NOTES: Pack, Camels Battle Tonight

NC State (8-4) returns to action tonight against Campbell (8-5) in Reynolds Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm, and the game can be watched online at

• This is the first meeting between NC State and Campbell since the 2004-05 season when the Pack posted a 99-44 victory at Reynolds Coliseum.
• This is 10th meeting between the Pack and Camels at Reynolds.
• State owns a 8-1 record all-time versus Campbell and it is 7-1 in games played at Reynolds Coliseum.
• NC State is 75-9 all-time versus current Big South Conference members.
• The Wolfpack is looking to put together its first three game win­ning streak since opening the year 3-0.
• Thursday's Campbell contest is the final contest of a three-game set slated for Reynolds Coliseum this year.
• NC State's three games in Reynolds are a program high since the Pack moved to the RBC Center full-time beginning with the 1999-2000 season.
• Since the Pack's move to the RBC Center, it is 9-0 in December games played at Reynolds Coliseum.
• The Wolfpack has 601 victories in games at Reynolds Coliseum. NC State is 54-11 in games following Christmas since the 1946-47 season and 39-4 at home during that time.
• State is 10-2 in game played on Dec. 29 since the 1946-47 season.
• This is Mark Gottfried's first time coaching against Campbell.
• NC State plays Western Carolina in its final game of 2011 on Saturday at the RBC Center.
• Junior Richard Howell recorded his 500th career point in the Pack's 88-59 victory over Northeastern.
• Howell recorded his second double-double year with 14 points and 12 rebounds in the Northeastern victory.
• Sophomores Lorenzo Brown and C.J. Leslie each scored 16 points in Pack's last outing against Northeastern.
• Junior Scott Wood is 25-of-25 from the line this year.
• The Pack's strength of schedule is 21st according to (as of 12/28/11).
• The ACC has the fourth-best league RPI according to (as of 12/28/11).

NC State is 75-9 all-time in contests against current members of the Big South Conference.

NC State coach Mark Gottfried has never coached against a Campbell squad.

For Thursday's game, Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried will be wearing a wireless microphone and followed by a cameraman for an upcoming feature on ACC All-Access.

NC State fans got an early Christmas present in the form of an 88-59 Wolfpack victory over Northeastern last Thursday at the RBC Center.

State controlled the game from the outset and never looked back as it led by as much as 16 points in first half. By halftime, the Wolfpack held a 38-25 advantage.

Sophomores Lorenzo Brown and C.J. Leslie paced the Pack with 16 points a piece. Brown added nine assists and Leslie grabbed eight boards and had four blocks. Junior Richard Howell recorded his second double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 boards. Howell also scored his 500th career point in the contest. Senior C.J. Williams added 14 points.

In the second half, the Pack continued its dominance. By the first media timeout, NC State led by 19, 51-32, on a jumper by Howell. The Huskies drew as close as 15 in the second half, but the Wolfpack pushed its lead back to as much as 27 points with two minutes remaining.

Senior Kendall Smith connected on a pair of free throws in the closing minute to give NC State its final 29-point margin of victory.

With additions of teams like Vanderbilt, Texas and Stanford to the NC State slate this season, coach Mark Gottfried achieved his goal of bolstering the Pack's strength of schedule.

NC State's strength of schedule is 21st according to the Dec. 28 listings.

NC State is 9-0 in games played in the month of December in Reynolds Coliseum since the Pack moved to the RBC Center starting with the 1999-2000 season.

The ACC announced last week that starting with the 2012-13 season its member institutions will play an 18-game conference schedule. The league will grow to 14 schools when Pittsburgh and Syracuse, which accepted invitations to become members this summer, began competition at undetermined date in the future.

Since taking over the point guard position full time this season, sophomore guard Lorenzo Brown hasn't shown any problems with the transition. His 2.3 steals per game lead the ACC and he is averaging 11.8 points per game (t-22nd, ACC) and 6.6 assists per contest (2nd, ACC).

Against Syracuse, Brown recorded a career-best 13 assists and notched his first career double-double with 10 points. In a 82-67 win over Elon, Brown posted a career-high 21 points. His eight steals against UNC Asheville is tops among ACC players this season.

Brown's 2.1 assist/turnover ratio is fifth best among ACC players.

Junior forward Scott Wood is shooting 49 percent (31-of-63) from three-point range this season. He leads the ACC in three-point field goal percentage and in three-point field goals made (2.8 made per game). In wins over Elon and Morehead State, Wood made five three-pointers.

Wood's nine-game streak with a made three pointer is third in the ACC behind Miami's Malcolm Grant (33) and Boston College's Matt Humphrey (12). His 166 made three pointers are fourth most in the conference among active players. Here's the complete list of the

Junior Scott Wood is 25-of-25 from the line this year, including going 8-for-8 in the win over St. Bonaventure. Wood's streak extends back to last season when he finished the year hitting all eight of his attempts starting with 4-for-4 performance against Georgia Tech on Feb. 26, 2011.

C.J. Williams made his 100th game in a Wolfpack uniform one to remember. The Fayetteville native went out and led the team to a win over North Carolina Central with a then career- and game-high 21 points. He also hit a career-best eight free throws on a career-high nine attempts.

NC State will close out the year in the same way it began the season. The Wolfpack will play five games over the final 15 days of 2011.

That stretch began with the Syracuse game on Dec. 17 and concludes on New Year's Eve when State entertains Western Carolina. It also has one remaining game at Reynolds against Campbell on Dec. 29.

The Wolfpack opened the year with five games over an 11-day stretch.

NC State ranks third in the ACC in scoring offense at 76.0 points per game. UNC leads the league in the category with an output of 86.1 points per contest followed by Duke at 80.2 points per game.

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