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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Boise St. at N.C. State
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, November 28, 2014
Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

North Carolina State attempts to continue its perfect start when it hosts Boise State on Friday. The Wolfpack defeated Richmond 84-72 on Wednesday behind a career-high 26 points from guard Trevor Lacey to match its best start since 2009-10, while Boise State’s lone loss came at Wisconsin when it was routed 78-54. “My jump shot was just going in so I kept shooting it,” Lacey told reporters.”I was just trying to stay aggressive and take advantage of the opportunities I had.”

North Carolina State is playing its sixth consecutive home game and has won its first five by an average of 19.6 points. The Wolfpack have been controlling the boards, outrebounding opponents by 13.8 per game with 6-8, 250-pound Lennard Freeman leading the way at 9.4. The Broncos are soft in the interior with only one player averaging more than four rebounds per game.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3

ABOUT BOISE STATE (4-1): The Broncos are taking a step up in competition as this will be the school’s first-ever game against an ACC opponent. Point guard Derrick Marks scored a season-best 31 points in Tuesday’s win over Idaho to raise his season average to 15.8. Leading scorer Anthony Drmic (16.6) had 14 points against the Vandals to raise his career total to 1,506 and become the sixth player in Boise State history to reach 1,500 points.

ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA STATE (5-0): Lacey, who is averaging 18 points, wasn’t the only player scoring well against Richmond as guard Ralston Turner poured in 23 points, one shy of his career high. Turner rose his average to 12.6 with his best effort of the season, and guard Anthony Barber ranks second on the squad with a 13-point average. Mammoth 6-9, 295-pound BeeJay Anya has swatted away 22 shots and the Wolfpack have 39 as a team.

TIP-INS

1. North Carolina State is holding opponents to 35.2 percent from the field and 29.8 percent from 3-point range.

2. Drmic has 211 career 3-pointers and is tied for fifth place in school history with Paul Noonan (2007-11).

3. The Wolfpack is 5-0 when Turner scores 20 or more points.

PREDICTION: North Carolina State 68, Boise State 61
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Boise St. 4-1 W1 1-0 1-1 2-0 2-0 2-1 0-0
N.C. State 5-0 W5 5-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 4-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Boise St. N.C. State
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
No previous meeting.
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Boise St. N/A
N.C. State N/A
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Boise St. N/A
N.C. State N/A
Assists Player  
Boise St. N/A
N.C. State N/A
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Boise St. A. Drmic 83 47.4 16
N.C. State T. Lacey 90 47.5 23
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Boise St. A. Drmic 25 6 19
N.C. State L. Freeman 47 19 28
Assists Player  
Boise St. D. Marks 13
N.C. State A. Barber 19
Quickchart Matchup
Boise St. Off vs  N.C. State Defense
74.0 Points For
60.4 Points Against
44.6 FG%
35.2 FG%
28.4 Reb
29.4 Reb
N.C. State Off vs  Boise St. Defense
80.0 Points For
72.8 Points Against
43.7 FG%
46.0 FG%
29.4 Reb
29.2 Reb