent from the field.
 Roy Williams’s five Final Four teams have collectively
averaged 15.8 turnovers per game. This year’s Tar Heels average
14.7 per game despite starting three freshmen in most
games, including a freshman point guard (Ty Lawson) in the
last 17 contests).
 Carolina is averaging 88.5 points per game this season,
second-best in the nation and close to the top five scoring
teams in school history. The school record is 91.3 ppg, set in
1986-87.
 Carolina leads the ACC in scoring, scoring margin, field
goal percentage, rebounding, rebounding margin, assists and
assist/turnover ratio.
 Carolina hasn’t lost consecutive ACC road games in nearly
three years (since Feb. 10 and 24, 2004).
 Tyler Hansbrough (10), Brandan Wright (five), Wayne
Ellington (one) and Ty Lawson (one) have combined to win
17 of the last 27 ACC Rookie of the Week awards.
 Since moving into the starting lineup against Ohio State,
Ty Lawson has 96 assists and just 29 turnovers in 17 starts.
Lawson already has a pair of zero-turnover games as a Carolina
starter. Raymond Felton had four zero-turnover games
in his three-year Carolina career. Lawson’s current
assist/turnover ratio is 2.07, third-best in the ACC. Since
turnovers were reliably tracked, the best mark for a Carolina
freshman point guard who started the majority of his team’s
games is Ed Cota’s 1.89.
 Carolina has held 13 opponents this season under 40 percent
shooting from the floor.
 Carolina has shot 50 percent or better from the floor in 26
of 44 halves this season and in both halves in nine games.
UNC has shot 60 percent or better in nine halves this year.
 Brandan Wright is currently shooting 64.5 percent from
the field to lead the ACC. That would eclipse the all-time
ACC freshman record of 62.6 percent set by Sam Perkins.
 Carolina currently has a +10.8 rebounding margin to lead
the ACC and the nation. The Tar Heels have had only one rebounding
margin of at least 10.0 in program history—the
1956-57 team had a margin of +10.8.
 Brandan Wright scored in double figures in his first 18 games as a Tar Heel. The only other Tar Heel rookie to accomplish
that feat in the last 20 years is Rashad McCants, who reached double figures in the first 20 games of the 2002-03 season.

• On the year, opponents are shooting 39.4 percent against the Tar Heels in 2006-07.
• UNC is 13-1 this season when it forces more turnovers than it commits.

ROAD WARRIORS
• Carolina is currently riding a three-game road
winning streak, with all three victories coming
by at least 20 points. That’s the first time in the
ACC era the Tar Heels have won three straight
road games by at least 20, and the first time in
program history since 1946.
• The Tar Heels are 4-1 on the road this season,
including a 2-1 mark in ACC play.
• UNC was 7-1 on the road in ACC play last
season, its best road record in the ACC since the
conference schedule expanded to 16 games in
the 1991-92 season. UNC previously had gone
6-2 on the road four times (in 1992-93, 1997-98,
2000-01 and 2004-05).
• Carolina is 15-4 on the road in the ACC since
the start of the 2004-05 season.

20-2 START FOR TAR HEELS
• Carolina is off to a 20-2 start this season, its best start since going 21-2 to begin the 2000-01 campaign.
• The last UNC team to start a season better than 21-2 was the 1997-98 team, which started 27-2 and finished 34-4.
• This year marks the 12th time Carolina has started a season 20-2 or better since the beginning of ACC play in the 1953-54 season

 
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UNC sophomore forward Tyler Hansbrough enters the NC State game with 992 points in 53 career games and is nearing 1,000 total points.
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