No. 16 NC State (10-1) faces St. John's (5-4) tonight in the finals of Dreyfus Holiday Festival.<P><B><CENTER>
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Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York
Tip-Off: 8:30 p.m.
Television: MSG Network
Radio: Airtime begins @ 8:00 PM on the Wolfpack Radio Network
NC State Information
St. John's Information
NC State Projected Starting Line-up
G Tony Bethel
G Engin Atsur
G Julius Hodge
F Levin Watkins
F Andrew Brackman
St. John's Projected Starting Line-up
G Daryll Hill
G Eugene Lawrence
G Cedric Jackson
F Lamont Hamilton
F Dexter Gray
Players to Watch
Cameron Bennerman -- Bennerman's 24 points led the way for NC State's win over Columbia.
Daryll Hill -- "Showtime" had 23 points and 6 assists in the win over Canisius.
St. John's sophomore guard Daryll Hill leads the team in scoring, averaging 17.9 points per game, which is fourth in the BIG EAST ... He is
leading the team in assists with 5.12 per game, fourth in the league. Hill handed out a season-high eight assists in the loss at
Hofstra on December 11.
Junior forward Rodney Epperson, who scored a team season-high 26 points against Marist, is second on the team in scoring
with 14.1 points per game and tied for second in rebounding, grabbing 4.6 boards per contest, has been suspended by St. John's and will not play against the Wolfpack.
Sophomore center Lamont Hamilton is third on the team in scoring, with 13.5 points, and leads the
team in rebounding, with 8.3 per game. He is fourth in the league in field goal percentage (60.5%) and sixth in rebounding.
He set a career high with 24 points (11 rebounds) against Virginia Tech, registering his first career double-double in the process. In the last five games, he is averaging 14.2 points and 10.0 rebounds, while shooting 60.0 percent from the field (30-of-50).
Freshman forward Dexter Gray
is fourth on the team in scoring with 8.0 points and is tied for second on the team in rebounding, grabbing 4.6 boards per game The Red Storm connected on a season-high 84.2 percent of their free throws (16-of-19) in the Marist win. They are second
in the BIG EAST in free throw percentage, connecting on 73.2 percent (101-of-138) as a team. In the last three games. St.
John's has averaged 15.7 offensive rebounds. They are averaging 10.6 per game this season.
Wolfpack guard Engin Atsur erupted for 17 second half points in the win over Columbia. Atsur had been in a scoring slump, but connected on 4-of-5 three-point attempts in the half.
Levi Watkins and Tony Bethel are expected to play against St. John's. Watkins (quad pull) and Bethel (flu) missed crucial minutes against Columbia.
Freshman Andrew Brackman was held to zero points against Columbia on just one shot attempt. Look for NC State to try and get him involved.