No. 9 NC State (8-0) hits the road for the first time this season as they face No. 18 Washington (7-1) in Seattle.
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Bank of America Arena in Seattle, Wa.
Tip-Off: 8:00 p.m.
Television: Fox Sports
Radio: Airtime begins @ 7:30 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 Andrew Brackman
Washington Projected Starting Line-up
F Mike Jensen
F Bobby Jones
G Tre Simmons
G Will Conroy
G Nate Robinson
Players to Watch
Julius Hodge -- Wolfpack guard has been struggling from the free throw line but continues to fill the stat sheet each night. NC State will need a great game from Hodge in a hostile environment.
Nate Robinson -- Super point guard is averaging 22.5 points and 5.6 assists on the season. A dynamic player, the 5'8 Robinson leads the team in scoring and assists.
UW features a bevy of sharpshooters who combine to average nearly
eight 3-pointers per game. That is an increase from last season's squad that accumulated a
school-record 201 treys at a 6.5-per-game clip. Six Huskies have had multiple 3-point games
this season, including Nate Robinson and Tre Simmons who each registered a five-trey
game. UW is shooting 50.7 percent from the field and 46.6 percent from 3-point range.
The Huskies are jumping on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 357-278 tally in the first half. In the second half of games, they are outscoring foes by a 359-348 count. Washington's average halftime score is 45-35. UW trailed just once at halftime, by one point at Gonzaga.
Washington junior Brandon Roy was diagnosed Nov. 29 with a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and was projected to miss from four to six weeks. He was sidelined the last five UW games. Roy underwent arthroscopic surgery Nov. 30 to repair his right knee. The 6-foot-5 guard suffered the knee injury Nov. 26 in the first half of the Huskies' victory over Oklahoma. He played 12 minutes in that Great Alaska Shootout semifinal (Nov. 26). Roy sat out the entire second half and missed all of the Nov. 27 championship game win over Alabama. Roy ranks second on the team with an 18.0-point scoring average. He was shooting 62 percent from the field (24-of-39).
The Huskies play all of their home games in Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. The pavilion underwent a 19-month renovation from March of 1999 to November of 2000. The interior was completely redesigned while the building's exterior went unchanged. Despite an increased seating capacity from 7,900 to approximately 10,000, the arena features a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 779 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. They registered an 11-3 home record last season. Washington is 3-0 at home this season.
NC State freshman Andrew Brackman is emerging as a player for the Wolfpack. In victories over Liberty and Louisiana-Lafayette, the 6'10 forward made 12-of-13 shots from the floor, scoring 14 and 20 points, respectively.
Brackman could start for center Jordan Collins, who is nursing a hip flexor injury. Collins is expected to play.
NC State's shooting 51.1% from the field after eight games. They are averaging 83.8 points per game while allowing just 57.2 points per game.