Pack Faces Penn State In Puerto Rico Tip-Off
Nov. 13, 2012
PUERTO RICO TIP-OFF
OPPONENT: Penn State
SERIES RECORD: 15-3, NC State leads
LAST MEETING: 84-76 NC State win (11/29/2000)
GAME TIME: 5 p.m.
TELEVISION: ESPN2 Watch
PxP: Jon Sciambi, Color: Dan Dakich
RADIO: NC State Radio Network Listen
PxP: Patrick Kinas, Color: Neil Solandz
RALEIGH, N.C. - For the first time since the 1998-99 season, the NC State men’s basketball team will play regular-season games outside the continental United States, when it travels to San Juan, Puerto Rico to participate in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Ironically, the last time the Wolfpack played a game outside the contiguous United States it was the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic. NC State went 2-1 on the trip, winning its opening game over Middle Tennessee State, 91-59, before falling in the semifinals to Ohio State, 81-64. The Pack rebounded to defeat Oklahoma, 62-58, in the third-place contest.
NC State opens play on Thursday afternoon against Penn State of the Big Ten at 5 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2 with Jon Sciambi and Dan Dakich providing the play-by-play and color analysis of the action. It can also be heard on the NC State Radio Network with Patrick Kinas handling the play-by-play duties and Neil Solandz breaking down the action on the court.
This is the first meeting between the Wolfpack and Nittany Lions since 2000-01, when NC State posted an 84-76 home victory over PSU in second installment of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
NC State has a winning record versus five of the other seven teams in the Tip-Off field: Akron 3-0, UNC Asheville 17-0, Tennessee 5-3, Providence 4-1 and Penn State 15-3. The Pack is 0-3 all-time against Massachusetts and 0-1 in its only meeting with Oklahoma State.
The Pack will be seeking its first in-season tournament title since winning the 2009 Glenn Wilkes Classic championship. NC State defeated Akron, Austin-Peay and Auburn to capture the Wilkes crown.