Saturday's victory over Campbell was Mark Gottfried's 50th as head coach at NC State. It took the third-year coach just 75 games to get to 50 wins, making him the third-fastest to the number at NCSU.
PACK BOUNCES BACK
With Saturday's win over Campbell, the Wolfpack improved to 15-8 in the games immediately after a loss under Mark Gottfried. NC State was 7-5 after losses in 2011-12, and improved to 7-3 after losses last season.
The Wolfpack has only lost consecutive non-conference games eight different times dating back to 1994.
Mark Gottfried coached NC State into the NCAA Tournament in each of his first two seasons, becoming the first Pack coach and just the third in ACC history to achieve that feat. It also marked the first time NC State has been to the tourney twice in a row since 2005 and 2006, the last of five straight tourneys under former coach Herb Sendek.
PACK vs . EAGLES, MEAC
NC State is 29-0 all-time against the current membership of the MEAC. That includes a 4-0 mark against NC Central, with an average margin of victory of 23.3. The Wolfpack is 1-0 against NCCU since Mark Gottfried came to State, winning a 65-60 contest in 2011.
CAMPBELL's FREE THROW DEFENSE
Yes, NC State shot just 2-for-12 at the foul line against Campbell. It must be something about how Campbell fouls because the Pack wasn't the first team to shoot poorly from the line against the Camels. Entering Saturday's game, opponents were shooting just .537 at the line. That number dropped to .453 after Saturday's game.
Several NC State players changed their bodies this offseason. T.J. Warren lost 20 pounds and is faster and has more stamina. When asked how he lost the weight, Warren said he gave up Chinese food and Bojangle's chicken. Conversely, Tyler Lewis added 15 pounds of muscle to his 5-11 frame. Jordan Vandenberg also trimmed down, cutting 40 pounds to prime himself for a successful senior season.
LENNARD DOING BOARD WORK
Lennard Freeman has brought energy, toughness and rebounding as the first post player off the bench. The 6-8 freshman is second on the team with 6.0 rebounds per game and he leads the team with eight offensive boards. In addition to his rebounding, Freeman is shooting 8-for-9 from the floor on the season.
CHARITY WORK BY TYLER
Dating back to last season, Tyler Lewis has made 15 consecutive free throws. He is 8-for-8 this season and made his last seven foul shots last season. His last miss came against Florida State on March 9, 2013.
BEEJAY BREAKING OUT
BeeJay Anya, a highly-ranked recruit out of powerhouse high school team DeMatha Catholic, had his best college game on Saturday. He went 2-for-3 from the floor for four points, including a highlight-reel putback dunk. Anya grabbed four rebounds and blocked three shots in 15 minutes. The 6-9 freshman now leads the team with four blocked shots.
TYLER PASSING THE ROCK
NC State's players praise teammate Tyler Lewis and consider him one of the nation's best passers. Lewis is tied for third in the ACC with 6.0 assists per game. He had a career-high nine assists against just one turnover vs. Campbell. He dished out six dimes against just one turnover vs. Appalachian State.
In NC State's two exhibitions, Lewis averaged 9.5 assists per game. For his career, Lewis has 66 assists against 26 turnovers.
The 2013-14 Wolfpack roster features just one starter (T.J. Warren) from last year's 24-11 team, and the current roster returns just 20 career starts at NC State. NCSU has just one senior, 7-1 center Jordan Vandenberg, and nine freshmen and sophomores (six freshmen and three sophomores). Of the 15 teams in the ACC, only Miami has less experience returning this season (zero returning starters).
GREAT START FOR DEZ
After thriving for two seasons at New Mexico Junior College, Desmond Lee is a top scoring option for NC State. He is averaging 15 points per game on .543 shooting. He posted 24 points vs. App State, finishing 10-for-12 from the floor and 3-for-3 at the foul line. He also scored 10 points at Cincinnati. Lee was the 10thranked junior college prospect last season, averaging 20.3 points per game at NMJC.
RALSTON GETTING GOING
Ralston Turner made 95 shots from 3-point range during his two seasons at LSU. He was saddled with foul trouble during the season opener vs. App State, but showed his range against Cincinnati.
Turner tied T.J. Warren with a team-high 13 points and made 4-for-7 from 3-point land. It marked his first doublefigure scoring game since he had 18 points at Georgia (March 2, 2012). It was his first game with four treys since he nailed four at Rice (Dec. 29, 2011).
NC State, which has been one of the country's highest-scoring teams since Mark Gottfried arrived in 2011, exploded for 98 points on .619 shooting in the season opener vs. Appalachian State. The 98-point total was the team's highest since it scored 99 vs. Campbell on Nov. 26, 2004. The team's .619 shooting was the team's best shooting mark since a .647 night five years ago (Dec. 12, 2009 vs. Georgia Southern.)
#TONYBUCKETS GOT AGGRESSIVE
T.J. Warren was off to a slow start in the season opener, scoring six points in the first half against Appalachian State. During a stop in play, Mark Gottfried pulled Warren to the sideline and urged his young forward to take over and be more aggressive. Warren responded with 21 second-half points on 10-for-14 shooting.
With Jordan Vandenberg injured and several young post players learning their way, NC State has often opted to go with a small and fast lineup. Playing point guards Tyler Lewis and Cat Barber together with guard Desmond Lee, the Wolfpack forms a quick lineup that provides match-up problems for opponents.
Through three career games, Anthony ‘Cat' Barber has shown he is ready to be an impact point guard. Barber is averaging 10.7 points per game on .571 shooting. He scored 13 points in the season opener vs. Applachian State and had 11 points on 5-for-8 shooting against Campbell.
CAT IS THE NEW ANSWER
Like former NBA star Allen Iverson, Anthony ‘Cat' Barber grew up as quick, scoring point guard in Virginia.
Barber broke Iverson's local scoring records in high school, totaling 2,097 career points. Barber tallied 11 points and four assists in the 2013 McDonald's All-American Game. Barber was ranked among the top point guards in the 2013 class, owning No. 9 rankings from both Scout.com and Rivals.com.