Wolfpack and Jaspers Meet Tonight at the RBC

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Location: RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.

Tip-Off: 5:30 p.m.

Television: FSN

Radio: Airtime begins @ 5 PM on the Wolfpack Radio Network

NC State Information

  • Roster
  • Schedule

    Manhattan Information

  • Roster
  • Schedule
  • Coaching Staff

    NC State Projected Starting Line-up

    G Tony Bethel
    G Engin Atsur
    G Julius Hodge
    F Levin Watkins
    F Jordan Collins

    Manhattan Projected Starting Line-up

    F Peter Mulligan
    F CJ Anderson
    C Arturo Dubois
    G Kenny Minor
    G Jason Wingate

    Players to Watch

    NC State
    Julius Hodge -- Wolfpack guard leads NC State in points and rebounds. Look for him to have a big game against Manhattan.

    Peter Mulligan -- Senior forward is averaging 21 points per game to lead the Jaspers in scoring. He's a versatile wing who can score in the paint and on the perimeter.

    Additional Notes

  • The Jaspers were picked to win the MAAC 2004-05 conference title, the third straight year that Manhattan had been selected to win the conference.

  • What's a Jasper? The unique nickname of Manhattan College's athletic teams, the Jaspers, comes from one of the College's most memorable figures, Brother Jasper of Mary, F.S.C., who served at the College in the late 19th century.

  • The Jaspers take on the 16th (AP)/13th (USA Today/ESPN) ranked NC State Wolfpack this evening, marking the fifh time that Manhattan has played a ranked opponent under Bobby Gonzalez. The Jaspers have posted an 0- 5 record in those games. The last time Manhattan defeated a ranked opponent was during the First Round of the NCAA Tournament in 1995, when they defeated the #17 Oklahoma Sooners, 77-67, on March 16.

  • Manhattan star forward Peter Mulligan and NC State's Julius Hodge were high school teammates at St. Raymonds (NY) High.

  • NC State leads the ACC in shooting percentage (.524) and 3-point percentage (.421). The Wolfpack is also third in scoring offense (84.4), first in scoring margin (+31.2), first in scoring defense (53.2) and first in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.79).

  • NC State is ranked 13th in the latest Associated Press poll, 16th in the ESPN/Coaches poll. The Wolfpack was ranked 13th by AP (18th by ESPN) for one week last season in February, but this week's collective ranking is the highest during Herb Sendek's tenure at NC State.

    Before that one-week stint at number 13 last season and this week's ranking, the last time the Wolfpack had been ranked that high was in February of 1989, when the squad spent a week at No. 13.

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