Dec. 3, 2013
|NC State (4-2) vs. Northwestern (4-4)
||Wednesday, Dec. 4
||ESPNU (Joe Davis, Dino Gaudio)
||Wolfpack Sports Network (Gary Hahn, Tony Haynes)
| Game Notes
||NC State | NU
| Season Statistics
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The Last Meeting
December 1, 2009
NC State men's basketball will welcome Northwestern Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
The Wolfpack (4-2) enters Wednesday night's contest with a 4-2 record and two straight victories. T.J. Warren scored 30 points in the team's 82-62 win over Florida Gulf Coast, then followed that with another 30-point effort in a 75-56 win against Eastern Kentucky. Warren is second in the ACC in scoring, averaging 22.7 points per game.
Northwestern is 4-4 under first-year coach Chris Collins, who played for Duke form 1992-96. JerShon Cobb scores 15.1 points per game to lead the Wildcats, who have faced a tough schedule. NU has losses to Stanford, Missouri and UCLA already this season.
NC State leads the all-time series between the two schools 3-1. Northwestern won the last meeting, which took place in 2009.
After taking on Northwestern, NC State will host Long Beach State Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.
The Starting 5 - The top 5 storylines for this game
1. T.J. DROPS 30 - TWICE
T.J. Warren scored 30 points in each of the last two contests, and is now second in the ACC in scoring at 22.7 points per game. The 6-8 sophomore became the first Wolfpack player to post consecutive 30-point performances since Rodney Monroe (vs. Virginia and at Tennessee in February 1991). Warren scored 30 points vs. Florida Gulf Coast on 13-for-18 shooting, then followed that with 30 points against Eastern Kentucky. Warren's career high is 31, which he set last season against Florida State. In the season opener vs. Appalachian State, the 2012 McDonald's All-American poured in 27 points with eight rebounds and he added 23 points on vs. Campbell on Nov. 16.
2. WOLFPACK IN THE BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE
NC State is playing in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the 14th time in the event's 15-year history. The Wolfpack owns a 1-1 mark against Northwestern. NC State defeated Northwestern in 2002 (74-47) but the Wildcats earned revenge in 2009 (65-53).
3. NEW PACK 5
NC State is 2-0 with its new starting unit, with Cat Barber and Jordan Vandenberg starting with T.J. Warren, Lennard Freeman and Desmond Lee. The group helped build a 15-point halftime lead en route to an 82-62 Wolfpack victory vs. Florida Gulf Coast. It took until the second half before NCSU pulled away for a win over Eastern Kentucky. Head coach Mark Gottfried has said the size and experience of Vandenberg and the defensive speed of Barber made an impact for NC State.
4. AUSSIE RETURNS
After losing 40 pounds in the offseason, fifth-year senior Jordan Vandenberg was in a position to have the best season of his college career. Unfortunately, the 7-1 Vandenberg suffered a Grade 3 high ankle sprain during the team's exhibition vs. UNC Pembroke on Oct. 30. The Australia native returned after four games and is averaging 10.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. He scored a career-best 14 points against Eastern Kentucky and his alley-oop dunk he caught from Cat Barber against FGCU was No. 9 on the Sportscenter Top 10 for Nov. 26.
5. BALL CONTROL
One area where NC State has thrived this season has been in the turnover department. The Wolfpack has not committed more turnovers than its opponent in any game this season. NC State is tied for third in the ACC with just 10.2 turnovers per game and the team owns a turnover margin of +3.3. Guards Tyler Lewis and Cat Barber have combined for 44 assists against just 20 turnovers. Currently, the Pack stands fourth in the ACC in turnover margin.