NC State vs. Stanford
9PM | ESPN 2 | PNC Arena
NC State vs. Stanford
This is the second meeting between NC State and Stanford. The Cardinal lead the series 1-0 after capturing the initial meeting, 76-72, last season in Palo Alto.
The Pack led by as much as 12 in the second half, but it saw its lead disappear and Stanford take control when C.J. Leslie exited the game with cramping issues at the 10 minute mark and
Scott Wood fouled out with five minutes remaining in the contest. Leslie left the game with 14 points, shooting 6-for-8 from the field, including
1-for-1 from 3-point range, and 1-for-1 from the line. Stanford’s Josh Owens made a pair of free throws with three minutes remaining to give the Cardinal the lead for good.
C.J. Williams finished with a team-high 18 points to lead the Wolfpack.
On The Break
One of the points of emphasis in NC State’s offensive style is to score points in transition. This season, the Pack has outscored its opponents, 170-54, on fastbreak points.
Through its nine games, NC State is averaging 13.0 points per game on the fastbreak, compared to 5.3 points per contest for its competition.
In The Rankings
NC State has been ranked in the Associated Press poll since the preseason, opening the year at No. 6. The Pack currently is ranked 25th in the AP
poll, marking the seventh straight week it has been ranked. It is the longest stretch that NC State has been ranked by AP since spending 15 weeks in the
poll during the 2005-06 season.
Sharing The Wealth
The Pack has evenly shared the scoring load this season with four players averaging double figures. The Pack is led by freshman T.J. Warren,
who is averaging a team-best 14.8 points per game.
Senior Richard Howell is second on the team in scoring with an average of 14.1 points per contest. Junior C.J. Leslie is contributing 12.9 ppg, while junior Lorenzo Brown is averaging 11.7 ppg.
Freshman Rodney Purvis Senior Scott Wood are on the cusp of averaging double figures at 9.8 and 9.3 ppg, respectively. NC State is one of four ACC schools with four or more players averaging in double figures.
The others are Duke (5), Miami (5) and North