NC State vs. Virginia: Full Game Preview

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NC State vs. Virginia: Full Game Preview
NC State
(23-9, 6-7 away)
Virginia
(21-10, 18-1 home)
Venue: Greensboro Coliseum
2:41PM ET / 11:41AM PT, March 15, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
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

NC State matches up against Virginia in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on Friday. Tipoff is at 2:41 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN 2 or ACC Network. The Wolfpack lost to the Cavaliers 58-55 on Jan. 29 and are 2-5 against them over the last four years.

The Wolfpack got past Virginia Tech 80-63 on Mar. 14 with the help of 22 points and 12 rebounds from Richard Howell. He is averaging 12.8 points per game and leads the team in rebounds with 10.7 per game. For the Cavaliers, Akil Mitchell finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the 61-58 win over Maryland on Mar. 10. With 8.9 rebounds per game and 1.3 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.

NC State appears to have a key statistical advantage over Virginia in one area, scoring, where the Wolfpack have an edge over the Cavaliers, 77.7 points per game to 64 points per game. When considering the Four Factors, Virginia performs well in defensive rebounding percentage at 72.7. This ranks first in the conference and 33rd in the country.

Virginia StatSmack

  • NC State has a better record in close games than Virginia this season (6-5 vs. 3-7).
  • NC State has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Virginia (six vs. one).
  • Over the past 10 years, NC State has had more players drafted by the NBA than Virginia (three vs. one).
  • NC State has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Virginia (five vs. two).
  • The NC State blocks leader (C.J. Leslie, 36 blocks) has more blocks than the Virginia blocks leader (Justin Anderson, 32 blocks).
  • Diaper Dandies love NC State. NC State has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Virginia (15 vs. 10).
  • NC State is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on NC State is 78.2 inches compared to 77.1 inches for Virginia.
  • Lorenzo Brown is ranked 11th nationally in assists and 1st in the ACC in steals.
  • The NC State rebounding leader (Richard Howell, 330 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Virginia rebounding leader (Akil Mitchell, 277 rebounds).
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? NC State currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (974 to 939) than Virginia, per the NCAA.
  • NC State attacks the glass, with more rebounds (37.0 per game vs. 32.4 per game) than Virginia this season.
NCSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Richard Howell 0 13 11 2 1 1 2
B+ Lorenzo Brown 0 12 4 7 2 1 4
B+ C.J. Leslie 0 15 8 1 1 1 3
B+ T.J. Warren 26 12 4 1 1 0 1
B Scott Wood 0 12 3 1 1 1 1
C+ Rodney Purvis 27 9 2 1 1 0 1
C Tyler Lewis 13 4 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Thomas de Thaey 9 5 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Staats Battle 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Jay Lewis 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Jevoni Robinson 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
D J. Vandenberg 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Chase Cannon 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
UVA Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Akil Mitchell 30 13 9 2 1 0 2
B Joe Harris 32 17 4 2 1 1 2
C+ Justin Anderson 23 7 3 2 1 1 1
C Jontel Evans 28 4 2 5 1 0 2
C Evan Nolte 21 6 2 1 1 1 1
C Mike Tobey 13 6 3 0 0 1 1
C Paul Jesperson 27 5 2 1 1 1 1
C- Darion Atkins 17 5 4 0 0 1 1
D+ Teven Jones 14 3 1 1 1 0 1
D Taylor Barnette 10 3 1 1 0 0 1
D Doug Browman 7 0 1 1 0 0 1
F Justin Miller 27 13 4 0 2 0 2
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