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Wolfpack Looks to Extend ACC Winning Streak

#13 NC State (9-2 * 16-5) travels to Clemson (2-9 * 9-13) in ACC play. Game time is set for 7:00 and will be televised by Fox Sports Net South (Regional). <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>

Tigers have beaten 43 ranked teams at Littlejohn

NC State (9-2 * 16-5) vs. Clemson (2-9 * 9-13)
7:00 pm Fox Sports Net South (Regional)
Littlejohn Coliseum
Clemson, SC
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Melvin scored 15 points at RBC (AP)
Game 1 - NC State 86 Clemson 69: The Wolfpack bounced back after a dismal January performance at Cameron Indoor Stadium with a 17 point victory margin against an overwhelmed Clemson Tiger team. Julius Hodge, coming off a season-low performance against Duke, scored 23 points to lead the Pack. Clemson struggled against N.C. State's man-to-man defense, shooting 40 percent from the floor in the first half with 11 turnovers. N.C. State raced to a 14-2 lead after Sharrod Ford scored the first basket of the game for Clemson. The Tigers didn't score for almost five minutes until Akin Akingbala dunked with 14:04 left in the first half.

Probable Starting 5: G – #14 Chey Christie (Jr 6-4 183), 9.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg... F – #5 Sharrod Ford (Jr 6-9 223), 11.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg 2.1 bpg... F – #43 Chris Hobbs (SR 6-7 260), 8.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg... G – #22 Shawan Robinson (So 6-2 183), 10.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.8 apg... G – #3 Vernon Hamilton (FR 6-0 192), 7.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.5 apg.

Clemson's Top Gun: Sherrod Ford continues to be Mr. Consistency for the Tigers. He leads Clemson in scoring (11.8 ppg), rebounding (7.2 rpg), block shots (50) and minutes played (28.2 mpg). The tough ACC schedule has seen every Clemson player's stats decline except Ford's.

Gameplan: Oliver Purnell is making his second trip through the ACC schedule and we will see how he counters the shellacking his tigers took in Raleigh. On offense, Clemson will try to take advantage of Vern Hamilton's speed and the inside power of Hobbs. Versatile Sherrod Ford will continue to be the featured player in the Tiger offense. Defensively, Clemson will try to find a solution to the Pack's three point game. In Raleigh, The Wolfpack sank 7 of 15 three-point shots and was hammered when they took it inside, resulting with a 25 of 28 free throw performance. Clemson might try to change to a more versatile line-up to get a better match-up with NC State's big men.

Losing Games: The Tigers have lost three straight and 7 of their last 8 games. The lone victory was over North Carolina at home on January 31st when Clemson set a school record for three-point field goal percentage (.846). The result is a last place standing for the Tigers who are looking to right things under first year coach Oliver Purnell.

Fast Break Points

The Wolfpack owns a 92-40 advantage in the all-time series against Clemson.
On 22 occasions, Clemson has upset a top-10 opponent at Littlejohn. The Tigers have 43 wins overall against ranked teams.
Over the years, Clemson has won over 70 percent of its home games.
NC State has won six in a row in the series against Clemson.
RPI Respect: Clemson enters this week with an RPI of 67, the highest RPI in the nation for a team with a losing record. In fact, Clemson is the only team among the top 96 teams in the RPI with a losing record. Clemson's strength of schedule according to Sagarin is second in the nation, while RPI ranks Clemson's schedule fourth. The 11 different teams who have beaten Clemson this year are a combined 178-71, a .715 winning percentage.

Oliver Purnell Chat: "You do that (change the way you defend against screeners) with some teams and it just starts to fall apart because they start to think too much. These guys are intelligent on both ends of the floor. ...They adapt to changes very quickly."

Herb Sendek Chat: "Either way (ranked or unranked), we'd have to be ready to play. Any time you go on the road, you'd better be really good if you want to win. That's the way it is in our league. Our guys are aware of that. Our guys have had pretty good focus. We've been pretty true to ourselves all along."

Key Match-Up:NC State vs. National Recognition: After their stunning upset of Duke, NC State's Julius Hodge said, "We are still hungry because when we are hungry we eat". The Wolfpack has exploded onto the national polls in the past two weeks and find themselves ranked #13 in the AP and #18 in the coaches' poll. The Pack will have a chance to prove Hodge's theory tonight as they face an opponent away that they should beat. Clemson has a hard time matching up against NC State and it showed in their earlier meeting Raleigh. Look for the Pack to continue their winning ways and take a 10-2 conference record away from Littlejohn tonight.

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The Pack shot 46% at the RBC in route to a 86-69 thumping of Clemson in January.

No Name Pos Ht Wt Yr City (High School)
00 Ovarus Williams G 6-4 175   JR Snow Hill, NC
1 Julian Betco F 6-5 25   SO Ruzomberok, Slovakia
2 Lamar Rice F 6-7 210   JR Flint, MI
3 Vernon Hamilton G 6-0 192   FR Richmond, VA
4 Steve Allen C 6-10 230   SO Ft. Lauderdale, FL
5 Sharrod Ford F 6-9 223   JR Suitland, MD
11 Beau Shay G 5-9 180   SR Galesburg, IL
12 Olu Babalola F 6-6 242   JR London, England
14 Chey Christie G 6-4 183   JR Hartford, CT
20 Reed Long F 6-5 210   FR Piedmont, SC
21 Jimmy Hudson G 6-4 190 FR Eustis, FL
22 Shawan Robinson G 6-2 183   SO Raleigh, NC
33 Akin Akingbala F 6-9 230   SO Lagos, Nigeria
43 Chris Hobbs F 6-7 260   SR Chapel Hill, N.C.

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