Tip-Off: 2:00 p.m.
Radio: Airtime begins @ 1:30 PM on the Wolfpack Radio Network
NC State Information
NC State Projected Starting Line-up
G Tony Bethel
G Engin Atsur
G Julius Hodge
F Levin Watkins
F Jordan Collins
Liberty Projected Starting Line-up
F David Dees
F Leo Lightbourne
C Rashad Robinson
G Evan Risher
G Larry Blair
Players to Watch
Jordan Collins -- Senior center is averaging 10.5 points per game and has provided a presence in the paint for the Wolfpack.
Larry Blair -- Super sophomore is averaging 17.8 points per game and 4.6 rebounds. He's an outstanding scorer and streaky shooter.
The Wolfpack is 2-0 in its annual ‘Heritage Game' in Reynolds, defeating NC A&T 101-63 in 2002 and winning over Hartford, 78-49 last season. The Wolfpack posted an overall record of 589-177 (.769) in the 50-year h i s t o ry of Reynolds Coliseum, and added victories in the two seasons that it has played Heritage games there.
The Associated Press has the Pack at #12 in its latest ranking, the highest ranking in that poll since the 1987-88 season, when the Pack was ranked 11th for one week in March.
A win over Liberty would give NC State a 7-0 mark, which would tie as the fifth-best start for the Wo l f p a c k since 1970. It would also give Sendek two of the top five starts at NC S t a t e during that time frame.
NC State shot better than 65% from the stripe in the last 24 games of last season and above 75% in 22 of those contests. This season, the squad has gone over 65% twice in six games and over 75% just once. The team has shot less than 60% from the stripe thre e times.
Julius Hodge, who ranked fourth in the league last season with an .828 mark on free throws, has shot an uncharacteristic .590 in the early season.
NC State has dished out an assist on 63% of its made baskets this season (115 of 183).
The Wolfpack also boasts two of the ACC's top six players in terms of assist-to-turnover ratio this week. Julius Hodge is third, with 34 assists to just 11 turnovers for a 3.09 assistto- turnover ratio. Tony Bethel ranks sixth in the league, dishing out 24 assists to just nine TOs for a 2.67 mark.