Tip-Off: 4:45 p.m. EST
Radio: Airtime begins @ 4:00 AM on the Wolfpack Radio Network
Series: Tied, 1-1. Last meeting: North Carolina State 69-68 (Nov. 28, 1986; Anchorage, Alaska).
NC State Information
NC State Probable Starters
G Engin Atsur 11.4 ppg 3.2 apg G Cameron Bennerman 13.9 ppg 3.2 rpg G Tony Bethel 9.6 ppg 44.5% 3-point shooting F Gavin Grant 8.2 ppg 4.8 rpg C Cedric Simmons 11.8 ppg 6.4 rpgTexas Probable Starters
G Daniel Gibson 13.6 ppg 3.6 rpg G Kenton Paulino 9.9 ppg 2.3 rpg F P.J. Tucker 16.2 ppg 9.3 rpg F Brad Buckman 9.7 ppg 7.0 rpg C LaMarcus Aldridge 15.1 ppg 9.1 rpgPlayers to Watch
Cameron Bennerman -- Bennerman came up huge for the Wolfpack in the tourney opener against Cal, scoring 18 points and hitting two big-time jumpers down the stretch, including the game-winner. He will have his hands full with Tucker, but expect Bennerman to be up for the challenge.
P.J. Tucker -- One of the nation's top wings, Tucker is a beast on the glass from his small forward position. He's a major matchup problem, but expect the Wolfpack to use Bennerman and Gavin Grant to try and slow Tucker down.
NC State Audio + Quotes
"We're trying to cram a lot of preparation in a short time for an outstanding Texas team that really doesn't seem to have any weaknesses. It's no wonder that they've had such an outstanding season."
"I first met coach Barnes, probably when I was in college at the Pitt basketball camp."
"We do keep in touch. In fact, he's continued to give me good ideas and has been a great friend throughout the years."
"It's the North Carolina State offense run by the North Carolina State players."
"It's been a great learning process that I've certainly been enriched by. I've enjoyed some wonderful relationships and some very special friendships."
"When he gets going it makes it easier for all of us."
"It's one game at a time. There is no chance to come back and lose and win a game. If you lose you're going home. We've had a good season, and we deserve to be here."
"We've played at some tough places all year long. I think that the ACC has us prepared for that."
"We know most fans here are going to be from Texas. There's going to be a lot of orange. We know that the game is played on the court. It's five-on-five, that's it. There's only five people on the court that have control of the game."
"If anybody thinks that NC State is not successful, and they think that NC State is not becoming a better program over the last couple of years, I'm sorry but I would have to call them an idiot. We've showed over and over that we belong in the tournament. We've done well and when you get 20+ wins every season you're a good program. There's a lot of people who would want to be in our shoes. Duke and Carolina, they are very good programs as well. They have established themselves as the top two programs in the nation for the past 20 years. Obviously that's a lot of competition, but that's definitely something we want to be. We want to be a program like that as well."
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Texas Game Notes
Texas in the Big Dance
This marks the eighth straight and 24th all-time appearance by the Longhorns in the NCAA Tournament. Texas improved to 26-26 (.500) all-time in the Big Dance following Friday's victory.
Barnes in the Big Dance
Texas coach Rick Barnes is making his 11th straight trip to the Big Dance. Following Friday's win against Penn, Barnes improved to 10-7 (.588) at Texas in NCAA Tournament games. The 10 NCAA tourney wins ties for the most NCAA Tournament victories by a UT coach (Tom Penders, 10-8 mark in eight appearances). Barnes now sports an overall record of 12-13 (.480) in the Big Dance.
Searching for Sweets, Again
With a win against North Carolina State on Sunday, the Longhorns would advance to NCAA "Sweet 16" for the fourth time in the past five seasons. Texas advanced to the Final Four in 2003 and reached the Round of 16 in 2002 and 2004. The Horns are 3-1 in NCAA Second-Round contests during the Barnes era.
Winning the First One
Since the NCAA expanded the tournament field to 64 teams in 1985, the Longhorns are now 12-4 in NCAA Tournament First-Round games.
Tourney Success in the Lone Star State
With its win against Penn on Friday, Texas improved to 5-0 during the Rick Barnes era in NCAA Tournament games held in the state of Texas.
Series vs. North Carolina State
Sunday's contest marks just the third meeting between Texas and North Carolina State. The two schools have split the previous two contests. In the first meeting, UT recorded a 101-93 win on March 21, 1978 in the Postseason NIT Championship game at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The then-No. 17 Wolfpack registered a 69-68 victory in the opening round of the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage on Nov. 28, 1986. Texas holds a 9-16 all-time mark against current members of the ACC (1-0 vs. Boston College, 1-1 vs. Clemson, 0-3 vs. Duke, 0-2 vs. Florida State, 2-2 vs. Georgia Tech, 0-1 vs. Maryland, 1-1 vs. Miami [Fla.], 2-2 vs. North Carolina, 1-1 vs. N.C. State, 1-3 vs. Wake Forest).
Barnes vs. North Carolina State
Texas coach Rick Barnes is no stranger to facing the Wolfpack. During his four-year stint at Clemson (1995-98), Barnes-led teams posted a 5-3 mark against North Carolina State.
Penn Game Notes
· Texas improved to 21-1 when holding its opponent below 40% FG shooting. Penn was limited to 32.1% FG shooting in Friday's game.
· The Horns improved to 25-2 when outrebounding its opponent. UT posted a 42-21 advantage on the glass. This also marked the 20th time in 34 games that the Longhorns have recorded at least a +10 advantage on the boards.
· Texas set team season lows in three-point FG made (two), three-point FG attempted (10) and three-point FG percentage (.200). UT also tied its team season low in assists (seven).
· LaMarcus Aldridge recorded his 15th double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
· P.J. Tucker recorded his 13th double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds. It also marked his third double-double in four postseason contests this year.
Texas Adds to Single-Season Win Mark
With its win on Friday, Texas continued to add to its school record for most victories in a season (28). The previous mark of 26 wins was accomplished four times in UT history, most recently during the Horns' run to the Final Four in 2002-03.