Mark Gottfried has brought a fast-paced, high energy offense to NC State as evidenced by the
team’s scoring numbers. The Wolfpack currently ranks second in the Atlantic Coast Conference,
and is 10th nationally in scoring with 78.1 points per game.
The Pack’s offensive production has improved dramatically since Gottfried took over the program
prior to last season. In 2010-11, the campaign prior to his arrival, State ranked 115th nationally
and sixth in the ACC in scoring with 70.7 point per game. Last year, his first season with the
Wolfpack, the average was up slightly to 72.9 points per game - the nation’s 59th-best mark at
State has already scored at least 80 points in 15 contests this season - tying for the highest total
for a Wolfpack squad since 1995-96 (15 in 31 games).
Mark Gottfried is bringing top-level talent to Raleigh, as both of his recruiting classes have been
ranked in the top-10 nationally. Last year, having just seven months till the fall signing period,
Gottfried brought in the No. 5 recruiting class in the nation, including three McDonald’s All-Americans.
It marked the first time the Wolfpack had three McDonald’s All-Americans in the same class
since 1979. Gottfried followed up with three more recruits signed in November and that class
currently ranks ninth nationally and once again boasts a McDonald’s All-American.
Gottfried came to NC State with the reputation of being a first-class recruiter. In three of his final
four seasons at Alabama, Gottfried’s recruiting classes were nationally ranked: 10th in 2005, 27th
in 2007, and 16th in 2008.
NC STATE VS. BOSTON COLLEGE
NC State will be looking to even the all-time
series with Boston College, when the two teams
face off for the second time this season Wednesday
night at PNC Arena.
The Eagles currently hold a slight 8-7 edge in the
overall series which dates back to 1967-68, but
14 of the 15 meetings have come since 2002-03.
The series is deadlocked 3-3 in Raleigh, with all
six games played at PNC Arena.
NC State has won the last four matchups in the
series, and six of the last seven overall. The Pack
won at BC, 78-73, on Jan. 5 in its ACC opener,
and NC State won all three matchups last season
by an average of 13.3 points.
EARLIER THIS SEASON AGAINST BC
NC State won its ACC opener on the road for the
first time since 1997 by beating Boston College,
78-73, on Jan. 5, thanks to 12 quick points
by senior Scott Wood in the game’s final four
Wood, scoreless because of foul trouble in the
contest, came off the bench with 3:45 to play
to hit a pair of 3-pointers and six straight free
throws for the Wolfpack, which made 21 of 24
shots from the charity stripe in the second half.
Wood was one of six Wolfpack players to hit
double-figure scoring on the night, as freshman
Rodney Purvis had a career-high 19, senior
Lorenzo Brown had 14, senior Richard Howell
and Wood had 12 each and junior C.J. Leslie
NC STATE IN THE RPI
In the current RPI, NC State sits at No. 24. The
Pack posts three wins against teams currently
in the RPI top-50. The Pack currently holds the
17th-toughest strength of schedule.
In the current BPI rankings, the Pack is 22nd.
NC State enters Wednesday contest against Boston
College with a 14-1 home mark this season,
including 6-1 in ACC games.
The Pack will be looking to win 15 home contests
for the first time since 2005-06, and if NC
State closes out with home wins over BC and
then Wake Forest next week, the Pack will reach
16 home wins for the first time since 1999-00
In 15 home contests this season, the Pack is
averaging 84.8 points per game, compared to
69.8 in the 12 road/neutral games.
Several NC State players continue their climbs in
the NC State record books, and a pair of significant
milestones are within reach.
Richard Howell is just 25 rebounds away from becoming only the fourth player in school history
to record 1,000 rebounds during his career.
He is also set to establish a new school record
for offensive rebounds, as he is just five away
from tying Kevin Thompson’s career mark of
Scott Wood is also close to establishing a new
school record. He is 15 three-pointers away
from tying Rodney Monroe’s career mark of 322.
Wood already has the school record for career
starts, with 128 and counting.
WOOD ON FIRE
Senior sharpshooter Scott Wood is regarded as
one of the nation’s top long range threats. He
currently leads the ACC in three-pointers per
game (2.9) and is second in three-point field
goal percentage (44.0 percent).
Over the last three games, Wood has averaged
18.0 points, hitting 16-0f-34 bonus shots. He
has led the Pack in scoring twice, the first two
times this season he has done so.
In the last eight ACC games, he has hit 29-of-61
(.475) three-pointers, compared to 15-of-38
(.395) in the first six ACC affairs.
UN WARREN-TED SUCCESS
Freshman forward T.J. Warren was inserted
into the Pack’s starting lineup in the two games
last week, and the rookie responded by posting
back-to-back double-doubles and averaging 20.5
points and 11.5 rebounds.
Warren had a monster night in the thrashing of
Florida State, with 31 points and 13 rebounds
in 31 minutes for his first career double dip.
That point total was the third-highest ever by a
At UNC, he had 10 points and 10 boards,
Warren ranks third among ACC freshmen in
scoring with 12.1 points per game. He has
scored 20 or more points five times this season
- more than any player on the Wolfpack squad.
He leads the ACC in field goal percentage with a
.622 mark, ranking 13th nationally.
