NC State (16-7) at Clemson (12-10)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 10, 1 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000) -- Clemson, South Carolina.
Television: ACC Network. Home Record: NCST 12-1, Clemson 8-3. Away Record:
NCST 1-5, Clemson 2-6. Neutral Record: NCST 3-1, Clemson 2-1. Conference
Record: NCST 5-5, Clemson 4-6. Series Record: NC State leads, 98-49.
GAME NOTES: The NC State Wolfpack look to snap a three-game losing streak as
they visit Littlejohn Coliseum to tangle with the Clemson Tigers in Atlantic
Coast Conference action.
This will be the second matchup of the season and the 147th in history between
these schools on the hardwood. NC State held off the Tigers for a 66-62
victory in the first matchup of the season to extend its all-time series lead
Mark Gottfried's Wolfpack dropped a 98-85 decision at Duke on Thursday to mark
its third loss in a row as it fell to Virginia and Miami-Florida by narrow
margins in its two previous outings. The setbacks dropped NC State to a 16-7
overall record and a 5-5 mark in the ACC standings. Junior point guard Lorenzo
Brown has been out of commission since sustaining an ankle injury versus
Virginia, and it is unclear whether he will return on Sunday. With Brown out,
freshman Tyler Lewis has averaged 10.7 points and 4.3 assists per game while
filling in as a starter.
Even without Brown, NC State has one of the most talented lineups in all of
college basketball. The Wolfpack are one of the top shooting teams in the
nation at a healthy 50.6 percent clip, ranking fourth nationally. That has
yielded a 78.8 ppg scoring offense average, which is the second best mark in
the ACC behind only Duke. Five players come into this game averaging double
figures, led by C.J. Leslie's 15.7 ppg. Richard Howell has been a force in the
paint, averaging a double-double with 13.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.
T.J. Warren (11.9 ppg) is a dangerous asset off the bench, while Scott Wood
(11.6 ppg - 60 3-pointers) is the team's top threat from beyond the arc.
Howell led a group of five players in double figures with 23 points and nine
rebounds in NC State's trip to Durham, but it was clearly not enough to help
it avoid the 13-point loss. Duke outscored the Wolfpack 30-12 from beyond the
3-point line and also held a 32-11 edge in free-throw line scoring. The
double-digit loss to a team the Wolfpack previously beat by eight at home,
dropped their record to 1-5 in true road tests.
The Tigers are also coming off a loss to a team they have already defeated.
Clemson was completely dominated on Thursday as it fell, 78-41, at Virginia to
the defensively suffocating Cavaliers. Coach Brad Brownell's squad is now
12-10 on the season and 4-6 in ACC play. Devin Booker is pacing Clemson this
season with 12.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per tilt after he finished with seven
points and nine rebounds in the loss at Virginia.
K.J. McDaniels scored a team-high 10 points versus the Cavaliers as Clemson
submitted a dreadful shooting display. The Tigers made only one of 17 attempts
from beyond the arc, a season-low six percent mark. Virginia took advantage of
Clemson's 19 turnovers, turning them into 32 points. In addition to Booker,
McDaniels (11.0 ppg) and Milton Jennings (10.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg) also own double-
digit scoring averages.
Both teams fought hard in the first battle, but NC State's homecourt advantage
gave it the slight edge. Clemson may be able to knock off the Wolfpack if
Brown is unable to return, but NC State will be a very difficult foe either
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: NC State 73, Clemson 66
02/10 10:32:50 ET