Wolverines Provide First Road Test for Wolfpack

NC State hits the road for the first time this season, traveling to Ann Arbor, Michigan for a battle with the Michigan Wolverines in the fourth annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge. <P> Premium Subscribers can chat Live in the <a href=http://insiders1.ezboard.com/fnorthcarolinastatefrm17>StateFans.com Premium Chat Room</a> via the "Join Live Chat" Link.

13,751 Capacity at Crisler Arena

Big Ten/ACC Challenge
NC State (3-0) @ Michigan (3-0)
7:30 p.m (ESPN2)
Crisler Arena
Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Horton scored 16 points against Butler
Michigan Scouting Report

Michigan Outlook for 2003-04: The Wolverines found out immediately before the 2002-03 season that they'd be ineligible for postseason play thanks to NCAA violations under the previous coaching regime. The bad news continued as the Wolverines started 0-6 before putting together a 13 game winning streak which tied the fifth best streak in Michigan History. The NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee reversed the imposition of an additional one-year ban on postseason competition against the Michigan men's basketball program for 2003-04. The momentum created last year along with the NCAA reprieve has the expectations high among the Wolverine faithful. Led by a solid group of returning veterans, Michigan is expected to compete for the Big 10 Championship in 2003-04.

Head Coach Tommy Amaker: This is the same Tommy Amaker that played for Duke's Mike Krzyzewski. Amaker has an overall record of 31-31 at Michigan and has brought the tough Duke defense to the Wolverine program.

Early Season: Michigan picked up its first overtime win since Feb. 26, 2000 beating Butler Sunday night 61-60. The Wolverines bring in a 3-0 overall record against the Pack with previous victories against Oakland (84-58) and High Point (84-49).

The Starting 5 (not to be confused with the Fab 5): Bernard Robinson Jr. (WF 6'6" 210), Daniel Horton (PG 6'3" 200), Lester Abram (WG 6'6" 200), Chris Hunter (PF 6'11" 215) and Courtney Sims (C 6'10" 220).

Michigan's Top Gun: Sophomore PG Daniel Horton, Big Ten freshman of the year 03-04, is averaging is averaging 13 points per game. He scored a season high against Butler knocking down 15 points. He also set a career high with six rebounds.

Fast Break Points
NC State vs Michigan

NC State leads the all-time series record vs. Michigan 2-1.
Michigan and NC State have not met in a game in 53 years.
Michigan has not allowed an oppenent to score over 60 points this season. NC State is averaging 78 points per game.
Michigan and NC State both have 4 players scoring in double figures.
The last game played between the two schools was on Decmber 18, 1950. The Wolfpack edged the Wolverines 65-62.
Michigan has an overall record of 1-1 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. NC State has a 3-1 record.
Perimeter Threat: Versatile SG Lester Abram tied a career high with four assists against Butler. He also had four assists against High Point on Nov. 26. Abram is averaging 12 points and 4 rebounds per game. At 6'6", Scooter will have his hands full defending against Abram.

Michigan's Julius Hodge: Bernard Robinson Jr. leads his team in rebounds with 7 boards per game and is among the top three in scoring with a 13 point average. Should be a great match-up for NC State's "Sportscenter".

Twin Thin Towers: Chris Hunter (PF 6'11" 215) and Courtney Sims (C 6'10" 220) will win no strong men competition anytime soon. Evtimov and Melvin should match-up well on defense, however the reverse can be said for Hunter and Sims for the Michigan defense. The height advantage and athletic ability could hinder the Pack's big men on the perimeter. The Michigan duo averages less than 10 rebounds collectively.

Key Match-Up: Horton vs. O'Donnell. Horton is one of the premier point guards in the Big 10. This match-up will tell a lot about Mike O'Donnell's ability to compete in the ACC as a freshman.

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No Name Pos Ht Wt Yr City (High School)
2 Lester Abram SF 6-6 190   So Pontiac, MI (Northern HS)
11 John Andrews SG 6-5 200   FR West Bloomfield, MI (Orchard Lake)
50 Amadou Ba C 6-10 250   FR* North Bridgton, ME (Bridgton Academy)
25 Graham Brown PF 6-9 245   SO Mio, MI (Mio-Au Sable HS)
40 Colin Dill F 6-7 240   SR Beverly Hills, MI (Detroit Country)
22 Sherrod Harrell SG 6-3 190   SO Kalamazoo, MI (Central HS)
5 Dion Harris PG 6-3 200   FR Detroit, MI (Redford HS)
4 Daniel Horton PG 6-3 190   SO Cedar Hill, TX (Cedar Hill HS)
31 Chris Hunter PF 6-11 215   SO Gary, IN (West Side HS)
32 J.C. Mathis PF 6-8 235   JR* Brooklyn, NY (JFK High School)
23 Brent Petway F 6-9 200 FR Griffin, GA (Griffin HS)
21 Bernard Robinson SF 6-6 208   SR New Hampton, NH (New Hampton)
44 Courtney Sims C 6-11 220   FR Dedham, MA (Noble & Greenough)
3 Dani Wohl PG 5-11 175   SO* West Bloomfield, MI (West Bloomfield)



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