Boston College (8-5, 0-0 ACC)
Head coach: Steve Donahue
(2nd season, 38-40/183-178 overall)
NC State (11-2, 0-0 ACC)
Head coach: Mark Gottfried
(2nd season, 35-15/313-170 overall)
NC State vs. Boston College
Series: Boston College leads 8-6
First meeting: BC won 72-55 12/20/67
Last meeting: NC State won 89-67 on 3/8/12
At Conte Forum: BC leads 4-2
At PNC Arena: Tied 3-3
Neutral: Tied 1-1
Play by play Dave O’Brien
Color Doris Burke
NC State Radio Network
Play by play Gary Hahn
Color Tony Haynes
Sirius – 106, XM 190
2012 ACC Preseason Poll
Team (1st place) Pts
1. NC State (26) 601
2. Duke (21) 589
3. North Carolina 520
4. Florida State (6) 484
5. Miami 436
6. Maryland 341
7. Virginia 287
8. Clemson 277
9. Georgia Tech 189
10. Virginia Tech 169
11. Wake Forest 151
12. Boston College 90
NC State vs. Boston College
NC State won all three meetings with Boston College last season, but the Eagles still hold the advantage in the all-time series between the two schools, 8-6.
Last season’s meeting between the two programs in Chestnut Hill was a hard-fought contest with NC State prevailing 56-51 for its second win at Conte Forum. Scott Wood had a game-high 16 points, including going 5-for-5 from the charity stripe.
The game was decided on a pair of free throws by Lorenzo Brown in the closing seconds.
NC State also won the meeting with BC in Raleigh, 76-62, and the matchup between the Wolfpack and Eagles in the ACC Tournament, 78-57.
Preseason ACC Favorites
For the first time since the David Thompson era, NC State was picked to win the ACC in a preseason poll of media at the league’s annual Operation Basketball in Charlotte.
The Pack earned 26 of the 53 first-place votes cast in the poll, followed by Duke, North Carolina and defending ACC champions Florida State.
The only other times the Pack was picked to finish first in the poll was in 1973-74, when Norm Sloan’s team was coming off a perfect 27-0 ACC championship season, one of only two undefeated seasons in ACC history. Junior David Thompson and senior Tommy Burleson helped the Wolfpack follow through on that prediction, not only winning its second consecutive ACC title but also ending UCLA’s college basketball dynasty, beating the seven-time champion Bruins in the NCAA semifinals at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum. The Pack won the school’s first team NCAA title by beating Al McGuire’s Marquette squad in the championship game to
finish the season 30-1.
What it means…
- NC State is seeking its eighth straight victory, which would be the longest of Gottfried’s tenure at NC State.
- This is only NC State’s second road game of the year and the Pack is vying for its first road win of the year. Pack’s last road game was a 79-72 loss at Michigan, followed by 69-65 win over UConn at neutral-site Madison Square Garden in New York.
- The Wolfpack is looking to post its fourth consecutive victory over Boston College.
- State is 33-26 all-time in ACC openers and 14-18 when opening league play on the road.
- Saturday’s game is the first of the ACC’s new 18-game league format.
- NC State’s .535 field goal percentage leads the nation, .017 ahead of second-place Gonzaga.
- C.J. Leslie is seeking his 10th consecutive double-figure scoring game and 13th of the season.
- Senior Scott Wood’s 263 3-pointers leads all active ACC players. That mark is second all-time at NC State (Rodney Monroe – 322, 1987-91).
- Freshman T.J. Warren’s .689 field goal percentage ranks third nationally, senior Richard Howell’s .674 ranks ninth.
- Junior Lorenzo Brown is averaging 6.3 assists per game (1st, ACC), the highest average by a Wolfpack player since Chris Corchiani averaged 9.6 per game during the 1990-91 season.
The Pack was also picked to finish first going into 1974-75, Thompson’s senior season. That year, as Thompson earned his third consecutive ACC Player of the Year Award and his second straight National Player of the Year Award, the Wolfpack finished 22-6, tied for second in the ACC standings and losing to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament championship game It did not receive one of the ACC’s two bids into the expanded 32-team NCAA Tournament field.
Over the years, the Pack has been better at exceeding expectations in the preseason poll. State has finished at least two spots better than its predicted finish on 11 occasions, including last season, when it was picked eighth and finished fourth.
It has also finished two or more spots below its predicted finish on nine occasions, including 2008, when the Wolfpack was picked third but finished tied for 11th, and 2011, when it was picked fourth, but finished tied for 10th.
NC State is 33-26 all-time in ACC openers and 14-18 when opening league play on the road.
The last time the Wolfpack opened its conference slate on the road was the 2008-09 season at Clemson, suffering a 63-51 setback to the Tigers.
NC State is 5-5 in its last 10 ACC openers, including 1-5 when starting conference play on the road.
This is the first time that the NC State has opened conference play at Boston College.
New Year, New Format
When ACC play opens league-wide on Saturday, conference’s 12 teams will play in the inaugural 18-game format.
The format was adopted in advance of Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse joining the ACC.
Each year, teams will play every league opponent at least once with the two partners playing home and away annually. In addition to the four annual games against partners, the remaining 14 conference games will feature home and away games with two rotating opponents and five home-only games and five road-only games.
The two-primary-partner format preserves competitive balance and builds upon traditional rivalries while providing the opportunity to create new ones.
ACC Primary Partners
Boston College – Notre Dame and Syracuse
Clemson – Florida State and Georgia Tech
Duke – North Carolina and Wake Forest
Florida State – Clemson and Miami
Georgia Tech – Clemson and Notre Dame
Maryland – Pitt and Virginia
Miami – Florida State and Virginia Tech
North Carolina – Duke and NC State
NC State – North Carolina and Wake Forest
Notre Dame – Boston College and Georgia Tech
Pitt – Maryland and Syracuse
Syracuse – Boston College and Pitt
Virginia – Maryland and Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech – Miami and Virginia
Wake Forest – Duke and NC State