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    MBB Ranked Fifth In Sports Illustrated Preseason Poll
    C.J. Leslie
    C.J. Leslie

    Nov. 6, 2012

    RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State men's basketball team is one of four ACC schools ranked in the Sports Illustrated preseason top 25 poll. The No. 5 Wolfpack is the highest ranked squad of the four conference schools.

    During the preseason, NC State has been ranked as high as No. 4 by Blue Ribbbon Yearbook. The Pack also was tabbed as the nation's No. 6 team by both the Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' preseason rankings.

    NC State returns starters junior guard Lorenzo Brown (12.7 points per game, 6.3 assist per game), junior forward C.J. Leslie (14.7 ppg, 7.3 rebounds per game), senior forward Scott Wood (12.4 ppg, .409 3-pt percentage) and junior forward Richard Howell (10.8 ppg, 9.2 rpg) from last year's Sweet Sixteen squad and features a freshman class of McDonald's All-Americans Tyler Lewis, Rodney Purvis and T.J. Warren.

    Leslie was picked as the league's preseason player of the year by the media and coaches, while Purvis was picked as the freshman of the year by both groups.

    The Pack opens the 2012-13 season this Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m., when it hosts Miami (Ohio) at PNC Arena. For season ticket information, call (919) 865-1510.

    1 Indiana
    2 Louisville
    3 Kansas
    4 Kentucky
    5 NC State
    6 Michigan
    7 Ohio State
    9 Florida
    10 UCLA
    11 Syracuse
    12 North Carolina
    13 Michigan State
    14 Missouri
    15 Arizona
    16 San Diego State
    17 Creighton
    18 Memphis
    19 UNLV
    20 Notre Dame
    21 Gonzaga
    22 VCU
    23 Baylor
    24 Saint Louis
    25 Florida State



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