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NC State Wolfpack vs. Miami Hurricanes
Noon | ACCN | Raleigh, NC


The Starting 5 – The Top 5 Storylines For This Game

1. THE TOP SCORER IN THE TOP CONFERENCES
T.J. Warren is the ACC’s leading scorer with 23.3 points per game and is the top scorer among all players in the Power 5 conferences. He leads the ACC in both 20-point games (23) and 30-point outings (7). The 6-8 sophomore is the only player in the ACC with multiple 30-point performances. Warren poured in a career-high 36 points during Wednesday’s contest against North Carolina. Warren, who has reached double figures in 29 of his last 31 games, is also first in the ACC with a .523 field goal percentage (minimum 5 FG made per game). He is on pace to become just the third player in ACC history to lead the conference in both scoring and field goal percentage (Horace Grant, Tim Duncan). Warren is also among the ACC’s leaders in rebounds (7th), offensive rebounds (1st), minutes played (8th) and steals (6th).

2. TYLER SERVES IT UP
Tyler Lewis is on pace to set the single-season school record for assist-to-turnover ratio. Lewis is currently averaging an ACC-best 4.04 assists to every turnover, which is also good for third in the nation. The previous school record is 3.35, set by Sidney Lowe during the 1982-83 season. The sophomore from Statesville, N.C., has 34 assists against just three turnovers over the last five games. Over the last four games, Lewis has dished 27 assists with only one miscue.

3. PACK AND CANES HAD SIMILAR CHALLENGES
Before this season started, NC State and Miami were facing simiilar obstacles. Both teams were working toward replacing several accomplished players who either graduated or left for the NBA Draft. The Wolfpack had to replace a group of players (Richard Howell, Scott Wood, Lorenzo Brown, C.J. Leslie) that produced 5,499 points, 2,655 rebounds, 1,084 assists and 420 starts. Miami replaced a group of six players (including Shane Larkin, Durand Scott and Kenny Kadji) that produced 5,399 career points, 2,744 rebounds, 966 assists and 412 starts.

4. SOPHOMORIC BEHAVIOR
T.J. Warren is in rare company. He has 642 points this season, the third-most in NC State history for a sophomore. He needs 21 more points to equal Rodney Monroe’s sophomore season of 1988-89. His scoring average is on pace for second all-time for a sophomore, behind only David Thompson’s 24.7 mark in 1972-73.

5. ENCORE ACT FOR T.J.
T.J Warren was quiet in the first half at Miami on Feb. 8, scoring just eight points on 3-for-5 shooting. The opposite was true after halftime in Coral Gables, as Warren scored 19 of NC State’s 24 points in the second half to lead the Wolfpack to a 56-55 road victory. Warren shot 5-for-9 from the floor and 9-for-10 in the second half to finish with 27 points. Ralston Turner added 17 points (16 in the first half) as NC State improved to 5-5 in ACC play.
PackInsider’s Keys to the game:

1) Stop Rion Brown. We said this last time, but he ended up with 20 and almost led the Canes to a win. State HAS to stop him if they want to win, but he is certainly a matchup problem as a 6’6 guard.

2) Rebound. The Wolfpack bigs are getting better and better, but last time out against Miami they lost on the boards. This Miami team is big and strong and will take advantage of you if you wont block out.

3) Handle their guards. Miami’s guards aren’t big time scorers but Garrius Adams and Manu Lecomte managed a combined 23 pts against State last time out. Lewis, Barber and Lee will need to be as good as they were early on against UNC if they want to dominate this game.

4) Protect the basketball. They turned it over 11 times last meeting with Miami. Not bad, and as long as Lewis is on the floor I think this one is taken care of.

5) Play with nothing to lose. State is on the outside looking in, but if they win out, doors may open. Laying it all on the line and coming out like they did vs. UNC is a great start.

 

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Matt Chazanow Joins NC State as New Voice of the Wolfpack

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RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan and Learfield’s Wolfpack Sports Properties, have announced that Matt Chazanow has been named the Wolfpack’s Director of Broadcasting and will serve as the play by play announcer for football and men’s basketball. The veteran broadcaster was chosen for the coveted role following a national search that included more than 150 applicants.

“I’m so excited to welcome Matt Chazanow as our new ‘Voice of the Wolfpack,’” said Corrigan. “Chaz understands that this role isn’t only about calling games, but about bringing special moments and memories to Wolfpack fans of all ages. While he is a very talented radio announcer, he will also be a great representative of our university, our brand, and our culture.

“I also want to thank Gary Hahn for his period of service to NC State. There are generations of NC State fans that have memories of Gary calling their favorite Wolfpack plays, and he will always be a part of Wolfpack Nation.”

Chazanow becomes just the fifth play by play announcer since the Wolfpack Sports Network was formed in 1961. He replaces Gary Hahn, who was behind the microphone for 34 years, and will also enjoy a variety of additional roles for NC State and Learfield in Raleigh.

