Wolfpack hosts UVa in First ACC Game of the Year

NC State (5-2) opens ACC play against Virginia (8-0) at the RBC Center tonight. Game time is set for 8:00 and will be televised by FSNS. <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.

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NC State (5-2) vs. UVa (8-0)
8:00 pm
Raleigh, NC
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UVa's best, Elton Brown
Virginia Outlook for 2003-04: This could be considered a rebuilding year for Pete Gillen but he has his Cavaliers off to an 8-0 start. With eight newcomers to the Virginia squad, the Hoos look to be one of the least experience ACC teams going into conference play. Virginia was picked to finish 8th by the ACC media.

Head Coach Pete Gillen: Gillen's six Virginia teams own an 94-65 record and his 18-year career record as a collegiate head coach is 368-193 (.651 winning percentage). UVa made its fourth consecutive postseason appearance last year under Gillen. In addition to earning a berth in the 2003 NIT, the Cavaliers previously advanced to the 2002 NIT, 2001 NCAA Tournament and 2000 NIT.

Early Season: The Cavaliers for the third time in the last four years have started the season with eight consecutive victories. Virginia is only one of 16 undefeated Division 1 teams in America.

Probable Starting 5: F – #5 Derrick Byers, (So 6-7 215), 13.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.3 apg... F – #33 Devin Smith, (Jr 6-5 239), 9.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg 1.3 apg... F/C – #43 Elton Brown, (Jr 6-9 251), 17.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.6 apg... G – #22 Todd Billet, (Sr 6-0 183), 11.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.6 apg... G – #23 Gary Forbes (Fr 6-6 210), 13.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.8 apg

Uva's Top Gun: Junior Forward Elton Brown is yet another solid inside player for Virginia that NC State has faced over the past few years. At 6'9" and over 250 pounds, he will be a handful for Melvin and Collins. Brown is averaging 27 minutes per game scoring 17.3 ppg and grabbing almost 8 rpg. Look for Jordan Collins to log major minutes in defending Brown to help keep Melvin fresh for offensive possessions.

Fast Break Points
University of Virginia

NC State leads the overall series with Virginia 74-50 (dating back to 1012-13).
UVa is 19-31 all-time in ACC season openers.
Virginia has not found Raleigh an easy place to play. They are a combined 16-54 when playing at NC State.
UVa is 1-5 against the Pack in their last six meetins.
Close Game… Count on it:The history of the series between these two schools since the late 1970s has been one marked by many closely contested games. Since 1978, 39 of the 58 games have been decided by less than 10 points. UVa is 27-12 (.692) in those games.

Rebounding woes: The Cavaliers have won eight games this season but have been out rebounded 331 to 323 against less stellar competition. Like NC State, Virginia does not start a tall line-up and only has one player taller than 6'8" who gets significant playing time.

Key Match-Up: UVa lack of ACC experience vs. NC State experience: The Cavaliers only have four active players on the roster with ACC starting experience and only one player with more than one year of conference experience. The four players with a combined total of 46 ACC starts are Billet, Brown, Smith, and Byers. Look for NC State to attempt to come out of the locker room ready to take advantage of the lack of ACC experience. Players like Melvin, Hodge and Sherrill will need to show their leadership.

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UVa's Pete Gillen brings his Cavaliers to Raleigh to face NC State for their ACC opener.

No Name Pos Ht Wt Yr City (High School)
2 J.R. Reynolds G 6-2 196   FR Roanoke, Va. (Oak Hill Academy)
5 Derrick Byars F/G 6-7 215   SO Memphis, Tenn. (Ridgeway)
10 Billy Glading G 6-2 172   SR Bethedsa, Md. (Gonzaga)
11 John Chappell G 6-2 184   SR Bronx, NY (St. Raymond's)
12 Billy Campbell G 6-0 183   SO Atlanta, Ga. (Paideia School)
15 T.J. Bannister G 5-10 168   FR Jacksonville, Fla. (Arlington Country Day)
21 Robert Lodge G 6-4 211   SO Raleigh, N.C. (Millbrook)
22 Todd Billet G 6-0 183   SR Middletown, N.J. (Brothers Academy)
23 Gary Forbes G/F 6-6 210   FR Brooklyn, N.Y. (Banneker Academy)
30 Hank Nacey F 6-5 210   SO Virginia Beach, Va. (Frank W. Cox)
32 Jason Cain F 6-9 205 FR Philadelphia, Pa. (John Bartram H.S.)
33 Devin Smith F 6-5 239   JR New Castle, Del. (William Penn)
34 Jason Clark F 6-8 234   JR Virginia Beach, Va. (Hargrave)
43 Elton Brown F 6-9 251   JR Newport News, Va. (Warwick)
52 Brad Abel F 6-5 210   SR Burke, Va. (Lake Braddock)
55 Donte Minter F/C 6-7 244   FR Salisbury, N.C. (Fork Union)

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