Preview: NC State vs North Carolina Central

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Despite forecasts for up to eight inches of snow in the Raleigh/Durham area Friday night and during the day Saturday, NC State will take on the Eagles from North Carolina Central Saturday afternoon. Tip off in the RBC Center is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Following NC State’s game against NCCU, the Hurricanes will take on the Chicago Blackhawks.

Saturday’s match up with NCCU is the last non-conference game of the 2009-2010 regular season for the Wolfpack. The Eagles (4-18) have faced four ACC teams this season, losing to North Carolina, Miami and Virginia Tech earlier in the year. NC State (13-8) comes into the game looking to halt a current two-game losing streak after falling to Maryland last weekend and UNC Tuesday. Due to the potential for inclement weather, the game will be available online for free via Pack Pass.

Coaches Vs. Cancer: This weekend is the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers
awareness weekend, and the NC State staff will once again be wearing sneakers to show
support for the program. Suits and Sneakers will unite coaches from across the country in the
common effort to raise cancer awareness in their communities.

Coaches vs. Cancer

This weekend is the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend, and the NC State staff will once again be wearing sneakers to show support for the program. Suits and Sneakers will unite coaches from across the country in the common effort to raise cancer awareness in their communities.

Last Season vs NC Central

Playing in its final non-conference game of the season, NC State downed NC Central 87-59 at the RBC Center on February 3. After falling behind 10-2 to start the game, the Pack went on a 20-3 run and never lost the lead. Brandon Costner (25 points, 13 rebounds) and Ben McCauley (17 points, 12 rebounds) each recorded a double-double. The Pack was dominate in the boards, holding a 52-14 advantage for the game, including 19 on the offensive end. NC State also shot well from the field, hitting 57.9 percent (33-57) of its shots.

Last Time Out for NC State

NC State went over eight minutes without a point in the second half, as North Carolina came away with a 77-63 win at the RBC Center on Tuesday. The Pack put together a 20-6 run wrapped around halftime, including a 10-1 spurt to open the second half, as NC State captured a 43-38 lead with 17:04 left. The Pack then missed 17 of its next 18 shots, and UNC went on a 18-2 run to capture the lead for good. For the second straight game, NC State’s opponent shot over 50.0 percent from the field, as UNC shot 50.9 percent (29-57), including 57.7 percent (15-26) in the second half. Tracy Smith led the Pack with 20 points, while Javier Gonzalez had 19, including scoring 15 of NC State’s 18 points during one stretch.

Limiting Turnovers

NC State has taken care of the ball lately, as the Pack has committed 11 turnovers or less in six of the last seven games (the only game above that mark was 18 turnovers in the win at No. 25 Florida State), and three games were under 10 turnovers. Over the last four games, NC State has committed just 42 total turnovers with no more than 11 in each game. This is the longest streak with 11 or less turnovers in four straight games since the end of the 2004-05 season when NC State went five straight games at 11 or less. In the Pack’s upset win over No. 7 Duke, the three primary ball handlers, Farnold Degand, Javier Gonzalez, Julius Mays, combined for just 3 turnovers in 74 combined minutes of play while dishing out 14 assists. At Maryland, NC State had 10 first half turnovers, but turned the ball over just once in the second half. Last time out, the Pack had just 10 turnovers against North Carolina.

Weather permitting, there will be coverage from the RBC Center tomorrow, including a Live Blog and post-game comments from players and Coach Lowe.

09-10 Basketball

20 Responses to Preview: NC State vs North Carolina Central

  1. wolfie91 01/29/2010 at 4:55 PM #

    Wow, how many fans will be there for this? I think we will win, b/c NCCU is so bad, but part of me is scared.

  2. Defenestrate 01/29/2010 at 7:28 PM #

    i’ll be there, weather permitting.

    Lets go Pack, epic beatdown, FTW.

  3. Wolfy__79 01/29/2010 at 8:27 PM #

    there shouldn’t be too much of a problem here. hopefully we run it up on them!!!

  4. wolfpackattack89 01/29/2010 at 8:33 PM #

    Does this game even warrant a preview??