Hailing from Westfield, N.J., Chazanow joins the Wolfpack after serving as the Director of Broadcast Operations for Learfield at Washington State since 2015.  During his tenure in Pullman, he served as the play-by-play broadcaster for Cougar football, basketball and baseball, hosted and designed weekly hour-long coaches shows, and created and hosted videos and podcasts. He also coordinated efforts with sales staff and helped with donor relations.

“I am so thrilled for this incredible opportunity,” said Chazanow.  “The passion and power of the Pack is renowned in college athletics and to be entrusted to take the baton from Gary Hahn and tell the stories of NC State is truly humbling. I can’t wait to get started.”

Chazanow has also served as a national play by play voice for Westwood One Radio (since 2022) and Learfield (since 2008), covering football, men’s basketball, baseball and the NCAA Regional semifinals and finals for women’s basketball. Much of his national work has been covering ACC and SEC games.

No stranger to the state of North Carolina, Chazanow’s years of experience include seven years as Learfield’s Senior Network Manager based out of Winston-Salem. In that role, he managed the network broadcasts for eight schools (Arizona, Cal, Gonzaga, Oregon, Texas, UCLA, Washington and Washington State).

“An established voice in the broadcasting world, Chaz will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Wolfpack Sports Network,” said Kyle Winchester, General Manager of Wolfpack Sports Properties. “We’re delighted for him to join our world-class team and lead our coverage of the Wolfpack starting this season.”

A 2006 graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse, Chazanow began his career as the play by play announcer for High Point women’s basketball, ironically calling his first game in Reynolds Coliseum as HPU faced Kay Yow’s Wolfpack. He also worked briefly for UNC Greensboro before being hired by ISP (now Learfield).

Chazanow is married to the former Ashley Randleman, a native of Jonesville, N.C., and they have a three-year-old son, Nathan. Ashley won two state volleyball titles in Reynolds Coliseum while playing for Starmount High School in 2003 and 2004.

About Learfield 

Learfield is a diversified and influential media and technology company powering college athletics. Through its digital and physical platforms, Learfield owns and leverages a deep data set and relationships in the industry to drive revenue, growth, brand awareness, and fan engagement for brands, sports, and entertainment properties. With ties to over 1,200 collegiate institutions and over 12,000 local and national brand partners, Learfield’s presence in college sports and live events delivers influence and maximizes reach to target audiences. With solutions for a 365-day, 24/7 fan experience, Learfield enables schools and brands to connect with fans through licensed merchandise, game ticketing, donor identification for athletic programs, exclusive custom content, innovative marketing initiatives, NIL solutions, and advanced digital platforms. Since 2008, it has served as title sponsor for the acclaimed Learfield Directors’ Cup, supporting athletic departments across all divisions.

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NC State Women’s Basketball will Host Ole Miss in the ACC/SEC Challenge in 2024

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The NC State Women’s Basketball team will host Ole Miss in the 2024 ACC/SEC Challenge in 2024 on Thursday, December 5th.

The Rebels are ranked 23rd in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early 2024 Preseason Top-25 rankings.

NC State is 3-1 all-time against Ole Miss, in a series that dates back to 1979. The last time the two teams played was in 2008, when the Wolfpack defeated the Rebels 46-42 in Reynolds Coliseum.

Last season the Wolfpack defeated Vanderbilt 70-62 in the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge.

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NC State Will Host Texas in the 2024 Men’s Basketball ACC/SEC Challenge

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball team will host Texas in the 2024 ACC/SEC Challenge.

This will mark the 5th time that the Wolfpack and the Longhorns play one another. The series is split down the middle currently, with each team winning 2 games each.

The Longhorns could be right on the edge of being a Preseason Top-25 heading into next year.

NC State’s 2024-25 Non-Conference Strength of Schedule is shaking out to be pretty impressive. The Wolfpack will be playing in the Rady Children’s Invitational Tournament, which will feature Purdue, BYU and Ole Miss. Purdue was the National Runner-Up last year, and will likely be a Preseason Top-15 team. Ole Miss is ranked in the Top-25 in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Preseason Top-25.

NC State will be also be playing at Kansas next season, and the Jayhawks are likely going to the Preseason #1 team.

Also, a game against Marquette might be in the works next year, which would be a rematch from their Sweet 16 matchup this past season. The Golden Eagles are likely a Preseason Top-15 team.

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NC State’s Career 3-Point Leader Scott Wood Named Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Broughton

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Former NC State 3-Point Specialist Scott Wood (2009-13) has been named the Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Broughton High School in Raleigh.

Wood holds the school record for most games played (138), games started (136), career minutes (4,318) and career 3-point field goals (334).

After graduating NC State, Wood went on to play professional ball overseas for 6 seasons (2013-2020), playing in Spain (3 years), Turkey, France & Montenegro. He also played one year (2016-17) in the G-League with the Santa Cruz Warriors. In 2017, he won the 3-Point Competition at the G-League’s All-Star Weekend.

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