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Pack Needs Win On Senior Night

NC State (17-11, 7-8) hosts Wake Forest (25-4, 12-3) in a game that could earn the Wolfpack a NCAA Tournament bid. <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: 8:00 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Net

Radio: Airtime begins @ 7:30 PM on the Wolfpack Radio Network

NC State Information

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    Wake Forest Information

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    NC State's Probable Starters

    G Tony Bethel 8.5 ppg 4.0 rpg
    G Engin Atsur 9.1 ppg 2.5 apg 
    G Julius Hodge 17.5 ppg 7.0 rpg
    F Ilian Evtimov 8.8 ppg 3.6 rpg
    C Jordan Collins 7.0 ppg 2.6 rpg

    Wake Forest's Probable Starters

    G Justin Gray 16.3 ppg 2.3 rpg 
    G Chris Paul 15.1 ppg 4.4 rpg
    C Eric Williams 16.1 ppg 7.7 rpg 
    F Vytas Danielus 7.3 ppg 4.4 rpg 
    F Jamaal Levy 7.6 ppg 6.7 rpg

    Players to Watch

    NC State
    Julius Hodge --
    In what could be his last game at the RBC Center, Hodge faces the ACC team he's had the most success against. The Wolfpack guard is averaging 20.1 points per game on 56 percent shooting from the floor versus the Deacons in his career.

    Wake Forest
    Chris Paul --
    He's the engine for Wake Forest. The ACC Player of the Year candidate has been solid against the Wolfpack during his career, but for the most part he's been held in check.

    NC State Notes

  • EARLIER THIS SEASON AGAINST WAKE FOREST: Feb. 10, 2005 in Winston-Salem: Sixth-ranked Wake Forest had five players reach double figures and used a 16-point halftime advantage to hold off a second half NC State rally for a 86-75 win. The Demon Deacons led by as many as 19 in the second half, but NC State cut the lead down to five with 7:31 left. Wake Forest would then use a 6-0 run, and keep NC State scoreless for almost three minutes to secure the win.

    Julius Hodge came off the bench and matched his season-high with 27 points, on 10-of-13 shooting and 7-of-8 on free throws. NC State committed a season-high 20 turnovers, and Wa k e Forest connect on 35-of-42 (.833) free throws.

  • HODGE LOVES THE DEACS: Julius Hodge has enjoyed greater success against Wake Forest than any other team in the ACC. In his eight career contests against the Demon Deacons, Hodge has averaged 20.1 points, shooting 56% from the field, 45% on threes and 89% from the free throw line. His only flaw statisticually seems to be his turnovers, as he has tallied 18 against 18 assists.

    Hodge's 27 points against Wake earlier this season was the best of his senior campaign. He scored his career-high of 31 against the Deacs as a sophomore.

  • THREE SENIORS (PLUS AN ‘AND ONE') TO PLAY FINAL HOME GAME: Three Wolfpack seniors will play their final home game on Sunday, while a graduate student will play his SECOND final home game. Seniors Jordan Collins, Julius Hodge and Levi Watkins make up the senior class, while graduate student Will Roach, who went through senior night activities last season but decided to return for his final year of eligibility will be in his LAST last game at the RBC Center.

    The Wolfpack seniors have led NC State to three consecutive NCAA Tournament bids. Hodge, Collins and Watkins have played in 315 games, 6,761 minutes and scored 2,760 points collectively over their careers.

  • FINISHING STRONG: If NC State were to upset Wake Forest, the squad would have finished the season winning five of its last six games. That would be the strongest regular season finish for the Wolfpack since the 1987-88 season, when Jim Valvano's squad won its last five contests, five of its last six.

  • COLLINS SAVES BEST FOR LAST: Senior center Jordan Collins has been playing some of the best basketball of his career of late. He has scored in double figures in each of the last three contests, the first time he has done so in his career.

    In the last three games, two of which have been Wolfpack wins, Collins has averaged 14.3 points on 52% shooting from the field, 38% from behind the three-point arc and 78% from the charity stripe. He has also blocked six shots in the last three games, moving into a tie for the team lead in that category with 30 for the season.

  • ROAD WARRIORS: The win at Virginia on Wednesday night marked the fourth ACC road win for NC State this season, its ninth in the last two years. Heading into the weekend's games, that mark ranked second (Duke- 10) among all league teams during that time frame.

    Wake Forest Notes

  • DEACONS RALLY PAST JACKETS, 98-91: Vytas Danelius and Taron Downey kept No. 4 Wake Forest unbeaten at home by pulling the Demon Deacons out of an 11-point deficit and rallying them to a 98-91 victory over Georgia Tech on Wednesday night.

    Danelius had 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Downey scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half and sparked two pivotal runs with 3-pointers.

    Jamaal Levy, Wake Forest's only other scholarship senior, scored nine of his 10 points in the second half.

    The trio turned it up after falling behind 45-37 at halftime and getting a lecture from coach Skip Prosser during the break.

    Downey said the Deacons played horrible defense in the first half, then turned it around after Prosser's scolding. Wake Forest had just three turnovers in the second half, and outrebounded the Yellow Jackets 37-29.

  • Deacon-Wolfpack Connections
    * Deacon junior Trent Strickland and Wolfpack junior Cameron Bennerman both previously played at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia.
    * NC State's Ilian Evtimov attended high school in Winston-Salem at Reynolds before transferring to Bishop McGuiness.
    * Deacon freshman Cameron Stanley hails from Raleigh, where he attended Millbrook High School.
    * Wake (Josh Howard in 2003) and NC State (Julius Hodge in 2004) have produced the last two ACC Players of the Year.
    * Bill Newton, who previously worked in the WFU media relations office, now works in a similar capacity at NC State.

  • DEACONS HOT FROM BEHIND ARC: Over the last three games, Wake Forest is 29-of-59 (49.2 percent) from three-point range. The Deacons are shooting 40.8 percent for the season, which ranks seventh nationally and second in the ACC.

  • GRAY IN ELITE COMPANY: Wake Forest junior Justin Gray is one of just eight players in Demon Deacon history to accumulate 1,200 career points, 200 assists and 100 steals. From the list below, only Randolph Childress, Tony Rutland and Gray have 200 career 3-pointers.

    Photo Gallery

    Chris Paul ... Jamaal Levy

    Justin Gray ... Eric Williams

    Taron Downey ... Vytas Danelius

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