DOUBLE TRIPLE DOUBLE-DOUBLES
The Pack accomplished a rare feat in both games
against North Carolina this season. In each
contest, NC State had THREE players record a
In the Jan. 26 victory over North Carolina,
Richard Howell had 16 points and 14 rebounds,
Lorenzo Brown posted 20 points and 11 assists,
while C.J. Leslie had 17 points and 10 rebounds.
It marked the first time in 22 years that a trio of
Pack players had hit double digits in two categories
in the same game since the 1991 NCAA
In the return game in Chapel Hill this past Saturday,
Howell (13 pts, 17 reb) and Brown (12 pts, 12 assists) where joined by T.J. Warren (10 pts,
10 reb) in double-double category.
BROWN IS BACK
Junior point guard Lorenzo Brown returned to
action at Clemson on Feb. 10 after missing two
starts and most of a third game with an ankle
Although he wasn’t at full speed, Brown came off
the bench and sparked the Pack’s comeback win
with 15 points and four assists in 32 minutes of
It was Brown driving to the basket and then
dishing to Scott Wood in the corner that led to
Wood’s game-winning three-pointer with just 1.0
left on the clock in the 58-57 win.
Brown played a career-high 42 minutes in the
overtime win over Virginia Tech on Feb. 16, dishing
out seven assists and chipping in 15 points.
He came back with nine points and nine assists
in 33 minutes of action in the blowout of Florida
State on Jan. 19.
At UNC on Saturday, Brown recorded his sixth
double-double of the season with 12 points and
12 asssists, playing all 40 minutes.
Since returning from the injury, Brown has averaged
12.8 points, 8.0 assists and 36.8 minutes
in the last four games.
Brown went down with an ankle injury midway
through the first half at Virginia on Jan. 29, and
missed the rest of that game and then each of
the Pack’s next two, against nationally ranked
foes Miami and Duke.
The Miami contest on Feb. 2 contest marked
the first game of Brown’s career that he missed,
breaking a string of 59 straight starts dating
back to his freshman season.
Over those two-plus games in Brown’s absence
(all losses), NC State went from averaging 79.7
points to 72.7 points, while assists were also
down from 15.3 in the first 20 games to 11.0.
ON THE REBOUND
Over the last two games, NC State has been
hitting the boards. The Pack outrebounded both Florida State and North Carolina by an average of
NC State cleaned up on the glass, edging the
Noles 45-21, including a 21-6 edge on the offensive
The 45 rebounds were the most the Pack has
produced this season, and the 21 by FSU were
the fewest for an opponent.
At UNC, the Pack had a 43-34 edge.
In both contests, NC State had two players reach
double figures in rebounds: T.J. Warren (13)
and C.J. Leslie (10) against the Seminoles, and
Richard Howell (17) and Warren (10) against the
NC State is one of just two teams (Wake Forest)
to have a pair of players in the top-10 in the ACC
rebounding stats. As a team, the Pack ranks
fourth in the ACC in rebounding margin.
ALL ABOUT THE OFFENSE
NC State is currently second in the ACC and 10th
nationally in scoring at 78.1 points per game.
The Pack is one of six teams with five double-figure
scorers, so it’s probably safe to say that
the offense is the driving force behind State’s
In the Pack’s 19 wins, Mark Gottfried’s squad is
averaging 82.3 points per game while shooting
51.5 percent from the field. In those 19 wins, NC
State has been held under 70 points only twice.
However, when the Pack’s offense has stalled,
the results have not been positive. In its eight
losses, NC State averaged just 68.1 points per
game, shooting 45.1 percent from the floor. In
four of those eight games, NC State was held
under 70 points.
It has been almost four decades since an NC
State basketball player had more double-doubles
than senior Richard Howell has posted in 2012-
13. Howell leads the ACC with 16 double-doubles
on the season, posting nine in conference
play. Howell’s season mark ranks fifth nationally.
Not since Tommy Burleson had 26 in 1973-74
has a Pack player posted a higher total. Howell
had posted double-digit point and rebound totals
in 15 of the last 22 outings.
NC State leads the ACC with 32 individual
double-doubles this season - the next closest
team is Duke with 18. In fact, Howell has more
double-doubles than 10 of the 11 other ACC
WE LIKE LEWIS
The injury to Lorenzo Brown definitely had a
silver lining - and his name is Tyler Lewis.
The Statesville native averaged just 9.7 minutes
per game over the first 20 games of the season,
but with Brown out versus league-leading Miami,
Lewis played 36 minutes, then 39 in a start the
next time out at Duke.
Now Lewis is seeing action alongside Brown, as
the Pack’s regular starter has returned to the fray.
Lewis played 21 minutes in the overtime win
versus Virginia Tech while Brown played 42.
Over the last six games, Lewis has averaged 8.3
points in 23.0 minutes of action.
CUTTING IT CLOSE
The Pack’s six ACC losses have been by a combined
31 points, with four of those losses being
decided by three points or less.
NC State’s first four ACC losses at Maryland (1),
at Wake Forest (2), at Virginia (3) and vs. Miami
(1) were decided by a combined seven points,
and all were decided in the final 10 seconds.
The Pack had been on the positive side of two
recent close games. At Clemson, State trailed for
most of the game, but Scott Wood’s three-pointer
with just 1.0 left gave the Pack the 58-57 win.
Gottfried and company dispatched Virginia Tech
in an overtime on Feb. 16, winning 90-86.
On the season, NC State’s average margin of
victory in the eight ACC wins is 7.6, while the
margin of defeat in the six losses is 5.2.