North Carolina at North Carolina State: Live Analysis, Reaction and Recap

Jeremy DawsonContributor IIIFebruary 26, 2014

North Carolina's Leslie McDonald hugs Marcus Paige (5) as teammates celebrate Paige's shot in overtime following an NCAA college basketball game in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. North Carolina defeated North Carolina State 85-84 in overtime. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Gerry Broome

Game of the year!

The North Carolina Tar Heels had a rough start to their season, but are now one of the hottest teams in the country. They are on a ten-game winning streak and are currently the No. 19 ranked team in the nation.

NC State holds a respectable 17-11 record, but they are 0-4 against Top 25 teams this season and with this loss to the Tar Heels are out of the running to make the NCAA tournament.

According to, North Carolina is the first team to ever beat the preseason Nos. 1, 2, 3, and 4 in the same season, including a recent victory against the Duke Blue Devils.

N.C. State had a not-so-secret weapon in sophomore T.J. Warren, who did all he could, except for make a last second free throw, to help lead the Wolfpack to a much needed victory against their in-state rival.

The game MVP is, without question, Marcus Paige. North Carolina had seven three pointers. All of them were from Paige. All of them were after the first half. Paige even made the shot in the final second of the game to give North Carolina the one point victory. J.P Tokoto had a double-double for the Tar Heels as well with 16 points and ten rebounds. Brice Johnson added ten points of his own off of the bench.

N.C. State put up as good of a fight as anyone could have. T.J. Warren had a game high 36 points. He unfortunately missed a free throw in the closing seconds which contributed to the one point loss. Blaming Warren for anything however is foolish because the Wolfpack did not have a chance if not for him. Ralston Turner turned in a nice game with 16 points, three assists and a steal. Beejay Anya kept the energy for N.C. State high throughout the contest with ten points off of the bench, four rebounds and a block.

N.C. State-84 North Carolina-85, Final, OT.