• Saturday's contest with Western Carolina is the first meeting between the two programs since a 74-62 NC State win on Dec. 28, 2007.
• NC State is 13-0 all-time versus the Catamounts.
• The Wolfpack owns 182-28 records against the current members of the Southern Conference.
• State was a SoCon charter member (1921-53), winning six regular season crown and seven tournament titles.
• The Catamounts are the second team from the SoCon that the Pack has faced this season. On Nov. 25, NCSU defeated Elon, 82-67, at Reynolds Coliseum.
• NC State coach Mark Gottfried is 1-0 versus Western Carolina.
• Catamount head coach Larry Hunter served as a Wolfpack assistant from 2001-05 under former head coach Herb Sendek.
• NC State is 48-17 in games played before Jan. 1 and 9-2 in games played on New Year's Eve.
• Wolfpack great Chucky Brown will be providing the color commentary for Saturday's ESPN3 broadcast. It's the second time this year a former Pack player has been the color analyst. Earlier this year, Dereck Whittenburg called NCSU's Texas and Vandy games.
• Guard Lorenzo Brown posted a career-high 24 points in the Pack's 87-81 win over Campbell at Reynolds Coliseum.
• Richard Howell notched his second consecutive double-double with 17 points and a career-best 17 rebounds versus Campbell.
• Since the Pack's move to the RBC Center, starting with the 1999-2000 season, the Pack is 10-0 in December games played at Reynolds Coliseum following the win over Camels on Thursday.
• NC State has the top free throw percentage in the ACC at .743.
• The Pack is only ACC program with five players listed in league's scoring leaders.
• Scott Wood is 29-of-29 from the line this year.
• The Pack's strength of schedule is 32nd according to Collegerpi.com (as of 12/30/11).
• The ACC has the second-best league RPI according to Collegerpi.com (as of 12/30/11).
STATE VERSUS THE SOUTHERN CONFERENCE
NC State is 182-28 all-time in contests against current members of the Southern Conference. The Wolfpack was a charter member of the Southern Conference from 1921 to 1953.
GOTTFRIED VERSUS WESTERN CAROLINA
NC State coach Mark Gottfried is 1-0 versus Western Carolina. He won his only meeting with WCU, 97-66, on Nov. 19, 2004, when he was the Alabama head coach.
LAST TIME OUT
NC State earned a hard-fought 87-81 victory over Campbell on Thursday at a sold-out Reynolds Coliseum.
The Wolfpack was led by sophomore guard Lorenzo Brown, who posted at career-high 24 points, including hitting career-best 14 free throws on a career-high 16 attempts. Junior forward Richard Howell scored 17 points and hauled down a career-best 17 boards. Junior forward Scott Wood added 16 and his sophomore frontcourt mate C.J. Leslie contributed 10 points.
The game was tied at 41-41 at the half after a back-and-forth tussle between the two teams in th first half. The turning point in the game in came when Campbell was whistled for a pair of technicals within a five-minute span. The first was called on Eric Griffin and the second was called on the Camels' bench. On both occasions, Wood converted the free throws and helped the Pack gain momentum down the stretch.
Over the final 11 minutes of the game, NC State was able to build a lead which it pushed to 14 on a layup by Alex Johnson at the 5:48 mark. The Camels drew within seven with 1:49 showing on the clock, but were unable to make a run as Brown converted all four attempts from the charity stripe at the end.
The win helped the Pack put together its first three-game winning streak since opening the year 3-0.
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
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 32nd according to the Dec. 30 Collegerpi.com listings.
THE ACC EXPANDS CONFERENCE SCHEDULE IN 2012-13
The ACC announced 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, begin competition at undetermined date in the future.
WHAT BROWN DOES FOR STATE
Since taking over at point guard full time this season, sophomore guard Lorenzo Brown hasn't shown any problems with the transition. His 2.2 steals per game lead the ACC and he is averaging 12.8 points per game (14th, ACC) and 6.7 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 Thursday's 87-81 win over Campbell, Brown posted a career-high 24 points. His eight steals against UNC Asheville is tops among ACC players this season.
Brown's 2.2 assist/turnover ratio is fourth best among ACC players.
WOOD FROM THREE
Junior forward Scott Wood is shooting 48 percent (33-of-69) from 3-point range this season. He leads the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage and is second in 3-point field goals made (2.8 made per game). In wins over Elon and Morehead State, Wood made five 3-pointers.
Wood's 10-game streak with a made 3 pointer is third in the ACC behind Miami's Malcolm Grant (33) and Boston College's Matt Humphrey (13).
WOOD AT THE LINE
Junior Scott Wood is 29-of-29 from the line this year, including 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.
WILLIAMS CELEBRATES 100 IN STYLE
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.
DOWN THE STRETCH
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.
CASHING IN AT THE CHARITY STRIPE
The Pack leads the ACC in free throw percentage, shooting at a 74 percent clip.
NC State ranks third in the ACC in scoring offense at 76.8 points per game. UNC leads the league in the category with an output of 87.1 points per contest followed by Duke at 80.2 points per game.
HOWELL IN THE ACC SUPERLATIVES
Junior forward Richard Howell has posted a pair of performances that rank him among the league's best this year. His 85 percent (11-of-13) shooting display versus Morehead State is the second-best performance by a ACC player this season.
Howell's 17 rebounds against Campbell is tied for the best showing on the boards in the conference this year. Howell shares the mark with North Carolina's John Henson, who logged 17 boards against Wisconsin on Nov. 30.
THE STREAK IS OVER
Junior forward Scott Wood's streak of 70 consecutive starts ended when he didn't start in the Wolfpack's victory over Texas on Nov. 21. Wood also did not start in State's loss to Vanderbilt on Nov. 19. Wood missed the Vandy game due to a sprained ankle suffered in the early going of the Princeton game on Nov. 16. His consecutive games started streak ranks 10th all-time at NCSU.
DOUBLE FIGURE SCORING
In 12 of its 13 contests this season, the Pack has had at least three players score in double figures. The only game in which NC State did not reach this mark was the St. Bonaventure contest. Yet the Wolfpack was able to notch a 67-65 win. Only Scott Wood (20) and C.J. Leslie (12) tallied double figures against the Bonnies.
NC State has five players that are averaging double-figure scoring: C.J. Leslie (12.8), Lorenzo Brown (12.8), Scott Wood (12.5), Richard Howell (12.2) and C.J. Williams (12.0). The Wolfpack is the only ACC program with five players listed on the league scoring leaders.