NC State vs. Virginia: Full Game Preview
|NC State||C Leslie 15.0||R Howell 10.7||L Brown 7.2|
|Virginia||J Harris 16.9||A Mitchell 8.9||J Evans 5.0|
Virginia takes on NC State in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on Friday. It takes place at 2:41 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN 2 or ACC Network. The Cavaliers defeated the Wolfpack 58-55 on Jan. 29 and are 5-2 against them over the past four years.
The Cavaliers got past Maryland 61-58 on Mar. 10 with the help of 17 points and 10 rebounds from Akil Mitchell. He contributes a team-high 8.9 rebounds per game and 1.3 steals per game. For the Wolfpack, Richard Howell finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds in the 80-63 win over Virginia Tech on Mar. 14. He is averaging 12.8 points per game and leads the team in rebounds with 10.7 per game.
Analyzing the differences between the teams, NC State has an edge in one important area, scoring, where the Wolfpack have the upper hand over the Cavaliers, 77.7 points per game to 64 points per game. NC State can be found near the top of the conference standings in the following categories: effective field goal percentage at 54.0 and free throw rate at 41.0.
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- Joe Harris is ranked 3rd in the ACC in points and 4th in the ACC in three-pointers.
- Virginia is better under pressure, and has defeated NC State in seven out of the last 11 games decided by five points or fewer.
- Virginia has a better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (57.3 percent to 57.2 percent).
- Akil Mitchell is ranked 43rd nationally in rebounds.
- Virginia has come back to win after being down at half against NC State six times since 1999.
- Virginia has a better scoring defense (55.0 allowed per game vs. 70.2 allowed per game) than NC State this season.
- Virginia has a much better Kiplinger In-State Ranking than NC State (No. 3 vs. No. 15).
- Virginia has an average margin of victory of 8 over NC State in 41 wins since 1980.
- Virginia has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than NC State according to Kiplinger (85 percent vs. 37 percent).
- The Virginia scoring leader (Joe Harris, 527 points) has more points than the NC State scoring leader (C.J. Leslie, 477 points).
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