NOTES: Road Test For State


Posted Feb 22, 2014


NC State faces Virginia Tech at 2:00 on Fox Sports South. Here are some pregame notes on the Wolfpack.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
- NC State scores 63% of its points on 2-point field goals. That mark, which measures how teams rely on 2-point field goals for scoring, is the highest in the nation.

- NC State is 34th in the nation in guarding the 3-point arc. Opponents shoot just .306 from long range against the Wolfpack.

- NC State is leaning on 6-8 sophomore T.J. Warren a fair amount. He takes 35.7 percent of NC State’s shots, the 5th-highest mark in the country.

- 31.9 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 23rd in the nation.

- Weighted by minutes played, NC State is 332nd of 351 teams in player experience.

THE HOKIES
Virginia Tech is near the bottom of the ACC in most offensive categories, but the Hokies do rank second in the conference in 3-point percentage (.371). NC State is among the league leaders in guarding shots on the arc, which may help the Pack take away the one thing Virginia Tech does well.

BIG-TIME SCORING LEADER
T.J. Warren, ranked seventh in the nation in scoring, is the top scorer among players in the ACC, American, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC.

#TONYBUCKETS DOUBLING UP
T.J. Warren posted his seventh career double-double in the win over Wake Forest. He scored 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, his fifth double-double of the season. Warren reached the mark vs. Cincinnati (13 and 10), Eastern Kentucky (30 and 11), Tennessee (21 and 11) and Missouri (24 and 13).

RALSTON IN ACC PLAY
With increased playing time, Ralston Turner has increased his scoring in ACC play. Turner averages 12.0 points per game with 29 made 3-pointers in 13 league games. In 13 non-ACC games, Turner scored 8.8 points per game with 24 made 3-pointers.

RALSTON’s BEST SHOOTING
Ralston Turner came to NC State knowing he’d be relied on to make 3-point baskets. He made 95 longrange shots in two seasons at LSU. He’s having his best college season shooting the trey, with a teambest 53 made 3-pointers.

DIALING LONG DISTANCE
The victories over Miami and Wake Forest featured 15-for-38 shooting from long range. State was 7-for-20 shooting from beyond the arc at Miami and then the Pack improved to 8-for-18 from deep against Wake Forest. It was the most made 3-pointers over a two-game span this season.

NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP
T.J. Warren is in rare company. He has 575 points this season, the third-most in NC State history for a sophomore. His scoring average is on pace for second alltime for a sophomore, behind only David Thompson’s 24.7 in 1972-73.

100 CAT HELPERS
Cat Barber’s next assist will be his 100th of the season. Barber, who leads the team with 99 helpers, needs 23 assists to reach fourth on NC State’s all-time list for assists by a freshman.

WOLFPACK INSIDE THE ARC
No team in college basketball relies more on 2-point baskets than NC State. 63.0 percent of the Pack’s points come from inside the arc, the highest 2-point distribution in the country. T.J. Warren shoots .574 on his attempts inside the arc.

GETTING HISTORICAL BUCKETS
When T.J. Warren scored 30 points against both Florida Gulf Coast and Eastern Kentucky, he became the first NC State player to post consecutive 30-point performances since Rodney Monroe in 1991. He then followed those performances with 22 points against Northwestern on Dec. 4. His 82 points was the most during a three-game span since Tom Gugliotta scored 83 during the first three contests in 1991-92.

LIFT FROM LEWIS
Tyler Lewis, who has started the last four games, has provided the Pack with a spark.

With NCSU trailing Georgia Tech 52-41 in the second half, Lewis buried a pair of 3-pointers 39 seconds apart. Lewis finished with 10 points, his first double-digit scoring game since the season opener vs. Appalachian State. Lewis added six points and seven assists with no turnovers during the win over Florida State.

‘TiS BETTER TO GIVE
Over the last seven games, Tyler Lewis has dished 30 assists against just five turnovers. He ranks fourth in the ACC in assist-turnover ratio (3.5:1). He is on pace to break the school record for assist-turnover ratio, held by Sidney Lowe (3.35:1) in 1982-83. For his career, Lewis has 132 assists against 46 turnovers.

CRASHING THE GLASS
T.J. Warren is the ACC’s leading offensive rebounder, pulling in 3.3 offensive boards per game. He has five outings with five or more offensive rebounds and has at least one offensive board in every game except one (Jan. 11 vs. Virginia).

DESMOND PUTS IT BACK
Desmond Lee, who started the season’s first 19 games, made a late-game put-back to lift the Wolfpack to two consecutive wins. He rebounded a T.J. Warren miss with 19 seconds left in regulation to force overtime vs. Georgia Tech. He then scored a put-back with :09 on the clock to ice NC State’s win over FSU.

TRAVEL NOTE
The trip to Virginia Tech will be the fifth bus ride of the season for the Wolfpack, and the first trip by bus outside the state of North Carolina. NC State rode by bus to UNCG, Wake, Duke and North Carolina. All other trips have been via charter flights.

TOP CAT
It didn’t take long for Anthony ‘Cat’ Barber to become an impact player at the college level. The freshman scored a season-high 22 points in just his fourth college game and has 12 games with double-digit scoring. Barber, who is averaging 9.7 points per game and leads NC State in assists, has five outings with 16 points or more this season.

TOP ROOKIE
Cat Barber is in the top four among all freshmen in the ACC in both scoring and assists. Barber’s 10.0 scoring average is fourth in the conference, while only SU’s Tyler Ennis and VaTech’s Devin Wilson have more assists than Barber’s 3.8 assists per game.

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

COMEBACK PACK
On Jan. 20, NC State trailed Maryland 31-20 early in the second half. The Wolfpack erased that deficit to win 65-56. It was the largest comeback of the season for NC State. NCSU matched that comeback in the very next game, deleting a 52-41 deficit to beat Georgia Tech in overtime. It is the first time NC State has posted a pair of double-digit comebacks in the same season since the 2010-11 campaign.

ENDED THE HOKIES’ SEASON LAST YEAR
Richard Howell scored 22 points on 11-for-13 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds in NC State’s 80-63 tournament win over Virginia Tech last March. T.J. Warren scored 13 in the game on 6-for-9 shooting. Jarell Eddie had 21 points for the Hokies, who saw their 2012-13 season end with the loss.



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