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Virginia Tech (11-13) at NC State (17-7)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 16, 2 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: PNC Arena (19,557) -- Raleigh, North Carolina. Television: ESPN2. Home Record: VT 8-6, NCST 12-1. Away Record: VT 2-5, NCST 2-5. Neutral Record: VT 1-2, NCST 3-1. Conference Record: VT 2-9, NCST 6-5. Series Record: NC State leads, 35-14.

GAME NOTES: The Virginia Tech Hokies take aim at their first victory in nearly a month when they visit PNC Arena for an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup with the NC State Wolfpack.

Virginia Tech has sunk to the bottom of the ACC standings thanks to its current seven-game losing streak. The latest of those losses came Tuesday night at Virginia in a 73-55 final. The Hokies have won on the road only once since November.

On the other hand, NC State has gone 12-1 at PNC Arena and is back on its home floor for the first time in two weeks. The Wolfpack are coming off Sunday's dramatic 58-57 win at Clemson on Scott Wood's last-second 3-pointer. After reeling off 10 straight wins through the month of December and into the middle of January, the 'Pack have gone just 3-5 since, although Wood's dagger could certainly spark some confidence.

NC State leads the head-to-head series, 35-14, and that includes a 19-5 record at home. This is the only scheduled meeting between these two teams this season.

If the Hokies hope to win this one on the road, they'll need to avoid a repeat of Tuesday's performance against UVA when they were bottled up to 34.6-percent shooting from the floor. Most notably, Erick Green, the nation's leading scorer (25.2 ppg), was held without a field goal until nearly four minutes into the second half. He shot just 4-of-17 from the floor after scoring 35 in the first meeting with the Cavs. And although Green did finish with 22 points, the Hokies were unable to overcome his first-half scoring drought. After all, the team relies heavily on its top weapon, as the senior guard has scored 20 or more points in all but two games this season. Jarell Eddie is the only other player averaging double figures for Tech. He is tallying 12.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per tilt.

NC State is the second-highest scoring team in the ACC, averaging a robust 78.0 ppg. The Wolfpack boast five double-figure scorers on the season, led by C.J. Leslie with 15.6 ppg to go along with 7.5 rebounds. Richard Howell is averaging a double-double (13.4 ppg, 10.8 rpg), while Wood (11.5 ppg) is a 43- percent shooter from beyond the arc (63-of-147). However, the team needed Wood's last-second prayer to overcome a 37.7-percent shooting effort and pull out the win against Clemson. Point guard Lorenzo Brown (12.8 ppg) returned to the floor for the first time since suffering an ankle injury against Virginia on Jan. 29. Brown came off the bench to score 15 points, and it was his drive and dish that set up Wood's game-winner. Still, coach Mark Gottfried cautioned that Brown is still not 100 percent, but getting closer. Freshman Tyler Lewis has stepped up in his absence, averaging 11.7 ppg over the last three games, including two starts at the point.

The proverbial wheels have fallen off for the Hokies, and the team's issues become magnified when Green has an off night, as he did in the first half on Tuesday. Even with a dialed in Green, the Hokies will be hard-pressed to keep up with the high-scoring Wolfpack.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: NC State 79, Virginia Tech 58

02/16 10:40:02 ET

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NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
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NCSU 60
BSU 54
 
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PIT 2
CAR 3
 
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GSW 104
 
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UF 33
UNC 43
 
1st
TULSA 14
ECU 14
 
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BOS 102
CHI 109
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CHA 101
GSW 104
 
3rd
TOR 52
DAL 64
 
4th
DET 69
MIL 79
 
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ATL 72
NOP 58
 
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HOU 44
LAC 56
 
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OKC 59
NYK 33
 
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IND 47
ORL 45
 
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SAN 41
SAC 36
 
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DEN 15
PHO 7
 
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NILL 31
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HOU 35
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NEB 37
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MARS 66
WKENT 67
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KSU 27
AKR 24
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BGU 24
BST 41
Final
UMASS 21
BUF 41
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EMICH 16
TOL 52
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MIZZ 21
ARK 14
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SALABAMA 40
NAVY 42
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ARZ 42
ARST 35
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AFA 27
COLST 24
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UCLA 10
STAN 31
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VT 10
UVA 6
 
1st
TULSA 14
ECU 14
 
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NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
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KU 82
TENN 67
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TEXAM 87
NO 65
 
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NCAT 57
RAD 65
 
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GEOR 58
BUT 64
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PVU 71
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RIU 66
SCU 44
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NARZ 70
SOUTH 63
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MAST 67
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WRST 59
FIU 61
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UTEP 77
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JMU 56
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LAM 59
 
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MIZST 55
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PSU 88
 
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YALE 66
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MINN 66
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OKLA 56
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NORST 72
 
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STEPH 83
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FSU 58
CSOU 47
 
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VALPO 66
DRAK 46
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CIN 69
MTST 51
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SDU 75
PRIN 65
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WASU 76
RICE 74
 
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CSFU 64
USCU 79
 
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GT 61
RIDE 54
 
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TXPA 79
ALAST 91
 
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NCSU 60
BSU 54
 
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TCU 57
BRAD 49
 
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WAKE 65
DELST 72
 
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EMERSON 50
 
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STJ 66
GONZ 73
 
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CLEM 62
HIGH 59
 
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HC 48
 
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MD 61
MON 56
 
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SAV 71
 
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SALA 75
 
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VANDY 65
 
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TENST 54
 
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MARS 32
CLST 43
 
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JST 38
HOF 49
 
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INDST 34
MEM 48
 
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UF 33
UNC 43
 
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LATU 39
SAMF 35
 
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SELA 49
 
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NEB 54
TENNM 44
 
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CREI 37
 
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PHI 0
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CHI 4
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WAS 5
NYI 2
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PIT 2
CAR 3
 
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NJD 4
DET 3
 
3rd
BUF 1
MON 1
 
3rd
CLB 0
VAN 3
 
3rd
BOS 1
WIN 1
 
2nd Intermission
FLA 1
OTT 2
 
2nd
STL 1
EDM 1
 
1st Intermission
DAL 0
MIN 2