RALEIGH, NC Jan. 16, 2015
|NC State (12-6, 3-2) at Florida State (9-8, 1-3)|
|Date||Saturday, Jan. 17|
|Time||1:30 p.m. ET|
|Location||Tucker Center – Tallahassee, Fla.|
|Television||ACC Network Affiliates (WRAL-TV) (Mike Gleason, Bobby Cremins)|
|Radio||Wolfpack Sports Network (Gary Hahn, Tony Haynes)|
|Game Notes||NC State | Florida State|
|Season Statistics||NC State | Florida State|
|Social Media||@PackMensBball | Facebook|
The Starting 5 – The Top 5 Storylines For This Game
1. ACC SHARPSHOOTING
After five conference games, NC State is leading the ACC with a .482 field goal percentage in league play. NC State has shot better than 55 percent twice in league play, and better than 51 percent three times. NCSU converted 55.3 percent of its shots vs. Wake Forest in December, then shot 55.0 percent in its win over Duke. The Wolfpack also leads the ACC in field goals made in league play (134).
2. THREE RANKED TEAMS…NOW HIT THE ROAD
NC State enters Saturday’s game having played three consecutive games vs. ranked opponents, all in an eight-day stretch. The Pack captured a win over previously-unbeaten Duke and battled in close losses to Virginia and UNC-Chapel Hill. After that stretch, NC State is currently No. 45 in the RPI with the nation’s No. 7 strength of schedule. After playing at Florida State, Mark Gottfried takes his team to Miami and then return home Jan. 25 to face another ranked team in Notre Dame.
3. ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Trevor Lacey was voted the ACC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week this week after leading NC State to its win over previously-unbeaten Duke. Lacey scored 21 points and shot 5-for-7 from 3-point range against the Blue Devils. With NC State leading 50-48, Lacey scored eight points in a 22-5 run that put the Wolfpack ahead by 19. For the week, Lacey averaged 15.0 points in two games while shooting 8-for-13 from beyond the arc. Lacey followed his ACC award with 19 points and five assists against the Tar Heels on Wednesday.
4. LAST YEAR’S WIN OVER FSU WAS PIVOTAL
With an ice storm limiting travel in the Triangle last January, Florida State came into an intimate setting at PNC Arena that saw just 7,700 able to make it to the game. The contest was a must-win contest for the Wolfpack, which entered the game with a 3-4 ACC record. T.J. Warren scored 30 points and Desmond Lee converted a tip-in with 9 seconds remaining to lift NC State to a 74-70 win over Florida State. At the end of the season, both teams ended up 9-9 in ACC play and NC State advanced to the NCAA Tournament while Florida State played in the NIT.
5. PERIMETER PLAYERS LEAD THE ATTACK
NC State is led by its three-guard attack, with Trevor Lacey, Ralston Turner and Cat Barber combining for 41.8 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. Lacey, fourth in the ACC in scoring with 17.1 points per game, combines with Turner (13.7 ppg) to form the ACC’s top 3-point shooting combination with 86 made 3-pointers. Barber, State’s starting point guard and a former McDonald’s All-American, is scoring 11.0 per game and leads the team in assists.