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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.

• Gottfried and Roy Williams did not film a commercial before 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.”