NOTES: Pack Returns Home

After three straight road games, NC State is back at home tonight. The Wolfpack will host rival North Carolina at PNC Arena at 8 p.m. The game will be shown on the ACC Network's affiliate stations.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
- NC State scores 63% of its points on 2-point field goals. That mark, which measures how teams rely on 2-point field goals for scoring, is the highest in the nation.

- NC State is 30th in the nation in guarding the 3-point arc. Opponents shoot just .307 from long range against the Wolfpack.

- NC State is leaning on 6-8 sophomore T.J. Warren a fair amount. He takes 35.7 percent of NC State's shots, the 6th-highest mark in the country.

- 32 percent of NC State's offensive possessions involve T.J. Warren either shooting, getting to the foul line, assisting or turning the ball over. That ranks 24th in the nation.

- Weighted by minutes played, NC State is 330th of 351 teams in player experience.

- NC State turns the ball over roughly once every 6 possessions. That figure stands 62nd in the country.

SOMETHING TO LOOK FOR
Don't count on 3-point shooting to be a factor in Wednesday's game. Neither NC State nor UNC rely on the 3-point shot, with the two teams at the bottom of the ACC in treys made per game. Both teams are in the bottom third of the league in 3-point percentage.

If either team starts hitting the long ball, those points could become a factor in deciding which team wins.

BIG-TIME SCORING LEADER
T.J. Warren, ranked fifth in the nation in scoring, is the top scorer among players in the ACC, American, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC.

T.J. GETS THE MOST BUCKETS
T.J. Warren leads the nation in made field goals per game. The 6-8 Warren averages 9.3 made field goals per contest, slighly more than national scoring leader Doug McDermott of Creighton (8.9 made per game).

THE PACK WHEN T.J. GETS BUCKETS
Over the past two seasons, the Wolfpack is 34-15 when Warren scores in double figures and 21-9 when he leads the team in scoring.

1,000 POINTS FOR T.J.
With 20 points at Clemson last week, T.J. Warren lifted his career points total to exactly 1,000. The milestone points came on a 3-pointer in the final second of the game at Clemson. He became the 49th Wolfpack player to reach the 1,000-point mark, achieving the milestone in just his 60th career game. He now has 1,031 career points.

RALSTON IN ACC PLAY
With increased playing time, Ralston Turner has increased his scoring in ACC play. Turner averages 11.8 points per game with 30 made 3-pointers in 14 league games. In 13 non-ACC games, Turner scored 8.8 points per game with 24 made 3-pointers.

TYLER TAKING CARE OF IT
NC State has a +3.0 turnover margin when Tyler Lewis starts at point guard. The team's turnover margin is -0.1 when Lewis comes off the bench. The Pack has 13 outings this season with 10 or fewer turnovers.

RALSTON's BEST SHOOTING
Ralston Turner came to NC State knowing he'd be relied on to make 3-point baskets. He made 95 long-range shots in two seasons at LSU. He's having his best college season shooting the trey, with a teambest 54 made 3-pointers.

KYLE COMING AROUND
Kyle Washington has increased his production lately. The 6-9 freshman is averaging 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds over the last four games. He scored 14 points with 10 rebounds at Syracuse and scored 13 points at Virginia Tech. He is shooting .529 over that stretch, including a 7-for-11 outing at Syracuse.

SOPHOMORIC BEHAVIOR
T.J. Warren is in rare company. He has 606 points this season, the third-most in NC State history for a sophomore. He needs 57 more points to equal Rodney Monroe's sophomore season of 1988-89. His scoring average is on pace for second all-time for a sophomore, behind only David Thompson's 24.7 in 1972-73.

100 CAT HELPERS
Cat Barber's next assist will be his 100th of the season. Barber, who leads the team with 99 helpers, needs 23 assists to reach fourth on NC State's all-time list for assists by a freshman.

WOLFPACK INSIDE THE ARC
No team in college basketball relies more on 2-point baskets than NC State. 62.9 percent of the Pack's points come from inside the arc, the highest 2-point distribution in the country. T.J. Warren shoots .578 on his attempts inside the arc.

LIFT FROM LEWIS
Tyler Lewis, who has started the last four games, has provided the Pack with a spark. With NCSU trailing Georgia Tech 52-41 in the second half, Lewis buried a pair of 3-pointers 39 seconds apart. Lewis finished with 10 points, his first double-digit scoring game since the season opener vs. Appalachian State. Lewis added six points and seven assists with no turnovers during the win over Florida State.

CRASHING THE GLASS
T.J. Warren is the ACC's leading offensive rebounder, pulling in 3.1 offensive boards per game. He has five outings with five or more offensive rebounds and has at least one offensive board in every game except one (Jan. 11 vs. Virginia).

GET TO THE LINE
NC State has an 8-0 record when shooting the same number or more free throws than its opponents. State is 7-1 when making the same or more foul shots.


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