Add North Carolina guard Dexter Strickland to the list of NC State doubters.
The senior told CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman on Thursday that he wasn't exactly in agreement with the coaches and media who picked the rival Wolfpack to win the ACC this season:
"They talk those guys up every single year and we beat them every single year," Strickland said. "They are the least of our worries. Beat us one year and then they can talk smack. Until then, you can't put them in the mix."
The Tar Heels (picked to finish third in the league by the coaches and media) have beaten NC State 13 straight times, but as shown by Strickland's comments, the matchups this season are sure to breed some smack talk on and off the court. While the Wolfpack return four starters from the team that advanced to last March's Sweet 16, UNC lost four starters from the squad that lost in the NCAA regional finals.