A short list of priority points to keep in mind for Wednesday's North Carolina at N.C. State basketball game (9 p.m.) in the RBC Center.
Carolina, 20-6 overall, 10-2 ACC after Saturday's 48-46 win over Boston College, won the first meeting of the season, 84-64 on Jan. 29 in Chapel Hill.
The Wolfpack (14-12, 4-8) is coming off an 87-80 loss at Maryland on Sunday.
Say something!: This State team hasn't made any sort of an on-court statement yet.
Forget about the coaching speculation and what might or might not change in the weeks ahead, the Wolfpack just needs to start focused, stay focused and make a stand.
The Tar Heels were up 34-21 at the break in Chapel Hill and the Pack has had a tendency to watch and wait in the first halves of games all season, although that wasn't the case Sunday against the Terps.
It's a 40-minute race, not 20-25 minutes. State can't forget that.
Deny John Henson: The guy's shooting 39 percent on free throws, so keep a body on him all night and don't be afraid to put him on the line.
Among C.J. Leslie, Tracy Smith, DeShawn Painter, Rich Howell (if he's good to go) and even Jordan Vandenberg if needed, State's got a lot of fouls to spend if needed.
Mix in some zone: Dexter Strickland is shooting 27 percent and Harrison Barnes 32 percent on 3-point attempts. Sub Leslie McDonald (37 percent) is more a concern.
But when in the zone, the Pack has to box out Henson, Barnes and Tyler Zeller. Boxing out has been State's biggest problem in zones all season.
Make Leslie work: Of late, the State freshman has been more effective on defense, but he's never going to meet anyone's definition of a big-time stopper.
In open spaces and a few minutes into each half, Leslie is apt to loose track of his responsibilities.
Attack: Against Boston College on Saturday and earlier at Duke, Duke and Miami, the Heels eased off the accelerator just when the opponents were at the brink of inescapable deficits.
Chop Wood: Although Leslie has become more of a perimeter threat, Scott Wood is the only established Pack weapon on 3-pointers.
UNC defenders Harrison Barnes, Reggie Bullock, Justin Watts and Dexter Strickland can't let Wood go on a binge.