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Pack Opens ACC Play At Miami

No. 24 NC State (10-3) faces Miami (9-3) at the Convocation Center and looks to break a two-game losing streak. <P><B><CENTER> <a href=http://insiders1.ezboard.com/fnorthcarolinastatefrm17>Premium Chat</a> | <a href="javascript:window.open('http://livestats.www.collegesports.com/livestats/data/m-baskbl/286720/','mbaskblGameTracker','toolbar=no,resizable=no,scrollbars=no,width=780,height=540'); void('');">GameTracker</a></b></center>

Location: Convocation Center in Coral Gables, Florida

Tip-Off: 4:00 p.m.

Television: Raycom-JP

Radio: Airtime begins @ 3:30 PM on the Wolfpack Radio Network

NC State Information

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    Miami Information

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    Probable North Carolina State Starters

    
    No Name Pos Ht Wt Cl Pts Reb Ast
    24 Julius Hodge F 6-7 205 Sr. 19.2 6.8 5.0
    40 Andrew Brackman F 6-10 205 Fr. 8.8 4.6 0.7
    32 Jordan Collins C 6-10 242 Sr. 8.2 3.1 1.2
    13 Cameron Bennerman G 6-4 198 Jr. 10.2 2.9 0.8
    14 Engin Atsur G 6-3 200 So. 7.5 2.8 2.1
    

    Probable Miami Starters

    
    No Name Pos Ht Wt Cl Pts Reb Ast
    34 William Frisby F 6-8 235 Sr. 9.8 5.7 0.3
    50 Anthony King C 6-9 230 So. 6.4 9.4 0.9
    12 Anthony Harris G 6-2 180 So. 12.9 2.2 5.0
    13 Guillermo Diaz G 6-2 186 So. 16.1 3.9 3.4
    22 Robert Hite G 6-2 190 Jr. 19.4 5.2 1.3
    

    Players to Watch

    NC State
    Julius Hodge -- NC State senior missed the West Virginia game and the Wolfpack will need a healthy Hodge to defeat an improving Miami squad.

    Miami
    Robert Hite -- A prolific scorer, Hite enters the game averaging 19.4 PPG and 5 RPG on the season. He's an explosive guard who can put points on the board in a hurry.

    NC State Notes

  • WOLFPACK FACES NEW FOE: NC State will begin its 52nd year of ACC action by facing a team that is brand new to the league: Miami. The game will mark the Pack's first ever at Miami and is only the second meeting ever between the two schools.

    The Wolfpack has had mixed success against new conference foes, as the squad won its first eight contests against Georgia Tech after the Yellow Jackets joined the ACC in 1978, but lost its first five matchups with Florida State after the Seminoles joined the ACC in 1991.

  • NC STATE BEGINS CONFERENCE PLAY: The Wolfpack has opened ACC play coming off of a loss in each of the past two seasons. Last year, a loss against South Carolina on Dec. 20 was followed by a home win over Virginia on Dec. 28. In 2002-03, a the Pack lost at Massachusetts and came home to defeat the Cavaliers in the season opener.

    NC State has not opened up ACC play on the road since the 2000-01 campaign and this will mark the fourth time it has done so in Herb Sendek's nine years. The squad has gone 1-2 when playing its first A C C contest on the road under Sendek, with the only win coming at Georgia Tech in 1997-98. However, the Pack has won two of its last three ACC road openers (after opening conference play at home): 2002 at Virginia and 2004 at Florida State.

    NC State is 5-3 in ACC openers under Herb Sendek and posts a 30-21 overall record in its first A C C game of the season.

  • STATE LOOKING TO AVOID THIRD STRAIGHT LOSS: The Wolfpack enters the Miami game coming off of back-toback losses to St. John's and West Virginia. The Wolfpack has not dropped three straight games since the 2000-01 season, when State lost three in a row to fifth-ranked North Carolina, 12th-ranked Wake Forest and 12th-ranked Syracuse.

