Breaking Down The N.C. State Win

In the second half, UVa adjusted its defense around Tracy Smith and it slowed down NCSU.

Following a performance for the ages in Chapel Hill, UVa returned to the John Paul Jones Arena for a rematch with N.C. State. While the UNC game was an exhibition for the offense, the second half of the State game was a defensive showcase by the Cavaliers. The game could have been dangerous – State had kept the first contest close and had the inside presence to cause UVa some trouble but Virginia was up to the challenge and dominated the last 20 minutes to come away with a comfortable 59-47 victory.

A Tale Of Two Halves

Much like the first meeting between these teams a solid first half by N.C. State fell to a great second half by UVa. In the first contest, NCSU held a 30-26 lead at the half and in this game the Wolfpack had a 28-25 advantage. The similarities don’t end there, in fact both games played out in almost identical ways by both the coaches and the players.