Game Notes: NC State (21-9) vs. Vanderbilt (22-9)

<B>Orlando, Florida --</b> News and Notes about Sunday's second round game between No. 3 seed NC State and No. 6 seed Vanderbilt in the Phoenix Regional.

  • Wolfpack Head Coach Herb Sendek's Quotes
  • Julius Hodge and Marcus Melvin's Quotes
  • Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stalling's Quotes
  • Vanderbilt's Freije, Hundley, and Moore's Quotes

    Game Notes: #6 Vanderbilt (22-9) vs. #3 NC State (21-9)

    • The winner will meet the winner of the #7 DePaul-#2 Connecticut game in Phoenix next weekend.
    • A win over NC State would be Vanderbilt's third appearance in the "Sweet 16" and first since 1993 when the Commodores defeated Illinois 85-68 to advance to the regional semifinals.
    • An NC State win would mark the Wolfpack's first "Sweet 16" appearance since 1989 when Jim Valvano's fifth-seeded club defeated Iowa 102-96. Since winning the first of two NCAA Championships in 1974, the Wolfpack have advanced to the "Sweet 16" four times including the 1983 National Championship.
    • The series between the two schools is tied 1-1.
    • Vanderbilt and NC State's last meeting occurred over 35 years ago in 1969. The Wolfpack won the 1969 meeting 76-70 in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt claimed the first game in the series 65-59 in Greensboro, N.C. in 1968.
    • Both schools have coaches who are in their 11th overall season as head coaches. Kevin Stallings is in his fifth season at Vanderbilt while NC State's Herb Sendek is in his eighth year at the Raleigh, N.C., school.
    • By comparing the two teams' season scoring averages and season points allowed averages, Sunday's game should be a close contest. NC State averages 72.9 points per game and allows an average of 64.8 points per game while Vanderbilt averages 73.7 points per game and gives up 64.5 points per game.
    • In addition to the close opponent average the two schools have some other similarities. One win separates the two school's season records, the two leading scorers of each team are separated by one tenth of a point (Julius Hodge, NC State 18.4; Matt Freije, Vanderbilt 18.3) and both teams have a loss to South Carolina. NC State dropped a 58-55 contest to the Gamecocks in December, while Vanderbilt lost the first of two games to Dave Odom's club 57-55 in January.
    • Vanderbilt has held opponents to 60 points or less on 15 occasions in 2003-04. The Commodores are 14-1 in those games. NC State is 7-2 when holding opponents to 60 points or less. Both teams accomplished the feat in their first round NCAA wins.
    • Vanderbilt guard Mario Moore poured in a career-high 26 points in the Commodores' 71-58 win over Western Michigan in the NCAA first round. He is averaging 19.6 points per game in his last three contests. In the 28 games prior to the last three contests, the sophomore averaged 10.1 points per game.
    • NC State's last two losses in the NCAA Tournament have been by a combined five points. The Wolfpack lost to Connecticut 77-74 in the second round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament and fell to California in overtime 76-74 in the first round last season.
    • NC State brings the nation's best free throw percentage (80.0%) into the game.

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