North Carolina State and North Carolina are not the same teams they were when the rivals met in Raleigh in late January.
The Wolfpack, which won that contest 91-83, have been through some adversity, which has resulted in a lengthening of their bench and tweaking of a few roles. The Tar Heels have gone small with a lineup of mostly wings and guards while also trimming the rotation.
They meet for the second time this season Saturday, though this game is at the Smith Center at UNC and it carries a bit more weight than the first meeting. With the postseason just around the bend, the Wolfpack and Tar Heels need security in knowing whom they are moving forward.
For NC State, that means this new seven-man rotation that now includes freshman point guard Tyler Lewis cant fall back into the situational thing it was before Lorenzo Browns Jan. 29 ankle injury forced coach Mark Gottfrieds hand regarding Lewis.
The diminutive playmaker had seen only 23 minutes in ACC play prior to Browns inju...