Nov. 1, 2013
|NC State (0-0) vs. Morehouse (0-0)
||Saturday, Nov. 2
||Wolfpack Sports Network (Gary Hahn, Tony Haynes)
| Game Notes
||NC State | Morehouse (None)
| 2012-13 Statistics
|| NC State | Morehouse
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|| V Foundation donations accepted at entry
The NC State men's basketball team has its final tune-up of the preseason this Saturday when it hosts Morehouse College at 5 p.m. Admission to the game is free but fans are encouraged to make a donation to the V Foundation upon entering PNC Arena.
Morehouse, an NCAA Division II team located in Atlanta, was 20-8 last season but returns even less from last year's team than NC State does. Only two players from the 2012-13 Morehouse roster return, and they combined for just six starts. Saturday's contest is Morehouse's only exhibition.
NC State is coming off a 96-85 exhibition win over UNC Pembroke on Wednesday at Reynolds Coliseum. T.J. Warren recorded a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Tyler Lewis dished 15 assists, five of which led to NC State dunks.
Ralston Turner added 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting in what was his first time wearing a Wolfpack uniform. In all, six players saw action in a home white State uniform for the first time. Desmond Lee, Kyle Washington and Lennard Freeman all saw major minutes. Anthony `Cat' Barber was another player fans were excited to see, and he delivered with 14 points.
"So many new guys and young guys, it gives those guys like Cat and Desmond and Lennard and Kyle and BeeJay a chance to play in front of people, to put on your uniform and play," head coach Mark Gottfried said after Wednesday's win. "I think our group needed that."
After the team's second and final exhibition, NC State will open the 2013-14 regular season Friday, Nov. 8 against Appalachian State. Single-game tickets for non-ACC games are on sale and can be purchased by CLICKING HERE.
The Starting 5 - The top 5 storylines for this game
1. Welcome To PNC
Saturday's contest against Morehouse College is the team's fourth time playing at PNC Arena this offseason. That means for much of this young Wolfpack roster, this will be the players' fourth time ever playing on their home court. NC State has had its Primetime with the Pack marketing event, a private intrasquad scrimmage for donors and fans and one other practice session on the PNC floor.
2. Vandenberg Update
Senior center Jordan Vandenberg, who started Wednesday's exhibition vs. UNC Pembroke, suffered a Grade 3 left ankle sprain early in the game against the Braves. The timetable for his return is 4-6 weeks. Before the injury, which occurred at the 14:59 mark in the first half, Vandenberg had scored four points on a pair of dunks.
3. Same System
When NC State takes the floor against Morehouse College on Saturday, the Wolfpack players may certainly recognize what Morehouse is trying to do offensively. MC head coach Grady Brewer is a believer in the high-post offense, and runs a similar version to what Mark Gottfried has brought to NC State. The connection to play Saturday's exhibition came about due to NC State's director of operations Jeff Dunlap's relationship with Brewer when Dunlap worked at the University of Georgia.
Sophomore forward T.J. Warren is NC State's top returning player and he certainly looked the part in the Pack's exhibition win over UNC Pembroke. The 6-8 Warren, a 2013 ACC All-Freshmen Team honoree, scored 26 points on 10-for-16 shooting and also grabbed 10 rebounds on Wednesday night. With the Wolfpack leading just 51-49, Warren drilled a 3-pointer and threw down a dunk to put NCSU ahead 56-49. Warren, who averaged 12.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last season, posted 24 outings with at least 10 points and his .622 field goal percentage led the ACC and was second all-time in NC State history. He was at his best last season against Florida State in February, totaling 31 points and 13 rebounds in an 84-66 Wolfpack victory. He also scored 19 points in NC State's win over North Carolina.
5. Back-to-Back NCAAs
Mark Gottfried coached NC State into the NCAA Tournament in each of his first two seasons, becoming the first Pack coach and just the third in ACC history to achieve that feat. It also marked the first time NC State has been to the tourney twice in a row since 2005 and 2006.