NOTES: Rivals Meet In The RBC

Here is a look at five key things NC State will need to do tonight if it wants to knock off North Carolina in the RBC Center.

This is the 221st meeting between NC State and North Carolina.
  • Mark Gottfried will attempt to become only the third coach (Lowe, Robinson) to win his first home game versus UNC since ACC play began.
  • Tuesday's game is a matchup of two of the top scoring teams in the ACC. State is averaging 73.8 points per game (3rd - ACC) and UNC is scoring 82.8 per game (1st - ACC).
  • The game is also a matchup of the league's top two assist-to-turnover teams. The Wolfpack owns a 1.3 ratio, while UNC has a 1.5 ratio.
  • NC State's 16.5 assists per game trails only UNC (17.9) among ACC schools for all games.
  • State is looking snap a 11-game skid versus the Tar Heels.
  • UNC captured the first meeting between the two schools, 74- 55, on Jan. 26 in Chapel Hill.
  • NC State is averaging 76.4 points per game at home, while holding the opposition to 68.5 points per contest.
  • NC State has the best free-throw shooting percentage in the ACC at .739.
  • State ranks second in the ACC in three-point field goal percentage (.363) and fourth in field goal percentage (.460).
  • The Pack is only ACC program with five players listed among league's scoring leaders. Each player is averaging 11.0 points or better per game.
  • Lorenzo Brown is now 10th for assists in a season by a Pack player with 175.
  • C.J. Leslie has averaged 15.7 points over the last six games, including tying his career high of 21 versus FSU.
  • Scott Wood leads the ACC in free throw percentage, connecting at a .919 clip.
  • C.J. Williams is one of the ACC's most improved players. He has improved his scoring average from 4.7 last year to 11.7 this season for a net of +7.0.
  • Richard Howell is the ACC's fourth leading rebounder with an average of 9.2 per game.
  • The Pack's strength of schedule is 42nd according to Collegerpi. com (as of 2/20/12) and its NCAA RPI is 60th.

    NC State coach Mark Gottfried is 0-1 against the Tar Heels as the Wolfpack's coach.

    The Tar Heels enter Tuesday's contest riding a three-game winning streak, including a 74-52 victory over Clemson in their last outing Saturday at home. UNC's top scorer is Harrison Barnes, who is averaging 18.0 points per contest. Also averaging double figures for the Tar Heels is Tyler Zeller and John Henson. Zeller is scoring 15.6 points per game, while Henson is contributing 14.0 ppg. Henson and Zeller also makeup one of the top rebounding duo's in the league. Henson is pulling down a league-best 10.3 rebounds a game and Zeller is grabbing 9.5 boards per game.

    NC State Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow has announced that the 1989 Wolfpack men's basketball squad will be honored as the recipient of the inaugural "Wolfpack Unlimited" Award prior to Tuesday's game against UNC. The "Wolfpack Unlimited" Award will recognize individuals and teams that refuse to accept the status quo and exhibit the "Never Give Up" spirit of the Wolfpack.

    In 1989, Jm Valvano's squad won the ACC regular season title, posting a 22-9 overall mark and a 10-4 record in ACC play. The squad posted home wins over eventual final four participant Duke and over North Carolina, both top-10 teams, and defeated South Carolina and No. 14 Iowa in the NCAA Tournament to advance to the Sweet 16 in East Rutherford, N.J.

    The squad featured the Pack's all-time scoring leader, Rodney Monroe, and all-time assist leader, Chris Corchiani.

    Monroe and teammate Chucky Brown earned first-team All-ACC honors that season, while Monroe was also named to the NCAA Tournament East All-Region squad. Brown, Tom Gugliotta and Brian Howard went on to play multiple years in the NBA. Other players on the roster included Brian D'Amico, Mickey Hinnant, Jamie Knox, David Lee, Avie Lester, Kenny Poston, Kelsey Weems and Roland Whitley.

    "We are proud to honor the terrific team of 1989," said Yow. "That group proudly represents the pride and never give up spirit of the Wolfpack. They achieved success because they refused to accept the status quo. It is fitting that a team coached by Jim Valvano, the epitome of never giving up, will be the first to receive this award."

    NC State has not only improved its overall and conference record from a year ago, but each of the five starters has improved in almost every since statistical category. Some of the improvements come from more playing time, as all five starters are playing more minutes in 2011-12.

    However, three of those starters, Scott Wood, C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown, are averaging less than five minutes more per game than a year ago and yet have improved across the boards.

    This season, the Pack's starting quintet is accounting for .802 percent of the team's scoring. That figure reflects a considerable power boost from last year when the starters were responsible for .646 percent of the scoring. It's also the highest scoring production by the starters since the 2006-07 season.

    NC State has done a great job this season of protecting the ball. The Pack ranks second in the ACC in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3). UNC leads the league at 1.5.

    With all five starters listed among the ACC's scoring leaders, it not only shows the balance of Mark Gottfried's offense, but it exemplifies that any one of the Pack's starters can be the top scorer for any game. Each member of the quintet has been the Pack's leading scorer for at least one game this season.

    NC State is definitely one of the most generous teams in the ACC this season when it comes to sharing the ball. Although the Pack ranks second in the league in assists per game with 16.5 (North Carolina leads with 17.9), Mark Gottfried's team leads the rest of the league by a large margin when it comes to number of assisted field goals made.

    State has an assist on 445 of its 715 made shots this season - in other words, .622 percent of the team's shots have come off a pass.

    Upon his hiring, head coach Mark Gottfried looked to improve the Pack's strength of schedule. With a slate that already featured No. 2 Syracuse and No. 23 Indiana, Gottfried added teams like Vanderbilt, Texas and Stanford, his goal of bolstering the Pack's strength of schedule was achieved. NC State's current SOS is 42ne according to (as of 2/20/12).

    Scott Wood has now made 206 during his NC State career. He has surpassed Ilian Evtimov for fourth place in the Pack record books. Wood needs 12 more to tie Archie Miller for third on the list.

    Scott Wood is shooting .420 percent (71-of-169) from three-point range this season. He leads the ACC in three-point field goal percentage and is second in three-point field goals made (2.8 made per game). Wood's season-high for threes in a game are six in the win over Wake Forest on Feb. 4.

    Wood's 24-game streak with a made three pointer is currently the longest active stretch in the ACC. His 206 made three pointers are third most in the conference among active players.

    Lorenzo Brown ranks among the national leaders in assists with 6.5 per game, the second-best mark in the ACC. That tally is the highest for a Wolfpack player since 1991, when Chris Corchiani dished out 9.6 assists per game to lead the nation. In the 21 years since, no State player has averaged more than 4.6 assists per game for the season.

    Brown has tallied 175 assists in 27 games this season and has moved into 10th place on the NC State single-season assists list. He becomes the first player since Corchiani to move onto the NC State single-season top-10 list.

    C.J. Williams is one of the league's most improved players in terms of scoring. Last year, Williams averaged 4.7 points per game. This season he is averaging 11.7 ppg, a net improvement of +7.0 ppg among the league's most improved scorers.

    Williams only trails Maryland's Terrell Stoglin (+10.0). Stoglin has improved his scoring from 11.4 ppg to 21.4 ppg. Williams is shooting a career-best .372 percent (29-of-78) from three-point range this season. His previous high for made threes is 16 as a freshman. As a sophomore and junior, Williams shot .229 and .222 percent, respectively, from behind the arc.

    FROM ZERO TO 600
    It might've taken C.J. Williams 101 games (25 pts. vs. Syracuse) to score 500 career points, but he has already surpassed the 600-point plateau in just 108 career games.

    Williams also 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.

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