ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 11: The Florida State Seminoles celebrate after they won 85-82 against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the Final Game of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Conference Tournament at Philips Arena on March 11, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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North Carolina Defeats NC State 69-67, Advances to ACC Title Game

When it came down to crunch time, North Carolina's Kendall Marshall was the hero as his jumper from just outside the lane propelled UNC to a 69-67 victory over the North Carolina State Wolfpack. The shot came with roughly 12 seconds left in the game. A replay showed that there was some controversy over Marshall's offensive contact to create the space for the game winner.

North Carolina State was trying to defeat their in-state rivals for the first time in six years.

Harrison Barnes rebounded for the Tar Heels in the second half, finishing the game with 15 points, after having just three at the half. Tyler Zeller had 23 points and nine rebounds for North Carolina, while Marshall has 10 assists to go with 12 points.

The Wolfpack were lead by C.J. Leslie's 22 points in falling to 22-12. Their fate will be revealed tomorrow.

With the victory, North Carolina moves to 29-4 and will face the winner of the Duke versues Florida State game for the ACC Title and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

For more NC State coverage, make sure to check out Backing The Pack, while Tar Heel fans should head on over to Carolina March. Both are members of the SB Nation network of blogs.


NC State Vs. North Carolina Halftime: Wolfpack Leads Tar Heels 34-31

It was a back-and-forth first half in Atlanta, as the largest lead either team had in the first half was five points. Sitting at half time the Wolfpack lead the Tar Heels 34-31

North Carolina was without ACC Defensive Player of the Year John Henson, who had been scratched from the game with an injury. Freshman James Michael McAdoo filled in rather well for the Tar Heels, providing the team with five points and two rebounds. However McAdoo picked up his third foul with just 24.3 seconds left in the first half.

For the Wolfpack, they were lead in the first half by the play of C.J. Leslie who scored 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting, along with four rebounds.

Down 20-17 with 7:37 left in the half, NC State's Leslie made a jumper in the lane over North Carolina's Tyler Zeller to spark an 8-0 run that gave the Wolfpack a 25-20 lead with just under five minutes until halftime. Zeller leads the Tar Heels with nine points at halftime.

NC State has done a solid job of guarding Harrison Barnes, holding the sophomore start to just three points in the first half. You may recall last year in the ACC Semi-Finals when Barnes went off for 40 points against the Clemson Tigers.

For continued coverage, make sure to check out Carolina March and Backing The Pack, your home on the SB Nation network for North Carolina and NC State coverage.


John Henson Injury: North Carolina Tar Heels Forward Will Miss Game Against North Carolina State

According to a tweet from ESPN's Dan Shulman, North Carolina forward John Henson will miss today's ACC tournament semi-final game against North Carolina State. The junior has been an integral part of the Tar Heels team, averaging 13.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game this season.

The ACC Defensive Player of the Year injured his hand in Friday's contest against the Maryland Terrapins, on a foul committed by Ashton Pankey.

North Carolina coach Roy Williams spoke to the media about the injury, and the Washington Post had Williams saying this about Henson's injury-

"He had trouble catching and gripping the basketball," coach Roy Williams said. "That’s his dominant hand, even though he’s right-handed."

The Tar Heels will now have to turn towards freshman James Michael McAdoo for the game against the Wolfpack. McAdoo came up big on Friday afternoon, finishing with 14 points and eight rebounds. The 6'9" forward scored two points in each of the previous match-ups against North Carolina State.

For more on the NC State Wolfpack, check out Backing The Pack. For North Carolina Tarheels news and info, head over to Carolina March. For all your March Madness coverage, be sure to visit SB Nation's college basketball news hub.

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