Tip-Off: 7:00 p.m.
Radio: Airtime begins @ 6:30 PM on the Wolfpack Radio Network
NC State Information
Wake Forest Information
NC State's Probable Starters
G Tony Bethel 7.8 ppg 3.8 rpg G Engin Atsur 8.7 ppg 2.5 apg G Julius Hodge 17.7 ppg 7.3 rpg F Ilian Evtimov 8.2 ppg 3.5 rpg C Cedric Simmons 4.6 ppg 2.1 rpgNorth Carolina's Probable Starters
G Justin Gray 16.8 ppg 2.8 rpg 2.1 apg G Chris Paul 15.1 ppg 6.6 apg 4.5 rpg C Eric Williams 16.6 ppg 7.3 rpg 0.5 apg F Vytas Danielus 6.9 ppg 4.4 rpg 0.6 apg F Jamaal Levy 7.8 ppg 7.1 rpg 2.5 apgPlayers to Watch
Cameron Bennerman -- Junior guard returns tonight from an elbow injury. The Wolfpack's second-leading scorer will bring points and energy from the bench.
Chris Paul -- He's the engine for Wake Forest. Paul didn't play well in two games against the Wolfpack last season. Will things be different this year?
NC State Notes
The Pack hold a 86-53 advantage of games played in Raleigh, and also hold a 12-7 edge when the two teams have faced off on a neutral court. Wake Forest holds its own slight advantage in games on their home court, 30-26.
N C State has won the last three matchups against Wake, the longest such streak since NC State won four straight from 1988-90. Prior to NC State winning three in a row, Wake posted eight straight wins over NC State, and won 23 of 29 games dating back to that four-game streak ending in 1990.
NC State's 65% mark on threes at Clemson marked the highest ever for an opponent in Littlejohn Coliseum.
After playing eight home games to open the season, the Wolfpack is now in the middle of playing 11 of its next 16 away from home. NC State and Clemson are the only A C C schools who are playing five of their first eight league games on the road this season.
After the game at Wake Forest, NC State will travel to Georgia Tech this Sunday, then make its last road trip March 2 to Virginia. NC State will have played back-to-back road games on five separate occasions this year, and has only played two straight in the RBC Center once since games back in mid-December.
The good news, the Pack will close out the season with four of its last five games at home - all ACC contests.
Wake Forest Notes
Downey Within Reach Of 1,000th Point: Senior Taron Downey, with 989 career points, is within reach of becoming the third Demon Deacon this season to eclipse 1,000 career points. Downey will soon become the 44th player i
n Wake Forest history to reach 1,000 points. Junior Eric Williams scored his 1,000th career point Feb. 2. Junior Justin Gray scored his 1,000th point Dec. 30 against North Carolina A&T in just his 66th career game.
Senior Vytas Danelius has scored 905 career points.
Only six schools have produced more 1,000-point scorers than Wake Forest.
Lighting Up The Scoreboard
No Gray Area: Justin Is Tough Two things that are certain about junior guard Justin Gray -- he's tough and he can score. Gray averages a team-high 16.8 points per game and he scored his 1,000th career point in just his 66th career game.
But it is Gray's toughness that is well-known. Nov. 24 against Providence, Gray took an elbow to the head, opening up a gash just below the eyebrow. He received five stitches and returned to the game to make 5-of-8 three-point field goals en route to 21 points. Two nights later against Arizona, he took an elbow to the same spot above his eye, but bounced back to score 21 points. Dec. 22 at New Mexico, he came back from a twisted knee to score 17 points. In the ACC opener at Virginia, Gray overcame a stomach virus to score 17 points.
As a freshman, an elbow from Duke's Dahntay Jones broke Gray's jaw. He sat out a month, had his jaw wired shut and lost 19 pounds on a diet of soup and milkshakes. When he returned to action 30 days later wearing a protective mask, he scored 18 points in a win over 8th-ranked Duke in a gutty performance.
Senior Class A Diverse, Successful Group: Wake Forest's three seniors hail from three different countries. Vytas Danelius (Lithuania), Jamaal Levy (Panama) and Taron Downey (Oxford, NC) form a diverse trio that probably doesn't receive the recognition it deserves.
All three were recruited by then-coach Dave Odom, and re-recruited by current head coach Skip Prosser. Danelius, Downey and Levy have combined to play in 344 games.
Wake Forest has won 86 games during their careers. three senior classes in Deacon history won more games over a four-year period. The Deacons have won 72.9 percent of their games over the last four years -- the eighth-highest percentage over a four-year period in Wake history.
Chris Paul ... Jamaal Levy
Justin Gray ... Eric Williams
Taron Downey ... Vytas Danelius