NC State Wolfpack vs. St Bonaventure Bonnies
3pm | ESPN3 | Raleigh, NC | PNC Arena
NC State takes on St. Bonaventure today at 3pm in a game that might not be as easy as it looks. Sure the Bonnies are from Atlantic 10 and already have 3 losses to unranked teams, but that’s no reason to write them off. This is a very disciplined, hard working team with talent. They are ranked 77th in the nation in FG%, 66th in point per game and 66th in assists per game. This is a team that matches up fairly well with the Wolfpack. They are led by Demitrius Conger and Chris Johnson, both of whom average 14 points per game and stand 6’6 and 6’5 respectively. They have some size, but aren’t quite as physical as NC State. The Pack hold the advantage in athleticism as well.
The keys for today’s game will be State’s ability to defend the 3 point line (where St. Bon shoots 37% and to stop Conger and Johnson from getting off. If Lorenzo Brown can control the pace like he did the last time out and Richard Howell and CJ Leslie show up again, NC State should be able to take care of the Bonnies.
• NC State is seeking to extend its winning streak to five games.
• The Wolfpack is looking extend its home winning streak to seven contests dating back to last season’s Feb. 29 win over Miami (77-73).
• This is the third meeting between NC State and St. Bonaventure and the first true home game played by either team in the series.
• NC State is 55-18 versus opponents from the Atlantic 10 Conference.
• The Pack is seeking its second win over an A-10 school this year. NC State defeated UMass, 94-76, at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Nov. 16 .
• The last A-10 opponent to come to Raleigh was George Washington on Dec. 30, 2005, with the Pack posting a 79-58 victory.
• Saturday’s game is the final game before team’s the week-long break for the Christmas holiday.
• NC State’s .530 field goal percentage leads the nation.
• Senior Richard Howell is looking to post his sixth double-double in the Wolfpack’s last seven games.
• Junior C.J. Leslie is looking to extend his streak of double-figure scoring games to seven.
• Senior Scott Wood’s 254 3-pointers lead all active ACC players. That mark is second all-time at NC State (Rodney Monroe – 322, 1987-91).
• Freshman T.J. Warren’s .691 field goal percentage ranks third nationally.
• NC State does not go back on the road until Jan. 5, when it travels to Boston College to open ACC play