  • HODGE MISSES GAME: It had been a long time since #24 had not been in uniform for NC State, but when the Wolfpack took the floor against West Virginia on Sunday, the returning ACC Player of the Year was sitting on the bench in street clothes.

    Hodge, who sprained his ankle late in the game against St. John's on Dec. 30, had never missed a game due to injury - not in junior high, high school or college (During his freshman campaign, he was suspended for a contest against Virginia). Hodge has played in 107 games during his Wolfpack career and ranks seventh in school history with 3,464 minutes played.

  • PACK HOPES TO REPEAT LEAGUE SUCCESS: With an 11-5 ACC mark and second-place finish last season, NC Statee posted its best A C C regular-season finish since 1989. The Wolfpack's 11 conference wins were the most since 1974.

    The Wolfpack posted a 5-3 mark in league road games, tying for the most league road wins since 1980, the secondhighest in school history.

    NC State posted four double-digit league road wins in 2004, more than any other ACC team last season and the most for the Pack since 1955.

  • INJURIES, ILLNESS HIT PACK: Senior sensation Julius Hodge was not the only player hampered by physical problems in the contest against West Virginia.

    Cameron Bennerman, who started the contest, had missed practice the previous day with 103º fever. Tony Bethel, who had started all 12 games heading into that contest, was also struggling with fever, upset stomach and other flu-like symptoms.

  • SHAKING UP STARTERS: After starting essentially the same lineup in each of the first 12 games of 2004-05 (Julius Hodge missed one start after being late to a team function), Herb Sendek shook up his front five in the West Virginia contest.

    The regular lineup of Hodge, Tony Bethel, Engin Atsür, Levi Watkins and Jordan Collins was changed due to an ankle injury to Hodge and Bethel's illness. Instead, Atsür and Collins joined Ilian Evtimov, Andrew Brackman and Cameron Bennerman (his second start of the year) in the starting lineup.

    Miami Notes

  • A WIN VERSUS NC STATE WOULD: Improve Miami's record to 10-3 overall and 1-1 in the ACC this season. Mark first Atlantic Coast Conference win. Mark Miami's second win over a ranked opponent this season (at Florida, 12-4-04).

  • MIAMI'S LETHAL WEAPON III: Miami's three guard line-up of Robert Hite (19.4 ppg), Guillermo Diaz (16.1 ppg) and Anthony Harris (12.9 ppg) have been difficult for Hurricane opponents to contend with this season. The trio have combined to average 48.4 points per game, or 66.1 percent (581 of 878) of the teams scoring this season.

  • ACC'S TOP SCORING TRIOS: The University of Miami trio of Robert Hite, Guillermo Diaz and Anthony Harris has combined to score 581 of UM's 878 total points this season. The three have accounted for 66.1 percent of the team's scoring which is the highest of any trio in the ACC. Duke's J.J. Redick, Daniel Ewing and Shelden Williams rank second having accounted for 64.9 percent (521 of 803) of the Blue Devils' scoring this season. In addition UM's guards are the third highest scoring scoring trio in the ACC averaging 48.4 points per game. Duke (52.1 ppg) and North Carolina (49.8 ppg) rank first and second.

  • PLAYING ABOVE THE RIM: The Hurricanes recorded 90 dunks (3.0 per game) last season. Miami's 90 dunks were the most since UM had 111 dunks during the 1988-89 season. Rob Hite led the Hurricanes in dunks last season with 29. This season the Hurricanes have recorded 37 dunks (3.1 per game).

  • RETURN TO SENDER: Miami is averaging 5.58 blocks per game this season marking the highest average since the 2001-02 season when UM averaged 5.94 blocks per game. The highest average in school-history is 5.97 which was set during the 1996-97 season.

    Guard Guillermo Diaz... Guard Robert Hite

    Guard Anthony Harris... Forward William Frisby

    Center Anthony King... Head Coach Frank Haith


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