Time: 5:00 p.m. ET
Place: PNC Arena
TV: ESPN 2
Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network
Last Meeting: NC State 75-56 (ACC Tournament)
Odds: Vegas: Virginia -2.5; KenPom UVA 63, NC State 61 (59%)
Well well well. UVA is 2-0 in the ACC, and tonight's matchup is a huge test for the Hoos. Virginia stole one on the road from Florida State, then followed it up with a performance against Wake Forest that left many fans thinking, "Now THIS is the Virginia team I've been expecting!"
Today will be a clash of styles, as NC State is used to the run-n-gun offense, averaging 74.5 points per game, while Virginia allows on average only 55.9 points per game.
Meanwhile, both teams are kind of abysmal at the free throw line. Virginia is 13th in the conference at 64.5%, while NC State is not much better, 11th at 67.1%.
Expect UVA to dominate the boards, as the Hoos are 2nd in the conference with a +8.5 rebounding margin, while NC State is last at +2.2.
State struggles from outside the arc (just 30.4%, last in the ACC), which should be good for Tony Bennett's packline defense.
Leave your pre-, in-, and post-game thoughts here and as always, Go HOOS!