North Carolina hosting N.C. State tonight and a look at who should win this game?(Top links on this topic and one will take you back to Thacker and Packer with the call of the game)
You look inside first and for UNC that gives them an edge there with Tyler Zeller at 7’0 and John Henson at 6’11….How can N.C. State match up with that, as the Wolfpack bring 6’8 strongman Richard Howell into the lane and as one man, he can’t match what UNC can offer with Zeller and Henson…..UNC has a slight edge out front too at PG with Kendall Marshall….Marshall is averaging over 9 assists per game, while N.C. State’s floor leader, Lorenzo Brown is producing almost 7 assists per game(6.9)…..Marshall has one more year’s experience at the point as opposed to Brown, with Marahall at PG in 2010/2011 and Brown played the two-guard last year, during his first year in college….UNC has the home-court advantage too, with this game coming up tonight in Chapel Hill….The only real edge for N.C. State might be the outside shooting of Scott Wood….Wood also is the top free throw shooter in the conference and he hasn’t missed a foul shot over the past year and a-half…..UNC can send Reggie Bullock, P.J. Hairston and Harrison Barnes all back beyond the arc, but chances are, they won’t match what Wood can do…You know that UNC will be paying special attention to this tonight and it will be obvious, you’ll see the Heels chasing Scott Wood all over the place, they don’t want to let him get started….
Tyler Zeller, John Henson, Harrison Barnes, Reggie Bullock, Kendall Marshall and P.J. Hairston(Duldey HS) in the Tar Heels’ top six and Lorenzo Brown, Scott Wood, Richard Howell, C.J. Leslie, C.J. Williams and Deshawn Paitner in the top six for N.C. State….
You kind of hate to do it if you have followed the Wolfpack for many years, but when you look at all of this, you have to give the edge to UNC at home, by 5-7 points…If N.C State plays well on the road in Chapel Hill tonight, then they have a chance to take the game in Raleigh later on in the season, but as for this evening, it would be a tough steal, to take one fron the Heels at home tonight….You have to give them their home due……How about you? Are you ready for the big game tonight and will you be glued to the set at 7 watching ESPN roll out the Blue Carpet in Chapel Hill?????
Other links for you on this ‘Topic of the Day’…..They are talking about it and breaking it down in a big way at WRALSportsFan in Raleigh….CLICK HERE to get on board….
Great link here from the News and Record with the 1979 comeback by N.C. State when they were down 40-19 and came back to grab a one-point lead, available on video…State lost the game on a steal by Dudley Bradley, with just five seconds left in the game….He stole the ball from Clyde ‘The Glide’ Austin and ‘Hawkeye’ Whitney was hitting key free throws in this game…CLICK HERE for the N&R link and it is a good one…