NOTEBOOK: Pack Returns to Reynolds

After taking a week off for final exams, NC State (4-3) will return to home action this weekend, as the Wolfpack will host USC Upstate (2-6) on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Reynolds Coliseum.

Noting The Pack
• In the latest version of the RPI, NC State is #18 nationally, and the Pack has the nation's toughest schedule through December 5.

• NC State is 5-0 in games in Reynolds Coliseum under Coach Lowe, with an aver- age margin of victory of 21.0 points.

• After playing five of the first seven games away from Raleigh, the Pack will start a six-game homestand and not have to leave North Carolina until ACC play on Jan. 11.

• Senior Tracy Smith underwent knee surgery on Nov. 19 and is expected to miss three weeks of action from that date.

• Sophomore Scott Wood currently leads the ACC in three-pointers per game (3.3), and is seventh in three-point percentage (.418).

• NC State has used five different starting lineups in the first seven games.

• NC State's three freshmen have accounted for 40.9 percent of the Pack's scoring this season. Six of the Pack's top seven scorers this season are either freshmen or sophomores. Those two classes have produced 83.2 percent of the Pack's scoring. • The Pack ranks second in the ACC in assists per game (15.0), and has recorded an assist on 60.0 percent of its field goals this year. • NC State currently has four players averaging above 9.0 points a game, but none over 12.6 points. • Javier Gonzalez and Scott Wood have combined to shoot 40.3 percent (31-77) from three-point range, while the rest of the Pack has hit just 15.4 percent (6-39), as only two other players have hit a three-pointer. • Sophomore DeShawn Painter has averaged 7.7 points and 5.8 rebounds in 23.7 minutes in the six games Smith has been injured.

NC State Hosts USC Upstate in Reynolds Coliseum
After taking a week off for final exams, NC State will return to home action this weekend, as the Wolfpack will host USC Upstate on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Reynolds Coliseum.

Under Sidney Lowe, the Pack is 4-0 playing in games after the week off for final exams. The Pack's margin of victory has been 21.5 ppg, with an 80-65 win over Savannah State in 2006-07, a 74-49 win over South Carolina State in 2008-09, a 74-46 win over Winston-Salem State in 2009-10, and 75-57 over Georgia Southern last season. The Pack will also be playing in Reynolds for the sixth time under Lowe. NC State is a perfect 5-0 thus far in games in the 'Old Barn', with an average margin of victory of 21.0 points under Lowe.

The Wolfpack (4-3) are coming off two straight road losses at Wisconin and Syracuse last week. The Spartans (2-6) started the season with six straight losses but have won their last two games, both at home.

This game will be streamed online, on GoPack.com's All-Access.

The Series Versus USC Upstate
This will be the first ever meeting between the teams. NC State is 19-7 all-time against teams from the Atlantic Sun, including a 2-0 mark

Pack Is Familiar with Reynolds Coliseum
NC State will be playing in the friendly con- fines of historic Reynolds Coliseum once again this season. Reynolds Coliseum served as the home of the Wolfpack for 50 years, prior to NC State moving into the RBC Center for the 1999-2000 season.

The Wolfpack currently holds a perfect record of 9-0 in games played at Reynolds since the RBC doors opened (not counting exhibition games). The Pack played a regular season contest in Reynolds for five straight seasons (2002-06), and also hosted one NIT game in 2007. In 2008-09, NC State played two regular games in Reynolds, and last season the Pack defeated Georgia Southern, 75-57.

The Pack's average margin of victory in those games is 23.6 points.

Last Time Out for NC State
The Wolfpack was in it until the end, but No. 8 Syracuse came away with a 65-59 win at the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Syracuse opened with a 31-19 run to start, but the Pack responded with a 10-0 run and was down 38-34 at the half.

NC State had its biggest lead at 51-45 with 12:20 left, but the Pack had just two field goals over the final 9:47 of the game.

Turnovers were the story, as NC State had 19 compared to just five for Syracuse, with the Orange finishing with a 28-4 edge on points off turnovers. Scott Wood led the offensive threat for the Pack, as he was 6-of-15 from three-point range and finished with 18 points. Freshman C.J. Leslie recorded his first career double-double, pitching in with 13 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

Alabama A&M Game Time Changed
The Wolfpack has changed the game time for the December 28 contest versus Alabama A&M. The game will now be held at 4:00 p.m. at the RBC Center, for fans wanting to watch the football team's bowl game at 6:30 p.m.

Unpack the Bags
After playing five of the first seven games away from Raleigh to start the season, the Wolfpack can unpack its bags until ACC play starts in January. NC State begins a six-game homestand, and will not leave the state of North Carolina until a January 11 trip to Boston College, the first ACC road contest of the season.

The Pack started the season at home against Tennessee Tech, then played three games in four days at the Charleston Classic. After returning home to play Fairleigh Dickinson, the Pack had back-to-back road games at Wisconsin then Syracuse.

