Dec. 20, 2013
The Last Meeting
November 18, 2010
Charleston, S.C. (Carolina First Arena)
Pack Defeats East Carolina, 85-65
Lorenzo Brown had 16 points and Scott Wood 13 as North Carolina State used a 42-10 run to blow out state rival East Carolina, 85-65, at the Charleston Classic.
Head coach Mark Gottfried and the 8-2 NC State men's basketball team will host East Carolina Saturday, Dec. 21 at noon. The Wolfpack has won six straight contests, highlighted by Wednesday's 65-58 victory at Tennessee.
In a series that dates back to 1968, NC State is 19-1 all-time vs. ECU (19-0 at home). Saturday's contest will be the first meeting between the two schools since 2010.
Saturday's contest will feature two teams who like to play a fast tempo. Both teams are high-scoring and have perimeter players who push the ball in transition.
T.J. Warren, a 6-8 sophomore forward, continues to lead the ACC in scoring with 23.1 points per game. He is also among the ACC leaders in rebounding (9th), field goal percentage (5th), steals (8th) and minutes (9th). Since his freshman season last year, NC State is 13-2 when Warren leads the team in scoring. The sophomore forward has eight games this year with 21 points or more.
ECU is led by Akeem Richmond (18.3 points per game), a 6-0 senior who shoots mainly from 3-point range. Brandan Stith averages 10.2 rebounds for the Pirates. Additionally, ECU is 13th in the country in free throw percentage (.767).
After playing ECU, the Pack will have a week between games for the holidays. NC State will return to the court Saturday, Dec. 28 vs. No. 23/25 Missouri.
1. GOTTFRIED HAD THE EDGE AT ALABAMA, NOW...
Mark Gottfried and Jeff Lebo battled for supremacy in the state of Alabama for several years when Gottfried was at Alabama and Lebo coached at Auburn. Now they're facing each other as in-state foes in North Carolina. The two coaches have faced each other 12 times, with Gottfried claiming an 8-4 record. Gottfried was 5-4 against Lebo when the two were in the SEC, and Gottfried's Alabama teams won three times over Lebo's teams at Tennessee Tech and Chattanooga.
2. ROAD WARRIORS
With its 65-58 win at Tennessee, NC State picked up its best nonconference road win under head coach Mark Gottfried. It was NCSU's second nonconference road win since 2011, when the Wolfpack won 67-65 at St. Bonaventure. While not true road games, NC State has defeated nonconference opponents Texas, Penn State, Princeton and Connecticut on neutral floors over the last two seasons. Additionally, wins over San Diego State and Georgetown came during the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
T.J. Warren, who is leading the ACC with 23.1 points per game, continues to show he is one of the more efficient scorers in all of college basketball. Warren is currently fifth in the conference with a .544 field goal percentage. He shot .622 from the floor last season, the second-highest single-season shooting percentage in NC State history (.624, Kevin Thompson, 1991-92). The 6-8 sophomore is the only player in the ACC with multiple 30-point performances, hitting the mark against Florida Gulf Coast and Eastern Kentucky. Warren has scored 21 points or more in eight of NC State's 10 games this season.
4. LENNARD DOING BOARD WORK
Lennard Freeman, a 6-8 freshman forward who just turned 18 years old on Dec. 10, provides rebounding and inside toughness 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 and then pulled in a team-high nine boards vs. Detroit. Freeman leads the team in rebounds per game (7.3) and defensive rebounds (49) and is averaging 10.3 rebounds over the last four games.
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 is first in the nation with 64.7 percent 2-point scoring distribution. Further, NC State is 24th in the nation with a .549 shooting percentage on its attempts from inside the arc.