Sunday, December 30, 2012

UNCG (2-8) @ #23 NC State (10-2)

When: Monday, December 31 5 pm
Where: PNC Arena (19,722)

NC State Athletics

UNCG Stats
Last Game: Wake Forest (L 70-84) Recap
PPG: 77.3
RPG: 39.2
APG: 13.7
Leader Points: Trevis Simpson (20.3)
Leader Rebounds: Kelvin McNeil (7.1)
Leader Assists: Drew Parker (3.7)
FG %: 42.3
3 Pt %: 33.9
FT %: 69.2

NC State Stats
Last Game: Western Michigan (W 84-66) Recap
PPG: 80.8
RPG: 36.2
APG: 14.9
Leader Points: CJ Leslie (15.3)
Leader Rebounds: Richard Howell (9.3)
Leader Assists: Lorenzo Brown (6.1)
FG %: 53.5
3 Pt %: 38.7
FT %: 65.1

This is just scary. This is one of the top 5 offensive teams in the country across the board with 6 guys averaging over 9.5 points. NC State doesn't even pretend to not use their strength which is Richard Howell and CJ Leslie on the inside. UNCG really had no one that can cover those guys down low. This is the reason the Wolfpack lead the country in FG %.

On the bright side, NC State isn't exactly a wonderful defensive team and they will easily play the pace that the Spartans want to play. It will take a wonderful offensive effort from the UNCG main scorers (Simpson & Armstrong) in order to keep this game close. It will also take a defensive effort that we haven't seen up until now to keep the Wolfpack from scoring at will.

In the end, I'm hoping for an interesting and competitive game and very good new year.

Go Spartans !!!