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Pack Travels to Virginia

NC State (13-5 * 6-2) travels to Charlottesville to take on Virginia (2-6 * 12-7). Game time is set for 3:00 and will be televised by Raycom Sports. <P> Premium Subscribers can chat Live in the <a href=> Premium Chat Room</a> via the "Join Live Chat" Link. <P> <b>Watch it at <a href="">Woody's @ City Market</a> in downtown Raleigh and get a 15% StateFans discount!</b>

Hodge blistered the Hoos for 21 points in December

NC State (13-5 * 6-2) vs. UVa (2-6 * 12-7)
3:00 pm Raycom Sports
Charlottesville, Virginia
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Game1: UVa made 15% of 3 pointers (AP)
NC State vs. Virginia, Game 1: The Wolfpack handed the Cavaliers their ninth straight loss 86-69 in Atlantic Coast Conference openers, including six in a row under Pete Gillen. Virginia never threatened over the final 4½ minutes in losing its 13th ACC road game in 14 tries. The Cavaliers produced just eight points over the final 8:56.

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.

Probable Starting 5: F – #5 Derrick Byers, (So 6-7 215), 9.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg... F – #33 Devin Smith, (Jr 6-5 239), 13.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg... F/C – #43 Elton Brown, (Jr 6-9 251), 15.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg... G – #22 Todd Billet, (Sr 6-0 183), 10.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.4 apg... G – #23 Gary Forbes (Fr 6-6 210), 9.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.0 apg

Key Stat from game 1: The Pack, which had made just 31 percent of its 3-point attempts through the first seven games, knocked down 50.8 percent of its shots (30-of-59) including a sizzling 57.7 percent during a 48-point second half. Just as impressively, NC State got its shooting eye back from long-range, hitting 11-of-27 for the game and 7-of-15 in the second half.

Struggling Hoos: After an 8-0 start, Virginia has struggled. The Cavaliers have lost 7 of their last 11 games, including three in-a-row. UVA has allowed nearly 79 points a game during that stretch while being consistently outrebounded. More recently, ball handling has been a problem. Virginia has averaged 19 turnovers in its last six games. Coach Pete Gillen has used several different line-ups, but nothing has worked consistently for any length of time.

Fast Break Points
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NC State leads the overall series with Virginia 75-50 (dating back to 1012-13).
Despite winning only once in the last seven meetings, the Cavaliers have won 16 of 27 contests against NCSU in the last 13 seasons.
N.C. State swept the 2001-02 regular season series, it marked the Wolfpack's first sweep over UVa since winning both matchups (by a combined seven points) in 1988.
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 59 games have been decided by less than 10 points. UVa is 27-12 (.692) in those games.
Since 1978, four games between the Cavs and the Pack have been decided by one point, five by two points, seven by three points, three by four points and three by five points.
Nine of the last 11 N.C. State wins in the series have been by double digits-67-54 in 1994, 74-55 in 1998, 82-72 in 1999, 76-65 in 2000, 90-80 in 2001, 85-68, 92-72 in 2002, 75-63 in 2003, and 86-69 earlier this season. The exceptions were a 65-62 Wolfpack win on Jan. 12, 2000, and an 81-74 win on Jan. 5, 2002.
Game 1 Quotes:
Herb Sendek… "We've just got too many shooters not to shoot the ball well. You can't assemble a group of shooters like we have and not shoot the ball well sooner or later. Our guys can put the ball in the basket and our offense can work efficiently. Tonight in the second half it was tremendous."

Pete Gillen… "I think the key part of the game was when we were down 54-50 and then they just got hot. It seemed like they hit three or four 3's and we couldn't match them. They played very well. I've got to give them a lot of credit."

Clark is Back: Since rejoining the team in early January, 6-8 junior forward Jason Clark has provided a defensive spark in the low post. Clark practiced with the Cavaliers for the first time this season on January 4. He was on the bench, but not in uniform for Virginia's game with Providence College (Jan. 3) and did not play in UVa's game against William & Mary (Jan. 5) at University Hall. Clark saw his first game action of the season against Duke (Jan. 11), playing five minutes with two rebounds and two blocked shots.

Virginia's Conference Play: In conference games, Virginia is at or near the bottom of the league in scoring defense (78.6), three-point field goal percentage (.309), rebounding margin (-5.3) and turnover margin (-2.75). Virginia is tied for last in conference play with a 2-6 mark.

Key Match-Up: NC State vs. Road Trip. Virginia has played well at home this season (10-3, 2-2) and has won 14 of the last 15 meetings with the Wolfpack at University Hall. The Pack will look to continue their improvement on the road. Beating Maryland in College Park was huge and defeating Virginia will be just as big when all the conference games will have been played. The Pack is playing for tournament seeding and a first round game against Virginia, Clemson or Maryland, the league's cellar dwellers, in the ACC tournament is desired at this point.

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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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