NOTES: Big Game For State

NC State returns to action tonight against Stanford in a big nonconference matchup for the Wolfpack.

NC State vs. Stanford
This is the second meeting between NC State and Stanford.

The Cardinal lead the series 1-0 after capturing the initial meeting, 76-72, last season in Palo Alto.

The Pack led by as much as 12 in the second half, but it saw its lead disappear and Stanford take control when C.J. Leslie exited the game with cramping issues at the 10 minute mark and Scott Wood fouled out with five minutes remaining in the contest. Leslie left the game with 14 points, shooting 6-for-8 from the field, including 1-for-1 from 3-point range, and 1-for-1 from the line.

Stanford's Josh Owens made a pair of free throws with three minutes remaining to give the Cardinal the lead for good.

C.J. Williams finished with a team-high 18 points to lead the Wolfpack.

NC State vs. The Pac-12
All-time, the Wolfpack is 14-12 versus the Pac- 12 Conference.

In addition to Stanford, NC State has faced Pac- 12 members Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon State, Southern Cal, UCLA, Utah and Washington.

The Pack vs. the Pac-12 At Home
Stanford is the first Pac-12 opponent to play in Raleigh since the 2010-11 season.

Arizona was the last Pac-12 foe to play NC State at home, coming away with a 72-62 victory at PNC Arena on Dec. 19, 2010. Scott Wood scored a team-high 16 points for the Pack in the loss.

Oregon State was the first Pac-12 opponent to play in Raleigh when it participated in the 1955 Dixie Classic with NC State coming away with a 59-54 victory.

All-time the Wolfpack is 6-1 when facing a Pac- 12 team at home.

Gottfried vs. Stanford
NC State coach Mark Gottfried is 1-1 against Stanford as a head coach following the Wolfpack's 76-72 setback in Palo Alto last year.

During his tenure at Alabama, Gottfried guided the Crimson Tide to a 70-67 upset victory over top-seeded Stanford in the second round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament.

Following its win over the Cardinal, the Crimson Tide defeated defending national champion Syracuse to advance to the school's first appearance in the Elite Eight.

During his seven seasons as a UCLA assistant (1988-95) to Jim Harrick, Mark Gottfried helped the Bruins to a 10-4 record against Stanford. Gottfried and UCLA sported a 2-4 record after the first six meetings with the Cardinal before the Bruins reeled off eight straight victories in the series.

Home for the Holidays
After starting the year with five of its first seven contests away from home, the Wolfpack will play its remaining 2012 contests at home.

NC State is 2-0 on its current six-game homestand after an 80-63 victory over Cleveland State at Reynolds Coliseum on Dec. 8, in its only appearance at the historic venue this season and an 84-62 win over Norfolk State last Saturday.

Tuesday's contest with Stanford and Saturday's game with St. Bonaventure (Dec. 22) are the Pack's final games before a break for Christmas. The Pack then closes out the year by entertaining Western Michigan on Dec. 29 and facing UNC Greensboro on New Year's Eve.

Richard Howell has had double-digit points and rebounds in each of his last three games and in four of the Wolfpack's last five contests. He has a total of five in the Wolfpack's first nine games this season.

He now has 18 career double-doubles, which matches former ACC Player of the Year Julius Hodge for the most of any Wolfpack player since forward Kenny Inge recorded 23 double-doubles from 1998-2001. Inge had 11 double-doubles as a freshman in 1997-98, while center J.J. Hickson had 10 in 2007-08, his only season with the Wolfpack. Howell and Hickson both attended Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga.

Howell is averaging 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds this season, and is looking to become the first Wolfpack player since Kenny Carr, who averaged 10.3 boards per game in 1975-76, to average double-digit rebounds. Last season, Howell averaged 9.2 rebounds per game, the most of any Wolfpack player since Todd Fuller averaged 9.9 as a senior in 1995-96.

In his last three games, Howell has averaged 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Three former Wolfpack All-Americans – Ronnie Shavlik, John Richter and Tommy Burleson – averaged double-doubles in each of their three varsity seasons. All three are ranked in the to five of career rebounders. Shavlik owns the school record with 1,598 career boards, followed by Burleson with 1,066 and Richter with 936.

In its history, six NC State players have averaged double-doubles in their careers: Ronnie Shavlik (18.5 ppg, 16.8 rpg), Tommy Burleson (19.0 ppg, 12.7 rpg), John Richter (15.0 ppg, 12.6 rpg), Mel Thompson (16.2 ppg, 10.9 rpg), Bobby Speight (14.0 ppg, 10.4 rpg) and Pete Coker (14.1 ppg, 10.0 rpg).

