NC State vs. UNC-Asheville Game Preview

The Wolfpack opens the regular season tonight, taking on UNC-Asheville at the RBC Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 PM and here's a preview of tonight's matchup!

Location: RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.

Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m.

Television: None

Radio: Airtime begins @ 8 PM on the Wolfpack Radio Network

Records: Both teams will be playing their first games of the season.

NC State Information

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UNC-Asheville Information

UNC-Asheville Quick Facts Sheet
Coach Eddie Biedenbach Profile

NC State Projected Starting Line-up

G Mike O'Donnell
G Scooter Sherrill
F Julius Hodge
F Marcus Melvin
F Ilian Evtimov

UNC Asheville Projected Starting Line-up

G Oliver Holmes
G Omar Collington
C Joseph Barber
F Bryan McCullough
F Chad Mohn

Players to Watch

NC State
Julius Hodge-- "Sportscenter" is the unquestioned leader of the Wolfpack, a consensus pre-season All-ACC and All-American selection. Hodge struggled in the previous exhibition game so look for him to try and set the tone early against the Bulldogs. A huge game tonight for Julius could springboard him into a big season.

Global Sports
Joseph Barber-- The 6-foot-9 center averaged 17.5 points in UNC-A's two exhibition games and could be a big factor for the Bulldogs. He may try and test N.C. State's frontcourt early and could be a big factor on the glass for UNC-Asheville.

Additional Notes

- Guards Cameron Bennerman and Dom Mejia are expected to play against UNC Asheville.

- Tonight Guard Engin Atsur begins his three-game suspension handed down by the NCAA. Atsur showed promise in the Wolfpack's two exhibition games.

- Jordan Collins is not eligible to play but is practicing with the team and will be available for competition following the end of the first academic semester.

- UNCA Head Basketball Coach Eddie Biedenbach is a Wolfpack alum, having played at NC State in the 1960's.

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