AT A GLANCE
Records: North Carolina 15-1 (3-0 ACC), NC State 8-7 (0-3 ACC)
Rankings: North Carolina is ranked No. 11 in the AP poll and No. 20 in the coaches' poll. NC State is unranked.
TV: ACC Digital Network on YouTube. Tom Werme and Christy Winters Scott have the call.
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network, a division of Learfield Communications. Walter Storholt (play-by-play) has the call. A link to the live stream can be found at GoHeels.com.
On The Web: GoHeels.com • Twitter: @UNCWBB • @UNCWBBCoach
NC STATE SERIES NOTES
• North Carolina is 43-51 all-time against NC State, including a 13-27 mark in Raleigh. However, Carolina has won nine of its last 11 in Raleigh.
• Carolina swept the season series in 2012, taking a 60-50 victory in Raleigh and a 68-59 win in Chapel Hill.
• While NC State still holds an advantage in the all-time series, Carolina has held the upper hand in recent years. The Tar Heels have won 21 of the last 25 meetings, their most successful stretch against the Wolfpack.
• NC State is Carolina's most common opponent in terms of games played as well as the Tar Heels' oldest rival. Thursday will be the 95th all-time meeting dating back to UNC's first varsity game, a 74-47 win over the Wolfpack on Jan. 13, 1975. No ACC rivalry has been played more often.
• Of teams with at least 10 all-time meetings with UNC, only NC State (51-43), Old Dominion (12-7), Tennessee (15-3) and Connecticut (7-5) have winning records.
• Carolina ranks in the top 10 in the nation in steals (2nd), field-goal percentage defense (7th) and blocks (9th).
• Freshman Xylina McDaniel has been named ACC Rookie of the Week a league-best four times in 2012-13. She leads all ACC freshmen in scoring (12.7 ppg), rebounding (8.2 rpg) and steals (2.9 spg).
• Head coach Sylvia Hatchell is currently six wins shy of 900 for her career and is tied with C. Vivian Stringer for the lead among active coaches. Only Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt have reached 900 wins.
• Senior Tierra Ruffin-Pratt is averaging a team-best 14.3 points per game this season. Entering 2012-13, her career scoring average in 84 games was 6.7 ppg.
• Senior Krista Gross is third in the ACC in rebounding with 9.6 rpg. Entering 2012-13, her career rebounding average in 95 games was 4.4 rpg.
LAST TIME OUT: No. 15 UNC 48, Virginia Tech 45
CHAPEL HILL --- Xylina McDaniel had 14 points, eight rebounds and five steals and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 14 points as No. 15 North Carolina held on to beat Virginia Tech, 48-45, Sunday afternoon at Carmichael Arena. Carolina improved to 15-1 with the win, and the Tar Heels are 3-0 in the ACC for the first time since 2009. Virginia Tech (7-7, 1-2 ACC) led 20-11 with 5:07 left in the first half before Carolina went on an 11-2 run to close the frame and send the teams into the locker room tied at 22. Ruffin-Pratt had six of her 14 during the run, including a late bucket to tie the game.
HATCHELL APPROACHING HISTORY
Head coach Sylvia Hatchell enters Thursday's game with a career record of 894-315 in 38 seasons, just six wins shy of 900. Only two coaches in women's basketball history have reached this milestone - Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt - but Hatchell and Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer are both on pace to get there in 2013. The two legendary coaches are currently tied for the active lead in career wins with 894.
WINNING WITH DEFENSE
Carolina has been tenacious on the defensive end so far in 2012-13, holding opponents to just 54.2 points per game and 32.2 percent shooting from the field. The current school record for opponent scoring average is 55.0 points per game in 2006-07. The Tar Heels have won three times in 2012-13 when scoring fewer than 60 points, something that had only happened once since 2005 prior to this season. On Jan. 6, Carolina established a new school record for fewest points in a win in the 48-45 victory over Virginia Tech, breaking a record that had stood since 1976. The Tar Heels currently rank in the top 10 in the nation in steals (2nd), field-goal percentage defense (7th) and blocks (9th).
REBOUNDS EQUAL WINS FOR TAR HEELS
Carolina has always stressed the importance of rebounding and that statistic has been a good indicator of success for the Tar Heels in recent years. Since the beginning of the 2006-07 season, Carolina has won the rebounding battle in 162 of 225 games. In those 162 games, UNC sports an overall record of 149-13 (.920). Carolina has outrebounded 12 of its 16 opponents so far in 2012-13 and the Tar Heels are 12-0 in those games.
McDANIEL EARNS FOURTH ACC ROOKIE HONOR
North Carolina freshman forward Xylina McDaniel was named the ACC Rookie of the Week for the fourth time on Jan. 7. McDaniel earned her league-leading fourth honor of 2012-13 after averaging 10.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals in North Carolina's 2-0 week, which included a win over No. 8 Maryland. Against Maryland, she helped hold the Terps to an ACC season-low 57 points and a 31.9 field goal percentage. She led the Tar Heels with a team-high 14 points, eight rebounds and five steals in a 48-45 win against Virginia Tech. McDaniel also earned weekly honors on Nov. 12, Dec. 3 and Dec. 31.