RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State has yearned to own Tobacco Road ever since Jimmy V departed more than two decades ago. Instead, it's been an overwhelming sense of mediocrity, watching as Duke and North Carolina collected ACC titles, Final Four appearances and even national championships while Wolfpack fans spent much of the time complaining about their inability to knock off the local powers and advance in the NCAA tournament.
Well, the Wolfpack fans have bragging rights. Finally.
First came the win over top-ranked and then-undefeated Duke exactly two weeks ago, but that was just an appetizer. Just an order of buffalo wings or even a Caesar salad. The main course, the filet mignon, has always been North Carolina, and NC State feasted generously on the Tar Heels on Saturday night in a nationally televised game that was, as Roy Williams put it, a complete "butt-kicking."