Dec. 13, 2013
NC State men's basketball will take its four-game winning streak to Reynolds Coliseum Saturday night when it hosts Detroit at 6 p.m. The contest is the program's annual Heritage Game, presented by Hillsborough Street Merchants. Fans in attendance can receive coupons from local businesses located on Hillsborough Street.
NC State (6-2), idle for the last week while finishing the fall academic semester, enters Saturday night's contest after defeating Long Beach State 76-66 on Dec. 7. The win over LBSU was the team's fourth in a row, coinciding with the return of 7-1 senior center Jordan Vandenberg. T.J. Warren, the ACC's leading scorer, poured in 23 points and Anthony 'Cat' Barber scored 19.
Detroit is 5-5 this season after defeating Rhode Island on Dec. 8. The Titans, who made the 2012 NCAA Tournament by winning the Horizon League, are led by Juwan Howard Jr., who averages 16.9 points per game.
NC State is 1-0 all-time against Detroit, the school where famed ESPN basketball commentator Dick Vitale coached in the 1970s. The Wolfpack claimed an 84-78 win over Detroit during its run in the 1978 NIT.
After hosting Detroit at Reynolds Coliseum, NC State will play Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Tennessee.
1. HERITAGE GAME
Each year, NC State honors its past by playing a regular season game in historic Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack played in the on-campus arena for 50 seasons, compiling a 593-187 (.760) regular season record. Since moving its games off campus in 1999, the Wolfpack has played 12 games at Reynolds Coliseum and won each contest. Mark Gottfried is 3-0 at Reynolds, winning by an average margin of 9.3 points.
2. WINNING HANDILY
Each of NC State's six wins this season have come by at least 10 points. It's the first time since the 1998-99 season State has had its first six wins of a season each come by double figures. In that 1998-99 campaign, the Pack saw its first eight wins each come by 15 points or more. That team finished the season with a 19-14 record.
T.J. Warren, who is leading the ACC with 22.6 points per game, has put up some historic scoring numbers in recent weeks. He scored 30 points against both Florida Gulf Coast and Eastern Kentucky, becoming the first NC State player to post consecutive 30-point performances since Rodney Monroe in 1991. He then followed those performances with 22 points and eight rebounds against Northwestern. His 82 points over those games was the most during a three-game span since Tom Gugliotta scored 83 during the first three contests of the 1991-92 season. Warren's career high is 31, which he set last season against Florida State.
4. LENNARD DOING BOARD WORK
Lennard Freeman, a 6-8 freshman forward who just turned 18 years old this past week, provides rebounding and inside strength for the Wolfpack. Freeman posted his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. Northwestern on Dec. 4. He followed that by grabbing a career-high 13 boards in NC State's win over Long Beach State. Freeman, who is shooting .708 from the floor this season, is second on the team with 6.9 rebounds per game and he leads the Pack with 37 total defensive rebounds.
5. NC STATE FOR 2
No team in America scores a higher percentage of its points on made 2-point field goals than NC State. The Wolfpack ranks first in the nation with 68.5 percent 2-point scoring distribution. Further, NC State is 13th in the nation with a .566 shooting percentage on its attempts from inside the arc.