You cannot help but love the work from Grantland.
Two weeks ago Grantland chose the Duke @ State game as the best game to watch all weekend. Today they provide us the Top 10 games to watch this weekend and log Carolina @ State at #2.
There are two things you can count on when Carolina and State meet. First, it will be fraught with tension and anger and drama and all the darkness that comes with a genuine culture clash between schools a stone’s throw away. For more on that, read here.
The second thing you can count on? Carolina will win. Nineteen of the past 20 matchups between the schools have ended the same way, with the Tar Heels prevailing and rubbing it in with that special smarm only they can muster. That’s a decade of futility for the Wolfpack, who can probably hear the awful “not our ri-val!” chant every time they close their eyes. (To make matters worse, UNC actually beat State in football this year, in devastating fashion, so their usual gridiron solace is gone.) So if you want to watch a talented but flawed team attempt to overcome history (and its own gigantic inferiority complex) and avoid what would be the most painful loss in a decade of painful losses — seeing as how this one comes with an awful, faraway glimmer of hope — well … tune in!
All of this national attention just goes to further prove how relevant NC State is on the national basketball landscape when we are delivering our end of the bargain.