Tip-Off: 7:00 p.m.
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NC State Information
NC State Projected Starting Line-up
G- 14 Engin Atsur
G- 04 Courtney Fells
G- 11 Gavin Grant
F- 33 Brandon Costner
F- 34 Ben McCauley
Michigan Projected Starting Line-up
32 Lester Abram
05 Dion Harris
24 Ron Coleman
23 Brent Petway
44 Courtney Sims
Players to Watch
Engin Atsur -- Atsur is coming off a 26-point outing against Gardner-Webb. The senior point guard is averaging 17.3 points, five assists, and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Courtney Sims -- Sims has emerged as Michigan's go-to player. The senior center is averaging 17 points and seven rebounds per game.
NC State Game Notes
TAKING ‘THE CHALLENGE'
The Wolfpack will play the first night of this seasons ACC/Big Ten Challenge, as the Michigan Wolverines come to the RBC Center on Monday, Nov. 27.
NC State has posted a 4-3 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge since 1999-2000. The Wolfpack has won all three of its home games in the challenge and has gone 1-3 on the road, including a win at 19th-ranked Purdue in 1999-2000.
The Wolfpack has allowed just 58.8 points per game in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
STRONG START FOR LOWE
Sidney Lowe has started his career as a collegiate head coach with a 4-0 record. A win over Michigan would tie Lowe for the school record for wins to open a career at NC State.
Harry Hartsell began his Wolfpack coaching career in 1916-17, winning five straight contests before suffering a loss. Twelve coaches and 80 years later, Herb Sendek opened his tenure at NC State with five wins before a loss.
PACK USES BALANCED SCORING TO START SEASON
NC State has used a balanced scoring attack among its five starters to open the season 4-0. All five starters are averaging double figures, and four different players have been the high scorer in the four games thus far.
In addition, four different players have scored at least 20 points at least once in a game this season and two players have done so twice. About the only thing unbalanced about the team scoring this year is the difference between the starters and the bench. The Pack's five starters have accounted for 91% of the scoring, while the reserves have chipped in with 9%.
LOOKING FOR 1,000
NC State's most experienced player, Engin Atsür, enters the Michigan game needing just 20 points to reach the 1,000-point total for his career. He is currently averaging 17.3 points per game after posting a career-high 26 points against Gardner Webb in his last outing.
Atsür, who boasts 980 career points, will become the 39th 1,000-point scorer in school history if he reaches that milestone.
NO HOLIDAY FOR WOLFPACK
While most of the country was settling down for some time off, the NC State men's basketball team was in the middle of playing four games in 11 days. The busy streak started on Nov. 17 night against Delaware State, and continued with a Tuesday night win versus Valparaiso, a Friday night victory over Gardner-Webb and then Monday's contest against Michigan in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Pack started its stretch off in good form, winning by an average of 15.3 points in the three games.
USE A PENCIL NOT A PEN
The Wolfpack's career scoring high's are changing on a daily basis just four games into the season. Brandon Costner played in just five games last year, so setting a new career high wasn't that suprising - however, scoring 20 points in just his second game (versus Delaware State) this season was. Ben McCauley set a career high in the first game of his sophomore season, chipping in a game-high 26 points versus Wofford. Sophomore Courtney Fells had a career-high 13 points in the win over Valparaiso.
However, two wily veterans have also posted new scoring bests this season. Gavin Grant scored 25 points against Valparaiso in his 68th career game. And the Wolfpack's lone senior, Engin Atsür, who had played in 95 contests prior to this season, posted a new career-best with 24 points in the season opener, then topped that with 26 points Friday night against Gardner- Webb.
MAKE MINE A DOUBLE
Just four games into the 2006-07 season, two Wolfpack players have posted double-doubles. Junior Gavin Grant set career- highs with 25 points and a dozen rebounds in the win over Valparaiso last Tuesday.
On Friday night, redshirt freshman Brandon Costner had 11 points and 11 boards in the win over Gardner Webb.
Michigan Game Notes