NC State ACC Tournament Notebook

NC State will enter the 2012 ACC Tournament as the No. 5 seed. The Wolfpack faces No. 12 seed Boston College tomorrow in the opening round.

Thursday's game will mark the first time that Boston College and NC State have met in the ACC Tournament.
• This will the 14th overall meeting between the Wolfpack and Eagles.
• State posts a 63-48 record all-time in the ACC Tournament. The Pack has won 10 ACC Tournaments including winning the first one in 1954.
• NC State sports a 3-3 record in ACC Tournament games played in Atlanta, and won the 1983 tournament championship en route to the national title.
• State has been the No. 5 seed in 1957, 1963, 1972, 1977 and 1999. The Pack is 3-5 in ACC Tournament action when playing as the No. 5 seed.
• The Wolfpack swept the two regular-season meetings with the Eagles. State won the first game, 76-62, in Raleigh and the second game, 56-51, in Chestnut Hill.
• The Pack has won four of the last five versus the Eagles.
• NC State is the only ACC program with all five of its starters listed among the conference's scoring leaders.
• The Pack is 1-1 in games played at Philips Arena, including a 61-52 victory over Georgia Tech on Feb. 9.
• Everett Case (1954) and Press Maravich (1965) are the only coaches in Wolfpack program history win the ACC Tournament in their first appearance.
• The Pack won 20 games in the regular season for the first time since the 2005-06 season and secured its first winning ACC mark since 2005-06.
• NC State won back-to-back games to finish the regular season for the first time since the 1996-97 campaign.
• Over its last six games, NC State has outscored its opponents 196-158 in the paint.
• C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown were named to the All-ACC team. Leslie was a second team, while Brown was tabbed for the third team.
• Brown is five assists from tying Spudd Webb (199) for seventh on the Pack's single-season list.
• Leslie is averaging 20.3 points and 10.5 rebounds over the Pack's last four games .
• Richard Howell is the ACC's third leading rebounder with an average of 9.3 per game.
• Reserve Alex Johnson averages 3.1 assists per game, while playing 19.8 minutes per contest, the ACC's eighth best assist average.

NC State's Mark Gottfried is 2-0 after capturing his initial meeting with the Eagles, 76-62, on Jan. 19 and winning the rematch in Chestnut Hill, 56-51, on Feb. 1.

The Eagles enter Thursday's contest with a 2-8 mark over its last 10 games of the regular season. In its last outing, Boston College fell at Miami, 77-56, last Saturday in its season finale. BC's last win was a 56-52 win over Georgia Tech at home on Feb. 29.

The Eagles are led by Ryan Anderson, who is averaging 10.8 points per game. Matt Humphrey and Dennis Clifford are averaging 10.5 and 9.2 points per game, respectively. Anderson is the team's top rebounder, grabbing 7.2 boards per outing.

With Sunday's 70-58 triumph at Virginia Tech, NC State finished with its first 20-win regular season for the first time since the 2005-06 season, when it finished 21-8 prior to the ACC and NCAA Tournaments.

The win also gave the Pack its first winning ACC record since 2005-06, when it recorded a 10-6 mark against league foes.

NC State sophomores C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown were tabbed as All-ACC selections with Leslie making the conference's second team and Brown receiving a spot on the league's third team. The All-ACC teams were announced Monday after a vote of 62 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).

NC State finished the regular season tied fourth in the league standings and earned the No. 5 seed in the ACC Tournament.

State owns a 3-5 mark in games played as the fifth seed.

With a 9-7 ACC record, the Wolfpack finished tied for fourth in the final league standings.

It was an improvement over last year's 10th place finish and the better than the eightplace finish projected by the ACC media poll prior the start of the season.

The Pack's fifth seed represents the biggest one-year seeding improvement in 44 years. In 1967, the Pack was the tournament's eighth seed and the following year it was the third seed.

If Mark Gottfried's charges run the table in Atlanta and win the ACC Tournament, he would join Everett Case and Press Maravich as the only NC State coaches to win the ACC Tournament in their first try.

NC State has three players with Georgia ties. Lorenzo Brown grew up in Roswell and Richard Howell, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., hails from Marietta, both Atlanta suburbs. Jaqawn Raymond is from Statesboro.

Graduate student Alex Johnson has been a key player for State this season, coming off the bench in all 30 games as the Pack's back-up point guard. A spring signee who played his first three seasons at and graduated from CSU Bakersfield, Johnson has provided steady control of the offense off the bench.

Johnson is eighth in the ACC in assists, dishing out an average of 3.1 per game. His assist-to-turnover ratio ranks third in the conference at 2.1 per outing.

Scott Wood seems to be finding his form from long range as the Pack enters postseason action. At Virginia Tech this past Sunday, Wood knocked down three from beyond the arc and scored a gamehigh 19 points.

Including the Miami game last Wednesday, Wood has connected on eight three-pointers in the Pack's last two games.

Against the Hurricanes, he was 5-of-10 from long range, marking the first time since the Wake Forest game on Feb. 4, that he knocked down at least five three pointers. Against the Demon Deacons, he had six threes and logged 23 points. Since that game, Wood was 6-of-27 (.222) from beyond the arc.

The Pack's record over its last six games may not reflect its work around the basket, but during that time, it has outscored the opposition, 196- 159.

NC State has done a great job this season of protecting the ball. The Pack ranks second in the ACC in assistto- 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.

With a short rotation, the Wolfpack starters and the squad's small pool of reserves are logging significant minutes on the court. On average, a State starter is playing 30.6 minutes per game, while a reserve is averaging is 15.4 minutes per contest.

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 16.4 (North Carolina leads with 17.6), 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 499 of its 825 made shots this season - in other words, .605 percent of the team's shots have come off a pass.

NC State ranks third in the ACC in scoring offense at 73.6 points per game. UNC leads the league in the category with an output of 82.3 points per contest followed by Duke at 78.7 points per game.

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. 15 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 29th according to (as of 3/6/12).

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