Racking Up Assists
Scoring has been an overall team effort for the Wolfpack this season, as NC State is currently second in the ACC in assists per game (15.0). In fact, the Pack has recorded an assist on 60.0 percent of its made field goals this season (175 FG, 105 assists).

Three different NC State players have at least 20 assists thus far. Freshman Lorenzo Brown ranks seventh in the ACC in assists with 4.0 per game, and has finished with six assists in three different games. Fellow freshman Ryan Harrow has 23 this season, including an ACC-best 10 against East Carolina, and senior Javier Gonzalez has 20 assists.

The Changing Lineup
Through the first seven games of the season, NC State has used five different starting lineups, with only one combination of the same five players starting more than one game together.

Senior Javier Gonzalez, point guard, and sophomore Scott Wood, small forward, are the only two NC State players to start every game this season. The Pack was forced to make adjustments early, as senior Tracy Smith has been out of action since the second game of the season with a knee injury.

Filling in for Smith
With Tracy Smith out of action, a pair of sophomores have seen an increased role in the Pack's front court.

DeShawn Painter has gotten the starting nod at center for Smith. In the six games since Smith was injured, Painter has averaged 7.7 points and 5.8 rebounds in 23.7 minutes.

He recorded his first career double-double when he came off the bench and had 12 points and 10 rebounds against East Carolina, new career-highs in each category. Against Fairleigh Dickinson, Painter also matched his career high with 12 points.

Last season, Painter averaged 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds, seeing action in 26 of the 36 games. Jordan Vandenberg has also seen an increase in playing time without Smith in the lineup, as he has averaged 14.3 minutes over the last six games and 17.8 minutes over the last four contests.

The Sharp Shooter
Scott Wood made an immediate impact as a freshman last season, as he was the only Wolfpack player to start all 36 games. Wood finished fourth on the team in scoring (7.8 ppg) and was the Pack's top long-range threat, connecting on 37.3 percent (63- 169) of his three-point attempts.

His 63 three-pointers made are the second-most for any Wolfpack fresh- man. He set a new school record for the most three-pointers made in an ACC Tournament game when he hit six against Florida State, and earlier in the season his seven three-pointers at Florida State were the fifth-most in a single game.

Wood was also a frequent visitor to the Pack's weight room during the summer, increasing his weight by almost 10 pounds.

This season, Wood has picked up right where he left off. He has started all seven games and leads the team in scoring with 12.6 points a game. Wood also leads the ACC in three-pointers per game (3.3) and is seventh in three-point percentage (.418).

Wood has led the team in scoring each of the last two games, as he averaged 15.5 points in games at Wisconsin and Syracuse. At Syracuse, Wood hit 6 three-pointers and finished with 18 points.

In the win over Fairleigh Dickinson, Wood hit all four of his three-point attempts, including three in a span of just over two minutes, to help the Pack pull away in a close game.

Freshmen Trio
In the Pack's first seven games of the season it has been the nationally-ranked freshman class that has led the offensive charge. The three freshmen have combined to score 40.9 percent of the team's total points, as the three rookies are three of the Pack's top four scorers on the season.

Lorenzo Brown is second on the team in scoring at 10.3 points a game, while Ryan Harrow is third at 9.4 and C.J. Leslie fourth with 9.3. NC State's freshmen class was ranked No. 5 nationally by both Rivals. com and Scout.com, while ESPN had the Pack at No. 7.

Balanced Attack
One glance at the ACC stats and you will notice there is only one NC State player ranked in the top-20 in scoring: Scott Wood is 20th at 12.6 points a game. The Wolfpack offense has been a balanced attack this season, with four players averaging over 9.0 points, but none averaging more than 12.6. Through the first seven games this season, NC State has had five different players lead the team in scoring.

In the season stats, it's the Pack's youth that is leading the way. Six of the top-seven scorers on the season are either freshmen or sophomores. The freshmen and sophomore classes are producing 83.2 percent of the Pack's scoring.

Struggles From Long Range
NC State has struggled from three-point range so far this season. Through the first seven games, NC State has hit just 31.4 per- cent (37-118) from three-point range, ranking seventh in the ACC.

Javier Gonzalez and Scott Wood have combined to shoot 40.3 percent (31-77), but the rest of the team is just 15.4 percent (6-39) combined, as only two other players have made a three.

Make Their's a Double
Four different Wolfpack players have posted a double-double this season.

Filling in for the injured Tracy Smith against East Carolina, sophomore DeShawn Painter finished with career-highs of 12 points and 10 rebounds. In that same game, freshman Ryan Harrow re- corded 11 points and 10 assists coming off the bench.

Sophomore Richard Howell then got in on the act at the Charleston Classic as well, when he finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the win over George Mason. It was his second career double-double.

The latest Pack player to accomplish the feat was freshman C.J. Leslie, as he came off the bench at Syracuse to finish with 13 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.


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