NOTES: Pack Back In Action

NC State faces IUPUI tonight at 7:00 pm in PNC Arena. Here are some pregame notes on the Wolfpack.

WOLFPACK CONTINUES LEGENDS CLASSIC PLAY
NC State’s final home game before a two-game trip to Brooklyn, N.Y., will be Wednesday night when the Pack hosts IUPUI. It will be the first meeting between the two schools. After the game against the Jaguars, NC State will travel to New York to play Arizona State.

HOME SWEET PNC
NC State, in its 16th season at PNC Arena, owns a 192-74 all-time record at the multi-purpose building in west Raleigh. Mark Gottfried owns a 53-18 mark at PNC Arena, which is the eighth-largest home court in all of college basketball.

NEAR TRIPLE-DOUBLE
Cat Barber nearly recorded a triple in Sunday’s Wolfpack win. Barber posted 17 points and a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with eight assists in the win. Barber, who is shooting just 7-for-27 from the floor, made 11 of his 12 foul shots in the game. There has only been one triple-double in NC State history. It was authored by Julius Hodge in December 2002 against North Carolina A&T (11 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists).

NOVEMBER AT NC STATE
NC State is 20-7 in the month of November under Mark Gottfried. The Pack has won nine of its last 10 games played during the calendar’s 11th month. NC State is 37-10 during November dating back to 2007.

CALEB’S ADJUSTMENT MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Caleb Martin came to NC State known as a deadly long-range shooter. However, he shot just .305 from deep last season and less than 36 percent on all of his attempts. In the offseason, Martin tweaked his shooting form to be “quieter” and more straightahead. After two games, Martin is 9-for-16 from 3-point range and shooting .556 from the floor.

MORE ON BIG CAT
While Anthony Barber is famously known as Cat, his mother, Pamela Barber, has always called him Big Cat. He will need to be a big cat this season for the Wolfpack. Barber, a second team preseason All-ACC pick, will be counted on to play major minutes while running the team and contributing his usual standout on-the-ball defense.

Barber was the ‘Big Cat’ down the stretch for the Pack last season, averaging 14.6 points and 4.0 assists per game over the last 14 games of the season. Included in that run was a career-best performance of 34 points in the ACC second round against Pittsburgh.

BEE-JAY AN-YA!
BeeJay Anya, who led the ACC with 2.53 blocks per game last season, has moved into fourth place on NC State’s all-time career blocks list. He swatted 91 shots last season, which was the second-highest total in NC State history. His 144 blocked shots is just six shy of Kevin Thompson (1989-93) for second place in school history.

LENGTH AND (LESS) WIDTH
BeeJay Anya is one of the largest players in college basketball. He’s actually trimmed down considerably, having lost nearly 80 pounds since enrolling at NC State in 2013. But it’s his wingspan that sets him apart. He has a measured wingspan of 7-9, the longest wingspan recorded for a non-7-foot player in the NBA Draft Express database for basketball prospects. Only 7-6 Mamadou N’Ddiaye (UC-Irvine) has a longer listed wingspan.

DO ‘ONE MORE’ WITH THE PROGRAM
This fall, the NC State men’s basketball program welcomed The Program onto campus. The Program is a leadership and team building organization run by Marines. The Program spent two mentally and physically grueling days with the Wolfpack that included:
- different series of exercises and drills conducted in perfect precision
- drills involving 50-lb. sandbags and 7-foot-long poles
- fireman-carry suicides for 21-, 41- and 61-yard lengths done only with teammate instruction
- individual and team drills in the pool beginning at 4 a.m.

MORE FROM MALIK
After two games, Abdul-Malik Abu is averaging 15.5 points and 6.0 rebounds while leading the team with seven dunks. Yet, Mark Gottfried has said the talented and athletics sophomore can do even more. Abu, a 6-8 forward from Boston, was selected by many national outlets as a potential breakout player after averaging 6.4 points per game and starting 22 times as a freshman.

TAKING CARE OF IT
NC State has been one of the better teams in the nation in taking care of the ball. Last season, State ranked 25th in the nation with a 16.0% turnover rate, the fifth best mark in the ACC.

PUT LENNARD IN THE GAME
The NC State coaching staff couldn’t quite but its finger on it, but there was something about how the Pack played last year when Lennard Freeman was in the game. NC State had an 11-1 record when Freeman played 24 or more minutes and he played 27.6 minutes per game in the five games NC State won in March.

Furthermore, Freeman averaged 7.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in State’s two NCAA Tournament victories.

TOP GUN
A late addition to the roster this summer was Maverick Rowan, a 6-7 freshman from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Rowan, whose father played college basketball at St. John’s and was a fan of the Top Gun movie, scored 16 points in his collegiate debut on Friday. Rowan, who won a high school state title in both Pennsylvania and Florida, averaged 28.5 points last year as a high school junior.

GOTTFRIED’S DRIVE FOR FIVE
Head coach Mark Gottfried enters the 2015-16 season with a chance to accomplish something only one other coach in ACC basketball history has matched. Gottfried has led his program to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first four seasons, which has only been accomplished by Skip Prosser (first 4 years) and Roy Williams (first 6 years). NC State is one of just 16 teams in the nation to have played in each of the last four NCAA Tournaments.


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