Gameday: NC State vs. Northern State

NC State begins the 2006-07 basketball season tonight with an exhibition matchup against Northern State.

Location: RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.

Tip-Off: 7:00 p.m.

Television: None

Radio: Airtime begins @ 6:30 PM on the Wolfpack Radio Network

NC State Information


    Northern State Information

    Aberdeen, South Dakota
    Enrollment: 3,000
    Northern Sun
    Intercollegiate Affiliation:
    NCAA Division II
    Head Coach:
    Don Meyer
    Record at NSU:
    138-67 (7 years)
    Overall Rec:
    2005-06 Rec:
    27-6 (2nd in NSIC)
    Starters Ret:


    NC State Projected Starting Line-up
    G Engin Atsur
    G Courtney Fells
    G Gavin Grant
    F Brandon Costner
    F Ben McCauley

    Northern State Projected Starting Line-up
    G Craig Nelson
    G Dan DeWitt
    F Kevin Ratzsch
    F Levi Hamilton
    G Kyle Schwan

    Players to Watch
    NC State
    Gavin Grant --
    Grant enters the season as the Wolfpack's go-to player on offense, and he seems ready for the challenge. At 6-foot-7, he is a matchup nightmare for opposing shooting guards and small forwards. Grant finished his sophomore campaign strong, averaging 16.3 points over the final four contests of the season. He shot 22-of-41 (54 percent) from the field in those contests, and also pulled down 4.5 rebounds a game.

    Northern State
    Craig Nelson --
    Hot-shooting Craig Nelson will likely be the key outside shooter in 2006-07. Nelson hit 70 three-point field goals last season while shooting at a rate of 46.4%. Nelson will be looking to bounce back from a poor showing against Vandy, as he connected on just 1-of-9 from 3-point range to finish with 8 points.

    Additional Notes

  • NC State begins a new era on Friday night, as Sidney Lowe will stand on the Wolfpack sidelines at the RBC Center for the first time. Lowe, whose jersey hangs in the rafters of the arena, is the 18th head men's basketball coach in school history and although he has been in the coaching profession for 16 years, he has never been a head coach on the collegiate level.

    An All-ACC point guard for NC State in 1983, Lowe served as the head coach of two different NBA teams. The 1981 and 1983 ACC leader in assists, Lowe still holds the ACC record for assist-to-turnover ratio with a 2.94 mark.

  • The only returning starter for the Wolfpack, Engin Atsür, has missed over a week of practice leading up to the first exhibition game as he battles chronic tendinitis in his achilles, a probably he's dealt with since junior high school. He began limited practice on Wednesday.

    Atsür played almost a second entire season with the Turkish National team in the FIBA World Championships, so he did not have much time to recover from the 2005-06 season.

  • the Northern State men's basketball team was favored to finish second in the league in 2006-07. Reigning NCAA Division II National Champion Winona State was unanimously voted to finish first in the NSIC.

    Northern State is coming off of one of their most successful seasons in recent history. The Wolves finished the 2005-06 season at second place in the NSIC with an 11-3 league mark and an overall record of 27-6.

  • Don Meyer is Northern State University's 20th head men's basketball coach and, with 841 career wins, is currently Division II's winningest coach.

    Meyer made his third straight appearance in the NCAA Regional in the 2005-06 season, making it all the way to the Sweet 16 and the regional championship before losing to the eventual national champions, Winona State.

    Meyer won 20 games or more for the 25th time in his career and for the fi fth consecutive year in the 2005-06 season. Meyer also ranks fifth in all-time wins among men's basketball coaches at the four-year level at any division.

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