NOTEBOOK: Pack Back In RBC Center

NC State (5-3) returns to action tonight in the RBC Center against Youngstown State (5-4). The Wolfpack will be looking to string together back-to-back wins with a nonconference home game against Arizona looming.

Ryan Harrow was named ACC Rookie of the Week on Monday. C.J. Leslie was previously named Co-Rookie of the Week this season.

• After playing five of the first seven games away from Raleigh, the Pack is in a six-game homestand and will 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 make his return either Thursday or Sunday.

• Sophomore Scott Wood currently leads the ACC in three-pointers per game (3.3), and is seventh in three-point percentage (.441).

• Wood has hit 18 three-pointers over the last four games, and his last 22 field goal attempts have all been from long range.

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

• NC State's three freshmen have accounted for 44.0 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 84.2 percent of the Pack's scoring.

• The Pack ranks third in the ACC in assists per game (15.6), and has recorded an assist on 60.1 percent of its field goals this year.

• NC State currently has four players averaging abover 9.0 points a game, but none over 12.1 points.

• Javier Gonzalez and Scott Wood have combined to shoot 41.5 percent (34-82) from three-point range, while the rest of the Pack has hit just 17.8 percent (8-45).

• NC State has held 18 of its last 21 opponents to under 70 points.

• NC State has only 10 scholarship players, with seven being freshmen or sophomores.

NC State Hosts Youngstown State
For the first time in a span of 20 days, the NC State men's basketball team returns to the RBC Center when the Wolfpack plays host to Youngstown State Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.

The Wolfpack (5-3) started its current six-game homestand with a 79-60 win over USC Upstate at Reynolds Coliseum this past weekend. NC State's freshmen trio combined for 50 points, and the Pack shot a combined 53.2 percent from the field.

The Penguins (5-4) are a perfect 5-0 at home this season, but 0-4 on the road. On Monday, Youngstown State defeated Malone, 78-62. This game will be streamed online, on's All-Access.

The Series Versus Youngstown St.
This will be the first meeting between the teams. NC State is 5-2 all-time against teams from the Horizon League.

RBC Center Dominance Against Non-Conference Foes
NC State's home court has not been welcoming to non-conference opponents since the RBC Center opened for the 1999-2000 season, as the Pack has posted an 86-11 (.887) record in such games.

Under Lowe, the Pack has posted a 30-5 (.857) mark against non-conference opponents at home, losing only to No. 10 Alabama in 2007, New Orleans in 2008, Marquette in 2009, and Northwestern and Florida last season.

Last Time Out For NC State
NC State's freshmen trio combined for 50 points, as the Wolfpack returned to Reynolds Coliseum and defeated USC Upstate, 79-60, Saturday afternoon.

After taking a week off for final exams, the Wolfpack came out slow and trailed 9-3 seven minutes in, but a 10-0 run gave the Pack a lead it would not surrender. NC State shot 53.2 percent (33-62) from the field, and led by as many as 25 points in the second half. Freshman guards Ryan Harrow (20 points) and Lorenzo Brown (17 points) both scored career-highs, and fellow rookie C.J. Leslie finished with 13 points and a game-high seven rebounds.

Harrow Named ACC Rookie f The Week
Freshman guard Ryan Harrow was selected as the ACC Rookie of the Week for his performance this past weekend against USC Upstate.

In NC State's only game this past week, Harrow came off the bench to score a career-high 20 points in Saturday's 79-60 win over visiting USC Upstate. The Marietta, Ga., freshman hit on 10-of-13 from the floor, handed out five assists without a turnover, and had three steals in his 25 minutes of playing time.

Harrow is the second NC State player to win Rookie of the Week honors this season. C.J. Leslie earned the same honor after the first week of the season.

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 is currently in 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 homestand with a 79-60 win over USC Upstate in Reynolds Coliseum on Saturday. NC State's game against Youngstown State will be the first game in the RBC Center for the Pack since November 27, a span of 20 days.

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 third in the ACC in assists per game (15.6). In fact, the Pack has recorded an assist on 60.1 percent of its made field goals this season (208 FG, 125 assists).

Three different NC State players have at least 20 assists thus far. Freshman Lorenzo Brown ranks sixth in the ACC in assists with 4.3 per game, and has finished with six assists in four different games. Fellow freshman Ryan Harrow has 28 this season, including an ACC-best 10 against East Carolina, and senior Javier Gonzalez has 22 assists.

The Changing Lineup
Through the first eight 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 seven games since Smith was injured, Painter has averaged 7.7 points and 5.6 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 14.6 minutes over the last seven games and 17.4 minutes over the last five contests.

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