Jan. 14, 2014
The Last Meeting
March 6, 2013
NC State will be looking for its fourth straight win on the road when it travels to Wake Forest Wednesday, Jan. 15 for a 9 p.m. contest. Both North Carolina ACC schools enter Wednesday's game with a 1-2 record in ACC play.
Wake Forest is one of four opponents NC State will play twice this season, with North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Miami being the other three. It is the 238th meeting in the storied series between the two schools, with NC State holding a 137-100 all-time edge.
The Wolfpack is coming off a home loss to Virginia, but the Wolfpack has found its recent success away from home. NC State's three-game road win streak features victories over Tennessee and Notre Dame.
Wake Forest opened ACC play with a win over UNC but has since lost road games at Virginia and Pitt. The Demon Deacons are led by Codi Miller-McIntyre (15.6 ppg).
T.J. Warren continues to lead the ACC in scoring at 22.2 points per game. The 6-8 sophomore is also among the conference leaders in rebounding, steals, shooting percentage and minutes played.
NC State has won six of the last seven against Wake Forest, with the Pack owning a 3-1 mark against WFU under Mark Gottfried.
NC State will continue in-state ACC road play this weekend when it goes to Duke Saturday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. The game at Duke will be live on CBS.
The Starting 5 - The top 5 storylines for this game
1. ROAD WARRIORS
NC State has won each of its last three road games, including its ACC road opener last week at Notre Dame. NCSU claimed two road wins in nonconference play, defeating Tennessee on Dec. 18 and UNC Greensboro on Dec. 30. NC State last won four straight road games during the 2001-02 season (Houston, Virginia, Clemson, UNC).
2. PACK BEATING WAKE FOREST MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE
Wednesday's tilt between the two North Carolina ACC programs will be the 238th in the storied series. NC State has recorded 137 victories against Wake Forest, more than any other opponent. Since claiming an 87-83 win over WFU in the 2003 ACC Tournament semifinal, NCSU is 15-8 against Wake Forest.
3. THE ACC'S BEST SCORER
The ACC's leading scorer is 6-8 sophomore wingman T.J. Warren, who ranks ninth in the nation averaging 22.2 points per game. The 6-8 sophomore continues to show he is one of the more efficient scorers in all of college basketball, ranking fourth in the ACC with a .505 field goal percentage (minimum 5 FG made per game). He shot an ACC-best .622 from the floor last season, the second-highest single-season shooting percentage in NC State history (.624, Kevin Thompson, 1991-92). The sophomore is the only player in the ACC with multiple 30-point performances, hitting the mark against Florida Gulf Coast (30), Eastern Kentucky (30) and ECU (32). Warren has scored 21 points or more in 12 of NC State's 16 games this season and has reached double figures in 18 of his last 20 games.
4. `ARE WE THERE YET?'
Dereck Whittenburg, a former Wolfpack standout who now serves on Mark Gottfried's staff, is the godfather to Wake Forest senior Travis McKie. Whittenburg has known the family for decades through his wife, Jacqueline. When he was a child, McKie attended Whittenburg's basketball camp at Fordham and Whittenburg would drive McKie back to his home in Richmond, Va. Whittenburg said the young McKie would ask `Are we there yet?' during the car trip because he'd never left home.
5. NC STATE INSIDE THE ARC
NC State is second in the nation in two-point distribution, meaning just one team in America scores a higher percentage of its points on made 2-point field goals than NC State. The Wolfpack scores 63.3 percent of its points on field goals made inside the arc. Further, NC State is fourth in the ACC with a .517 shooting percentage on its attempts from inside the arc.