No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 5 NC State

RALEIGH, NC — The No. 1 team in the country will travel to Reynolds Coliseum Tuesday night to tip the season. They will meet the nation’s No. 5 team — who happens to live in Raleigh — as NC State hosts South Carolina in one of the biggest college basketball games of the year to be played on Wolfpack’s campus.

Yes, that happens.

This is somewhat new territory for NC State fans, but expectations are extremely high and tensions have been building for months ahead of tonight’s game. With a returning core that includes all five starters back – including Preseason ACC Player of the Year Elissa Cunane – and a huge pool of talent from real freshmen and the transfer portal, Tuesday night is going to be a total brawl in Reynolds.

And if you don’t have a ticket yet, you better hope you have very good friends who suddenly can’t make it anymore. Otherwise, you’ll need to find this game on TV to get your first look at the preseason ACC and SEC Champions battle in Raleigh.

Here’s full NC State Athletics viewing information and game notes leading up to the game.

NEW. 1 SOUTH CAROLINA VERSUS. NEW. 5 NC STATE GAME INFO

When: Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET

True: Reynolds Coliseum

TV: ESPN

Current: WatchESPN

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GAME NOTES

PLEASE NOTE THE WOLF PACK
NC State starts the season fifth in the Associated Press Top 25 and fourth in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll. Both numbers tie or set preseason program records.
Both the ACC and Blue Ribbon head coaches selected the Wolfpack as the preseason favorite to win the competition. NC State received first place votes from all 14 other head coaches in the conference.
NC State returns nine players and all five starters from last season’s squad that went 22-3 in total and won the 2021 ACC tournament. The Wolfpack also welcomes five newcomers – two transfer sophomores and three freshmen.
Both transfers of the Pack (Madison Hayes and Diamond Johnson) were ranked in the top 30 in the high school class of 2020 and took All-Freshman honors from their respective leagues last season.
NC State current freshman class (Sophie Hart, Aziaha James, Jessica Timmons) was nationally ranked as high as 12th.
Five Wolfpack women’s basketball players were named by HoopHall on the preseason positional waiting lists. Elissa Cunane appeared on the Lisa Leslie Award watchlist for the third consecutive season, Jakia Brown Turner appeared on the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award preseason list for the second year in a row, Raina Perez and Diamond Johnson made their second consecutive appearance on the Nancy Lieberman Award watchlist and Kayla Jones was on the Katrina McClain Award preseason list for the first time in her career. NC State is nationally level with South Carolina and only UConn has more with six on those lists.
NC State defeated UNC Pembroke 92-36 in exhibition play on November 3. All 13 available players saw time on the floor, and 12 of those players found the score column. Four members of the peloton scored in double figures in that match.

20-21 REWIND
NC State went 22-3 overall in 2020-21, reaching the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the third straight season, a feat only once in program history. The Wolfpack earned a No. 1 place in the national tournament, marking a program first.
The Wolfpack successfully defended its ACC Tournament title in 2021 to win back-to-back crowns for the first time ever.
The Wolfpack has put together a 20+ win season under the leadership of head coach for the sixth year in a row and for the seventh time in eight completed seasons Wes Moore. It marks the longest run of such series since it had nine consecutive 20+ win seasons from 1976 77 to 1984-85.
In league games, NC State set a 12-2 record in what was a shortened schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team finished second in the ACC after the regular season.
In 2020-21, NC State as a team shot 50 percent or better in nine games and 45 percent or better in 15 games. The balanced team had an average of 37.3 points in the paint and 7.1 made three points per game.

SERIES HISTORY (NC State leads 20-11)
Tuesday marks the 32nd meeting between NC State and South Carolina in a series dating back to 1977. It marks the second game in a home-and-home deal the teams settled in November 2020.
The Wolfpack and the Gamecocks faced each other in non-conference games last season, with NC State coming out victorious in that matchup on December 3, 2020 in Columbia.
The win was the first of two wins over the nation’s No. 1 teams that NC State took in 2020-21. It was also the Pack’s first team since March 3, 2007.
NC State has the advantage of the 9-3 series in games played on its home turf. The Wolfpack won its final home game against South Carolina in a game played in December 2011.
This encounter marks the first time that both the Wolfpack and Gamecocks have been in the national top five when they play against each other. Eleven of the 31 previous meetings between NC State and South Carolina have taken place when both teams have been in the national top 25. The Wolfpack has won the last three of those matches.

BACK WITH THE PACK
NC State welcomes back:
The top eight scorers of 2020-21, including four players with a double-digit average
All five 2020-21 starters (Perez, Kai Crutchfield, Brown-Turner, Jones, Cunane) and ACC Sixth Player of the Year Jada Boyd; one of six teams in the ACC to bring back all of last season’s starters.
93.5 percent of points scored (1,804 out of 1,929)
95.9 percent of his assists (378 out of 394)
81.9 percent of his total rebounds (847 out of 1,034)

NC State ranks first in the ACC in points returned (1,804), first in points per game returned (72.2), and third in percentage of points returned (0.935).

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