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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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Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
Final
CHI 103
NYK 97
 
Final
HOU 90
NOP 99
 
2nd
SAC 44
MIL 46
 
1st
GSW 7
OKC 16
 
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
Final
UAB 70
LSU 79
 
2nd
EVAN 69
OHIO 69
 
Half
CSFU 30
CSDH 17
 
1st
ORST 48
DEP 28
 
Half
PAC 35
NEV 17
 
Half
USF 46
PORST 22
 
Half
IDAHO 49
WALLA 18
 
1st
UTST 13
CALST 16
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
Final
MON 1
ANA 2
 
1st
SJS 0
EDM 0
 
1st
LOS 0
STL 0
 
4th
JAC 21
TEN 10