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NC State tops Stanford 88-79

Posted December 18, 2012

FINAL : NC State 88 Stanford 79, Wolfpack had solid offensive night but could use some work on the defensive side, and from the free throw line.


FACTS & STATS: Site: PNC Arena (19,700) -- Raleigh, North Carolina. Television: ESPN2. Home Record: Stanford 5-1, NC State 4-0. Away Record: Stanford 0-0, NC State 0-1. Neutral Record: Stanford 2-2, NC State 3-1. Conference Record: Stanford 0-0, NC State 0-0. Series Record: Stanford leads, 1-0.

GAME NOTES: The 25th-ranked NC State Wolfpack have a tough test on Tuesday when they welcome the Stanford Cardinal to PNC Arena for a non-conference tilt.

NC State returned to action after a week off on Saturday to down Norfolk State by 22 points at home. The Wolfpack's victory was their third in a row since dropping a seven-point decision to Michigan on the road. Coach Mark Gottfried's team, which is now 7-2, was ranked sixth in Division I to start the season before experiencing a 20-point setback to Oklahoma State in the Puerto Rico Tipoff. NC State is producing 78.4 ppg on 52.7 percent shooting from the floor while limiting opponents to a .397 field goal percentage and 68.3 ppg.

Gottfried's squad has a chance to make a statement in this one as Stanford is entering with some momentum after its 75-52 rout of UC Davis on Saturday. The victory was the Cardinal's third in a row which improved their record to 7-3. Coach Johnny Dawkins has led Stanford to a dismal 3-9 record against top-25 opponents during his tenure, including an eight-point loss to Missouri earlier this season in the Battle 4 Atlantis. The Cardinal are outscoring their opposition by average margin of 8.7 points per contest.

In the only previous meeting, Stanford clipped NC State 76-72 last December at Maples Pavilion.

Although the Wolfpack were very impressive near the conclusion of their 2011-12 season, they may do even more damage in March this season due to the freshmen duo of forward T.J. Warren and guard Rodney Purvis. Warren netted 21 points off the bench his last time out while Purvis chipped in 10 points and four assists. Senior forward Richard Howell stood out as well with 12 points and 19 rebounds. Point guard Lorenzo Brown also filled up the stat sheet with 16 points, seven assists, and four steals. Warren is leading NC State in scoring with 14.6 points per outing and Howell is adding 14.1 ppg and is ranked fourth in the ACC with an average of 9.6 boards. C.J. Leslie (12.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg) is one of the most explosive players in the NCAA and can be an x- factor in big games.

Leslie will be needed as NC State will have to find a way to battle Stanford's forward duo of Josh Huestis and Dwight Powell on the interior. The 6-10, 235- pound Powell is leading the team with 14.8 ppg and Huestis is grabbing 8.2 rebounds per contest. The duo combined for 34 points and 16 rebounds in the Cardinal's win over UC Davis. Stanford held a 45-30 edge in the rebounding battle to overcome its poor 37.3 percent shooting from the field including its 7-of-29 mark from beyond the arc. The Cardinal have really relied on stingy defensive play this season, as there has been little to no consistency at the offensive end. The team is averaging a modest 69.9 ppg, while shooting a miserable .398 from the floor, a number severely hampered by a .260 effort from behind the arc. Point guard Chasson Randle is the only other double-digit scoring threat on the roster at 14.4 ppg, but he does so shooting a mere .358 from the floor.

Stanford will not get away with powering its way to the win in this one. NC State is going to force it to hit shots from the perimeter and battle much harder on the glass. The point guard battle between Randle and Brown will be important as it will likely give the Wolfpack an edge.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: NC State 78, Stanford 69

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  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Dec 19, 11:13 a.m.

    Did anyone see Powell on the floor after getting kicked in the - um - basketballs? That had to... View More

    — Posted by Gunnstigator

    My wife and I were laughing at that! It wasn't intentional, but it was still funny. :)

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Dec 19, 11:12 a.m.

    Stanford Season Stats:
    POINTS PER GAME 69.9 (142nd OVERALL)
    REBOUNDS PER GAME 38.4 (74th OVERALL)View More

    — Posted by Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer

    You called it!

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Dec 19, 10:22 a.m.

    I thought our defense was pretty good last night. The problem is, we'd play good defense and force a missed shot. But then they'd get the rebound and have another shot at it.

    Plus, as soon as we'd start to pull away, they'd hit a big shot to stay within striking distance. Credit to them for that, but I also saw a few "shooters rolls" on some threes and really long twos that rolled around and somehow fell in. Credit to them for that, too, but usually long misses don't clank around and fall in like that.

    I guess my point being is stuff like that made this game seem closer than it really was. You could tell who was head and shoulders the better team out there last night. The Pack is improving. Thankfully, our next five games are very winnable games. We have a chance to keep working out the kinks while (hopefully) continuing to win.

    The best part is that while we're definitely a solid team, there is room for a LOT of improvement. Our freshmen are learning and improving every night. For once in a very long time, I think "this time" we actually have some good basketball to look forward to.

    Haters, go ahead and save this post. I'm sure some of you will. I could be wrong. We could still fall apart. But I like our chances for good things this year. I feel like the only roadblock in the conference is Duke. Man, are they good this year. Wow.

  • Gunnstigator Dec 19, 6:25 a.m.

    Lo Brown has waaaay too many turnovers to be a PG in this league, IMHWPO. If he'd just quit... View More

    — Posted by Unc r Hypocrits

    You sound like me, tommy:)

  • Gunnstigator Dec 19, 6:22 a.m.

    Don't know just how valid this might be but having the Canes locked out and possibly the... View More

    — Posted by wlcat609

    Isn't there still ice at the PNC? I thought they always kept it, and wasn't there some Disney on Ice show there? Anyway, that's an interesting point. No matter the reason, State is playing very well.

  • wlcat609 Dec 19, 1:15 a.m.

    Don't know just how valid this might be but having the Canes locked out and possibly the portable floor put down on the concrete instead of the ice, might provide a more stable floor surface to play on. Also without the Canes games being played perhaps the Wolfpack gets more time to practice on the PNC Arena.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Dec 19, 12:43 a.m.

    How 'bout that Wolfpack!!!

  • 903 mens national championships Dec 19, 12:26 a.m.

    State has more talent vs Stanford. Dawkins was totally out coached too. He waited until State... View More

    — Posted by Sauras69

    waited until State jacked him up before he even called a TO

    Huh?

    They were down by 17 and they got it back under single digits. What exactly did he do wrong? They managed to stay within 7-9 until they finally ran out of time at the 1 minute mark.

  • Sauras69 Dec 18, 11:30 p.m.

    ESPN box scores.

  • Unc r Hypocrits Dec 18, 11:29 p.m.

    TBinNC- The reason the story regarding the game mentions defensive deficiencies is because that... View More

    — Posted by lazydawg58

    You sure? Cause it says State HAD a good offensive game...

    Agree Hokie. I want to see the stats.

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