I’ll admit it, I’m a bit scared about this game. The Wolfpack are a dangerous team for three reasons:
1. They need a win tonight to keep any hopes of a tournament bid alive.
2. They want to avenge their embarrassing loss in Chapel Hill, where they scored 13 first half points.
3. It’s an ACC road game, and Ty Lawson is still on the bench.
7:04 pm: 2-2. The Pack draw first blood, but Hansbrough responds.
7:05 pm: UNC fans: Whoooo!!!
NCSU fans: FLOP!!!
7:06 pm: 4-4. Qiuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu…
7:07 pm: 6-6. Tyler cannot afford to get pickpocketed on the top of the key like that.
8-6, UNC. Ellington gets his first basket of the game, a tough baseline shot.
7:09 pm: 10-10, NCSU. Just after a wide open layup by Courtney Fells, Ellington ties it at 10.
7:11 pm: No caption necessary…
7:15 pm: 13-10, NCSU. Gavin Grant beats Green and Ginyard for the basket and the foul. With 12:38 left in the first half, they’ve already matched the 1st half total from the last meeting.
7:17 pm: 13-11, NCSU. Hansbrough comes back into the game to a hearty chorus of boos.
7:21 pm: 15-11, NCSU. Carolina has missed 8 of their last 9 shots. In none of those instances did Tyler touch the ball in the lane.
7:22 pm: 15-15. Q comes back into the game, and Carolina scores two quick baskets to tie the game, including a Ginyard steal and dunk.
7:24 pm: 18-17, NCSU. Gavin Grant his an open three to take the lead.
7:25 pm: 19-18, UNC. Tyler gets muscled out of the piant, is forced to take an off-balance shot…and he still drains it.
7:26 pm: 21-19, NCSU. Javier Gonzalez is left wide open for a three. He’s a 24% three point shooter for the season.
7:27 pm: 21-21. Stepheson gets an easy one inside. This game is shaping up to be exciting one.
7:30 pm: 23-22, NCSU. Hickson is knocked down by hansbrough in the lane, but no foul is called.
7:32 pm: 26-25, NCSU. The bad news: we’re allowing Pack guards to drive the lane almost at will. The good news: Hansbrough and Ellington are a combined 8-10 shooting.
7:33 pm: 31-25, NCSU: Gonzalez can’t miss from outside! This is so rare, you’d think this was some lunar eclipse of something.
Wait…oh. Well, we’re screwed.
7:35 pm: 31-27, NCSU. Deon Thompson with his first bucket of the game.
7:39 pm: 31-28, NCSU. Tyler hits his 220th free throw of the year. That is insane.
7:41 pm: Tyler gets away with a foul, but Ginyard throws the ball away on the other end.
7:42 pm: It’s not a conference basketball game without a few healthy anti-referee chants.
7:44 pm: 31-31. If it wasn’t Tyler, there’s no way I would believe anyone made that shot and the foul.
7:45 pm, Halftime. Ellington hits a open 3-pointer with three seconds left to give Carolina a 34-31 lead at the end of the first half.
Carolina plays well and catches a few breaks for a 9-0 run to end the half. To win in the second half, the Heels need to respect the kick-out pass while preventing easy drives through the lane on defense, and outrebound the Wolfpack on both sides of the court. .