Wolfpack, Cajuns Meet Once Again

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Location: RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.

Tip-Off: 9:00 p.m.

Television: None

Radio: Airtime begins @ 8:30 PM on the Wolfpack Radio Network

NC State Information

  • Roster
  • Schedule

    Louisiana-Lafayette 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

    Louisiana-Lafayette Projected Starting Line-up

    F Spencer Ford
    F Brian Hamilton
    C Chris Cameron
    G Dwayne Mitchell
    G Tiras Wade

    Players to Watch

    NC State
    Julius Hodge -- Wolfpack senior guard is coming off perhaps his best game of the season against Liberty and will look to get going again tonight.

    Tiras Wade -- Wade leads the Cajuns in scoring, averaging 17 points per game while also adding 5.3 rebounds per game. He's an explosive scorer who can put points on the board in a variety of ways.

    Additional Notes

  • Louisiana-Lafayette will be without the services of starting point guard Orien Greene Wednesday night against N.C. State.

    Greene was kneed in his lower right leg last Saturday in the Cajuns game against No. 2 Kansas and was forced to leave the game during the nine-minute mark of the first half. An X-Ray on Monday revealed that Greene suffered a fracture in his lower right leg and would be out of action indefinitely. It's still too early to tell, but the senior guard from Gainesville, Fla., could miss from up to four weeks or possibly the rest of the season.

    Through seven games this season, Greene was averaging 13.1 points, 3.9 assists and ranked fifth in the country avearging 3.8 steals per game prior to the Kansas game.

  • NC State has only faced Louisiana-Lafayette of the Sun Belt Conference once in its storied history, but that matchup wasn't very long ago.

    The Wolfpack and the Ragin' Cajuns played a pretty close game last season in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Orlando, Fla., with the Pack winning 61-52. State led by just four points (27-23) at the halftime break, but the Cajuns cut that lead to seven points with just under two minutes to go in the game. The Pack used a 15-17 second-half free throw performance to seal the victory.

  • N C State has opened the season with some pretty hot shooting. With the exception of two games, the Wo l f p a c k has shot over 50% from the field in every game. The season mark of .512 leads the ACC.

  • NC State is ranked ninth in this week's ESPN /USA Today coaches poll, after being ranked 10th last week - the first time the Wolfpack had been in the top 10 of any poll since he 1984-85 campaign, when Jim Valvano's squad was in the AP top 10 for two weeks (one week at No. 10, one week at No. 9) in December.

  • The Wolfpack is averaging a league-low 11 turnovers per game this season and has posted single-digit turnover totals in two contests.

    The Pack's five turnovers in the win over Liberty tied for the sixth-lowest total in school history. It was the lowest single-game total since the 1996- 97 campaign, when State had three against North Carolina and against Clemson.

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