RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Tom O'Brien figures the best way to keep his North Carolina State players focused on their opener is to remind them that they're playing "Carolina."
It doesn't matter to the Wolfpack coach that it's Western Carolina, and not higher-profile North, South or East.
O'Brien says it's always a big game for N.C. State when the Wolfpack play any team with "Carolina" in its name, and that after last year's 5-7 finish, his team has a lot to prove.
O'Brien begins his fourth season in Raleigh on Saturday night with a visit from the Catamounts of the Championship Subdivision. The accomplished former Boston College coach is still looking for his first winning season with N.C. State.