NC State is 17-0 all-time in meetings with UNC-Asheville. The last time the two schools met was last yearâ€™s season opener in Raleigh with the Pack posting an 84-75 victory in Coach Mark Gottfried’s first game as head coach of the Wolfpack. NC State is 77-9 all-time against Big South foes.
From GoPack - “Both teams enter Fridayâ€™s game looking to get back on the winning track after each experienced losses at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. NC State fell to Oklahoma State, 76-56, in the championship game of the event, while UNC Asheville is trying to stop a four-game slide. The Bulldogs suffered losses to Tennessee (75-68), Akron (82-63) and Providence (72-67) in Puerto Rico. Their streak began with a loss to UNC Wilmington, 67-59, in its second game of the season.
Eddie Biedenbach is in his 18th season as head coach of the Bulldogs, but he is a familiar face around NC Stateâ€™s campus. As an NC State player from 1964-69, the native of Pittsburgh owns the distinction of being the only player in school history to be coached by Everett Case, Press Maravich and Norm Sloan. The wily guard, known as the â€œPittsburgh Pirateâ€ because of his defensive abilities, earned AllACC honors in his junior season of 1966 and his senior season of â€™68, leading the team in scoring both years. In between, he sat out with a back injury.
After his playing career, Biedenbach became a Wolfpack assistant under Sloan and was responsible for recruiting some of the greatest players in school history, including Tommy Burleson, David Thompson, Kenny Carr and Charles â€œHawkeyeâ€ Whitney. Biedenbach, who spent three seasons as the head coach at Davidson, returned to NC State as an assistant under Les Robinson, spending three years in Raleigh before being named head coach of the Bulldogs prior to the 1996-97 season.