North Carolina vs. NC State: NCAA Tournament bids on the line

Whenever two rival teams play each other, it’s guaranteed to be a showdown. Add in NCAA Tournament hopes and you have the showdown of showdowns. That’s just what you’re going to get from today’s North Carolina Tar Heels vs. NC State Wolfpack game.

Heading into today’s game the North Carolina Tar Heels are on the inside and seem set to make the big dance later this year. However, they’ve got some really ugly losses on their resume and just one more loss could seal their fate if they don’t pick up a few more significant wins. Joe Lunardi currently has the Tar Heels as a ten seed in the west bracket in his latest bracketology.

The North Carolina State Wolfpack is the complete opposite. They sit on the outside looking in and are fighting for big wins to get them in consideration for the tournament. While they’re currently not in the big dance according to the latest bracketology, the Wolfpack are far from out of it. There are plenty of games left in this season to allow the Wolfpack to make noise and add quality wins to their resume. Defeating the Tar Heels later today, could be the first of those games.

For the Wolfpack, the road is tougher. It begins with the Tar Heels today on the road at the Dean Smith Center. Don’t forget the line favors the Tar Heels by -9.5 and the Dean Dome has not been kind to NC State. A loss today, could very well mark the end of what few hopes are left for their big dance appearance.

For North Carolina, they have to keep their winning streak alive and continue to make small strides each game. They’ve got quality wins, but they need more to cover up those ugly losses to Belmont and Wake Forest.

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