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ACC Roundup - NC State Gives UNC A Tough Game At Home But Loses

The State-UNC rivalry is going to get much more interesting with Kevin Keatts in Raleigh. State in general actually.

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NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at N.C. State
 Jan 8, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Luke Maye (32) drives to the basket against North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Torin Dorn (2) during the second half at PNC Arena. The Tar Heels won 90-82. 
Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

As expected, the State-UNC battle in Raleigh was intense. That hasn’t always been the case in recent years as you probably recall.

Well it was Tuesday night.

UNC came out and went up 12-0 before State began to punch back. UNC had bigger players but State’s were quicker and generally more aggressive.

The Pack fought its way back and with :57 left Markell Johnson stole the ball and hit a wide open CJ Brice who had a chance to hit a three that would make it a one point game...but shot an airball instead.

And that was pretty much it.

As time goes on and Keatts gets a roster that doesn't consist of four guards and an average-at-best transient center, it’s going to be really cool to see how that program develops. They don’t give many people an easy game even with some limitations now.

By the way, if you didn’t see the game, find it or find highlights somewhere and look up the 360 Johnson pulled off. It was dazzling. In fact, we’d rate it higher than Zion Williamson’s 360 against Clemson if only because Johnson’s was in traffic and incredibly quick. Zion was in the open court for his.

Seriously, it was a real stunner. You don’t see stuff like that very often.

On a down note, Cam Johnson went down late, left the court and didn’t return to the game. The announcers speculated that it might be cramps but we didn’t hear anything specific.

Georgia Tech picked up a transfer when former USC Trojan Jordan Usher, a native of Marietta, transferred back home. He could help the Yellow Jackets especially on offense. He’ll be eligible next January.

Five games on tap Wednesday of varying interest. Virginia should kill BC of course, Virginia Tech should crush Georgia Tech and Louisville will likely beat Pitt. Florida State and Miami is usually a fun game but Miami likely has too many problems to overcome. Still, it’s a rivalry game so could be fun.

The most interesting game will probably be Clemson at Syracuse. That could be a real slugfest.

Virginia Tech @ Georgia Tech 7:00 ACCNE
Clemson @ Syracuse 8:00 ACCNE
Louisville @ Pitt 8:00 ACCNE
Virginia @ BC 9:00 ESPNU
Miami @ Florida State 9:00 ACCNE
Tuesday's Results
  • Duke 87 Wake Forest 65
  • UNC 90 NC State 82

ACC Standings

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