RALEIGH, NC -- David Thompson was at PNC Arena on Saturday night. And for 40 minutes of basketball, North Carolina State put on a display that would make the Wolfpack teams he played on proud.
Generally considered the greatest player in ACC history, Thompson and his run at NCSU included leading the Wolfpack to the 1974 national championship, ending UCLA's seven-year run as champs.
Another Thompson-led N.C. State team went unbeaten in 1973, but didn't play in the NCAA Tournament because it was on probation, and overall NCSU won seven straight over hated rival North Carolina in that period.
Four decades later and before Thompson's adoring eyes, the Wolfpack put on a show that was worthy of any of the programs storied stretches, waxing the Tar Heels in such an in-your-face manner that it somewhat exorcized the demons of the last two decades.
N.C. State ripped Carolina to shreds in every way imaginable opening up a 28-point lead with 13-plus minutes left in the 91-83 victory. The ...