Nov. 11, 2013
The Last Meeting
December 23, 2007
The young NC State men's basketball team will face an early-season road challenge when it faces Cincinnati Tuesday, Nov. 12 on ESPN. The game is part of the network's 24-hour hoops marathon.
NC State (1-0) is coming off a 98-77 season-opening win over Appalachian State this past Friday. T.J. Warren led the Wolfpack with 27 points and eight rebounds, while Desmond Lee added 24 points on 10-for-12 shooting. NCSU busted the game open with a 27-5 run in the second half. The win improved NC State to 57-4 in season-opening games since the beginning of ACC play.
Cincinnati (1-0) hosts NC State after a 74-61 win over NC Central on Friday. Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati's best player, led UC with 22 points.
Tuesday's nationally-televised game is part of the Global Sports Shootout, which includes NC State, Cincinnati, Appalachian State, Campbell and NC Central.
NC State returns home this weekend when it hosts Campbell Saturday, Nov. 16 at PNC Arena.
The Starting 5 - The top 5 storylines for this game
1. NC State In Road Openers
Since the beginning of ACC play 61 years ago, NC State is 26-34 in true away game openers. The Wolfpack is 0-2 in true road game openers under Mark Gottfried, falling at Stanford (12/4/11) and Michigan (11/27/12). NC State's last win in a road opener came in 2009 in a 77-73 win at Marquette (12/5/09).
2. Offensive behavior
NC State, which has been one of the country's highest-scoring teams since Mark Gottfried arrived in Raleigh in 2011, exploded for 98 points on .619 shooting in Friday's season opener vs. Appalachian State. The 98-point total was the team's highest since it scored 99 vs. Campbell on Nov. 26, 2004. The team's .619 shooting was the team's best shooting mark since Dec. 12, 2009 when the Wolfpack shot .647 in a 75-57 win over Georgia Southern.
Sophomore forward T.J. Warren, a 2013 ACC All-Freshmen Team pick, is one of the nation's most efficient scorers. The 6-8 Warren shot 13-for-20 from the floor to score 27 points (21 in the first half). Warren posted a pair of 26-point, 10-rebound efforts in the two exhibition victories while shooting at a .677 clip. Last season, Warren averaged 12.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game and posted 24 outings with at least 10 points as one of State's secondary scoring options. His .622 field goal percentage led the ACC and was second all-time in NC State history (Kevin Thompson, .624).
4. Same Background
Mark Gottfried and Mick Cronin both cut their teeth as head coaches at Murray State, with both Gottfried and Cronin coaching at Murray State for three seasons. Both coaches earned their first head coaching job at the Ohio Valley Conference school. Gottfried was at MSU from 1995-98 and Cronin was the coach there from 2003-06. The two coaches' tenures at the Kentucky school were nearly identical. Here is a comparison of how the two coaches fared in charge of the Murray State Racers:
Mark Gottfried (68-24 overall) | (40-12 OVC) | 3 (OVC Titles) | 2 (NCAAs)
Mick Cronin (69-24 overall) | (42-10 OVC) | 2 (OVC Titles) | 2 (NCAAs)
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, which was the back end of five straight tourney trips for the Pack under former coach Herb Sendek.