RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Stressed-out North Carolina State sure could use a breather. Coach Tom O'Brien doesn't expect one this week — not even against last-place Virginia.
The Wolfpack (5-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) have played four straight games that have come down to the final minute.
When they face the struggling Cavaliers (2-6, 0-4) on Saturday, they hope they can put them away much earlier.
Yet they aren't expecting anything resembling a carefree afternoon against the only team winless in ACC play.
O'Brien says the Cavaliers are "not a 2-6 football team."
N.C. State is coming off a 43-35 loss to rival North Carolina. Virginia is trying to figure out how to snap its six-game losing streak in which three of the last four losses were decided by seven or fewer points.