NC State vs. Miami: Full Game Preview

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NC State vs. Miami: Full Game Preview
NC State
(24-9, 7-7 away)
(9) Miami
(25-6, 15-3 home)
Venue: Greensboro Coliseum
1:00PM ET / 10:00AM PT, March 16, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
NC State C Leslie 15.0 R Howell 10.7 L Brown 7.2
Miami S Larkin 13.9 R Johnson 7.2 S Larkin 4.4

Miami (FL) meets NC State in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. ET and you can see it on ESPN or ACC Network. The Hurricanes beat the Wolfpack 79-78 on Feb. 2 and are 2-5 against them over the last four years.

In their last outing, behind 20 points from Shane Larkin, the Hurricanes defeated Boston College 69-58 on Mar. 15. With 13.9 points per game and 4.4 assists per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. For the Wolfpack, Scott Wood finished with 23 points in the 75-56 blowout of Virginia on Mar. 15. He contributes 2.9 rebounds per game in addition to his 12.4 points per game. Areas of strength for NC State include: effective field goal percentage at 54.0 and free throw rate at 41.0.

NC State StatSmack

  • Kenny Kadji is ranked 7th in the ACC in blocks.
  • Obviously, AP Voters agree that Miami is superior to NC State (Latest AP Poll: No. 9 vs. Not Ranked).
  • Miami has a better scoring defense (60.4 allowed per game vs. 70.2 allowed per game) than NC State this season.
  • Even computers respect Miami more. Miami has a better RPI this season than NC State (RPI: No. 4 vs. No. 31).
  • Julian Gamble is ranked 4th in the ACC in blocks.
  • Over the past 10 years, Miami has had more players drafted by the NBA than NC State (four vs. three).
  • Miami has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (44 percent vs. 55 percent).
  • Miami has a better record on the road than NC State this season (10-3 vs. 3-7).
  • Miami players are more experienced than NC State players (20,462 minutes played vs. 17,821 minutes played).
  • The Miami basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than NC State (73 percent vs. 60 percent).
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
MIA Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Shane Larkin 0 14 4 4 2 0 2
B+ Durand Scott 35 13 4 3 2 0 2
B+ Kenny Kadji 30 13 7 1 0 1 2
B T. McKinney-Jones 30 9 3 2 1 0 1
B Reggie Johnson 22 8 7 1 0 1 2
B- Julian Gamble 20 7 5 0 0 2 1
C Rion Brown 22 6 2 1 0 0 1
C Justin Heller 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
C- Steve Sorenson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
C- R. Akpejiori 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
C- Tonye Jekiri 7 1 1 0 0 0 0
C- Erik Swoope 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
C- Bishop Daniels 17 5 1 1 2 0 1
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