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NC State (2-1, 0-1 ACC) vs. St. Francis (1-2)

Reynolds Coliseum (5,600)

Noon, ACC Network Extra (PxP: Andrew Sanders; Analyst: Chris Corchiani)

Streaming: ACC Network Extra; Live stats: GoPack.com

Series history: State leads 1-0 (1-0 in Raleigh)

Last meeting: State 86, St. Francis 61 at PNC Arena, Nov. 13, 2016

Most recent game: State beat Florida International 86-77; St. Francis lost to Longwood 86-77

BetOnline line: State minus 23 | Over/Under 148 1/2

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"Some guys were a little slow. Markell’s not Markell right now, but I thought he did a good job of finishing the game. But I’m excited to get the win, especially when you look around college basketball. I don’t know that there is a dominating team and on any given night you can play and anybody can beat you. So I'm happy to get out here with a great win and we’ll move on to the next one and get better." Coach Kevin Keatts on the FIU win

"I appreciate the game a lot more. It's a privilege to be out there. It's a privilege to be in the ACC,"he said. "It's a privilege to be on this big stage with my guys. I'm just happy I'm out there with my family." D.J. Funderburk on his return from suspension

PROJECTED STARTERS

NC STATEStatsST. FRANCISStats

Markell Johnson

6-1  Senior

6.5 ppg, 7.0 apg

Chauncey Hawkins

5-8  Junior

16.3 ppg, 2.6 apg

Braxton Beverly

6-0  Junior

13.7 ppg, 3.0 apg

Unique McLean

6-2  Graduate

11.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg

C.J. Bryce

6-5  Redshirt Senior

19.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg

Rosel Hurley

6-5  Senior

7.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg

Jericole Hellems

6-7  Sophomore

9.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg

Yaradyah Evans

6-6 Junior

2.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg

D.J. Funderburk

6-10  Redshirt Junior

11.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg

Deniz Celen

6-8  Senior

11.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg

NOTABLE

 State is 16-1 in regular season home games played at Reynolds Coliseum since the team moved to PNC Arena prior to the 1999-2000 season ...

The Wolfpack got 39 points from its bench against FIU on Wednesday and outscored the Panthers' reserves by 29. All three players that came off the bench and scored hit for double figures. Last season, State had the most proficient bench in the ACC, averaging 29.0 points per game and outscoring the opponent's bench by 469 points. This season, NC State is averaging 27.3 points per game and has outscored the opponent's bench by 45 points, 82-37. ...

After only scoring 14 points on second chance opportunities in the first two games combined, the Wolfpack had 20 against FIU. Its 18 offensive rebounds were only one fewer than it amassed against Georgia Tech and Detroit Mercy. State led the ACC in offensive rebounding last season at 13.6 per game, but were averaging just 9.5 before Wednesday night's big game. ...

Pat Andree hit his first four 3-pointers in Wednesday's win against FIU

Pat Andree hit his first four 3-pointers in Wednesday's win against FIU

Graduate transfer Pat Andree is quickly gaining a reputation for being a fast starter. Against Georgia Tech, he hit his first three 3-point attempts and scored 12 points in the first eight minutes of the game. Wednesday against FIU, Andree came off the bench with 12:19 left in the first half his team trailing 17-8 and immediately provided a spark, hitting four of his attempts from beyond the arc over the next four minutes  to help the Wolfpack take a 30-26 lead. ...

St. Francis' long win was a 73-72 victory against Lafayette last Saturday. The Terriers' two losses have come to Fordham (68-59) and Longwood (86-77).