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North Carolina State Basketball Predictions

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2010-11 Results:

Overall: 15-16 (11-5 H, 2-9 A, 2-2 N)
ACC: 5-11 (4-4 H, 1-7 A)
Conference Tournament: 0-1, lost in first round
Postseason: None

The Wolfpack did not have much of the success that its head coach/alum Sidney Lowe had as a player, winning just 31 percent of its ACC games and 52 percent of all games during Lowe’s five-year tenure. He resigned at the end of the campaign, which saw N.C. State started 3-0 but finished 4-12 down the stretch after a five-game win streak. With an established head coach in place for 2011-12 and a decent return group, the Wolfpack at least should be a contender for first-division status this year.

Returning Starters

Lorenzo Brown
C.J. Leslie
Scott Wood

Returning Lettermen

Richard Howell
DeShawn Painter
Jordan Vandenberg
C.J. Williams

Other Returning Players

Ben Amos
Jay Lewis
Kendall Smith

Newcomers

Staats Battle
Thomas de Thaey
Tyler Harris
Alex Johnson
Jaqawn Raymond

Head Coach

Mark Gottfried, first year

Key Losses

Two of the top four scorers are gone from last year are gone, which makes for some significant holes to fill. Tracy Smith played in just 21 games but he was the team’s leading scorer (14 ppg) and No. 3 rebounder (5.7 pg). Ryan Harrow was fourth in scoring (9 ppg) and was second on the team in assists (3.3 pg). Javier Gonzalez averaged 5.5 ppg but was third in assists (2.3 pg) and was second in 3-pointers made (23) and attempted (79).

Schedule

Date Opponent / Event
11/5/2011 vs. Red-White Scrimmage ^
11/7/2011 vs. Flagler (Exh.) – Canned Food Drive ^
11/11/2011 vs. UNC Asheville
11/13/2011 vs. Morehead State
11/16/2011 vs. Princeton
Legends Classic
11/19/2011 vs. Vanderbilt
11/21/2011 Oregon State/Texas
Regular Season
11/25/2011 vs. Elon
11/30/2011 vs. Indiana
12/4/2011 at Stanford
12/11/2011 vs. North Carolina Central
12/17/2011 vs. Syracuse
12/20/2011 at St. Bonaventure
12/22/2011 vs. Northeastern
12/29/2011 vs. Campbell
12/31/2011 vs. Western Carolina
1/4/2012 vs. Delaware State
1/8/2012 vs. Maryland *
1/11/2012 vs. Georgia Tech *
1/14/2012 at Wake Forest *
1/19/2012 vs. Boston College *
1/22/2012 at Miami *
1/26/2012 at North Carolina *
1/28/2012 vs. Virginia *
2/1/2012 at Boston College *
2/4/2012 vs. Wake Forest *
2/9/2012 at Georgia Tech *
2/16/2012 at Duke *
2/18/2012 vs. Florida State *
2/21/2012 vs. North Carolina *
2/25/2012 at Clemson *
2/29/2012 vs. Miami *
3/4/2012 at Virginia Tech *
ACC Tournament
3/8/2012 ACC Tournament
3/11/2012 ACC Tournament Championship
*Conference Game

2011-12 Preview

Mark Gottfried, who had a successful run at Alabama (210 wins in 11 years), was hired as the new Wolfpack head coach with the same charge he had in Tuscaloosa – rebuild a program with a rich history of success in one of the nation’s toughest conferences. There are some questions out of the program that finished 10th in the ACC last year, but there is a modest-sized returning group with not many key losses in that Gottfried should have something to work with as he looks to get N.C. State back among the elite in the ACC and nationally.

Backcourt

There is a lack of experience in the backcourt, with just one starter and one key reserve returning.  That means there will be plenty of competition for playing time among the less-experienced newcomers.

Sophomore Lorenzo Brown led the team in assists (116, 3.8 pg) and steals (40) while listing fourth in rebounding (3.7 pg) and fifth in scoring (9.3 ppg).

Senior C.J. Williams played in all 31 games, averaging just shy of 18 minutes per contest, and tallied 4.7 ppg and 2.4 rebounds per contest.

Frontcourt

The frontline is likely to be the strength for the Wolfpack, as five key contributors from last year return giving the team some valuable experience and depth.

Sophomore C.J. Leslie is the top returner in this group, averaging 11 points (second on the team) and 7 rebounds per game (first) while leading the team in blocked shots (39) as a freshman.

Junior Scott Wood was third on the team in scoring (9.7 ppg), second in steals (28), third in assists (44) and led the team in the three 3-point categories (72 made, 172 attempts, 42 percent).

Junior Richard Howell, despite playing just 18 minutes per game, was the team’s No. 2 rebounder (6.5 pg) and shot 52 percent from the floor while posting 7.4 ppg.

Junior DeShawn Painter played 14 minutes per game and averaged 4.6 ppg but tied for second on the team with 17 blocked shots.

Junior Jordan Vandenberg averaged 1.6 ppg and 1.7 rpg in about 10 minutes per game over 23 contests, but tied for second on the team in blocks (17) and shot a team-best 65 percent from the floor.

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