No. 16 NC State (8-1) looks to rebound from its first loss of the season as they face BYU (2-7) in Provo.
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Marriott Center in Provo, Utah
Tip-Off: 9:00 p.m.
Television: Fox Sports Net South
Radio: Airtime begins @ 8:30 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
BYU Projected Starting Line-up
G Mike Hall
G Terry Nashif
G Mike Rose
F Jared Jensen
F Garner Meads
Players to Watch
Andrew Brackman -- Fresh off ACC Rookie of the Week honors, Brackman's looking to continue his torrid play against the Cougars. The 6'10 forward has averaged 17.5 points per game over his last two games.
Mike Hall -- Super defensive player who will likely guard Julius Hodge. Hall is also BYU's leading scorer, averaging 12.4 points and 4.6 rebounds.
Steve Cleveland's young BYU squad meshes 10 players who did not suit up for BYU last year with six returning lettermen. Of those returning, senior Mike Hall started in 28 of 30 games last year while averaging 12.8 ppg, sophomore Garner Meads made 18 starts (averaged 16 minutes in 29 games, 4.2 ppg) and senior Jared Jensen started 8 games (averaged 12.1 minutes in 27 games, 3.8 ppg). The other three players who played for BYU last season include senior Terry Nashif (averaged 7.4 minutes in 23 games, 1.0 ppg), sophomore Mike Rose (averaged 7.9 minutes in 26 games, 3.9 ppg) and sophomore Austin Ainge (averaged 4.5 minutes in 8 games, 1.3 ppg).
The 10 BYU players averaging double-digit minutes this season include seven sophomores and three seniors. Of BYU's freshmen top-20 signing class, only F/C Chris Miles is currently playing (9.1 minutes). Neither David Burgess (ankles) nor Trent Plaisted (knees) dressed last game and have been limited while top guard prospect and Arizona Player of the Year Lee Cummard has not been with the Cougars this season after opting to serve an LDS Church mission. He will join the Cougars next season after returning from his mission early.
Playing a tough schedule, BYU has played four Pac-10 opponents already this season and is facing its second top-10 ACC team Tuesday. BYU's two wins are over Chaminade (77-56) and Boise State (90-77).
Senior guard Mike Hall leads BYU in scoring as the only Cougar averaging double figures (12.7 ppg). Sophomore guards Mike Rose and Austin Ainge each contributes 9.2 ppg. Sophomore swingman Keena Young leads BYU in rebounding (6.3 rpg) while sophomore forward Garner Meads adds 5.4 rpg.
NC State is the first ACC team to play BYU on its home court. Miami has played BYU twice at home, once in the Marriott Center, prior to joining the ACC. BYU is playing two ACC teams this year for the first time since the 1955-56 season. The Cougars lost to North Carolina in the season-opener in Maui.
NC State shoots well from the floor, making 49.8 percent of its attempts while connecting on 36.2 percent from behind the arc. NC State shoots .676 from the line. The Wolfpack average 81.6 points while holding opponents to 58.4 points, with its nine opponents combining to shoot .379 from the floor and .297 from long range.
The Wolfpack has been getting a boost of late from 6-10 freshman Andrew Brackman, who averages 8.8 ppg and is coming off big performances in the last three outings. In victories over Liberty and Louisiana-Lafayette, Brackman made 12-of-13 shots from the floor, scoring 14 and 20 points, respectively. He added 14 points and 5 rebounds at Washington Sunday, going 6-of-11 from the floor.
NC State is off to its best start since the 1988-89 season with Julius Hodge, a National Player of the Year candidate, leading the way averaging 18.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.