North Carolina Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating NC State in ACC Clash

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North Carolina Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating NC State in ACC Clash
Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina will have at least one more chance to redeem itself against NC State on Saturday afternoon. The Wolfpack topped the Tar Heels, 91-83, in Raleigh last month, but the score is hardly an indication of how that game went.

They let UNC back in the game after building a 61-35 advantage with 13 minutes to go. Kudos to North Carolina for the comeback, and shame on NC State for letting it happen.

But this game will be a little different than the last. Both teams have struggled on the road this season, and this time the game is being played in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels have also gone small to insert P.J. Hairston into the starting lineup, who put up 19 points in 17 minutes against the Wolfpack.

Most people will probably be placing their bets on NC State, but North Carolina has a legitimate shot at pulling off an upset in this renewed rivalry. Especially if it can follow these five keys to the game.

A win over NC State would not only tie up the season series, but it would also catapult North Carolina into third place in the ACC—and push the program closer to an NCAA tourney berth.

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