Jan. 25, 2014
The Last Meeting
March 3, 2013
Six days after a come-from-behind home victory over Maryland, the NC State men's basketball team will host Georgia Tech Sunday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. The Wolfpack (12-7, 2-4) has won the last three meetings against the Yellow Jackets (11-8, 2-4).
NC State's 65-56 win over Maryland snapped a three-game losing streak. Playing without leading scorer T.J. Warren, the Wolfpack trailed by 11 early in the second half before clamping down on defense and getting a flurry of 3-pointers from Ralston Turner. Turner finished with 23 points as the Wolfpack pulled away from the Terrapins in what was the final ACC regular season meeting between the two schools.
Georgia Tech enters Sunday's game also carrying the momentum of a recent victory. Georgia Tech defeated Boston College 68-60 on the road on Tuesday. The Yellow Jackets are led by Trae Golden (14.1 ppg) and Marcus Georges-Hunt (11.7 ppg).
NC State lead the all-time series between the two schools 54-37. The Pack is 3-1 against Georgia Tech under Mark Gottfried and has won 10 of 12 meetings played at PNC Arena.
The Starting 5 - The Top 5 Storylines For This Game
1. WOLFPACK RISES AS ONE
Shortly before beginning its game vs. Maryland last Monday, NC State learned it would be without its leading scorer, T.J. Warren. The 6-8 sophomore was unable to play due to a left ankle sprain. Without their leading scorer and rebounder, the remaining Wolfpack players came together and delivered a 65-56 victory that snapped a three-game losing skid. The victory started with defense, as NC State held Maryland to .297 shooting in the second half. Ralston Turner led the Pack with 23 points, with 19 coming after halftime. Kyle Washington grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds.
2. `DEFENSIVE-LEE' OUTSTANDING
Desmond Lee, who usually starts out guarding each NC State opponent's best perimeter scorer, stood out in NC State's last win due to his defensive play guarding Maryland star Dez Wells. Lee forced Wells into a 2-for-11 shooting night and drew two charges that led to Wells fouling out. Lee also had four steals while chipping in 14 points on the offensive end.
3. THE ACC'S BEST SCORER
The ACC's leading scorer is 6-8 sophomore wingman T.J. Warren, who is tied for sixth in the nation averaging 22.2 points per game. The 6-8 sophomore, who ranks fourth in the ACC with a .503 field goal percentage (minimum 5 FG made per game), rejoined the Wolfpack at practice after sitting out the win over Maryland last Monday. The sophomore is the only player in the ACC with multiple 30-point performances, hitting the mark against Florida Gulf Coast (30), Eastern Kentucky (30) and ECU (32). Warren has scored 21 points or more in 14 of NC State's 18 games this season and has reached double figures in 20 of his last 22 games. He is also among the ACC's leaders in rebounds (6th), offensive rebounds (1st), minutes played (8th) and steals (10th).
4. STAYING HOME FOR A WHILE
Sunday's contest vs. Georgia Tech is the middle game of a three-game homestand for NC State. Florida State visits PNC Arena Wednesday, Jan. 29 to finish the stretch. Four home games remain after the Wolfpack plays the Seminoles, with just two in the month of February.
5. NC STATE INSIDE THE ARC
NC State is second in the nation in two-point distribution, meaning just one team in America scores a higher percentage of its points on made 2-point field goals than NC State. The Wolfpack scores 63.4 percent of its points on field goals made inside the arc. Further, NC State is fourth in the ACC with a .519 shooting percentage on its attempts from inside the arc. T.J. Warren shoot .573 on his attempts inside the arc.