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Wolfpack Battles the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta

#14 NC State (17-6, 9-3) travels to Atlanta to take on #18 Georgia Tech (19-7 overall, 6-6) in a key ACC game. Tipoff is set for 7:00 PM and televised on ESPN. <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.

Mike O'Donnell battles Marvin Lewis (AP)

NC State (17-6, 9-3) vs. Georgia Tech (19-7, 6-6)
7:00 pm ESPN
Alexander Coliseum
Atlanta, Georgia
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Tech's Will Bynum scored 17 in Raleigh (AP)
The Match-up: Georgia Tech (19-7 overall, 6-6 ACC) is still in search of its 20th victory of the season after dropping an 80-76 decision to 15th-ranked Wake Forest Sunday night. NC State (17-6, 9-3 ACC) has won six of its last seven games, including a 77-72 non-conference victory over Washington on Sunday. The Wolfpack won the teams' first meeting, 76-72, on Jan. 24 in Raleigh. NC State launched 41 three-point attempts, the most ever attempted against Tech, and made 12 while also controlling the offensive boards (21 rebounds for 24 second-chance points).

Head Coach Paul Hewitt: Paul Hewitt, given the task of restoring Georgia Tech's basketball program to the level it achieved in the 1980's and early 90's with 10 NCAA Tournament appearances and three Atlantic Coast Conference championships, wasted little time putting the Yellow Jackets back on the map. He has built the Jackets into a top 25 team after just 3 seasons. Hewitt has been recognized as one of the rising stars of the coaching profession, posting a 48-44 record, taking the Yellow Jackets to the NCAA Tournament his first year and the National Invitation Tournament last season. He earned his 100th career coaching victory on Nov. 27 of last season against arch-rival Georgia, and currently has a 133-78 record as a head coach.

Probable Starting 5: G – #3 Jarrett Jack (So 6-3 198), 12.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.8 apg...G/F – #1 BJ Elder (Jr 6-4 218), 16.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg... G – #24 Marvin Lewis (Sr 6-4 205), 11.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg... C – #12 Luke Schenscher (Jr 7-1 255), 8.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg... G – #11 Will Bynum (So 6-0 185), 10.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg.

Jacket's Top Gun: BJ Elder is hot right now, averaging 21.8 points over his last five games. Against ACC opponents at home this season he's averaging 20.5 points a contest. In the first game against the Pack in Raleigh, BJ scored 14 points in 28 minutes. BJ led a fierce comeback against Wake Forest that came up a little short this past weekend. Elder was nearly unstoppable in the second half, scoring 26 of his 27 points. He leads Tech and ranks fourth in the ACC in scoring. He has improved his shooting percentages for the season to 42.1 percent overall and 37.7 percent from three-point range, and has shot 40.8 percent from three against the league.

Defensive Jackets: Defensive pressure, both half-court and full-court, continues to be the catalyst for Tech and creates the offensive opportunities that have the Yellow Jackets averaging 79.1 points a game (fourth in the ACC, best in Paul Hewitt's four years at Tech) and shooting 47.1 percent from the floor (second in the ACC, also Tech's best under Hewitt). Tech ranks first in the ACC in field goal percentage defense in all games, second in league games only, and is the fifth-best in NCAA Division I basketball. Tech ranks second in the ACC in three-point percentage defense in all games, third in league games only.

Fast Break Points
Georgia Tech

NC State leads the overall series, 44-31, having won 12 of the last 16 meetings between the two teams.
Georgia Tech and NC State have split their regular-season meetings each of the past four years, each team winning at home.
Tech is 3-5 against NC State under head coach Paul Hewitt. Since Herb Sendek took over the reins at NC State, the Jackets are 5-12 against the Wolfpack.
Tech has a three-game losing streak to NC State in the series. However, NC State has a four game losing streak to the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta
Home Cooking: Like the rest of the ACC, Georgia Tech seems to play better at home. The Jackets have an 11-2 record at Alexander Coliseum this season. In ACC home games, Tech is scoring close to 80 points and averaging nearly 26 free throw attempts a game. Defensively against league opponents at home, the Yellow Jackets are holding opponents to 42 percent shooting and force an average of 19 turnovers a game.

Tech vs. Ranked Teams: Georgia Tech is 14-24 against nationally-ranked opponents in three-plus seasons under Paul Hewitt. That includes a 4-3 mark this year. Tech has defeated (rankings at the time of the game) No. 1 Connecticut, No. 25 Texas Tech, No. 10 Wake Forest and No. 14 North Carolina (second meeting of the season at home), with losses to No. 1 Duke, No. 12 North Carolina (first meeting in Chapel Hill) and No. 15 Wake Forest (second meeting at home). At home, Tech is 6-9 against top 25 opposition under Hewitt, and 8-10 against ranked teams in Atlanta (including games at Philips Arena and the Georgia Dome).

Key Match-Up: NC State visiting team vs. Georgia Tech's home crowd… NC State Coach Herb Sendek has proven he can beat Paul Hewitt's Jackets when Georgia Tech travels away from Atlanta. Sendek owns a 5-3 record against Hewitt. However, Tech has a current 4-0 win streak over State in the last four years when the Wolfpack travels to Atlanta. When you talk road woes for NC State, you certainly can point to Atlanta as a problem for the Wolfpack program. With quality wins at Maryland, Florida State and Virginia, the Pack continues to look to shake the road woe reputation, especially in the ACC. A win tonight will continue to remove the unwanted tag of a losing road team.

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NC State upset then #11 Georgia Tech 76-72 in January at the RBC Center. The combination of seniors Scooter Sherrill and Marcus Melvin proved to be too much for the younger Jackets. Both players each had 18 points and combined for 52% shooting.

No Name Pos Ht Wt Yr City (High School)
1 BJ Elder G/F 6-4 218   JR Madison, Ga. (Morgan County)
2 Ismail Muhammad F 6-6 225   JR Atlanta, Ga. (W.D. Mohammed)
3 Jerrett Jack G 6-3 198   SO Fort Washington, Md. (Worcester (Mass.) Academy)
5 Mario West G 6-4 208   FR Douglasville, Ga. (Douglas County)
10 Jim Nystrum G 6-4 210   SO Stockholm, Sweden (Fryshusets Kunskaps Centrum)
11 Will Bynum G 6-0 185   JR Chicago, Ill. (Crane Tech Prep)
12 Luke Schenscher C 7-0 255   JR Hope Forest, South Australia (Lake Ginninderra)
14 Keith Jones G 6-2 180   FR Austell, Ga. (Pebblebrook)
24 Marvin Lewis G 6-4 205   SR Germantown, Md. (Montrose Christian)
34 Robert Brooks F 6-8 210   SR Saginaw, Mich. (Arthur Hill)
42 Clarence Moore F 6-5 215 SR Norco, La. (South LaFourche)
440 Theodis Tarver F/C 6-9 245   SO Monroe, La. (Carroll HS)
51 David Nelson G 5-10 165   SR Syracuse, NY (Henninger)
55 Anthony McHenry G/F 6-7 218   JR Birmingham, Ala. (Woodlawn)

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