  5. 61Packer 01/29/2010 at 8:48 PM #

    I just came in a while ago (Cary area) and it’s pretty obvious that most of us with tickets won’t be able to get to this one. Can’t they for once postpone? State has a week off between the Feb 20 game here vs Wake and the Feb 27 game at Miami. If the RBC isn’t available, then play the game at Reynolds. It isn’t like Reynolds won’t be big enough to handle this crowd.

    How about it, Jed?

  6. Wolfy__79 01/29/2010 at 9:06 PM #

    good luck with that. it would be nice to add another game at reynolds. with this team, i don’t want to mix things up that much, they may need to play tommorrow to keep what little pulse we have right now..

  7. packpowerfan 01/30/2010 at 12:15 AM #

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and predict a Pack win…

  8. D_Medlin 01/30/2010 at 12:54 AM #

    Wolfpackattack89,

    Based on the fact that you more than likely read the preview before commenting, I’d say yes.

  9. fullmoon1 01/30/2010 at 1:40 AM #

    I watched the mighty eagles take on the High Point University Panthers during the Christmas break and even HPU made them look like a division II at best. I would also like to point out this was at the hands of small university team that has a brand new coach(unc alum scott cherry).NCCU seemed to play lackluster basketball, jogging up and down and just not putting alot of effort into the game I watched. In all honesty this is the kind game that we should not have to worry about but a couple of teams have had their best games against the pack so I pray we don’t get caught looking past them. Central’s coach was very animated drawing a technical during the game so I expect it should be entertaining.

  10. VaWolf82 01/30/2010 at 8:57 AM #

    Here’s something I saw earlier this week at Jerry Palm’s site, collegerpi.com

    Savannah St scored five points in the first half against NC Central last week – and still won – 46-44 in OT.

    I suspect that there are intramural teams at State that could beat Central.

  11. Wulfpack 01/30/2010 at 9:43 AM #

    UNC beat Central by 47, Virginia Tech by 42, and Miami by 30. I suspect we will be ok.

  12. PoppaJohn 01/30/2010 at 11:36 AM #

    This describes the state of State hoops really well – (excerpted from the N&O) (Talking about Howell)
    “If State continues to lag in the ACC standings, coach Sidney Lowe might take a longer look at the 6-foot-8 freshman forward, giving him some of senior Dennis Horner’s minutes with an eye on next season.”

    Basically, suggesting that we start thinking of bailing on the rest of the season …

    http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/college/story/312148.html

  13. 61Packer 01/30/2010 at 11:51 AM #

    Start thinking of bailing on the rest of the season? We’re already in a free fall; the coaches are simply looking to soften the impact when the final “thud” comes.

  14. Defenestrate 01/30/2010 at 11:56 AM #

    GoPack is showing this one for free on PackPass. Gonna leave around 1pm to drive slowwwwwwwwwwwwwly there ;)

  15. Wolfy__79 01/30/2010 at 12:21 PM #

    off subject question, how do yawl think our court would look with white paint? i think it would look pretty cool. well, white paint in the paint and keep the red trim. something to embrace the past but a little spin for the future!!!

  16. D_Medlin 01/30/2010 at 12:34 PM #

    Just an FYI, there is a live blog during the game. Check back around 1:45

  17. PoppaJohn 01/30/2010 at 12:37 PM #

    ^^Maybe somebody could photoshop us a sample get an idea of how it would look. I’m struggling to imagine it looking good.

  18. 61Packer 01/30/2010 at 1:10 PM #

    The highway patrol and the governor have told us not to go out on the roads this afternoon. But the Wolfpack game at the RBC goes on as scheduled. The Hurricanes will go on as scheduled too, but at least the Hurricanes will give their ticketholders who can’t get there today an exchange for another game.

    Any chance that Wolfpack officials could treat their fans who have tickets the same way? Even a women’s game at Reynolds would be better than eating these 2 tickets this afternoon. Just a thought.

  19. whope90 01/30/2010 at 3:52 PM #

    Why did we schedule this game? This team is 345 in rpi and 4-17 overall with all wins over non-division 1 teams. We should have scheduled a much stronger opponent! We cann only get better by playing quality competition. NCCU game should be exhbition only! Must have been a Quentin Jackson facto,

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