No. 23 Wolfpack Take On Western Michigan Saturday At Noon
Dec. 27, 2012
Game Time: Noon
Western Michigan (8-4) vs. No. 23 NC State (9-2)
SERIES RECORD: First Meeting
LAST MEETING: N/A
PxP: Lou Canellis Color: Dereck Whittenburg Watch
RADIO: NC State Radio Network Listen
PxP: Gary Hahn Color: Tony Haynes
No. 23 NC State returns to action after the Christmas break with a noon contest versus Western Michigan at PNC Arena on Saturday in the first meeting between the two programs.
Even though this is the first contest between the Wolfpack and Broncos, there are some connections between the two programs. NC State director of basketball operations, Jeff Dunlap, and director of player development, Larry Farmer, both spent time on the Western Michigan staff of Steve Hawkins. Dunlap had two stints with the Bronco program (2004-07 and 2010-11) as an assistant and also worked with Hawkins at Division II Quincy University (1991-1994), while Farmer spent the last two seasons in Kalamazoo prior to his arrival in Raleigh.
This is the second Mid-American Conference school the Wolfpack has faced this season. NC State opened the season against Miami of Ohio, also of the MAC, posting a 97-59 victory. The Wolfpack is 5-1 all-time against MAC opponents.
NC State will be looking to extend its current winning streak to six games, which would match its longest victory streak since winning six straight from Dec.8, 2011 to Jan. 8, 2012. The Pack can also extend its home winning streak to eight games dating back to last season's Miami game on Feb. 29, 2012. At home this season, State is averaging 87.2 points per game, while holding its opponents to 69.3 points per contest. It is also shooting .571 from the floor, while holding its opposition .402 from field. Overall, the Pack leads the nation in field goal percentage with a mark of .534.
Juniors C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown both can reach career milestones in Saturday's contest. Leslie needs four points to reach 1,000 in his NC State career, while Brown just needs five to eclipse the 900-point plateau.
Saturday's game will be broadcast on ESPNU with the team of Lou Canellis (play-by-play) and Wolfpack great Dereck Whittenburg (color analyst) on the call. The contest can also be heard on the NC State radio network with Gary Hahn providing the play-by-play description of the action and Tony Haynes handling the analysis of the action on the court. Subscribers to SiriusXM satellite radio can hear the game on Sirius channel 92 and XM channel 190.