Charlottesville, VA (Sports Network) - The No. 19 NC State Wolfpack aim at
their first-ever victory at John Paul Jones Arena when they tangle with the
Virginia Cavaliers in an Atlantic Coast Conference bout on Tuesday.
Although the Wolfpack hold an 81-58 all-time series edge versus Virginia, the
Cavaliers are 35-23 against NC State in Charlottesville, including a 4-0 mark
at JPJA. NC State is the only winless ACC team at JPJA. This will be a match-
up of offenses on opposite sides of the ledger. NC State boasts the top
scoring offense in the ACC at 79.8 points per game, while Virginia is posting
a mere 62.8 points per contest.
Mark Gottfried's Wolfpack has not been playing up to their potential in recent
weeks. Since upsetting Duke by eight points, they have gone 2-2 with road
losses at Maryland (51-50) and Wake Forest (86-84) to go along with home
victories over Clemson (66-62) and North Carolina (91-83). The win over the
Tar Heels boosted NC State to 16-4 overall, including its 5-2 mark in ACC
action. Although the team leads the conference and is sixth among Division I
schools in scoring offense, it is second to last in the ACC on the other end
of the court, allowing 70.2 points per game.
The inconsistent play will most likely not last too long for the Wolfpack due
to their unbelievable scoring depth. C.J. Leslie, Lorenzo Brown, Richard
Howell, Scott Wood, and T.J. Warren are all carrying double-digit scoring
averages into this one, while Rodney Purvis is sitting at 9.8 ppg. Brown (20
points, 11 assists), Howell (16 points, 14 rebounds), and Leslie (17 points,
10 rebounds) all notched double-doubles to push NC State past UNC.
Tony Bennett's Cavaliers collected their third win in a row with a 65-51
victory over Boston College on Saturday. The decision pushed Virginia to 14-5
overall, including its 4-2 mark in ACC action. It will try to carry on that
momentum on Tuesday at JPJA, where it is 12-1 on the season. The Cavaliers are
allowing a mere 51.1 points per game to rank second in the nation in scoring
Still, the team has a formidable inside/outside game in the form of guard Joe
Harris and forward Akil Mitchell. Harris leads the team in scoring at 14.8 ppg
and is shooting .467 from behind the arc (42-of-90). Mitchell nets 12.3 ppg
and ranks among the ACC's best in rebounding (fourth in the conference at 8.8
rpg). Harris was cold versus BC, going 3-of-9 from the floor for just seven
points. However, Mitchell tallied 16 points and six boards, while Justin
Anderson poured in 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting off the bench. Freshman
forward Evan Nolte continued to show progression despite foul trouble, netting
nine points in just 11 minutes of action.
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