GAME NOTES: The NC State Wolfpack dropped a heartbreaker to No. 1 Syracuse on Saturday night, and they'll look to avenge that loss as they travel to face the Clemson Tigers in an Atlantic Coast Conference battle at Littlejohn Coliseum.
NC State had won its two previous game prior to Saturday's downfall at the hands of Syracuse, a 56-55 defeat in New York. Still, the Wolfpack have won five of their last seven outings, and own a 6-6 record in the ACC.
Clemson has lost three straight games, including a 63-58 setback at the hands of Virginia Saturday night. Like NC State, the Tigers are currently sitting on a 6-6 record in the conference, which was significantly dropped after the three straight defeats.
NC State has an immense lead on the all-time series between the two programs, 99-48. The Wolfpack have won the last two games in the series, and this time will search for their 100th win over the Tigers.
NC State had a perfect opportunity to knock off the nation's top-ranked team Saturday, but T.J. Warren was fouled while sinking a shot that was eventually called on the ground. Instead of shooting an additional free throw with the counted basket, the Wolfpack rather had to inbound the ball. Syracuse was able to record a steal and hit a layup with 6.3 seconds remaining, lifting the No. 1 Orange to yet another victory. Warren scored a game-high 23 points in the defeat.
The Wolfpack's leader this season, Warren tops the team in scoring and is right up there with the nation's elite at 23.1 ppg on 52 percent shooting from the floor. He also leads NC State this year in rebounding with a 7.3 rpg mark, and has a team-high 39 steals. Ralston Turner is second with a 10.4 ppg average, and Anthony Barber is third at 10 ppg with a team-high 94 total assists.
Clemson took a lead against Virginia deep into the second half, but the Cavaliers came storming back and were able to connect on six of their last seven shots from the field to take the win over the Tigers. K.J. McDaniels was the only Tigers player to net a double-digit point total against Virginia's stout defense, pouring in 24 points, including 11-of-13 from the free-throw line before fouling out. Clemson shot 42.9 percent from the floor in the loss.
McDaniels has been an absolute monster for the Tigers on the season, leading the team in scoring at 17.3 ppg as the only Clemson player to average a scoring total in double figures. He tops the squad in rebounding (7.3 rpg), has 66 blocked shots (the most on the team), and leads with 28 steals on the year. Rod Hall (8.8 ppg) is the team leader in assists with 91 total.
This matchup will make for an intriguing one, considering two of the best pure forwards are squaring off head-to-head in Warren and McDaniels. Even though they're at home, the Tigers have had a hard time putting up solid offensive numbers and getting a contribution from anyone but McDaniels.
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