Tuesday, February 19, 2008

North Carolina Plays Their Other Rival

North Carolina @ NC State
The biggest headline this week in North Carolina has been the comments made by Mike Kryzewski and Roy Williams regarding each other reporting of injuries. Poor old NC State's slump is back page material when K and Roy get it going, but maybe that is a good thing. Ty Lawson is not going to play again, but at this point the Heels have learned to play without him. These teams play very different styles and in losing 9 of the last 10, NC State has allowed themselves to play UNC's style of fast break basketball as opposed to the Wolfpack's half court game. I thought UNC was going to hit a low vs Virginia Tech last Saturday, but in fact they played their best ball in a month. Roy's comments about Coach K and not about NC State have me a little worried about his focus - and his focus is the team's focus. Plus this game is in Raleigh. Is this enough to pick NC State? I think this game goes right down to the wire, but North Carolina pulls it out in a thriller.
Prediction: North Carolina

North Carolina - NC State line
I like UNC as the favorite with a line around -140.

Season: 49-13 (79%)
ACC: 25-8 (76%)

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