Miami vs. NC State: Full Game Preview
|Miami||D Scott 13.8||R Johnson 9.2||S Larkin 4.0|
|NC State||C Leslie 15.6||R Howell 11.0||L Brown 6.9|
On Saturday, No. 19 NC State plays host to No. 14 Miami (FL) at PNC Arena. Tip-off is at 4:00 EST and it can be seen on CBS. The Wolfpack are 5-1 against the Hurricanes over the last four years. The last time they met (2/29/2012) they won 77-73.
NC State is 4th in the conference and Miami (FL) is 1st. Both teams continue to jockey for position.
In their last game, C.J. Leslie put up 20 points and 14 rebounds in the Wolfpack 58-55 loss to Virginia on January 29th. His 15.6 points per game is the highest mark on the team. For the Hurricanes, Shane Larkin finished with 25 points in the 73-64 win over Virginia Tech on January 30th. With 4.0 assists per game and 2.2 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.
NC State has an advantage in a single key statistical area, scoring, where the Wolfpack have an edge over the Hurricanes, 78 points per game to 69 points per game. Miami (FL) will hope to exploit their strength in turnover percentage in this matchup. Their mark of 16.7 in this area ranks 2nd in the conference and 15th in the country.
Miami (FL) StatSmack
- The NC State three-point leader (Scott Wood) has more three-pointers than the Miami three-point leader (Shane Larkin).
- You get an A for effort, but NC State has emerged victorious against Miami the last 4 times they've played.
- NC State has a much lower average debt at graduation according to Kiplinger than Miami ($19,011 vs $24,396).
- The NC State rebounding leader (Richard Howell) has more rebounds than the Miami rebounding leader (Kenny Kadji).
- NC State has a better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (59.38% to 57.23%).
- The NC State scoring leader (C.J. Leslie) has more points than the Miami scoring leader (Kenny Kadji).
- NC State is better under pressure, and has defeated Miami in 6 out of the last 7 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
- NC State has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Miami ($15,683 vs $50,148).
- NC State has a more potent offense, scoring more points (78.6 per game vs 68.8 per game) than Miami this season.
- AP voters think more highly of NC State and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Miami (50 vs 29).
- Kids want to come here. Since 1998 NC State has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Miami (15 vs 3).
|D+||Thomas de Thaey||9||5||2||0||0||0||0|