NC State and Maryland are nearly identical in field goal percentage defense, with the Pack edging the Terrapins by .002 on the season. NC State held its first 16 opponents to worse than .500 shooting this season, and a return to defensive form could be a big factor in earning a win Monday night.
GOTT BROKE THE STREAK
Before Mark Gottfried came to NC State, the Terrapins had won nine straight and 11 of 14 over the Pack. Gottfried's first ACC win at State was a 79-74 victory over Maryland in 2012 that stopped that trend.
ON THE ‘MARK' in ACC PLAY
NC State has won 21 ACC games since Mark Gottfried came to NC State. His 20 wins during his first two years was the most for NCSU over a two-year span since the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. NC State also won 20 ACC games during those two seasons. Additionally, Gottfried became just the third coach in ACC history to lead his first two teams to the NCAA Tournament.
FREE THROW DEFENSE
NC State's opponents are shooting .773 at the foul line this season, the best percentage in the nation.
#TONYBUCKETS DOUBLING UP
T.J. Warren is tied for third in the ACC with four double-doubles this season. Warren reached the mark vs. Cincinnati (13 and 10), Eastern Kentucky (30 and 11), Tennessee (21 and 11) and Missouri (24 and 13). He has six career double-doubles.
THE MOST IMPROVEMENT IN THE ACC
T.J. Warren has lifted his scoring average from last year's 12.1 points to his current 22.2 average. The +10.1 points-per-game increase is second in the ACC.
DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING STREAK
T.J. Warren scored in double figures in 15 consecutive games to start the season. The streak, the longest in the ACC, was broken when Warren was held to four points by Virginia.
THE PACK WHEN T.J. GETS BUCKETS
There's little doubt NC State needs production from its 6-8 standout sophomore forward T.J. Warren, who is 7th in the country with 22.2 points per game. Over the past two seasons, the Wolfpack is 29-12 when Warren scores in double figures and 16-6 when he leads the team in scoring.
WINS VS. LOSSES
NC State is known as a fast-tempo, offensive team. In its 11 wins, the Pack has scored nearly 80 points per game.
In NC State's last five games, the Pack is shooting .726 at the foul line. NCSU's 14-for-15 performance at the free throw line vs. Pitt was the team's best free throw shooting percentage since Feb. 27, 2008 when the Wolfpack shot 11-for-11 vs. Florida State. The Pack followed that with a 25-for-32 effort at Notre Dame.
It didn't take long for Anthony ‘Cat' Barber to become an impact player at the college level. The freshman scored 22 points in just his fourth college game and has 10 games with double-digit scoring. Barber, who is averaging 11.3 points per game and leads NC State in assists, has five outings with 16 points or more this season.
CAT 3RD AMONG ACC FROSH
Cat Barber is third among all freshmen in the ACC in scoring and assists. Barber's 11.3 scoring average stands ahead of all first-year ACC players except Duke's Jabari Parker and SU's Tyler Ennis. Only Ennis and Va. Tech's Devin Wilson have more assists than Barber.
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.
The Wolfpack has held eight of its last 13 opponents to worse than 42 percent shooting. The Wolfpack held Northwestern to just 49 points on .250 shooting on Dec. 4. It was the lowest shooting percentage for a Pack opponent since it held NC Central to .203 shooting in January 2008. On Dec. 18, NC State traveled to Tennessee and held the Vols to .294 shooting.
IMPROVED SHOOTING BY RALSTON
Ralston Turner, who made 95 shots from 3-point range during his two seasons at LSU, leads NC State with 32 made 3-pointers. Turner scored a season-high 21 points in the win over Detroit. He shot 6-for-8 from 3-point range and made his final five attempts on the night. He buried three treys against Northwestern for 13 points and made 4-for-7 from 3-point land in NC State's game at Cincinnati. He is 12 for his last 23 from long range.
Freshman forward Kyle Washington has increased his production in recent games. The 6-9 Minnesota native came out aggressive against Duke and scored eight points early in the game. Earlier this season, Washington tallied a career-high 10 points vs. Missouri. He also pulled down a career-high seven rebounds in NC State's win at Tennessee. He totaled seven points, five rebounds and four blocks vs. Virginia.
After missing four games due to an ankle injury, fifth-year senior Jordan Vandenberg has rebounded to play the best basketball of his career. The 7-1 Australia native is averaging 6.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. He entered the season with career averages of 1.2 points and 1.5 rebounds.
Vandenberg scored a career-high 18 points and dunked seven times vs. ECU on Dec. 21. He tied his career high with 11 rebounds in NC State's win at Notre Dame.
Jordan Vandenberg and BeeJay Anya are among the ACC's leaders in blocked shots. Vandenberg stands fifth in the league with 2.1 blocks per game, while Anya is ninth (1.7). Earlier this season, NC State recorded 12 swats in the win at Tennessee, the most blocked shots in a game since it blocked 13 against Tennessee Tech on Nov. 12, 2010.
BASKET IS HALF FULL
NC State's last two opponents are the only teams to shoot 50 percent against NC State this season. Conversely, the Pack has shot 50 percent or better six times this season and has won each time. That includes a .619 shooting night in the season opener vs. Appalachian State. Dating back to the beginning of last season, NC State is 20-5 in games when shooting at least 50 percent.