WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
- NC State scores 63.4% of its points on 2-point field goals. That is second
in the nation among measuring how teams rely on 2-point field goals for
- NC State is 33rd in the nation in guarding the 3-point arc. Opponents shoot
just .302 from long range against the Wolfpack.
- NC State is leaning on 6-8 sophomore T.J. Warren a fair amount. Despite
missing a game, he has played 80.1 percent of the team’s available minutes
and takes more than 35 percent of NC State’s shots, the 10th-highest mark
in the country.
- 31.7 percent of NC State’s offensive possessions involve T.J. Warren either
shooting, getting to the foul line, assisting or turning the ball over. That ranks
25th in the nation.
- Weighted by minutes played, NC State is 332nd of 351 teams in player
SOMETHING TO LOOK FOR
Georgia Tech is near the bottom of the ACC in shooting,
ranking 11th in field goal percentage and 14th in
3-point percentage. That could serve as a factor as
the Wolfpack builds off its strong defensive performance
vs. Maryland on Monday.
This weekend is the NABC’s Coaches vs. Cancer
Suits and Sneakers Weekend nationally. The NC
State coaching and support staff will be wearing
sneakers in support of the fight against cancer. The
Wolfpack coaches will wear Adidas Supernova Glide
5 shoes in black and white.
Witih 19:31 left in the game on Monday night, NC
State trailed Maryland 31-20. The Wolfpack erased
that deficit and went on to win 65-56. It was the largest
comeback of the season for NC State. The Pack
erased a 10-point deficit in its 75-56 win over Eastern
Kentucky on Nov. 30.
ON THE ‘MARK’ in ACC PLAY
NC State has won 22 ACC games since Mark Gottfried
came to NC State. His 20 wins during his first
two years was the most for NCSU over a two-year
span since the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. NC
State also won 20 ACC games during those two
seasons. Additionally, Gottfried became just the third
coach in ACC history to lead his first two teams to the
FREE THROW DEFENSE
NC State’s opponents are shooting .760 at the foul
line this season, the fifth-best percentage in the nation.
With T.J. Warren unavailable on Monday night, NC
State was looking for scoring. Enter Ralston Turner.
The junior guard tied his career high with 23 points
and made five 3-pointers. With Maryland leading 46-42, Turner hit a pair of treys 38 seconds apart to put
NC State ahead 48-46. His 3-pointer with 2:40 left
gave the Wolfpack a 62-55 lead and effectively sealed
The Wolfpack has held nine of its last 14 opponents
to worse than 42 percent shooting. The Wolfpack held
Northwestern to just 49 points on .250 shooting on
Dec. 4. It was the lowest shooting percentage for a
Pack opponent since it held NC Central to .203 shooting
in January 2008. On Dec. 18, NC State traveled
to Tennessee and held the Vols to .294 shooting and
Maryland was limited to .314 shooting on Jan. 20.
#TONYBUCKETS DOUBLING UP
T.J. Warren is tied for third in the ACC with four double-
doubles this season. Warren reached the mark
vs. Cincinnati (13 and 10), Eastern Kentucky (30 and
11), Tennessee (21 and 11) and Missouri (24 and 13).
He has six career double-doubles.
THE MOST IMPROVEMENT IN THE ACC
T.J. Warren has lifted his scoring average from last
year’s 12.1 points to his current 22.2 average. The
+10.1 points-per-game increase is second in the
ACC behind Syracuse guard Trevor Cooney (+10.2).
THE PACK WHEN TJ GETS BUCKETS
There’s little doubt NC State needs production from
its 6-8 standout sophomore forward T.J. Warren, who
is sixth in the country with 22.2 points per game.
Over the past two seasons, the Wolfpack is 29-12
when Warren scores in double figures and 16-6
when he leads the team in scoring.
In ACC play, NC State stands third in the league in
free throw percentage (.712). NCSU’s 14-for-15 performance
at the free throw line vs. Pitt was the team’s
best free throw shooting percentage since Feb. 27,
2008 when the Wolfpack shot 11-for-11 vs. Florida
State. The Pack followed that with a 25-for-32 effort
at Notre Dame.
Freshman forward Kyle Washington has increased
his production in recent games. The 6-9 Minnesota
native grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds vs. Maryland
and scored eight points against Duke. Earlier this
season, Washington tallied a career-high 10 points vs.
Missouri. He also pulled down seven rebounds in NC
State’s win at Tennessee. He totaled seven points, five
rebounds and four blocks vs. Virginia.
It didn’t take long for Anthony ‘Cat’ Barber to become
an impact player at the college level. The freshman
scored 22 points in just his fourth college game and
has 11 games with double-digit scoring. Barber, who
is averaging 11.3 points per game and leads NC State
in assists, has five outings with 16 points or more this
CAT 3RD AMONG ACC FROSH
Cat Barber is third among all freshmen in the ACC
in scoring and assists. Barber’s 11.3 scoring average
stands ahead of all first-year ACC players except
Duke’s Jabari Parker and SU’s Tyler Ennis. Only Ennis
and VaTech’s Devin Wilson have more assists than
GET TO THE LINE
NC State has an 8-0 record when shooting the same
number or more free throws than its opponents. State
is 7-1 when making the same or more foul shots.
WINS VS. LOSSES
NC State is known as a fast-tempo, offensive team. In
its 12 wins, the Pack has scored nearly 80 points per
IMPROVED SHOOTING BY RALSTON
Ralston Turner, who made 95 shots from 3-point range
during his two seasons at LSU, leads NC State with
37 made 3-pointers. Turner buried five treys in the
win over Maryland and finished with a season-high
23 points. He scored 21 points in the win over Detroit,
shooting 6-for-8 from 3-point range. He buried three
treys against Northwestern for 13 points and made
4-for-7 from 3-point land in NC State’s game at Cincinnati.
After missing four games due to an ankle injury, fifth-year
senior Jordan Vandenberg has rebounded to play
the best basketball of his career. The 7-1 Australia
native is averaging 6.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.1
blocks per game. He entered the season with career
averages of 1.2 points and 1.5 rebounds.
scored a career-high 18 points and dunked seven
times vs. ECU on Dec. 21. He tied his career high with
11 rebounds in NC State’s win at Notre Dame.
Jordan Vandenberg and BeeJay Anya are among the
ACC’s leaders in blocked shots. Vandenberg stands
sixth in the league with 2.0 blocks per game, while
Anya is seventh (1.8). Earlier this season, NC State
recorded 12 swats in the win at Tennessee, the most
blocked shots in a game since it blocked 13 against
Tennessee Tech on Nov. 12, 2010.
BASKET IS HALF FULL
Wake Forest and Duke are the only teams to shoot 50 percent against NC State this
season. Conversely, the Pack has shot 50 percent or better six times this season and
has won each time. That includes a .619 shooting night in the season opener vs. Appalachian
State. Dating back to the beginning of last season, NC State is 20-5 in games
when shooting at least 50 percent.
EASY ‘DEZ’ IT
Desmond Lee is another top scoring option for NC State, standing third on the team with
10.1 points per game. Lee, who scored 24 points in the season opener vs. Appalachian
State and has 10 double-digit scoring outings this season, finished with 15 points both
vs. Long Beach State and at UNCG and 14 vs. Maryland.