NOTES: Pack Back In Action


Posted Jan 26, 2014


NC State hosts Georgia Tech today in PNC Arena. Here are some pregame notes on the Wolfpack.

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 scoring.

- 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 experience.

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.

SNEAKER GAME
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.

COMEBACK PACK
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 NCAA Tournament.

FREE THROW DEFENSE
NC State’s opponents are shooting .760 at the foul line this season, the fifth-best percentage in the nation.

TURNED UP
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 victory.

STATE DEFENSE
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.

CHARITY WORK
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.

MR. WASHINGTON
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.

TOP CAT
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 season.

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 Barber.

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 game.

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.

JORDAN RULES
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.

Vandenberg 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.

SWAT TEAM
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.


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