NC State returns two starters from last season, Javier Gonzalez at point guard and Tracy Smith at forward. NC State lost its top three scorers from last season, Smith is the Pack's top returning scorer (10.0). Saturday's game against Austin Peay is Sidney Lowe's 100th career game at NC State. NC State is 9-4 in both in-season and post season tournaments under Lowe. NC State won its last in-season tournament under Lowe, claiming first place honors at the 2007 Old Spice Classic with a perfect 3-0 recrod. NC State is 14-2 in the month of November during Lowe's four seasons. Tracy Smith recorded his third career double-double against Georgia State, with gamehighs of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Richard Howell has been out of action after undergoing knee surgery in early October. Senior Dennis Horner is the only Pack player playing in his fourth season at NC State. His 93 career games played is nearly double that of the next highest NC State player (Gonzalez 54). Senior Farnold Degand will play more at shooting guard this season, after playing exclusively at point guard his first two seasons at NC State. NC State welcomes five scholarship freshmen this season. Of the Pack's 12 players on scholarship, only four are either seniors or juniors. The 2009-10 season marks the 100th season of NC State basketball.
NC STATE TRAVELS TO GLENN WILKES CLASSIC
NC State will travel to Daytona Beach, Fla., this weekend and compete in the 2009 Glenn Wilkes Classic being held at the Ocean Center Arena. The Wolfpack will be facing Akron (0-1) on Friday at 3:30 p.m., Austin Peay (1-1) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m., and Auburn (1-1) on Sunday at 8:00 p.m.
In the Pack's only game of the 2009-10 season thus far, NC State downed visiting Georgia State last Thursday at the RBC Center, 69-53.
There will be no television coverage, but fans can watch the game online at http:// www.stretchinternet.com/gwc.html. All three games will be broadcasted on the Wolfpack radio network as well.
THE SERIES VERSUS GLENN WILKES CLASSIC
NC State will be facing three teams at the 2009 Glenn Wilkes Classic that might not be too familiar to Wolfpack fans, as the Pack and its three opponents have only faced off a combined nine times previously.
In Friday action, the Pack will be facing Akron for the third time. NC State has won each of the first two games, winning at Akron in 1947, 53-40, and winning in Raleigh in 1989, 87-67. NC State owns a 3-0 record against all Mid-American squads.
On Saturday, NC State will be facing Austin Peay on the hardwood for the first time.
The Pack is 10-2 overall against teams from the Ohio Valley.
Sunday's game against Auburn will be the eighth meeting between the schools. NC State leads the all-time series, 4-3, and this will be the first meeting since 1976. Against SEC schools, the Pack is 81-57 all-time.
THE PACK IN TOURNAMENT ACTION
When the Pack starts play in the 2009 Glenn Wilkes Classic this weekend, it will mark the second time a Sidney Lowe team has competed in an in-season tournament in November.
During the 2007-08 season, the Pack won the Old Spice Classic in Orlando. Playing three games in three days as well, NC State defeated Rider (72-63), South Carolina (63-61) and No. 20 Villanova in the championship game, 69-68.
Playing three games in tournament action during the season has been fairly new to NC State. Before the Old Spice Classic, NC State's last trip to a tournament during the season was the 1998 Puerto Rico Classic. The Pack got wins over Middle Tennessee State and #23 Oklahoma, but fell to Ohio State in between those two games.
In more recent tournament action during the season, NC State claimed first place honors when it hosted the BCA Invitational in both 2004-05 and 2001-02.
LOWE FINDS SUCCESS IN TOURNAMENTS
NC State has found success playing in tournaments under Sidney Lowe, as the Pack comes into the Glenn Wilkes Classic with a record of 9-4 in both in-season and post season tournaments under Lowe.
In Lowe's first season in 2007, the Pack advanced to the ACC Championship game and then to the third round of the NIT. That season, the Pack went 5-2 in tournament games. During the 2007-08 campaign, NC State went a perfect 3-0 in the Old Spice Classic. The Pack has also fell in the first round of the ACC Tournament the last two seasons. NC State is already 1-0 this season, defeating Georgia State in the first round of the Glenn Wilkes Classic in Raleigh.
LOWE TO COACH IN 100TH CAREER GAME
Saturday's game against Austin Peay marks Sidney Lowe's 100th game on the sidelines for the Pack. Going into the Glenn Wilkes Classic, Lowe has a career 52-46 record at NC State.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolfpack won its 16th straight season opener, downing visiting Georgia State, 69-53, November 12 at the RBC Center. With the score tied 37-37 with 13:44 left, the Pack went on a 15-4 run and held the Panthers to just one field goal over a seven minute span. Tracy Smith recorded his third career double-double with game-highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Julius Mays came off the bench, scoring 14 of his 16 points in the second half, and Dennis Horner added 15 points.
LOWE IN NOVEMBER
NC State has started its season strong under Sidney Lowe, as the Pack has posted a record of 14-2 in November games in Lowe's four season. In Lowe's first season in 2006-07, the Pack was a perfect 5-0 in November games. In his second year, the Pack had a record of 4-2 in such games, but was perfect again last season going 4-0 in the first month of action.
The Pack is 1-0 so far this season in November, defeating Georgia State.
HOWELL OUT OF ACTION
Freshman Richard Howell underwent knee surgery in early October, and missed the entire preseason, and sat out the Pack's season opening win over Georgia State. The forward from Marietta, Ga., will add depth to the Pack's front court once he returns to action.
PACK CELEBRATES THE 10OTH SEASON
2009-10 will mark the 100th season of NC State basketball. The Pack first took the court in 1910-11, and currently ranks among the top-25 nationally for most wins for a program.
Throughout the season, NC State will be honoring former players, coaches and teams at various home games. Check GoPack.com for feature stories throughout the season.