Pack Begins Two-Game Home Stand with Virginia Tech Saturday
Feb. 15, 2013
Virginia Tech (11-13, 2-9 ACC) vs. NC State (17-7, 6-5 ACC)
2 p.m. | Raleigh, N.C.
PNC Arena (19,700)
SERIES RECORD: NC State leads 35-14
LAST MEETING: NC State 70, Virginia Tech 58 (3/3/12)
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RALEIGH, N.C. - After a two-week hiatus from home action, NC State returns to PNC Arena to host Virginia Tech Saturday at 2 p.m., in the first game of a two-game home stand.
Saturday's contest is the only meeting between the Wolfpack and the Hokies this season. Last year, NC State closed out the regular season with a 70-58 victory in Blacksburg.
Head coach Mark Gottfried says Virginia Tech's record is not reflective of how hard the team has played this season.
"When you look at their record, its not very glamorous," Gottfried said, "but you look at each game and their competitive in every single contest."
The Pack's 71.4 winning percentage (35-14) versus the Hokies is its highest against any ACC opponent. NC State is 19-5 all-time against Virginia Tech at home, including 3-2 at PNC.
A mere 7.2 points per game separate NC State and Virginia Tech in this meeting of ACC top-5 offenses. The Pack is averaging 78.0 points per contest, the second-best average in the conference, while the Hokies are averaging 70.8 points per game, which ranks fifth.
The Pack's offensive attack features five players averaging in double figures led by junior C.J. Leslie's 16.5 points per game. The Hokies' offense is focused around Erick Green, who leads the nation in scoring at 25.2 points per contest.
"I think they've done a nice job this year of finding ways to go to him," Gottfried said of Green. "He obviously has a confidence in his mind and a knowledge he has a green light, which changes the way a player plays."
Junior Lorenzo Brown, who returned to action in last Sunday's 58-57 win at Clemson, will see his first action at home since injuring his ankle in the Pack's 58-55 loss at Virginia on Jan. 29. Brown came off the bench to score 15 points, grab four rebounds and dish out four assists in 32 minutes of action in the win over the Tigers.
"I don't think he's [Lorenzo] a 100 percent," Gottfried said, "but I think this week has been good because it's allowed him a little more time to rest and recover.
"He's practiced some. We've been selective in what we've done with what he's done in practice. At the same time, he's a couple more days to let his ankle heal. He's not a 100 percent, but he's closer than he was."
Gottfried says his team knows where it's at and knows what it needs to accomplish down the stretch.
"Our players are at place mentally," Gottfried said, "they know we need to play and play to our potential."
NC State concludes the home stand on Tuesday when it entertains Florida State at 7 p.m.
√ NC State checks in at No. 18 in the RPI, and No. 9 in strength of schedule. The Pack is 4-4 against the RPI top-50 this season.
√ Scott Wood is four three-pointers away from moving into the ACC's top-10 all-time (293).
√ With one rebound, Richard Howell will move into fifth place in career rebounds at NC
State, tying John Richter with 936.
√ With two more assists, Lorenzo Brown will become only the second player in school
history to record 500 career assists (Chris Corchiani and Sidney Lowe).
√ NC State leads the ACC with 26 double-doubles, Duke is second with 16.
√ The Wolfpack's five ACC losses have been by a combined total of 20 points - the loss at
Duke was the first one decided by more than three points.
√ Over the last three games, freshman Tyler Lewis has averaged 11.7 points in 34.0 minutes. He has started the last two games at point guard.