6-foot-9 forward/center J.J. Hickson is averaging 18 points and 8 rebounds a game, and he is not even a starter for coach Sidney Lowe's team.
"He reminds me a lot of Zach Randolph, he's got great footwork and great hands and he scores very efficiently," said Izzo. "He's a hard guy to double because he so quick, if he gets in down deep he's probably scoring, they do a pretty good job of getting him the ball."
NC State presents a very balanced scoring attack, featuring four players in double-figure scoring. But they are only scoring 66 points per contest to the Spartans' 80 points per game.
The Wolfpack are coming off a big win on Sunday night against No.19 Villanova after Grant was fouled from three in the closing seconds, and hitting two-of-three free-throws to give NC State the 69-68 win.
Fells had 21 points and Hickson and Grant each scored 15 points.
The Wolfpack had a brief appearance in the top 25 polls last week but were knocked out after a poor loss to New Orleans on a buzzer-beating three-pointer.
Now the Pack are 4-1 and are coming off a huge victory against a ranked opponent.
Rebounding will be a big factor in the game on Wednesday, as the Woflpack have been outrebounded by their opponents this season while the Spartans hold a rebounding margin of over 25 over their opponents.
Goran Suton had a big game on Saturday against Oakland, grabbing an impressive 20 boards on his way to a double-double, leading MSU past the Golden Grizzlies.
Michigan State is doing a great job shooting free-throws as Tom Izzo said that many times they are making more free-throws than their opponents are taking.
It will be the rebounding and free-throws that should be the difference in the game, although NC State does have some big bodies down low. Depth will be a problem for the Wolfpack, as they regularly play seven guys on the court while the Spartans frequently sub between 10 guys on the court.
As a result, MSU will look to wear down the Wolfpack by running their usual up-tempo style offense because NC State are not a running team.