NOTEBOOK: Pack, Hornets Battle Tonight

NC State (6-4) wraps up action before a holiday break, when the Wolfpack plays host to Delaware State (4-5) tonight at 7 p.m. at the RBC Center.

Noting The Pack
• NC State won the only previous matchup against Delaware State, and is 21-0 all-time against teams from the MEAC.

• NC State has posted a record of 87-12 (.879) against non-conference opponents since the RBC Center opened in 1999-2000. Under Coach Lowe, NC State is 31-6 (.838).

• In the Pack's six wins, NC State has forced 15.5 turnovers a game. In the four losses, NC State has forced just 7.5 a game.

• Ryan Harrow was named ACC Rookie of the Week on Dec. 13. C.J. Leslie was previously named Co-Rookie of the Week this season.

• Harrow has averaged 13.3 points over his last three games, and is third in scoring (10.6) despite not starting a game.

• Leslie has recorded two double-doubles in the last four games. In that time span, he has averaged 10.5 points and 12.0 boards.

• Senior Tracy Smith underwent knee surgery on Nov. 19 and has missed the last eight games.

• Sophomore Scott Wood currently leads the ACC in three-pointers per game (3.1), and is sixth in three-point percentage (.443).

• Harrow currently leads the ACC in assist/ turnover ratio (2.8), while senior Javier Gonzalez ranks fourth (2.0).

• NC State currently has four players averaging over nine points a game, but none with more than 11.6 points.

• 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 83.5 percent of the Pack's scoring.

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

NC State Hosts Delaware State
NC State wraps up action before a holiday break, when the Wolfpack plays host to Delaware State tonight at 7 p.m. at the RBC Center. The Wolfpack (6-4) will be playing its third game in seven days, and then will be off until a home game against Alabama A&M on Dec. 28. The Hornets (4-5) have not played a game since Dec. 11, falling at Delaware, 61-50.

This game will be streamed live on's All-Access.

The Series Versus Delaware State
This will be only the second time the two teams have met. In Coach Lowe's second career game, NC State downed visiting Delaware State, 63-43, at the RBC Center during the 2006-07 season. NC State is a perfect 21-0 all-time against teams from the MEAC.

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. The Pack has posted an 87-12 (.879) record in such games. Under Lowe, the Wolfpack has a 31-6 (.838) mark against non-conference opponents at home, losing only to No. 10 Alabama in 2007, New Orleans in 2008, Marquette in 2009, Northwestern and Florida last year, and Arizona this season.

Last Time Out for NC State
Arizona got 22 points from star forward Derrick Williams, and came away with a 72-62 win at the RBC Center on Sunday. Scott Wood hit back-to-back three-pointers to bring the Pack within two points at 52-50 at the 10:01 mark, but Arizona responded with a 10-0 run over the next three minutes to put the game away. Wood was 4-of-7 from three-point range and scored a team-high 16 points, while Lorenzo Brown added 14 points and Richard Howell had 12 points and seven boards. The Pack was strong on the glass with 45 rebounds, including 23 offensive boards, but could not overcome 14 turnovers and 31.8 percent (21-66) shooting.

Alabama A&M Game Time Changed
The Wolfpack has changed the game time for the Dec. 28 contest versus Alabama A&M. The game will now be held at 4 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 its 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 Jan. 11 trip to Boston College, the first ACC road contest of the season.

The Pack has already played three games in this stretch. First was a 79-60 win over USC Upstate in Reynolds Coliseum, followed by a come-from-behind 67-50 win over Youngstown State. Last time out, the Pack fell to Arizona, 72-62.

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 and Syracuse. Racking Up Assists: Scoring has been an overall team effort for the Wolfpack this season. NC State is currently fifth in the ACC in assists per game (14.8). In fact, the Pack has recorded an assist on 59.9 percent of its made field goals this season (247 FG, 148 assists).

Three different NC State players have at least 20 assists thus far. Freshman Lorenzo Brown ranks seventh in the ACC in assists with 3.9 per game, and has finished with six assists in four different games. Fellow freshman Ryan Harrow has 34 assists this season, including an ACC-best 10 against East Carolina. Senior Javier Gonzalez has 26 assists.

Gonzalez and Harrow, the Pack's two point guards, have also been taking care of the ball this season. Harrow leads the ACC in assist/turnover ratio (2.8), while Gonzalez is fourth (2.0).

Leslie Stepping Up
Over the last four games, freshman C.J. Leslie has shown why he was one of the top recruits nationally entering this season. Leslie has averaged 10.5 points and 12.0 rebounds over the last four outings, recording two double-doubles in that span. In the first six games of the season, he pulled down 4.5 boards a game, compared to 12.0 over the last four.

At Syracuse, Leslie came off the bench and finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Against Youngstown State, Leslie had team highs of 14 points and 19 rebounds. The 19 re- bounds tie for the second-most in a game by an NC State freshman. Leslie has led the Pack in rebounding in each of the last four games, and now ranks 10th in the ACC with 7.5 boards a game.

Harrow The Scorer
Despite not starting a game this season, freshman guard Ryan Harrow is currently third on the team in scoring with 10.6 points per game.

Over his last three games, Harrow is averaging 13.3 points, including a season-best 20 against USC Upstate. Harrow did not break double figures in any of the four games prior to that and averaged 6.3 points a game.

The Changing Lineup
Through the first 10 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. But the Pack has started the same lineup the last three games.

Senior point guard Javier Gonzalez and sophomore small forward Scott Wood 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.

Smith Out of Action
NC State has been without the services of last season's top scorer and rebounder, Tracy Smith, since the second game of the season. After playing only six minutes against East Carolina in the Charleston Classic on Nov. 18, Smith returned to Raleigh to get an evaluation on his knee. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Nov. 19. The joint was debrided and no major damage was found. Smith has missed the Pack's last eight contests. Filling in for Smith: With Tracy Smith out of action, a pair of sophomores have played an increased role in the Pack's frontcourt.

DeShawn Painter has gotten the starting nod at center for Smith. In the nine games since Smith was injured, Painter has averaged 6.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in 23.6 minutes per contest.

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 36 games.

Jordan Vandenberg has also seen an increase in playing time with Smith out of the lineup, averaging 14.9 minutes over the last nine games and 17.0 minutes over the last seven contests.

The Sharp Shooter
Scott Wood made an immediate impact as a freshman last season. 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 freshman. 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.

This season, Wood has picked up right where he left off. He has started all 10 games and leads the team in scoring with 11.6 points a game. Wood also leads the ACC in three-pointers per game (3.1) and is sixth in three-point percentage (.443).

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