Gameday: NC State vs. William & Mary

RALEIGH, N.C. -- No. 21 NC State opens the season tonight at the RBC Center with a nonconference game against William & Mary.

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


    William & Mary Information

    Williamsburg, Virginia
    Enrollment: 7,500
    Colonial Athletic Association
    Intercollegiate Affiliation:
    NCAA Division I
    Head Coach:
    Tony Shaver
    2006-07 Rec:
    Starters Ret:


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

    William & Mary Projected Starting Line-up
    G David Schneider
    G Nathan Mann
    C Laimis Kisielius
    F Peter Stein
    F Chris Darnell

    Players to Watch
    NC State
    Brandon Costner --
    Costner enters the season with high expectations as he was tabbed a preseason All-ACC selection. Look for the Pack to try and get the 6'9 combo forward established early.

    William & Mary
    Laimis Kisielius --
    Big man scored 16 points (all in the first half) against No. 5 Georgetown in the season opener. At 6'9, Kisielius can play in the paint, but he also has range from behind the 3-point line.

    Additional Notes
    NC State Opens 2007-08 Season:
    NC State kicks off its 2007-08 campaign by hosting the William & Mary Tribe Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at the RBC Center.

    The Wolfpack has been off nine days since its last exhibition contest, a 76-41 defeat of UNC Pembroke on November 6. William & Mary enters the contest at 0-1 on the young season, falling at No. 5 Georgetown, 68-53, on Saturday.

    Senior Llaimis Kisielius had a team-high 16 points, all in the first half, and sophomore guard David Schneider had 14 points and seven rebounds. The Tribe was 15-15 last season, with four starters returning this season.

    The Series Versus William & Mary: NC State leads the overall series against William & Mary by a count of 22-5, including a 16-2 advantage in games played in Raleigh. The two squads have not faced each other since an 80-64 Wolfpack victory during the 1994-95 season, and this will be only the second meeting between the schools since 1970. The two teams faced off a total of 24 times between 1932 and 1956.

    Wolfpack Finally Begins Season: When NC State opens its season against William & Mary on November 15, the Wolfpack will be the last ACC to begin the season. All 11 of the other conference schools will have started their seasons by the time the Pack tips off, with six schools already having logged two games.

    Opening Up: The Wolfpack will be looking to extend an impressive streak in Thursday's game, as NC State has won the past 13 season openers and done so with a whopping 22.3 margin of victory.

    The Pack has not dropped the first game of the season since a 94-80 loss in 1993-94 against Weber State in Alaska, and the last time the Pack fell at home to open the season was in 1992-93 against UNC Wilmington.

    Although the opening game of the season has been fairly routine for the Pack over the last few years, last season's opener was one of the more exciting games of the season. In Sidney Lowe's first contest, the Pack rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit, and captured the lead for good with 43.2 seconds left, in a 92-88 win over Wofford.

    RBC Center Dominance Against Non-Conference Foes: NC State's home court has not been welcoming to non-conference opponents since the RBC Center opened for the 1999-2000 season, as the Pack has posted a 65-7 (.903) record in such games.

    In Coach Lowe's first season, the Pack posted a 9-1 mark against non-conference opponents at home, losing only to No. 10 Alabama.

    Wolfpack Ranked No. 21 in AP Poll: NC State begins the 2007-08 campaign ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press' preseason poll released on November 2. The Wolfpack is one of three ACC teams ranked, UNC was No. 1 and Duke was No. 13. NC State was last ranked in the preseason AP poll in 2004-05 at No. 19. NC State is also ranked No. 24 in the 2007-08 preseason ESPN/USA Today Poll.

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