Carolina–State Game

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North Carolina – NC State rivalry
Teams NC State Wolfpack
North Carolina Tar Heels
Football Series
Last Winner NC State (2016)
Current Win Streak 1 – NC State (2016)
Basketball Series
Last Winner North Carolina (2017)
Current Win Streak 3 – North Carolina (2016)
Baseball Series
Last Winner NC State (2016)
Current Win Streak 1 – NC State (2016)
NC State logo North Carolina logo
NC State North Carolina

The Carolina–State Game, also known as the North Carolina–NC State game, NCSU-UNC game, or other similar permutations, is an ongoing series of athletic competitions between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. The intensity of the game is driven by the universities' similar sizes, the fact the schools are separated by only 25 miles, and the large number of alumni that live within the state's borders. Both are charter members of the Atlantic Coast Conference and are part of the Tobacco Road schools. The most popular games between the two are in football, basketball, and baseball.

In football, when the current structure of the ACC's divisional system was implemented, North Carolina and NC State were matched up as permanent partners so as to allow both schools to face each other annually despite being in different divisions.[1] NC State is in the conference's Atlantic Division and North Carolina is in the Coastal Division. The annual football game between both schools is the biggest in the state of North Carolina every year. [2]

Both schools are also known for their basketball history. They have won seven national championships between them (North Carolina 5, NC State 2), and 27 of the past 57 ACC Tournaments (North Carolina 17, NC State 10).

Oddly enough, the ACC has split the two in baseball so that the two schools did not meet in the 2014 regular season; the result of that is the ACC will reinstate permanent partners for baseball starting in 2015. In the interim, the two schools agreed to a nonconference neutral-site game in Durham.

Men's basketball all-time series records[edit]

Listed by number of games won.

All-time series record[edit]

  • North Carolina: 154; NC State: 77

By location[edit]

By Titles[edit]

  • NCAA Championships: North Carolina: 5 (1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009); NC State: 2 (1974, 1983)
  • Southern Conference Tournament: NC State: 7; North Carolina: 3
  • Dixie Classic: NC State: 7; North Carolina: 3
  • Big Four Tournament: NC State: 3; North Carolina: 2
  • ACC Tournament: North Carolina: 18; NC State: 10

By Final Four appearances[edit]

  • North Carolina: 19; NC State: 3

By coach[edit]

North Carolina coaches[edit]

NC State coaches[edit]

By decade[edit]

  • 1910s: NC State: 2; North Carolina:0
  • 1920s: North Carolina:17; NC State:3
  • 1930s: North Carolina:16; NC State:6
  • 1940s: North Carolina:13; NC State:10
  • 1950s: NC State: 18 North Carolina:10
  • 1960s: North Carolina:18 NC State:4
  • 1970s: North Carolina:17; NC State:13
  • 1980s: North Carolina:18; NC State:7
  • 1990s: North Carolina:15; NC State:7
  • 2000s: North Carolina:16; NC State:5
  • 2010s: North Carolina:12; NC State:2


Listed by score.

  • North Carolina's largest victory margin: 107–56 (January 8, 2017)
  • NC State's largest victory margin: 79–39 (February 19, 1949)

Scores of games (1998–2017)[edit]

Winning team is shown in bold. Ranking of the team at the time of the game by the AP poll is shown in parenthesis next to the team name (failure to list AP ranking does not necessarily mean the team was not ranked at the time of the game).