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NC State Information
Georgia Tech Information
Probable North Carolina State Starters
# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. GP-GS PPG RPG Ast 14 Engin Atsür G 6-3 200 So. 15-15 7.9 2.6 34 13 Cameron Bennerman G/F 6-4 198 Jr. 15-3 10.3 2.8 14 40 Andrew Brackman F 6-10 205 Fr. 15-3 9.3 4.6 †19 3 Ilian Evtimov F/C 6-7 232 *Jr. 15-3 7.9 3.1 35 24 Julius Hodge F/G 6-7 205 Sr. 14-13 18.4 7.1 63Georgia Tech's Top Six
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPGPlayers to Watch
1 B.J. Elder G 6-4 218 Sr. 13.2 2.1 2 Isma'il Muhammad F 6-6 225 Sr. 9.1 5.9 3 Jarrett Jack G 6-3 198 Jr. 15.5 *4.4 11 Will Bynum G 6-0 185 Sr. 11.2 *3.1 12 Luke Schenscher C 7-1 250 Sr. 10.4 7.9 55 Anthony McHenry F 6-7 220 Sr. 5.0 4.0 2.7
Julius Hodge -- NC State senior's time to step up and lead his team as the Wolfpack's clearly struggling.
Jarrett Jack -- With B.J. Elder out, the Yellow Jackets need a big game from their super point guard.
NC State Notes
NC State has won the last eight games against Georgia Tech in Raleigh, 10 of the last 12 and has never lost at home to the Jackets under Herb Sendek. The last time State dropped a home game to GT was on Jan. 24, 1996.
The story in Atlanta is slightly different, however, as last season marked the Pack's first win in five tries in Atlanta. Last season, the Wolfpack swept the Final Four-bound Yellow Jackets, winning 76-72 over 11th-ranked GT in Raleigh on January 24 and 79-69 in Atlanta on Feb. 25.
In fact, Hodge had just five single-digit scoring outputs during his sophomore and junior seasons combined, and three of them came at the hands of Georgia Tech. Last season on the road, however, he came o ff the bench to score 22 points on 7-11 shooting from the field.
For his career, Hodge has shot just 26% (14-53) in seven games against Georgia Tech, 19% (4-21) from behind the three-point arc.
The Wolfpack, traditionally known as a three-point shooting team, has been up and down on three-pointers this season. In five games, NC State has hit 10 or more three pointers and in five games, has hit five or less. Twenty-nine percent of the Wolfpack's field goals (120-406) have been three pointers (the mark stood at 34% last season).
The Wolfpack started off the season with a respectable three-point percentage of .379 (72-190) in its first eight games (which were all at home). In the last seven games, four of which have been losses, that percentage is down to .291 (48-165).
Georgia Tech Notes
Tech has yet to win at NC State's RBC Center in five tries, and has lost eight straight times to the Wolfpack on their home court, dating back to Jan. 24, 1996. The Jackets are 7-25 against NC State in Raleigh, including a 7-18 mark in Reynolds Coliseum, the former homecourt of the Wolfpack. Tech also has lost its last 10 games to NC State in games played away from Atlanta, including the last eight meetings in Raleigh and two ACC Tournament tilts in Greensboro.
Last season: NC State swept the season series from Tech, the only ACC team to do so. The Wolfpack won the teams' first meeting, 76-72, on Jan. 24 in Raleigh. NC State launched 41 three-point attempts, the most ever attempted against Tech, and made 12. They completed the sweep with a 79-69 win in Atlanta on Feb. 25.
Tech is 3-6 against NC State under head coach Paul Hewitt. Since Herb Sendek took over the reins at NC State, the Jackets are 5-13 against the Wolfpack and averaged just 62.6 points over the 18 meetings ...The Jan. 24 meeting last year marked only the third time Tech has scored 70 or more points against a Sendek-coached Wolfpack team.
Georgia Tech and NC State had split their regular-season meetings each of the past four years, each team winning at home, prior to last year's sweep by the Wolfpack.
Since Tech joined the ACC, it is 23-32 against NC State, including regular-season and tournament games.
Tech scored less than 70 points for the fourth time this season, but has won two of those games. Tech placed four players in double figures for the ninth time.
Jarrett Jack went 10-for-10 from the free throw line, grabbed eight rebounds and had four steals.
North Carolina had 17 offensive rebounds in the first half and 20 for the game, but scored only 15 points off them. Tech has given up 21.7 offensive rebounds on average in its last three games.
Owing to injury more than anything, Tech got just 11 points from its bench, a season low.
The Tar Heels became only the third team to shoot 40 percent against the Jackets this season (41.2 pct.). Their 35 free throws were the most by a Tech opponent this season.
Jarrett Jack ranks third among his peers in scoring at 20.0 points per game, second in three-point field goal percentage (64.3) and third in three-point field goals made (3.0 per game).
Luke Schenscher ranks fourth in rebound average at 9.0 per game, first in blocked shots (4.0 per game) and third in field goal percentage (60.0).
Will Bynum ranks fifth in assist average (4.0 per game) and third in assist-turnover ratio (3.0-1).
Against the ACC, Jarrett Jack ranks third among his peers in scoring at 20.0 points per game, second in three-point field goal percentage (64.3) and third in three-point field goals made (3.0 per game).
Tech's scoring average against NC State over the past four seasons (Paul Hewitt era) is 68.1 points per game, compared to 74.7 points per game against the league at-large. That average has increased slightly each year, from 64.5 in 2001-01 to 70.5 in the two meetings last year. In the first two seasons, the Wolfpack held Tech to more than eight points per game under its conference scoring average. In the last two years, that difference had been around five points per game.
In two games against the Wolfpack last year, Tech shot 44.7 percent from the floor, 30.6 percent from three-point range and 65.1 percent from the free throw line. NC State pulled 21 offensive rebounds and drained 12 three-point shots when the teams met in Raleigh. In Atlanta, the Wolfpack shot 51.2 percent and went 27-of-34 from the free throw line.
Jack ... McHenry
Bynum ... Muhammad
Schenscher ... Morrow