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NC State prepares to visit the Tar Heels

When freshman forward BeeJay Anya left in the first half of Wednesday’s win over Florida State with a right knee injury, the worst was expected.

Anya didn’t play the rest of the game but later returned to the bench in sweatpants and a sweatshirt. But Anya practiced Friday and has a chance to play against North Carolina on Saturday, coach Mark Gottfried said.

Gottfried said he will take a “wait and see” approach with Anya.

“The most important thing is there’s nothing serious at this point,” Gottfried said.

“I think he’s got a pretty good bruise inside his knee, we’ll just see if he can get loosened up and get going.”

Anya has given State a lift off the bench with his defense. He had four blocks in the Pack’s 65-56 win over Maryland on Jan. 20 and four rebounds against Georgia Tech. He only played 1 minute against FSU on Wednesday.

With Carolina’s size, Gottfried would like to have Anya available for Saturday’s game.

“Not this year,” Gottfried said.

The coaches got together last year at Dix Hill in Raleigh to film a spot for the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. The ad ran for the first time before N.C. State’s 91-83 home win over the Tar Heels.

Gottfried and Williams have a good relationship going back to when Gottfried was an assistant at UCLA and Williams was at Kansas.

Gottfried has a lot of respect for Williams.

“He’s one of the best there is,” Gottfried said. “He’s proven that and he’s in the Hall of Fame. It’s a great thrill to compete against guys like that.”