No. 6 Pack Opens 2012-13 Season At Home Vs. Miami (Ohio)
Nov. 8, 2012
TEAMS: Miami of Ohio (0-0) vs. 6/6 NC State (0-0)
RADIO: NC State Radio Network, Gary Hahn (Play-by-Play), Tony Haynes (Color Analyst) Listen
TELEVISION: ESPN3, Booker Corrigan (Play-by-Play), Dino Gaudio (Color Analyst) Watch
GAMETIME: 7 P.M. (Arena doors open an hour prior)
RALEIGH, N.C. - Friday’s season opener versus Miami of Ohio will mark the 104th season of NC State basketball.
The 2012-13 Wolfpack enters the campaign as the No. 6 team in the country in the preseason Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls, coming off a 24-13 campaign in head coach Mark Gottfried’s first season, which saw State earn its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2006 and its first trip to the Sweet Sixteen since 2005.
The Pack returns a solid nucleus with four starters from last year’s team, junior point guard Lorenzo Brown, senior forward Richard Howell, junior forward C.J. Leslie and senior forward Scott Wood. Leslie was tabbed the ACC Preseason Player of the Year by the coaches and media polls.
Joining this core group is a talented trio of freshmen in Tyler Lewis, Rodney Purvis and T.J. Warren, all of whom earned McDonald’s All-American accolades as high school seniors.
Also vying for playing time this season will be redshirt center Jordan Vandenberg, who missed a majority of last year with a shoulder injury, and sophomore Thomas de Thaey. Both will lend depth to the Pack’s frontline and provide needed breaks for starters Howell and Leslie.
The RedHawks of Miami come into Friday’s contest under first-year head coach John Cooper, who spent the last three seasons at Tennessee State, posting a 43-51 mark. Miami is looking to improve on a 9-21 overall mark and 5-11 Mid-America Conference record.
The RedHawks’ will showcase an up-tempo offense, which will feed off its defense. Miami’s returns eight letterwinners and four starters from last year.
The Pack has never lost a season-opening game at the PNC Arena going 13-0 since starting play there with the 1999-2000 season.
All-time, NC State is 81-8 in home openers and 84-14 in all season-opening contests.
All fans attending Friday’s game that bring a canned food item will receive a $5-off voucher, while supplies last, at the gate good toward the purchase of a upper-level ticket. All donated food items go to the Food Bank of North Carolina.