NC State hosts Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The Wolfpack returns home to the RBC after suffering their first loss of the year against Michigan in the Big 10/ACC Challenge. NC State (3-1) will host Wisconsin-Milwaukee (3-1) in a Fox Televised game. <P> Premium Subscribers can chat Live in the <a href=> Premium Chat Room</a> via the "Join Live Chat" Link.

Athlon says Bruce Pearl is a "Coach on the rise"

NC State (3-1) vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee (3-1)
6:30 p.m (FSN)
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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NC State needs to stop UWM's Dylan Page
Wisconsin-Milwaukee Outlook for 2003-04: Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been picked anywhere from 2nd to 5th in the Horizon conference by the sports magazines but has been picked 2nd for second place in a preseason poll of Horizon League coaches, sports information directors and media. They return a good nucleus of players lead by Senior forward Dylan Page, who was named a pre-season first-team All-Horizon League selection in the same league poll. Page will be a candidate for Horizon League Player of the Year after he averaged nearly 18 ppg and 6.5 rpg a season ago while scoring in double figures in 30 of 32 games.

Head Coach Bruce Pearl: In his third year as the head man for the Panthers, Bruce Pearl has won the Milwaukee faithful over with his outgoing personality that has made him one of the most recognizable sports figures in the city. He also wins games. He has collected 43 wins overall and won 24 games in 2002-03 which was the most by a UWM squad since the 1988-89 season, equaling the all-time school record. Pearl is considered to become one of the hottest up and coming coaches in America while building UWM into one of the top Mid-Major programs in the country.

Early Season: Wisconsin-Milwaukee (3-1) will bring a hot shooting team into the RBC that can score in bunches (87,2 ppg average), and do it efficiently (44% FG%). They have developed a reputation of winning on the road under Coach Pearl. In 2002-03, the Panthers were 8-6 in road games. UWM also just won their first road game of the season against Prairie View 87-70. Their 3-1 start to this season marks the best start by a Panther team since 1992-93.

Probable Starting 5: G – Chris Hill, 5-9, SO, 8.0 ppg, 3.3 apg, G – Ed McCants, 6-3, JR, 20.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, F – Joah Tucker, 6-5, SO, 16.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, F – Dylan Page, 6-9, SR, 20.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg, C – Adrian Tigert, 6-7, SO, 7.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg

Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Top Gun: Senior Dylan Page (6-9 225) is one of the best players to suit up for the Panthers. He is amongst the leaders all-time in rebounding (4th) and block shots (5th). He is coming off a steller season where it was capped by winning the Horizon Tournament MVP award in 2003-03. Page has career highs of 32 points (Loyola, 12/21/2002) and 11 rebounds (at Southern Illinois, 2/22/2003).

Fast Break Points
NC State vs Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Coach Pearl is the winningest coach currently in Division I. He is also the fastest coach to 200 victories. He currently has 274 victories against 68 losses in 9 seasons.
UW-M has an overall record of 0-3 record against the ACC dating back to 1971. The Panthers have never played the Wolfpack.
Bruce Pearl's wife has an uncle named Norm Sloan. Yes, that is the same Sloan who coached NC State.
The Panthers are a hot shooting team. They have averaged over 50% shooting in 3 of their first four games. In 2002-03, they shot better than 50% in 12 games.
The Panthers made their first ever NCAA apppearence in 2003. They lost a heartbreaker to Notre Dame70-69 in a NCAA West Regional first-round game.
Coach Lute Olson on Bruce Pearl: I have known and competed against Bruce since he got his start in coaching at Standford. He worked hard and learned from a very successful coach in Tom Davis. He has paid dues and now he is showing that he is truly one of the bright young coaches in the country."
The Three Headed Monster: The trio of Dylan Page, Ed McCants and Joah Tucker has not been a disappointment for the Panthers. All three have been in double fugures in every contest in the early season. The three players have accounted for a 56.8 ppg of the UWM's 87.2 ppg average. Page leads the team in scoring at 20.3 ppg with McCants close behind at 20.0 ppg. Tucker is averaging 16.5 ppg.

High Shooting %: There is a reason why the Panthers make over 50% of their shots; they like to pound it inside to their two big men, Dylan Page and Joah Tucker who combine for 37 ppg. Page's efficiency is over 50% while Tucker is hitting over 60% of his shots. The inside game also draws a lot of fouls against UWM. They shot 104 free throws in their first 3 games and have made 76 % of their attempts overall.

Name Jumble:Check the spelling of the Panthers "All-Name" team; Mielke, Kadima, Czechwicz, Pangatz. Good luck to Gary Hahn and Tony Haynes with the pronunciations!

Speed Counts:The Panthers may find the speed of the NC State players a challenge, if the recent past is a gauge. In UWM only loss to Southern Illinois 81-77, they struggled against a quicker group of SI players. After the game, Coach Pearl was quoted; "The strong always beat the weak and the smart always beat the strong, but the quick beat everyone."

Key Match-Up: NC State's defensive rebounding vs. UWM offensive rebounding. The NC State inside game will be challenged against a very good rebounding Panther team (38 rpg average). The Pack has struggled on the boards in the early season and the Panthers will look to take advantage of the absence of a true power game from NC State. UWM is averaging over 13 offensive boards a game. Marcus Melivin will need to get a body on Dylan Page who is averaging 9.3 rpg.

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Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Dylan Page celebrates as he is lifted above the crowd after beating Butler, Tuesday, March 11, 2003, in the championship game of the Horizon League tournament in Milwaukee. Wisconsin-Milwaukee won 69-52.(AP Photo/Peter Zuzga)

No Name Pos Ht Wt Yr City (High School)
1 Ricardo Freeman G 6-3 195   JR Hartford, Conn. (Seeward CC)
2 Chris Hill G 5-10 160   SO Chicago, Ill. (Whitney Young HS)
3 Joseph Czechowicz G 5-9 165   FR Pewaukee, Wis. (Pewaukee HS)
4 Mark Pancratz G 6-3 185   SO Schaumburg, Ill. (Schaumburg HS)
5 Marcus Conigliaro G 6-2 195   SO Milwaukee, Wis. (Vincent HS)
10 Kalombo Kadima G 6-2 185   SR Milwaukee, Wis. (Rufus King HS)
13 Joah Tucker F 6-5 220   SO Milwaukee, Wis. (Nicolet HS)
15 Dylan Page F/C 6-8 225   SR Amherst, Wis. (Amherst HS)
30 Jered Hokenson G 6-1 180   FR Watertown, Minn. (Watertown-Mayer HS)
22 Ed McCants G 6-3 195   JR Marion, Ohio (Paris JC)
23 James Wright F 6-6 205 JR Milwaukee, Wis. (Winchendon Prep)
24 Ronald Davis G 6-3 185   JR Chicago, Ill. (Olney Central CC)
43 Adam Finley F 6-6 230   SO Genoa, Ill. (Boylan HS)
40 Nate Mielke C 6-11 220   SR Waterloo, Iowa (Marshalltown Community)
42 Rob Sanders F 6-6 190   JR Toledo, Ohio (Toledo)
44 Adrian Tigert F 6-6 230   SO Oshkosh, Wis. (Oshkosh West)
50 Nick Hansen G 6-5 200   FR Appleton, Wis. (West HS)

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