NC State (15-11, 5-8) faces Virginia Tech (14-10, 7-6) at the RBC Center and both teams are looking for a big ACC win. <P><B><CENTER>
RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina
Tip-Off: 4:00 p.m.
Television: JP/Raycom Split
Radio: Airtime begins @ 3:30 PM on the Wolfpack Radio Network
NC State Information
Virginia Tech Information
Probable North Carolina State Starters
F 3 Ilian Evtimov 6-7 8.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg
F 24 Julius Hodge 6-6 17.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg
C 32 Jordan Collins 6-10 6.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg
G 14 Engin Atsur 6-3 8.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg
G 22 Tony Bethel Jr. 6-2 8.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
Virgina Tech's Probable Starters
F 32 Carlos Dixon 6-7 13.6 ppg 4.4 rpg
F 13 Deron Washington 6-7 8.2 ppg 4.4 rpg
C 33 Coleman Collins 6-9 12.0 ppg 6.3 rpg
G 1 Zabian Dowdell 6-2 15.3 ppg 3.3 rpg
G 22 Jamon Gordon 6-3 10.8 ppg 4.8 rpg
Players to Watch
Jordan Collins -- NC State's senior center has been playing well lately and he must have a big game for the Wolfpack.
Coleman Collins -- Sophomore big man hit the game winner in the first matchup, and he's playing with great confidence right now. Collins had 14 points and 18 rebounds against Duke last week.
NC State Notes
PACK SEEKS TO REVENGE LOSS TO
HOKIES: NC State hopes to get back on
the winning track and revenge its onepoint
loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday,
when the Hokies take their first trip to the
The meeting in Blacksburg on Jan. 19
marked the first between NC State and
Va. Tech since the 1983-84.
Despite the long lapse between games,
State and Tech have faced each other on
the hardwood 38 times. The Wolfpack
posts a 28-10 advantage in the series that
dates back to the 1914-15 season.
NC STATE MARKS 100th GAME IN
RBC CENTER: Saturday's game against
Virginia Tech will mark the 100th that NC
State has played in the RBC Center. The
Wolfpack moved into its new den for the
1999-2000 season and has posted a 76-
23 record, 48-5 against non-conference
NC State's 9-5 mark at home this season
marks the worst in the six years the
Wolfpack has played in the RBC Center.
D-ING IT UP...: In recent games, the
Wolfpack has used a tenacious defense to
earn victories in two of its last three outings:
at Georgia Tech and versus No. 22
In the last three games combined (including
a 10-point loss to No. 2 North Carolina),
the opposition has averaged just
65 points. Tech entered the contest averaging
76.6 points per game before posting
the lowest scoring tally for a Wolfpack
league opponent in four years with 51
points (Florida State scored just 46 points
on Feb. 25, 2001). That total tied as the
fifth lowest by by an ACC team during
Herb Sendek's nine years.
Maryland came into the RBC Center
averaging 83 points per game, but was
held 20 points under its normal total.
Even North Carolina, which hung 81 on
the Pack, was held nine points under its
season average (90 points heading into
The Wolfpack has given up 64.2 points
per game in its five league wins, 77.6 in
the eight losses.
... AND THREE-ING IT UP: Another key to the Wolfpack's five league victories has
been its three point shooting. NC State is
averaging 10.4 three pointers made per
game and is shooting .448 from behind
the arc in its five ACC wins, but just 7.9
threes on .366 (63.172) shooting in its
eight conference losses.
Overall, the Wolfpack ranks second
only to Duke in the ACC-only stats with
8.85 per game.
The Wolfpack has connected on double
figure three-point shots in five ACC contests
this season: at Miami (12), at Maryland
(12), at Clemson (13), versus
Maryland (13) at home and North Carolina
(12) at home.
NC State's 65% mark on threes at
Clemson marked the highest ever for an
opponent in Littlejohn Coliseum.
MAKING THE EXTRA PASS: A big point
of emphasis in Wolfpack basketball is
making the extra pass - working the ball around until you hit the open man.
The Wolfpack did just that en route to
its 19-point win over No. 22 Maryland on
Feb. 16, dishing out its highest number of
assists in an ACC game in two years with
22. Even more impressive, NC S t a t e
dished out an assist on 88% of its field
goals - 22 of 25!
For the season, the Wolfpack has
made an assist on 60% of its field goals
INJURIES BITE WOLFPACK: Four
Wolfpack players have missed a total of
18 games this season due to injury or illness.
All four of those players have been
starters at some point of the season.
The following players have missed time
this season: Julius Hodge (1 game),
Tony Bethel (4 games), Levi Watkins (8
games), Cameron Bennerman (5
Virginia Tech Notes
GRABBING ATTENTION: Coleman Collins grabbed a lot of
attention,along with a lot of rebounds,
in the win over #7/8 Duke ...The
sophomore post player,who entered the
game with a career-high of 11 rebounds,
grabbed 18 boards in the contest ...He
combined that with 14 points for his
first collegiate double-double ...He also
blocked a career-high five shots (more
than twice his previous best)...The 18
rebounds is tied for the most in an ACC
game this season ...The 18 rebounds is
the most under Seth Greenberg at Tech
and the most since Ace Custis had 13
points and 18 rebounds in the home win
over New Mexico State in the 1995 NIT.
STARTING A WINNING TRADITION: With the win over Miami on Feb.
19, the Hokies assured themselves of a
winning record for the 2004-05 regular
season ...Coupled with last season's
14-13 regular season in Seth Greenberg's
first year as head coach of the Hokies,
it marks the first time since the 1994-95
and 1995-96 seasons that Tech has had
consecutive winning regular seasons.
NOT NO SWEAT, JUST LESS SWEAT: The margin of victory in Tech's home
win over Miami was 13 points (71-58)
...That is the team's largest margin of
victory this season in an ACC game ...
In the Hokies' six previous ACC wins,,
the combined point differential was 22
points, 10 of which came in the Hokies
win at Miami ...Four of Tech's seven
league wins have been by two-or-fewer
LENDING A HELPING HAND: When Jamon Gordon hit the first
of his two three-point field goals in the
home win over Miami,it marked the first
time since the Wake Forest game on Feb.
5 that a Hokie other than Carlos Dixon or
Zabian Dowdell had hit a three-pointer in
a game for Tech ...Tech had gone 111:58
between non-Dixon/Dowdell three-
pointers ...Tech has not had a three-
pointer by anyone other than Dixon,
Dowdell and Gordon since Jan.27, when
Deron Washington had a three-pointer at
the 6:12 mark of the second half.
THE OTHER THIEF:
While Jamon Gordon rightfully gets
most of the attention when it comes to
steals for the Hokies,teammate Carlos
Dixon should get his due ...Dixon tied
his career-high with six steals in the loss
to #7/7 Wake Forest ...Dixon is fifth in
the ACC in steals, averaging 1.96 per
game ...That number rises to 2.00 per
game in conference action, where he
is fourth in steals ...Dixon is currently
seventh all-time in steals at Virginia Tech
and needs just 10 steals to surpass former
teammate Bryant Matthews into sixth
Collins ... Dowdell
Calloway ... Greenberg