NOTES: Pack Opens Season Tonight

NC State will open the 2011-2012 season tonight against UNC Asheville in the RBC Center. Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm, and the game is not televised.

For the second consecutive year, NC State hit the century mark en route to a exhibition win. The Wolfpack defeated Flagler, 102-61, in its only tune up before the start of regulation play.

Junior Scott Wood had a game-high 24 points, hitting six 3-pointers on eight attempts in the first half. He added to his total by hitting a pair of jumpers and converting two free throws in the second half.

The Pack had three other players in double figures with sophomore C.J. Leslie adding 16 and senior C.J. Williams and junior DeShawn Painter each contributing 10. Sophomore point guard Lorenzo Brown got into early foul trouble and was limited to four points in 22 minutes of action. The Saints were led by Chad July and Matt Clark with 12 points each.

Friday's game is the season opener for the Bulldogs. They enter the game following a 98-67 win over Lees-McRae on Monday.

The Wolfpack is the first of two ACC opponents that UNC Asheville will open the year with. On Sunday, the Bulldogs return home for their regular season opener against the Tar Heels of North Carolina at the new Kimmel Arena.

They return four starters from last season's team that finished with 20-14 mark last season and made the NCAA Tournament.

The senior backcourt tandem of Matt Dickey and J.P. Primm return as the leading scorers. Dickey averaged 15.7 points per game last season, while Primm posted an average of 14.6 ppg and led the team in assists with 4.5 per outing.

On Nov. 9, first-year NC State basketball coach Mark Gottfried announced the signings of Tyler Lewis (Statesville, N.C.), Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C.) and T.J. Warren (Durham, N.C.) to play for the Wolfpack beginning with the 2012-13 season.

"We're extremely excited about Tyler, Rodney and T.J.," said Gottfried. "They are great additions to our team. We like that they are great people, and they have to potential to become great players."

The highly touted trio is considered one of the premier classes by several recruiting services and media outlets. According to ESPNU 100 rankings, Gottfried has assembled the No. 2 class in the nation, while has rated the Wolfpack's incoming class as the No. 3 class in the country.

"The class that Mark Gottfried has put together will change the direction of the program," said Paul Biancardi, National Director of Recruiting for ESPN. "This is an impressive class considering the team is coming off some tough years. The perception of NC State is changing under Mark Gottfried. He and his staff will not be outworked."

When NC State and UNC Asheville tip off Friday, they will complete a Veterans' Day basketball doubleheader for Pack fans.

At noon, the women's team hosts the Redhawks of Southeast Missouri State at Reynolds Coliseum.

Mark Gottfried was named the 19th head coach of the NC State men's basketball program on April 5, 2011.

The veteran of 17 NCAA Tournament appearances as player and coach, Gottfried makes his return to the sidelines after a two-year stint as a color analyst for ESPN.

Prior to that, Gottfried spent 11 years (1999-2009) at his alma mater, Alabama, where he led the Crimson Tide to new heights including the program's first-ever No. 1 national ranking in 2002 and its first-ever Elite 8 appearance in 2004. He also won the 2002 SEC regular season crown and tournament crown garnering him the conference's coach of the year honors as selected by the Associated Press and his coaching peers. Under his direction, the Tide went to the NCAA Tournament five years in a row (2002-06).

Gottfried compiled a 210-130 mark at the Capstone.

He got his first head coaching assignment at Murray State (1996-98) posting a 68-24 mark and guiding the Racers to three consecutive regular-season Ohio Valley Conference crowns, back-to-back OVC Tournament titles in 1997 and 1998 and three straight post-season appearances.

Gottfried broke into the coaching ranks as an assistant under Jim Harrick at UCLA, where he spent seven seasons on the Bruins bench and was part of UCLA's run to the 1995 National Championships. During his tenure in Westwood, he helped the Bruins to two Pac-10 titles and seven trips to the NCAA.

With a victory Friday over UNC Asheville, head coach Mark Gottfried would become the 16th coach to win his debut as a Wolfpack head coach.

When NC State hosts Morehead State on Sunday evening, it will be facing its second straight opponent making its season debut.

In his previous two head coaching stops at Murray State and Alabama, Mark Gottfried owns a career mark of 10-4 in season opening games.

To open the year, NC State will face four teams that played in the NCAA Tournament. Here's a glance at how they did a year ago. Should the Wolfpack defeat Vanderbilt in the Legends Classic, they could potentially face a fifth tournment team in Texas on Nov. 21.

The Pack opens tonight with UNC Asheville and faces Morehead State on Sunday. Morehead State won the OVC Conference and upset Louisville in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

On November 16th, the Pack will face Princeton, who finished last season 25-7 and earned its conferences-best 24th trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Just a few days later, State will face No. 7 Vanderbilt (Nov. 19) in the Legends Classic. Vandy finished 23-11 last season and returns standout wing John Jenkins, who averaged 19.5 points per game.

In addition to NC State's tough slate of competition to start the season, the Wolfpack's schedule features a combined 14 games in the months of November and December. The 14 games are the most played since the Pack played 13 contests in the 2009-10 and 2001-02 campaigns.

Starting with tonight's season opener, the Wolfpack will play five games in seasons first 11 days.

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