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NC State Information
NC State's Probable Starters
G Tony Bethel 8.1 ppg 3.9 rpg G Engin Atsur 9.3 ppg 2.6 rpg G Julius Hodge 17.5 ppg 7.1 rpg F Ilian Evtimov 8.7 ppg 3.5 rpg C Jordan Collins 6.7 ppg 2.5 rpgVirginia's Probable Starters
15 G T.J. Bannister 4.6 ppg 3.1 apg 33 F Devin Smith 17.0 ppg 6.1 rpg 43 F/C Elton Brown 13.8 ppg 8.9 rpg 2 G J.R. Reynolds 10.3 ppg 2.6 rpg 44 G Sean Singletary 10.1 ppg 4.1 apgPlayers to Watch
Julius Hodge -- With two games remaining, the Wolfpack must get a strong effort from their senior leader.
Sean Singletary -- Freshman sensation was outstanding in the first game and he'll need to play well again for the Cavaliers to beat the Wolfpack.
NC State Notes
Hodge has averaged 17.4 points per game in seven starts versus Virginia, and has tallied 20 or more points in four of those contests. He has shot an incredible 60% from the field (41% from behind the three-point arc) against Virginia.
In the last four games combined (including a 10-point loss to No. 2 North Carolina), the opposition has averaged just 62.3 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. Virginia Tech, which came into the game at State averaging 69.8 points, managed just 54 points in that Wolfpack win. 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 62.5 points per game in its six league wins, 77.6 in the eight losses.
In his 15 career ACC road games, the sohpomore has averaged 11.5 (173 total) points on 54% shooting (59-109) and shot 54% (40-74) from behind the three-point arc.
The Wolfpack, which posted a 2-4 mark in those six games, was outscored 199-243 in the second half, an average of 33- 40.
In the last nine games,however, the Wolfpack has reversed that trend. Beginning after the win at Maryland on Jan. 23, the Pack has outscored the opposition 335-308, an average of 37- 34.
With the exception of the two losses to North Carolina, the Pack has outscored or tied its opponent in the second half in every game in that time span.
N C State and Clemson are the only ACC schools that played five of their first eight league games on the road this season. The game in Charlottesville will mark NC State's last road trip of the season. At the end of the regular season, NC State will have played back-to-back road games on five separate occasions.
The good news, the Pack is closing out the season with four of its last five games at home - all ACC contests.
NC State stands at 16-11 overall and 6-8 in the ACC. The Wolfpack is coming off a 74-54 victory over Virginia Tech (Feb. 26) in Raleigh, N.C.
Virginia's last 10 wins (going back 10 seasons) over the Wolfpack have been by a combined 45 points (4.5/g).
Since 1978, four games have been decided by one point, six by two points, seven by three points, three by four points and three by five points.
It's curious to note in the long history of the series going back to the first meeting 92 years ago that only three games have gone to overtime. Virginia has been victorious in all three overtime contests. UVa won the first overtime game 81-73 in 1977-78 and won 84-82 in double overtime in 1995-96. In the most recent overtime affair, the Cavaliers won 82-79 in 1998-99. During one stretch (1985-1988) nine consecutive games were decided by nine points or less.
In a bit of an aberration, 10 of the last 12 NC State wins in the series have been by double digits--67-54 in 1994, 74-55 in 1998, 82-72 in 1999, 76-65 in 2000, 90-80 in 2001, 85-68, 92-72 in 2002, 75-63 in 2003, and 86-69 and 79-63 last season. The exceptions were a 65-62 Wolfpack win on Jan. 12, 2000, and an 81-74 win on Jan. 5, 2002.
Elton Brown, Devin Smith
Sean Singletary, Gary Forbes
J.R. Reynolds, Pete Gillen