SENIOR DAY, HOME FINALE
Chase Cannon and head student manager Hunter Henderson will be recognized Wednesday night prior to the NC State men’s basketball team’s game vs. Boston College. The 18th and final home game of the season is a 9:05 p.m. tip.
THE STARTING FIVE
1. CAT’S HISTORICAL SEASON
There have been several standout individuals across the Atlantic Coast Conference this season, but only Cat Barber has had a season that’s truly historic. The 6-2 junior is leading the ACC in scoring with 23.2 points per game (league-best 23.3 ppg in ACC play) and is on pace to become the second player in ACC history to average 23 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 4.0 apg (Kenny Anderson in 1990-91). Barber has a league-best eight games with 30 or more points, including six in ACC play.
He averaged 23.4 points per game during the month of February, including a 38-point effort against Wake Forest and a 32-point night against UNC Chapel Hill. Additionally, he is also leading the conference in free throws made (215) and minutes per game (38.59) and is third in free throw percentage (.870) and eighth in assists (4.31).
2. HAT TIP TO THE SENIORS
Before Wednesday’s contest, NC State will recognize its lone senior player - Chase Cannon - as well as senior student manager Hunter Henderson. Cannon, who has appeared in 24 games in his four seasons, graduated last May with a degree in business finance and is enrolled in NC State’s MBA program. He owns a 4.0 GPA and is an ACC Honor Roll member. Henderson, a native of Wilmington, has been a manager for the Wolfpack for three years and will graduate in May with a degree in sport management.
3. THAT WARREN GUY WAS PRETTY GOOD
Those surrounding NC State basketball will never forget Boston College’s last trip to Raleigh, a 78-68 Wolfpack win on March 8, 2014. T.J. Warren, in what would be his last game at PNC Arena, exploded for 42 points on 14-for-23 shooting and a 14-for-17 mark at the foul line. He also grabbed 13 rebounds in the win, which clinched a 9-9 league record that season.
The 42 points for Warren was a career high, edging the 41 points he had scored in the previous game four days earlier. Warren and the Pack would go on to win two games in the 2014 ACC Tournament and another in the NCAA Tournament.
4. ONE MORE SWAT TIES THE SCHOOL RECORD
BeeJay Anya now has 206 career blocked shots, one shy of tying the school record (207 by Thurl Bailey). The 6-9 junior led the ACC in blocked shots last season (2.53 per game) and is currently ranks second in the league by just .01 blocks per game. Anya is currently 25th in the nation with 2.38 blocks per game.
5. POSTSEASON UPDATE
While there is a home game against Boston College and a road game at Notre Dame ahead, some postseason basketball details are already known. The Pack will play Tuesday, March 8 at noon against Wake Forest in the first game of the ACC Tournament in Washington, D.C. A victory over Wake Forest would put the Wolfpack in a 2 p.m. game on Wednesday, March 9.
NC State will be taking the court in the 2016 adidas Made in March Uniform Collection, which features the latest adidas basketball footwear including special editions of the Crazylight Boost 2.5 Low and D Lillard 2 in team colors. The game uniforms feature the same lightweight, sweat-wicking technology used in the NBA.
THERE’S ONLY ONE CAT WITH 23 PPG / 4.0 RPG / 4.0 APG
Cat Barber is the only player in the nation averaging at least 23 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. In all of college basketball dating back to 1994, only four other players have reached those averages in a season: LaDrell Whitehead, Wyoming (1994-95) Charles Jones, Long Island (96-97, 97-98) Rodney Stuckey, Eastern Wash. (06-07) Billy Baron, Canisius (13-14)
23 PPG / 4.5 RPG / 4.5 APG IN THE ACC
Cat Barber would be the second player in ACC history - joining Georgia Tech great Kenny Anderson - to average 23 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 4.5 apg in a season (assists became official stat in 1984):
Cat Barber (2015-16) 23.2 ppg 4.6 rpg 4.3 apg
Kenny Anderson (1989-90) 25.9 ppg 5.7 rpg 5.6 apg
CAT KEEPS GOING AND GOING
Cat Barber leads the ACC in minutes played and has been on the floor for 95.6 percent of NC State’s available minutes, which ranks second-highest in the nation. Barber has played 39 minutes or more in 20 games and hasn’t come out of 12 contests this season.
AT THE LINE SHOOTING 2...CAT BARBER
Wake Forest coach Danny Manning wasn’t lying when he called Cat Barber a “tough cover.” Barber slashed and darted around the Demon Deacons to the tune of 17-for-20 free throw shooting, including 17-for-18 in the second half. Barber owns three of the ACC’s top four free throw shooting performances (19-22 vs. Winthrop, 17-20 vs. Wake Forest, 14-14 at Pittsburgh). The blinding-quick point guard has made 215 free throws this year, the third-highest season mark in NC State history. The school record for FTs made in a season is 224 by Sammy Ranzino in 1950-51.
7TH IN THE NATION
Cat Barber ranks seventh in the nation in scoring and second among all players playing for Power 5 schools. Only Buddy Hield of Oklahoma (25.4) averages more points than Barber.
BEEJAY REJECTING OPPONENTS
BeeJay Anya needs just one more block to tie the school record held by Thurl Bailey (1979-83):
NC State Career Blocked Shots
No. 1. Thurl Bailey (1979-83) 207
2. BeeJay Anya (2013-pres.) 206
3. Kevin Thompson (1989-93) 150
Cat Barber now has 1,403 career points, lifting him to 22nd in NC State history. He needs 22 points to tie Chris Corchiani for 20th on State’s all-time list. Barber is sixth among active players (and tops among non-seniors) in the ACC in career scoring. He is also now ninth in school history in career assists.
CAT vs. OTHER TOP PGs
Here’s how Cat Barber’s numbers stack up against other top point guards from around the nation:
PPG RPG APG FG% 3FG% FT%
Barber: 23.2 4.6 4.3 .433 .354 .870
K. Dunn: 16.4 5.7 6.3 .438 .355 .684
Y. Ferrell: 17.0 3.9 5.5 .463 .424 .823
T. Ulis: 16.6 3.2 7.0 .427 .308 .852
N. Moore: 16.1 2.5 5.3 .428 .426 .796
D. Jackson: 16.3 3.4 4.9 .467 .346 .791
M. Trimble: 14.2 3.3 5.2 .422 .331 .865
‘MARKING’ IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
Mark Gottfried has a track record of getting his team to play its best when its best is needed. The Pack tends to trend upward as the season goes on:
Jan. 1-29 18-22 (.450)
Games Jan. 30 Forward 33-29 (.541)
Record In March 19-10 (.655)
“IN EVERY GAME”
After the game at Cameron Indoor, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski said Cat Barber “gives them a chance to win every game.” Despite being 4-12 in league play, the Pack has been competitive almost every night. NC State has four league losses by five or fewer points.
With one more healthy player or a bounce here or there, NC State’s season could be much different. Here are some notable halftime scores: NC State 29, UNC 29 (Jan. 16 at UNC) NC State 43, Duke 36 (Jan. 23 at PNC) NC State 31, Virginia 31 (Feb. 15 at UVa) NC State 34, Va. Tech 24 (Jan. 2 at VT)
BeeJay Anya has started the last two games and has increased his production over the last four games:
Anya Last 4 Games: 6.3 ppg / 5.5 rpg / .667 FG
Anya Previous 4: 2.8 ppg / 5.3 rpg / .154 FG
Maverick Rowan, second on NC State in scoring as a freshman, is the son of Ron Rowan, who played in the 1980s for Notre Dame and St. John’s and had a long pro career overseas. Maverick’s family lived in Italy until Maverick was eight years old.