Pack seeking fifth-straight victory in the series with the Eagles
Boston College (12-15, 4-10 ACC) vs. NC State (19-8, 8-6 ACC)
8 p.m. | Raleigh, N.C.
PNC Arena (19,700)
SERIES RECORD: Boston College leads 8-7
LAST MEETING: NC State, 78-73, 1/5/13
TELEVISION: The ACC Network Where To Watch
Play by play: Tim Brant Color: Dan Bonner
RADIO: NC State Radio Network Listen
Play-by-play: Gary Hahn Color: Tony Haynes
RALEIGH, NC Feb. 26, 2013 – NC State returns to PNC Arena for the first of its final two home games when it hosts Boston College Wednesday at 8 p.m.
NC State will be seeking its fifth straight win over Boston College in a series that began in the 1967-68 season. There have only been 15 previous meetings between the two schools.
The Wolfpack has won the last four meetings in the series with the Eagles since Mark Gottfried’s appointment as NC State’s head coach, including a 78-73 victory at Conte Forum on Jan. 5.
Scott Wood provided the heroics for State in this year’s first meeting by scoring all 12 of his points in the game’s final 3:46. Held scoreless to that point, Wood hit a pair of quick 3-pointers and went 6-for-6 at the line to help the Pack win its ACC opener.
With a victory Wednesday over the Eagles, the Pack would have its second consecutive 20-win season, making Gottfried the first NC State coach to post back-to-back 20 wins in his first two seasons since Everett Case recorded 26 and 29 victories in his first two years (1946-47 and 1947-48) at the helm of the State program.
The Pack will also be looking to win its 15th home game of the year for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
Wednesday’s matchup will feature two of the ACC’s top scoring freshmen in BC’s Olivier Hanlan and State’s T.J. Warren. Hanlan is averaging a conference freshman-best 14.4 points per game, while Warren is posting 12.1 points per contest and leads the conference in field goal percentage (.622). Warren also has the conference’s top single-game scoring performance by a freshman with 31 points against Florida State on Feb. 19. The duo also ranks first and third in double-figure scoring games by freshmen with Hanlan registering double digits 22 times and Warren with 17 this season. Warren, who has started the last two games for the Pack, is averaging 20.5 points and 11.5 rebounds.
Wednesday’s game can be heard on the NC State Radio network with Gary Hahn providing the play-by-play commentary and Tony Haynes analyzing the action on the court. It will also be broadcast on the ACC Network with Tim Brant and Dan Bonner on the call.
√ NC State checks in at No. 24 in the RPI, and No. 17 in strength of schedule. The Pack posts three wins against the RPI top-50 this season.
√ Mark Gottfried is 4-0 against Boston College in his two seasons at NC State. The Pack has won four straight in the series, and six of the last seven.
√ Freshman T.J. Warren has started the last two games, and recorded back-to-back double-doubles, averaging 20.5 points and 11.5 rebounds.
√ Richard Howell is just 25 rebounds away from becoming only the fourth player in NC State history to record 1,000 career rebounds.
√ Howell ranks fifth nationally and leads the ACC in rebounding (11.0).
√ Scott Wood is 15 three-pointers away from tying Rodney Monroe’s school record of
322. Wood is ninth in ACC history, with 307 career makes.
√ Lorenzo Brown is only the third player in school history to record 500+ career assists
(Chris Corchiani and Sidney Lowe).
√ C.J. Leslie is one of four players in the ACC to rank in the top-10 in points (fifth, 15.4),
rebounds (ninth, 7.6) and field goal percentage (fourth, .541).
√ NC State leads the ACC with 32 double-doubles, Duke is second with 18.
√ Howell is fifth nationally, and leads the ACC with 16 double-doubles this season. That
total is more than 10 ACC teams.