Pack Faces Wake Forest On Senior Night
March 5, 2013
Wake Forest (13-16, 5-11 ACC) vs. NC State (21-8, 10-6 ACC)
9 p.m. | Raleigh, N.C.
PNC Arena (19,700)
SERIES RECORD: NC State leads 136-100
LAST MEETING: Wake Forest, 86-84, 1/22/13
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RALEIGH, N.C. - For seniors Richard Howell, Jay Lewis and Scott Wood, Wednesday's home game against Wake Forest will be their last appearance at PNC Arena. The trio along with managers Aaron Bessey, Ronnie Tortoriello and Tyler White will be honored during pre-game ceremonies.
Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried says this group has been enjoyable to coach during his first two seasons at the helm of the NC State program because of their work ethic.
"In the two years that I've had with Richard, Scott and Jay," Gottfried said, "they've done everything we've asked them to do. They understand the importance of winning and that makes me appreciate them in a tremendous way."
NC State enters Wednesday's game with Wake Forest having won five of its last six contests and in contention for a first-round bye in the upcoming ACC Tournament.
Gottfried said his team has a lot to play for in its final two regular-season games with the postseason approaching.
"We're playing for a first-round bye and potentially finishing third (in the ACC),"Gottfried said. "We're also playing for an NCAA Tournament berth and NCAA Tournament seeding.
"We've talked about that with our players, so I anticipate our guys being ready to go."
A victory over the Demon Deacons would also give the Wolfpack 16 home wins for the first time since the 1999-2000 season, when it won 17 on its home court. It would also give State a 7-1 ACC home mark for the first time since 1990-91.
The Pack has won its last three meetings with the Demon Deacons at PNC Arena and own 94-53 edge in games played in Raleigh. In the overall series, NC State holds a 136-100 advantage over Wake.
Earlier this season, Wake Forest posted an 86-84 win in Winston-Salem. In the contest, Howell and junior Lorenzo Brown became the 47th and 48thplayers in program history to score 1,000 points and the first to do so in the same game. With Howell and Brown joining teammates Wood and junior C.J. Leslie in reaching the millennium mark, the Wolfpack became the ninth team in ACC history to have four players reach 1,000 career points.
Howell and Wood can add to their Wolfpack legacies against the Demon Deacons Wednesday evening.
With nine rebounds, Howell can become the fifth player to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds in his NC State career. Wood is 10 three-pointers shy of tying Rodney Monroe's school record of 322. He ranks ninth in ACC history, with 312 career makes.
The two feats are just a couple of the reasons why NC State fans will long remember the accomplishments of this year's senior class, which helped re-establish the Wolfpack program as one of the nation's elite.
√ NC State checks in at No. 24 in the RPI, and No. 23 in strength of schedule. NC State is 19th in the BPI, and has the No. 12 schedule.
√ NC State is attempting to beat Wake Forest, Duke and North Carolina at home in the same season for the first time since the 1988-89 campaign.
√ Richard Howell is just nine rebounds away from becoming only the fifth player in NC State history to record 1,000 career rebounds.
√ Howell ranks fifth nationally and leads the ACC in rebounding (10.9).
√ 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 four games and recorded the first two double-doubles of his career. He has averaged 17.0 points and 8.3 rebounds.
√ Lorenzo Brown is only the third player in school history to record 500+ career assists (Chris Corchiani and Sidney Lowe). He currently has 539 for his career.
√ C.J. Leslie is one of three players in the ACC to rank in the top-10 in points (fifth, 15.1), rebounds (eighth, 7.6) and field goal percentage (sixth, .533).
√ NC State leads the ACC with 32 double-doubles, Duke is second with 18.
√ Howell is sixth nationally, and leads the ACC with 16 double-doubles this season. That total is more than 10 ACC teams.