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NC State (22-13) vs. Saint Louis (26-6)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Thursday, March 20, 7:20 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Amway Center (20,000) -- Orlando, Florida. Television: TNT. NCAA Tournament Record: NC State 35-21, Saint Louis 5-9. Series Record: First-ever meeting.

GAME NOTES: After defeating Xavier in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the 12th-seeded NC State Wolfpack will try to advance even further as they take on the fifth-seeded Saint Louis Billikens in a second-round clash at the Amway Center in Orlando.

The winner of this matchup will move on to the third round Saturday and play either Louisville or Manhattan.

NC State, of the Atlantic Coast Conference, easily took care of Xavier in the first round on Tuesday night, defeating the Musketeers, 74-59. The Wolfpack were ousted from the ACC Tournament in the semifinal round by Duke, but still come into this clash with Saint Louis having won five of their last six games.

Saint Louis lost only twice in its first 27 games of the season, but dropped three of the team's last four games of the regular season entering the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament. The Billikens were then defeated by St. Bonaventure, 71-68, in the conference postseason.

This will be the first-ever meeting between NC State and Saint Louis on the hardwood.

In what is continuously becoming more and more the T.J. Warren show this season for NC State, the forward helped lead his Wolfpack past Xavier with a game-high 25 points. Warren became NC State's single-season leader in points scored with 843 points, and he's not even done. Warren added five rebounds and three assists in the game against the Musketeers, whose season comes to an end with the loss. Ralston Turner chipped in 17 points, and Tyler Lewis dished out a team-best eight assists in the game, in which the Wolfpack shot 54.7 percent from the field.

Warren boosted his already team-leading scoring average with the 25-point performance Tuesday, and now enters the second-round matchup with Saint Louis scoring 24.8 ppg on an impressive 52.5 percent shooting touch this season. His 7.1 rpg mark and 60 steals are both team bests, and his 21 blocked shots are tied for second on the squad. Turner is the only other NC State player to net a double-digit scoring average with 10.4 ppg, and Lewis leads the Wolfpack with 129 assists on the year. NC State is scoring 70.9 ppg through 35 games played.

Saint Louis, which was the top overall seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, had its hopes of winning the conference title dashed in the worst possible way in the quarterfinals against St. Bonaventure. The Bonnies' Jordan Gathers drilled a 3-pointer as time expired to give his team the victory, stunning the Billikens. Mike McCall Jr. led Saint Louis with 21 points in the contest, adding seven rebounds to his stat line. Dwayne Evans netted 15 points with eight boards, and Jordair Jett scored nine with six rebounds and eight assists, also giving away six turnovers. The Billikens allowed the Bonnies to hi 51 percent of their shots from the floor.

Evans has been the go-to scorer this season for Saint Louis, netting 14 ppg entering the second-round matchup with NC State. Evans' 6.4 rpg mark is a team best, and his 38 total steals ranks third on the squad. Jett, who tallies 13.7 ppg for Saint Louis, is the only other double-digit scorer for a team averaging exactly 70 ppg through 32 games played. Jett's 153 assists and 48 steals are both team highs. The Billikens allow opponents to score just 61.2 ppg this season.

The recent success for NC State coupled with Saint Louis' disappointment in its last few contests gives the Wolfpack way more than a fighting chance. No one can stop Warren, and as long as NC State gets some scoring help to go along with his contributions, the Wolfpack could be a disruptive force as the 12-seed.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: NC State 72, Saint Louis 68

03/20 10:30:19 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
ROC 1
DUR 2
 
1:05pm Today
ROC
DUR
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
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Final
HOU 4
BAL 1
Final
KAN 1
NYY 5
Final
MIA 1
PIT 5
Final
WAS 2
CHC 3
Final
CWS 9
TOR 10
Final
COL 1
CIN 2
Final
PHI 4
NYM 5
Final
SEA 7
TAM 6
Final
TEX 4
CLE 3
Final
BOS 1
MIN 2
Final
SFG 6
MIL 3
Final
ARI 4
STL 6
Final
DET 1
OAK 0
Final
SDP 4
ANA 0
Final
ATL 0
LOS 8
12:10pm Today
TEX
CLE
 
12:35pm Today
COL
CIN
 
12:35pm Today
MIA
PIT
 
12:37pm Today
CWS
TOR
 
1:05pm Today
KAN
NYY
 
1:10pm Today
BOS
MIN
 
1:10pm Today
PHI
NYM
 
1:10pm Today
SEA
TAM
 
1:40pm Today
SFG
MIL
 
3:35pm Today
DET
OAK
 
4:35pm Today
HOU
BAL
 
8:05pm Tonight
WAS
CHC
 
8:15pm Tonight
ARI
STL
 
10:05pm Tonight
SDP
ANA
 
10:10pm Tonight
ATL
LOS
 
1:05pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
4:35pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Thursday
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Thursday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Thursday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Thursday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Thursday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Thursday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
MIL
 
8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
1:10pm Sunday
MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
WAS
CIN
 
1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
TAM
BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
ARI
MIL
 
2:10pm Sunday
CWS
HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
TOR
MIN
 
2:15pm Sunday
LOS
STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
KAN
CHC
 
3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
4:05pm Sunday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
ANA
 
9:10pm Sunday
PIT
SDP
 
Final
ATL 88
CLE 118
9:00pm Tonight
HOU
GSW
 
9:00pm Friday
GSW
HOU
 
9:00pm Sunday
HOU
GSW
 
Final
NYR 7
TAM 3
8:00pm Tonight
ANA
CHI
 
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
ORALROBRTS
ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Friday
TSOUTHERN
TEXASAM
 
7:00pm Friday
VCU
DALLASBAPT
 
8:00pm Friday
HSTNBAPT
HOUSTON
 
8:00pm Friday
LIPSCOMB
VANDERBILT
 
8:00pm Friday
OHIO
ILLINOIS
 
8:00pm Friday
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Friday
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Friday
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
Final
ROC 1
DUR 2
 
1:05pm Today
ROC
DUR
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR