The NC State Wolfpack begins the 2005-06 basketball season tonight with an exhibition matchup against the University of Guelph Gryphons.
RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.
Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m.
Radio: Airtime begins @ 7 PM on the Wolfpack Radio Network
NC State Information
NC State Projected Starting Line-up
G Engin Atsur
G Cameron Bennerman
G Gavin Grant
F Ilian Evtimov
F Andrew Brackman
Guelph Projected Starting Line-up
G Aron Bariagabre
G Nick Pankerichan
G Jay Mott
G John-Scott Esposito
F John Ross Bailey
Players to Watch
Engin Atsur -- After starting for two seasons, Atsur could emerge as one of the top ACC players this season. With Tony Bethel out, look for Atsur to play plenty of minutes tonight against the Gryphons.
John Ross Bailey -- A recent transfer, Bailey is playing his first season for Guelph and is the Gryphons top frontcourt player. He will have his hands full with NC State's athletic frontline, but is a solid player in his own right.
The University of Guelph Gryphons are from Ontario, Canada. The Gryphons competed in the Laval Tournament last weekend, posting a 2-1 record and losing to host Laval in the championship game. Guards JS Esposito and Nick Pankerichan were each named to the All-Tournament squad.
Tony Bethel is not expected to play for the Wolfpack. The redshirt senior is still recovering from a lingering groin injury.
Cedric Simmons, who hyperextended his knee during preseason workouts, may play tonight. The sophomore did not participate in last weekend's Red-White Game.
NC State enters the season unranked in both polls.
This is NC State's first exhibition game of the season. After facing Mt. Olive in a second exhibition game on November 11, NC State will begin its regular season with the three-day Hispanic College Fund Classic November 18-20 at the RBC Center. NC State will face Stetson, The Citadel and Delaware that weekend.
There are still a limited number of season tickets available for the 2005-06 campaign. Tickets can be purchased by calling the ticket office (919-865-1510).
Tickets are being sold for $10 at the door.