Tip-Off: 7:00 p.m.
Radio: Airtime begins @ 6:30 PM on the Wolfpack Radio Network
NC State Information
Northern State Information
Location:Aberdeen, South Dakota
Conference: Northern Sun
Intercollegiate Affiliation: NCAA Division II
Head Coach: Don Meyer
Record at NSU: 138-67 (7 years)
Overall Rec: 841-287
2005-06 Rec: 27-6 (2nd in NSIC)
Starters Ret: 3
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.