Game Preview: UNC vs NC State -

Game Preview: UNC vs NC State

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Posted: 1/25/2013 10:07:39 PM


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It’s becoming increasingly obvious that N.C. State’s basketball team misses DeShawn Painter a lot more than most people expected when the forward transferred to Old Dominion after last season.

The 6-foot-9, 230-pounder was hardly a star (6.2 points , 4.3 rebounds per game) for the Wolfpack, but his ability to provide productive relief for C.J. Leslie and Richard Howell was important to the team’s late surge and NCAA success.

Painter, from Norfolk, Va., transferred to ODU to help care for an ailing relative and was granted immediate eligibility for his senior season. He’s averaging a team-high 11.3 points and 7.8 rebounds on a 2-16 team that probably will not win more than a handful of games all season.

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RALEIGH — N.C. State's loss at Wake Forest on Tuesday and defensive meltdown in the second half prompted a team meeting on Thursday.

Junior guard Lorenzo Brown did not provide too many details about the meeting other than the "nonsense" of the past three games — a loss at Maryland, a close home win over Clemson and the loss at Wake Forest — was addressed.

"There's been a lot of nonsense going on between us but we're all grown men," Brown said. "We sat down and talked it out. We're perfectly fine now."

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CHAPEL HILL -- Ellis Paige grew up in Chicago, where he learned to play basketball and learned about the importance of confidence on city courts against players bigger, older and meaner.

Playing in Chicago, Paige said, “you don’t back down. You always feel like you’re the best.”

He has tried to instill that attitude into his son, Marcus, the freshman point guard at North Carolina.

“I said, ‘Hey man, you know what – the one thing that you don’t realize is every time you go out there you have to compete because everyone on that level is just as good as you are,’ ” the elder Paige said during a recent phone interview. “And that’s a hard thing for him to understand.

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Matchup History
3/10/2012 1:00:00 PMUNC 69 - NC State 67Recap
2/21/2012 8:00:00 PMUNC 86 - NC State 74Recap
1/26/2012 7:00:00 PMUNC 74 - NC State 55Recap
2/23/2011 9:00:00 PMUNC 75 - NC State 63Recap
1/29/2011 2:00:00 PMUNC 84 - NC State 64Recap

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