T.J. Warren has four outings with 23 points or more already this season, and most of that damage has come in the second halves of games. Here's a first half, second-half look at Warren's offensive output over six games:
Half PPG FG (Pct.) FT (Pct.)
1st Half 7.5 19-43 (.442) 6-8 (.750)
2nd Half 15.2 38-63 (.603) 11-15 (.733)
NEED T.J. TO GET BUCKETS
NC State leans heavily on the scoring of T.J. Warren, who ranks 19th in the country with 22.7 points per game. Warren currently takes 34.5 percent of NC State's shots. The Wolfpack is 21-7 when Warren scores in double figures and 8-2 when he leads the team in scoring.
26 In a HALF
T.J. Warren had four points and NC State trailed Eastern Kentucky 27-21 last Saturday. Warren then exploded for 26 in the second half as the Wolfpack pulled away for a blowout win. It has been confirmed that no Pack player has scored 26 in a half since at least the mid-1990s. The last confirmed half with more than 26 was Rodney Monroe in February 1991, when Monroe scored 30 in the second half vs. Virginia.
PACK VS. NU, BIG TEN
NC State is 37-22 all-time vs. the current Big Ten Conference member schools. That includes a 3-1 record against Northwestern.
Each of NCSU's first four wins have come by a margin of 15 points or more. It marks the first time since 2005 that the Pack has captured its first four wins each by at least 15 points. In Herb Sendek's final season, NC State started 4-0 with wins over Stetson, The Citadel, Delaware and VMI with each coming by 16 or more.
COLLINS AS A PLAYER vs . NC STATE
Northwestern head coach Chris Collins, who played at Duke from 1992-96, faced NC State as a player nine times during his college career. Duke was 7-2 in those games. The two NC State wins came during the 1994-95 season.
Mark Gottfried specifically set out to challenge his young team when he built the 2013-14 schedule. In all, NC State will play 20 games against 18 different teams that competed in a postseason tournament in 2013 (9 in the 2013 NCAA Tournament).
WOLFPACK ON THE U
NC State owns a 20-11 all-time record when playing on ESPNU. NCSU's game vs. Northwestern is its first of eight scheduled appearances on the channel during the 2013-14 regular season.
NC State's defensive efforts vs. Eastern Kentucky was the team's best this season. NCSU held EKU to season lows in points (56) and free throw attempts (6) as well as a .379 field goal percentage.
In his fourth career game, Anthony ‘Cat' Barber had his best game as a college player, scoring 22 points in 32 minutes off the bench vs. NC Central. Since then, he has been a starter and is averaging 12.0 points and 5.5 assists as a starter. Barber is averaging 13.0 points per game on .571 shooting and is tied for the team lead in assists.
In the season's first four games, the Wolfpack played a smaller, quicker lineup. As a result, the Pack found itself with a -0.8 rebound margin, ranking 14th in the ACC. Adding Jordan Vandenberg has reversed that trend. NCSU held a 43-25 rebounding advantage vs. FGCU and a 44-29 edge vs. EKU.
In two games last week, T.J. Warren made all 12 of his free throws. He entered the week 5-for-11 at the stripe. In addition, Tyler Lewis made 17 consecutive free throws before his first miss of the season. He is 10-for-11 this season.
NC State, now 4-1 at home this season, was 16-1 at home last season (15-1 at PNC Arena). Mark Gottfried is 33-8 in home games as head coach of the Wolfpack. Dating back to last season, NC State has won 10 of its last 11 at home.
LENNARD DOING BOARD WORK
Lennard Freeman worked his way into the starting lineup by bringing toughness and rebounding. The 6-8 freshman is averaging 5.3 rebounds per game and is second on the team with 10 offensive boards. In addition to his rebounding, Freeman is shooting .625 from the floor on the season.
BASKET IS HALF FULL
None of NC State's six opponents this season have shot 50 percent from the floor. Conversely, NC State has topped the 50-percent mark four times this season and has won each time. That includes a .619 shooting night in the season opener vs. Appalachian State. The last team to shoot 50 percent or better against NC State was No. 9 Miami in the semifinal of the ACC tourney last March.
BEEJAY THE FAN FAVORITE
BeeJay Anya, a highly-ranked recruit out of powerhouse high school team DeMatha Catholic, has become a fan favorite due to his dunks and blocked shots. Anya dunked three times in the first 2:01 he was on the floor vs. Florida Gulf Coast. He had his best college game in NC State's win over Campbell on Nov. 16 scoring four points with four rebounds and blocked three shots in 15 minutes. The 6-9 Anya leads the Wolfpack with six blocked shots.
GREAT START FOR DEZ
Desmond Lee is another top scoring option for NC State. Lee averages 11.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He is second on the team in minutes per game (31.2) and defensive rebounds. He posted 24 points vs. App State, finishing 10-for-12 from the floor. Lee was the 10th-ranked junior college prospect last season, averaging 20.3 points per game at NMJC.
GOOD WORKS TEAM
Tyler Lewis was one of 201 men's and women's basketball student-athletes nominated for the Allstate Insurance Good Works Team. The award recognizes a select group of student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good through leadership and service.
RALSTON AROUND THE ARC
Ralston Turner made 95 shots from 3-point range during his two seasons at LSU and will be counted on as a long-range shooter this season. Turner tied T.J. Warren with a team-high 13 points and made 4-for-7 from 3-point land in NC State's game at Cincinnati. Turner, who started the first four games of the season, leads the Pack with eight made 3-pointers.