On The Break
One of the points of emphasis in NC State's offensive style is to score points in transition. This season, the Pack has outscored its opponents, 170-54, on fastbreak points.

Through its nine games, NC State is averaging 13.0 points per game on the fastbreak, compared to 5.3 points per contest for its competition.

In The Rankings
NC State has been ranked in the Associated Press poll since the preseason, opening the year at No. 6.

The Pack currently is ranked 25th in the AP poll, marking the seventh straight week it has been ranked.

It is the longest stretch that NC State has been ranked by AP since spending 15 weeks in the poll during the 2005-06 season.

Sharing The Wealth
The Pack has evenly shared the scoring load this season with four players averaging double figures.

The Pack is led by freshman T.J. Warren, who is averaging a team-best 14.8 points per game. Senior Richard Howell is second on the team in scoring with an average of 14.1 points per contest.

Junior C.J. Leslie is contributing 12.9 ppg, while junior Lorenzo Brown is averaging 11.7 ppg.

Freshman Rodney Purvis Senior Scott Wood are on the cusp of averaging double figures at 9.8 and 9.3 ppg, respectively.

NC State is one of four ACC schools with four or more players averaging in double figures. The others are Duke (5), Miami (5) and North Carolina (4).

The Freshman 20
In just nine games this season, freshman forward T.J. Warren has already hit the 20-point mark on three occasions, becoming the Wolfpack's first freshman since J.J. Hickson in 2007-08 to score 20 or more points multiple times in a season.

Hickson scored at least 20 points on seven occasions in his only season with the Pack, including 33 in his first game.

C.J. Leslie had a season-high 21 in his first game with the Wolfpack in 2010-11 and Scott Wood surpassed 20 once with his 31-point performance against Florida State in his inaugural season.

Brandon Costner had nine 20-point performances as a redshirt freshman in 2006-07.

Head Of The Freshman Class
T.J. Warren is the ACC's leading freshman scorer with an average of 14.6 points per game.

He owns the top two scoring games in the conference among freshmen this year with 22 against Penn State (tied with BC's Oliver Hanlon, who also had 22 versus Penn State) and 21 versus Massachusetts and Norfolk State.

A team-best four times, Warren has led the Pack in scoring with three of those performances coming in a reserve role.

The Higher, The Better
In all of the Wolfpack's wins, it is averaging 82.6 points per game and shooting .548 (211- 385) from the field.

Twice NC State has topped the 90-point barrier, scoring a season-high 97 points in the opener versus Miami of Ohio and posting 94 against UMass in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

In its Miami victory, the Pack shot a season best .614 (35-of-57) from the floor.

In its two losses, NC State is averaging 64.0 points per game and shooting .458 (54-of-118) from the field. In seven of its nine contests this season, the Wolfpack has shot .500 or better from the floor.

NC State's .527 field goal percentage leads the nation.

Paint Production
The Pack has outscored its opposition, 378-267, in the paint this season. That's 42.0 points per game for NC State coming off of shots around the rim, while its opponents are scoring 29.7 points a contest in the lane, giving the Pack a 12.3-point advantage.

That equates to .535 of the Wolfpack's scoring production coming from in the post, compared to .434 of the scoring output for its opponents' post players.

One-Two Punch
Freshman T.J. Warren and senior Richard Howell are one and two in the ACC statistics in field goal percentage.

Warren is connecting on .691 of his shots from the floor, which is third nationally. Howell's .667 field goal percentage is tied for the eighth-best nationally. The last Wolfpack freshman to lead the ACC in field goal percentage was J.J. Hickson, who shot .591 for the 2007-08 season. The duo are the only teammates that rank in the top 10 nationally in shooting percentage.

Lending A Helping Hand
Twice this season, junior Lorenzo Brown has recorded double digits in assists, versus Michigan and Massachusetts.

All of last season, Brown had two performances with 10 or more assists, including a career-best 13 in the Pack's loss to Syracuse. Against the Orange, he also registered his first career double-double, adding 10 points. Against UMass this year, Brown posted his second career double-double by scoring 11 points to go with his assist tally. Brown, who leads the ACC in assists per game at 6.0, is the conference's active leader for double-digit assist games with three.

Chairmen Of The Boards
Senior Richard Howell and junior C.J. Leslie are the only teammates on the ACC list of career double-digit rebound games.

Howell is second among active players with 28 10- plus rebound contests, while Leslie is fifth with 17.

Howell is also second in the league for career rebounds with 761 and Leslie is sixth with 534. Howell's rebounding total ranks 14th all-time in program history.

Block Party
Junior C.J. Leslie's recorded his 100th career block in the Wolfpack's 69-65 victory over Connecticut on Dec. 4.

Leslie's block total ranks him 11th all-time in Wolfpack history.

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