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Yes, the thread title has a question mark and that's for a reason. I don't even know if the game is going to be played. It looks like it is trending towards that it will at this point.
Since the first half of the State/UNC game in the PNC, NC State has fallen off of a cliff. The Pack have lost 3 in a row, are coming off of a blow out loss to FSU, and have battled COVID (and possibly team chemistry). I'm not sure coming back after a COVID layoff to play UNC in Chapel Hill (when they've been playing and practicing) is the best recipe for a win, but here we seemingly are.
UNC's defense is improving (26th nationally in efficiency), but they aren't a good shooting team offensively. The cheating blues are 287th nationally in effective FG percentage on offense, 270th nationally in 3 point shooting percentage (making just 31% as a team), and 263rd nationally in 2 point FG%.
The Pack's turned in some matador defensive performances the last couple of outings. For State to have any chance, they need to defend, and it needs to start inside out. State will need a big game from Manny and Fundy and a fair whistle from the officials.
The computers like UNC by 2 and give them a 60% chance of winning. While I don't think UNC is very good, NC State's season has turned into a complete train wreck. UNC as favorites at home feels right, particularly if the crew from the second half of the first State/UNC game shows up.