After a two-game road trip, NC State (12-6, 2-3) returns home to face Florida State (10-9, 2-4) at the RBC Center and looks to even its ACC record. <P><B><CENTER>
RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina
Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m.
Radio: Airtime begins @ 7:00 PM on the Wolfpack Radio Network
NC State Information
Florida State Information
Probable North Carolina State Starters
14 Engin Atsür G 6-3 200 So. 18-18 8.1 2.7 47
40 Andrew Brackman F 6-10 205 Fr. 18-6 9.2 4.9 †27
3 Ilian Evtimov F/C 6-7 232 *Jr. 18-6 8.6 3.4 44
11 Gavin Grant F/G 6-7 190 Fr. 16-1 5.4 2.3 23
24 Julius Hodge F/G 6-7 205 Sr. 17-16 18.5 7.8 74
Florida State's Probable Starters
#20 Andrew Wilson F 3.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg
#51 Adam Waleskowski F 9.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg
#32 Alexander Johnson F 8.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg
#4 Todd Galloway G 5.9 ppg, 2.6 apg
#22 Von Wafer G 13.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg
Players to Watch
Julius Hodge -- Hodge is starting to play as most Wolfpack fans expected, posting double-doubles in his past two games.
Von Wafer -- Explosive scorer leads the FSU offensive attack.
NC State Notes
NC STATE VERSUS FLORIDA STATE: NC State has won 12 in a row against the
Seminoles, the Wolfpack's longest current
winning streak against an ACC rival and
the third-longest active streak of one school
over another in the league. The Pack has
not dropped a game to FSU since January
23, 1999, when ‘Noles won in Tallahassee, 71-59.
During the 12-win streak, the Wolfpack
has outscored FSU by 14.2 ppg in Raleigh
and by 8.6 ppg in Tallahassee. The last
five home wins for NCState over the ‘Noles
have been by double-digits.
N C State has won six in a row against
Florida State in Raleigh, with the last home
loss coming on January 3, 1998.
INSTANT GRANT-IFICATION: Although
much has been made of freshman forward
Andrew Brackman's play this season,
another talented rookie has been
making giant strides for the Wolfpack in
Guard Gavin Grant, who hails from the
same high school as Julius Hodge, has
averaged 13 points in NC State's last
three games (two of which were wins),
shooting 62% (13-21) from the field, 71%
(5-7) from three-point range and 67% (8-
12) from the line. He scored NC State's first six points, hitting two three-pointers,
in the win at Maryland.
Grant earned his first career start in the
win at Maryland, tallying a dozen points
on 3-4 shooting (2-3 on threes). He also
hit all four of his free throw attempts and
dished out four assists to just two
TWO STEPS FORWARD, ONE STEP
BACK: The good news is that Tony
Bethel and Levi Watkins were both
recovered from their recent illnesses
enough to play in the win at Maryland.
The bad news is that junior Cameron
Bennerman was forced to miss the game
and may miss up to three weeks after
suffering a sprained elbow at practice on
Friday, January 21.
Four Wolfpack players have missed a
total of eight games this season due to injury
or illness: Julius Hodge (1 game),
Tony Bethel (4 games), Levi Watkins (2
games), Cameron Bennerman (1 game).
MAKE HIS A DOUBLE: With five double-doubles this season, Julius Hodge ranks
third in the ACC behind center's Shelden
Williams of Duke and Elton Brown of Virginia
(both have nine). Hodge leads the league, however, in double-doubles
against ACC competition.
Hodge has posted double-doubles in
the last three games and in four of the
last five. He is the first Wolfpack player
since Kenny Inge in 1997-98 to post three
In the last three games, Hodge has averaged
19 points and 11 rebounds.
Florida State Notes
WAFER STAYS HOT AGAINST ACC COMPETITION: Sophomore Von Wafer enters Wednesday night's game against NC State tied for fourth in the ACC with 43 3-point field goals made and in eighth place in the conference statistics with a .422 3-point field goal shooting percentage. He has made as many 3-point shots this season (43 in 17 games) as he made during his freshman season (43 in 32 games). Wafer has made 18 3-point field goals in five ACC games and made a career-high seven in Florida State's victory over Wake Forest (Jan. 18).
SEMINOLES FINDING SUCCESS ON THE ROAD: Florida State enters Wednesday's game against NC State with a 2-2 road record this season. The Seminoles rallied from a 14-point deficit with seven minutes remaining to win at Minnesota, 70-69, in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Florida State went on the road less than a week later and won at Ole Miss, 69-64, in the informal ACC/SEC Challenge. The Seminoles never trailed and led by as many as 17 in defeating the Rebels.
SEMINOLES FROM THE FIELD IN ACC PLAY: Florida State is ranked fourth in the ACC with a .471 field goal shooting percentage and has shot better than 50 percent from the field in eight different games this season. The Seminoles are 8-0 when they shoot better than 50 percent from the field with victories over No. 3 Wake Forest (Jan. 19, 33-66, .500), Florida (Jan. 2, 27-53, .509), Minnesota (Nov. 30, 27-53, .509) and Ole Miss (Dec. 4, 26-46, .565) included in that streak. In its two ACC victories this season against Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, Florida State is shooting .533 from the field (57-of-107).
SEMINOLES CUTTING DOWN TURNOVERS: Florida State committed only 20 turnovers in its two games last week - a season low nine in its victory over Wake Forest and 11 against Duke. Against the Deacons, the Seminoles committed only four miscues in the second half and did not turn the basketball over during the overtime period in gaining their second ACC victory of the season. Without a turnover in the overtime period against Wake Forest, the Seminoles outscored the Demon Deacons, 15-7, to gain the victory. The Seminoles have averaged 58.0 shots and 73.5 points per game in the last two games as compared to 53.9 shots and 72.0 points per game in their first 17 games of the season.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE: The Seminoles have made at least one 3-point field goal in all 81 games of the Leonard Hamilton era and have made at least one shot from the bonusphere in 215 consecutive games entering Wednesday's game against NC State. The last time the Seminoles failed to make a 3-point shot was against Duke on Jan. 10, 1998.
Anthony Richardson, Von Wafer