The Wolfpacker

March-April 2024

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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48 ■ THE WOLFPACKER PACK PAST BY TIM PEELER F or the second year in a row, beating North Carolina was thrice as nice for NC State's top-of-the-polls men's basketball team. During a seven-week span in early 1974, head coach Norm Sloan's Wolf- pack, featuring the most dynamic lineup in school history, scored back- to-back-to-back victories over Dean Smith's Tar Heels — just as they had done the year before during an un- beaten 1972-73 season. Those six games made up the major- ity of State's nine-game winning streak over the Heels, the second longest in the history of the century-old rivalry, trailing only the 15-game winning streak Everett Case put together in the 1940s and '50s. Two of those wins each year counted in the ACC standings, and one was designated a nonconference game as part of the Big Four Championship in Greensboro. The next season, David Thompson's senior year, the two old foes clashed four times, with State winning yet another Big Four meeting and in the regular-season matchup in Reynolds Coliseum, while North Carolina finally ended the run with a win in Carmichael Auditorium in Chapel Hill and again in NC State's Victories Over North Carolina In 1974 Foreshadowed A Brilliant Postseason Tommy Burleson had 22 points and 11 rebounds to help NC State pull away for an 83-72 win in the last of three games between the Wolfpack and Tar Heels during the 1974 regular season. PHOTO COURTESY NC STATE ATHLETICS

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