North Carolina–NC State rivalry

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North Carolina – NC State History
Teams NC State Wolfpack
North Carolina Tar Heels
Football Series
Last Winner NC State (2018)
Current Win Streak 3 – NC State (2016–2018)
Basketball Series
Last Winner North Carolina (2019)
Current Win Streak 3 – North Carolina (2018–2019)
Baseball Series
Last Winner North Carolina (2018)
Current Win Streak 2 – North Carolina (2017–2018)
NC State logo North Carolina logo
NC State North Carolina

The North Carolina–NC State rivalry, also known as the Carolina–State Game, North Carolina–NC State game, NCSU–UNC game, and 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 (ACC) 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 eight national championships between them (North Carolina 6, NC State 2), and 28 of the past 58 ACC Tournaments (North Carolina 18, NC State 10). In recent years, Tar Heel basketball players and fans have often insisted that the Wolfpack are not true rivals in basketball due to the Tar Heels' recent dominance, saying that UNC's only true rivalry is the North Carolina-Duke rivalry.[3] [4]

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 split was the ACC reinstating permanent partners for baseball 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: 158; NC State: 78

By location[edit]

By Titles[edit]

By Final Four appearances[edit]

  • North Carolina: 20; NC State: 3

By coach[edit]

North Carolina coaches[edit]

NC State coaches[edit]

By decade[edit]

Decade School Wins School Wins
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 18 NC State 3


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 (1998–2019)[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).

Women's Basketball all-time series record[edit]

  • NC State: 57; North Carolina: 51
  • As of Feb 2019

Football all-time series records[edit]

Listed by number of matches won.

  • Current streak: 3 – NC State won in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
  • All-time record[5]

North Carolina: 66; NC State: 36; Ties: 6

  • Record in ACC (1953–2010): North Carolina: 35; NC State: 31[6]
  • Record in Kenan Memorial Stadium: North Carolina: 27; NC State: 19; Ties: 1
  • Record in Carter–Finley Stadium[7] North Carolina: 12; NC State: 13
  • Record in Chapel Hill, NC: North Carolina leads 34–19–2
  • Record in Charlotte, NC: North Carolina leads 2–0
  • Record in Raleigh, NC: North Carolina leads 28–18–4

Largest victory margins[edit]

Listed by score.

  • NC State's largest victory margin: 45 points, score: 48–3 (October 15, 1988)
  • North Carolina's largest victory margin: 44 points, score: 44–0 (October 12, 1894)

All time records[edit]

  • North Carolina 647–488–54(.567)
  • NC State 586–569–55(.507)

Baseball All-Time Series Records[edit]

All-Time Series Record[edit]

  • North Carolina: 167; NC State: 133; Ties: 1
  • As of April, 2018

ACC Regular Season Championships[edit]

  • North Carolina: 13 (1960, 1964, 1966, 1969, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1990, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013)
  • NC State: 1 (1968)

ACC Tournament Championships[edit]

  • North Carolina: 6 (1982, 1983, 1984, 1990, 2007, 2013)
  • NC State: 4 (1973, 1974, 1975, 1992)

College World Series Appearances[edit]

  • North Carolina: 11 (1960, 1966, 1978, 1989, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2018)
  • NC State: 2 (1968, 2013)

College World Series Victories[edit]

  • North Carolina: 16
  • NC State: 3

National Title Game/Series Appearances[edit]

  • North Carolina: 2 (2006, 2007)
  • NC State: 0


  1. ^ Morriscn, David. "ACC announces schedule of rotating opponents for football through 2024". Retrieved 25 November 2018.
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  3. ^ Albert, Darryn (7 January 2019). "Luke Maye does not see North Carolina-NC State as rivalry". Larry Brown Sports.
  4. ^ Giglio, Joe. "UNC and Duke a rivalry, Joel Berry says. NC State? Not so much". The Raleigh News & Observer. The McClatchy Co.
  5. ^ "North Carolina Game by Game against Opponents". Archived from the original on 2013-12-02.
  6. ^ "North Carolina State Historical Scores". Archived from the original on 2007-04-26.
  7. ^ "North Carolina Game by Game against Opponents". Archived from the original on 2013-12-02.