LOCAL: OMAHA, NEB. — North Carolina and N.C. State had already played four times this season before Thursday night. There were two games in front of sold-out crowds in Raleigh, one that lasted 18 innings in the ACC tournament in Durham and the most recent one on Sunday in the College World Series.
It might have been fitting, then, that the Wolfpack and Tar Heels played one final time here on Thursday night with their seasons at stake. UNC’s 7-0 victory against the Wolfpack extended the Tar Heels’ season at least another game. With the loss, one of N.C. State’s best seasons in school history came to an end against its fiercest rival.
The video game was Pong, but this is hardly the classic arcade version. Sam was motionless.
For the vanquished San Antonio Spurs, it simply compounded the misery of a championship that got away.