State will face Barton College at 7pm in its second and final exhibition match before starting the regular season. The Wolfpack handled Lynn in the exhibition opener after coming out to some early jitters. The second showing for the Pack should give us a good idea of which lineup Gottfried will look to go with to open the season.
Who are the Barton Bulldogs?
The Bulldogs are a NCAA Divsion II basketabll program in the Conference Carolinas. Barton is located in Wilson, NC which is an hour east of Raleigh, which means they have some homegrown talent on their roster. Once of which is Isiah Jones out of nearby Athens High School. While a Division II school, Barton has seen their fair share off success in the basketball ranks. Some of you may remember this wild finish to win the 2007 Division II National Title.
Barton had a very good year last year, finish 20-11 while making it to their conference championship game. Barton returns 9m players from last years team including all-conference point guard Danny Shand, who averaged nearly 15 points per game while also leading the league in assists at 5.4 per game. They also return Daniel Westbrook and RJ Claypool who averaged close to 10 points a game last year. Barton did lose 3 of their 5 starters from last year, including an all-conference player in Dominique Byrd. The Bulldogs are currently picked to finish 2nd in their conference.
How To Watch
The game will be played at the PNC Arena, all tickets are General Admission and can be purchased here or at the Gate.
All Tickets will be $5 though for non season ticket holders, you may need to shell out another $10 for parking (Go Figure).
The game will also be live streaming on GoPack.com
Hopefully the Pack have brushed off some of the first game jitters and will come out strong against Barton and give us a better look at things to come this season. Barton will bring more size and talent to the table than Lynn but should still be highly outmatched by this NC State team. Following this game, State will begin the season against Georgia Southern at the PNC on 11/11.