Men's Basketball Travels To Georgia Tech Sunday
March 1, 2013
NC State (20-8, 9-6 ACC) at Georgia Tech (15-12, 5-10 ACC)
6 p.m. | Atlanta, Ga.
McCamish Pavilion (8,600)
SERIES RECORD: NC State leads 53-37
LAST MEETING: NC State, 83-70, 1/9/13
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RALEIGH - As the calendar changes to March, the NC State men's basketball team begins its journey to the annual madness with a 6 p.m. contest at Georgia Tech Sunday.
NC State's trip to Atlanta will be a homecoming for senior Richard Howell and junior Lorenzo Brown, who grew up in the nearby suburbs of Marietta and Roswell, respectively. This will be Howell's third time playing at Tech and Brown's second. As a freshman in 2009-10, Howell made his first career start in Atlanta against the Yellow Jackets
Howell's 11.0 rebounds per game lead the ACC and rank fourth nationally. He is one of two players in the league that is averaging a double-double and he ranks fifth nationally in that category this season. Howell is also averaging 12.8 points per game.
Brown is the conference's top assist man, averaging 7.0 per contest, and is among the conference scoring leaders (12.6, 20th). He ranks second in the ACC in steals per game (2.0).
The Wolfpack will be making its first visit to McCamish Pavillion, the Yellow Jackets' newly renovated arena, which stands on the same site as Alexander Memorial Coliseum, where Tech played its home games for 55 seasons. The Yellow Jackets are 11-5 in their new home this season and come into Sunday's game following a 78-68 home win over Maryland on Wednesday night.
When Georgia Tech and NC State last met in Raleigh on Jan. 9, Brown led State with a double-double of 20 points and 10 assists, both game highs. Senior Scott Wood added 20 points, including knocking down four 3-pointers in a game-best 38 minutes of action. Junior C.J. Leslie added 19 points and seven boards and freshman Rodney Purvis had 13. Howell led all rebounders with 12 boards.
NC State can take its third-straight win versus the Yellow Jackets and sweep the season series for the first time since 2008-09 with a victory on Sunday. A win would also be the Pack's 21st of the season, giving it back-to-back 20-plus win seasons for the first time since 2005-06 and 2006-07.
√ NC State checks in at No. 27 in the RPI, and No. 22 in strength of schedule. The Pack has posted three wins against the RPI top-50 this season. NC State is 20th in the BPI.
√ The Pack has outrebounded its last three opponents (Florida State, North Carolina and Boston College) by an average of 15.7.
√ Howell is just 15 rebounds away from becoming only the fifth player in NC State history to record 1,000 career rebounds.
√ Howell ranks fourth nationally and leads the ACC in rebounding (11.1).
√ Scott Wood is 10 three-pointers away from tying Rodney Monroe's school record of 322. Wood is ninth in ACC history, with 312 career makes.
√ Freshman T.J. Warren has started the last three games and recorded the first two double-doubles of his career during that span. He has averaged 18.0 points and 10.3 rebounds during that stretch.
√ Lorenzo Brown is only the third player in school history to record 500+ career assists (Chris Corchiani and Sidney Lowe). He currently has 532 for his career.
√ C.J. Leslie is one of four players in the ACC to rank in the top-10 in points (sixth, 15.2), rebounds (eighth, 7.6) and field goal percentage (fifth, .536).
√ NC State leads the ACC with 32 double-doubles, Duke is second with 18.
√ Howell is fifth nationally, and leads the ACC with 16 double-doubles this season. That total is more than 10 ACC teams.