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Pack, Hokies Both Need A Win

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> <a href=>Premium Chat</a> | <a href="'','mbaskblGameTracker','toolbar=no,resizable=no,scrollbars=no,width=780,height=540'); void('');">GameTracker</a></b></center>

Location: 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

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    Virginia Tech Information

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    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

    NC State
    Jordan Collins --
    NC State's senior center has been playing well lately and he must have a big game for the Wolfpack.

    Virginia Tech
    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 RBC Center.

    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 competition.

    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 Maryland.

    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 contest).

    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 made.

  • 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 games).

    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 points.

  • 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 place.

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    Collins ... Dowdell

    Calloway ... Greenberg

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