NOTES: Terps, Pack Battle Tonight

NC State (11-4) begins conference play today with a home matchup against Maryland (10-3). Tip-off is set for 6:00 pm, and the game will be televised on ESPNU.

• Entering Sunday's contest, both the Pack and Terps are riding winning streaks. State has won its last five games, while Mary­land has won its last seven.
• The Wolfpack is 72-76 in the all-time series with the Terps. Mary­land won both meetings last season, an 87-80 decision in College Park and a 75-67 win at the ACC Tournament in Greensboro. The Terps have won the last nine contests in the series.
• Sunday's game is the ACC opener for both teams.
• The Maryland game has been designated Military Appreciation Night by the NCSU Athletics Department.
• NCSU is 32-26 all-time in conference openers and 18-8 in home league openers.
• For the second straight year the Pack will open conference play at home, the first time since 1994-95.
• NC State coach Mark Gottfried has never coached against Maryland.
• Gottfried is the second State coach to open his ACC career against Maryland. The other was Jim Valvano, who lost to the Terps, 82-75, in 1981.
• Since the formation of the ACC, the only NC State coach to win his league debut was Les Robinson. He guided the Pack to a 74-70 victory over Clemson in 1991.
• Richard Howell notched his fourth consecutive double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds versus Delaware State. No Pack player has had five straight since Kenny Carr in 1976-77.
• Howell is averaging 13.8 points per game and 13.8 rebounds per contest during his double-double streak.
• NC State's offensive production (77.3 ppg) trails only UNC and Duke among ACC teams. It owns the conference's top free throw percentage (.752).
• During its current five-game winning streak, the Pack is shooting 49 percent (144-of-295) from the field, 86 percent (81-of-94) from the line and 40 percent (33-of-82) from 3-point range.
• The Pack is only ACC program with five players listed among league's scoring leaders.
• Scott Wood is 31-of-31 from the line this year and has hit 41 straight dating back to last year.
• The Pack's strength of schedule is 36th according to Collegerpi.
• Maryland won the last match up with NC State, a 75-67 win in the first round of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro.
• The Terps have won the last nine games with the Pack dating back to the 2006-07 season.
• State's last victory in the series came on Feb. 7, 2006, at the RBC Center with the Pack posting a 62-58 win.
• The 1970 Wolfpack league opener against the Terps was played in Greensboro with NC State winning 91-57.

This is 149th meeting between NC State and Maryland. The Pack is 72-76 all-time against the Terps.

This is NC State coach Mark Gottfried first time coaching against Maryland.

First-year head coach Mark Gottfried will be trying to accomplish something that not many previous coaches at NC State have done, win his first ACC game. In fact, of the seven former Pack head coaches that coached in the ACC, only Les Robinson in 1991, came away with a win in his first conference tilt.

NC State posts a 32-26 record all-time in ACC openers, including a mark of 18-8 when opening conference play at home. The Pack will be opening ACC play at the RBC Center for the second straight year, the first time since 1994-95 that NC State's first two conference matchups are in Raleigh.

In fact, last season's ACC opener at home against Wake Forest was the first time NC State opened conference play at home since 2005-06.

During the Pack's current winning streak, it's shooting 49 percent (144-of-295) from the field, 86 percent (81-of-94) from the line and 40 percent (33-of-82) from 3-point range.

Defensively, State has held the opposition to 38 percent from the floor and 32 percent from 3-point range, while holding a +12.0 rebounding margin.

The Pack capped the non-conference portion of its schedule with an 78-44 victory over Delaware State at the RBC Center this past Wednesday.

The Hornets stayed close until the 7:19 mark of the first half, when the Wolfpack went on a 22-0 run to take a commanding 42-18 lead at halftime. Following the break, NC State added another basket to extend its run to 24 points before Delaware State snapped its nearly 10-minute scoring drought with a basket to make the score 46-24. From that point, the Hornets were unable to get any closer than 22 points as the Pack cruised to the final buzzer. Again head coach Mark Gottfried was afforded the luxury of getting his bench playing time in the closing minutes of the game.

Sophomore C.J. Leslie and junior Scott Wood led the Pack in scoring with 14 points apiece. Junior Richard Howell recorded his fourth consecutive double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Since taking over at point guard full time this season, sophomore guard Lorenzo Brown hasn't shown any problems with the transition. His 1.9 steals per game lead the ACC and he is averaging 12.5 points per game (17th ACC) and 6.7 assists per contest (2nd ACC, 7th nationally). Brown's 2.2 assist/turnover ratio is third best among ACC players.

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.

Lorenzo Brown has been named ACC Player of the Week, after he averaged 19.0 points, 8.0 assists and 5.5 rebounds in leading the Wolfpack to a 2-0 record last week with victories over Campbell, 87-81, and Western Carolina, 82-55.

He shot 63 percent (12-of-19) from the floor and 88 percent (14-of-16) from the free-throw line. The last Wolfpack player named ACC Player of the Week was Gavin Grant during the 2006-07 season. During that same span NC State had five players earn nine ACC Rookie of the Week honors.

Junior Scott Wood is 31-of-31 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 followed a missed attempt against Virginia Tech with two made free throws to end the game. Wood finished the year hitting ten straight from the line, extending his streak to 41-of-41 from the line.

Wood trails only Rodney Monroe for consecutive free throws made by a Wolfpack player. Monroe hit 43 straight from 1990-91.

Wood is current tied for sixth in ACC history with UNC's Jeff Lebo (88-89) and Clemson's Jim Brennan (63-64). Duke's J.J. Reddick holds the league's all time record with 54 consecutive made free throws (2003-04).

C.J. Williams is one of the league's most improved players in terms of scoring. Last year, Williams 4.7 points per game (ppg). This season he is averaging 12.4 ppg, a net improvement of +7.7 ppg. Williams only trails Maryland's Terrell Stoglin (+9.8) and Wake's C.J. Harris (+8.4). Stoglin has improved his scoring from 11.4 to 21.2 ppg, while Harris has gone from 10.3 ppg to 18.7 ppg.

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.

Junior forward Richard Howell leads the Wolfpack in rebounding with an average of 9.9 boards per game. He currently ranks third in the ACC in rebounding average behind UNC's John Henson (10 rpg) and Duke's Mason Plumlee (9.9 rpg). Howell is 27th nationally in rebounding.

Richard Howell has posted four consecutive double-doubles, averaging 13.8 points and 13.8 rebounds over the streak.

The Pack leads the ACC in free throw percentage, shooting at a 75 percent clip.

NC State is shooting over 86 percent from the line during its current five-game winning streak.

NC State ranks third in the ACC in scoring offense at 77.3 points per game. UNC leads the league in the category with an output of 88.1 points per contest followed by Duke at 82.1 points per game.

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.

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 36th according to the Jan. 6 listings.

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