Thursday, November 12, 2009

GAME PREVIEW: Wolfpack Set To Open 100th Season


Tip-off: 7pm
Location: RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
TV: None (Pack Pass,

Basketball season is finally upon us. The Wolfpack play host to the Georgia State Panthers tonight at 7:00pm at the RBC Center, in their 100th season. Tonights game is the first game of the Glenn Wilkes Classic, which will continue with three games in three days in Daytona Beach next week.

The Pack open the year riding a 15 game winning streak of season openers, and have done so by a respectable 21 point margin of victory. This, however, will be the first time that the Wolfpack has faced the Georgia State Panthers. They narrowly defeated Shorter College in their only exhibition game, 72-68. While you may not be very familiar with Georgia State, you certainly should be familiar with their point guard Marques Johnson. Johnson played with the Wolfpack during the '07-'08 season before deciding to transfer to Georgia State. This will be his first game with the Panthers, and strangely it will be against his former ball club. Johnson played 21 games with the Wolfpack, in which he averaged 2 points and 1.2 assists per game.

The Wolfpack will take the floor tonight coming off an impressive performance against an over matched opponent in St. Paul's College in last Thursday's exhibition. NC State dominated in all aspects of the game, with a solid inside performance from Tracy Smith and the long range sharp shooting of freshman Scott Wood. The Wolfpack ran up an impressive 84 points. On defense, they worked hard, racking up the deflections and playing textbook help-and-recover defense all night long. Tonight, the Pack will face a bigger, faster and more experienced opponent in Georgia State.

The Panthers are led by 6'1 senior guard, Joe Dukes, who also has his own ACC connections, transferring to Georgia State from Wake Forest. They are an experienced group, who will rely on the backcourt trio of Dukes, senior guard Trae Goldston and Johnson for a majority of their scoring. It will be up to the Wolfpack guards to make sure that doesn't happen. Javi Gonzalez, Farnold Degand, CJ Williams and Julius Mays will all need to step up and shut down the dribble penetration if they want to run away with the victory.

A lot of new faces will see their first regular season game action tonight as the Pack will introduce a few freshman that are looking to make immediate impacts. Scott Wood, DeShawn Painter, Jordan Vandenberg and Josh Davis are on tap to see the floor and get their first taste of playing in front of the home crowd at the RBC Center.

It's hard to say what you can expect form this young Wolfpack team, but if the exhibition game was any indication, you can certainly expect them to play hard, play smart and play uptempo. Three things the Wolfpack faithful are certainly looking forward to.


15 Responses to "GAME PREVIEW: Wolfpack Set To Open 100th Season"
  1. Anonymous said...
    November 12, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Yay, can't wait to see the new MegaTron scoreboard!! Go Pack!

  2. Eric said...
    November 12, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Any word on whether Howell has healed up enough to practice/play?

  3. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    November 12, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    Howell will not be able to go tonight. He is expected to be cleared to practice soon.

  4. ppack3 said...
    November 12, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    I can't wait to see the Optimus Prime equipment hauler.

  5. Anonymous said...
    November 12, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    WPH- will you be there giving us updates like you were for the exhibition game?

  6. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    November 12, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Anon...we got you covered.

  7. Realwolfpacker said...
    November 12, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    WPH - here are you guys going to be sitting in the RBC?

  8. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    November 12, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    Not sure yet. We'll let you know when we get there.

  9. Pack Leader said...
    November 12, 2009 at 4:26 PM

    I'm debating on going there with the cans for the good cause but the bad side is nosebleeds..

    And if WPH is giving updates its very tempting

  10. Pack Leader said...
    November 12, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Did everyone hear Dukes Mason Plumlee fractured his wrist and is out indefinitely. He was in the running to win a starting spot this really hurts duke IMO. I saw him play before and he was a force in the paint with a good shot.

    Although I still think Dukes downfall this year will be no true PG.

  11. Realwolfpacker said...
    November 12, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    ^ I'm going with the cans and am planning on sitting wherever there are open seats. Let's not kid ourselves that it's gonna be a packed pun intended.

  12. Pack Leader said...
    November 12, 2009 at 5:02 PM

    I like your style RealWOlfpacker....

  13. Anonymous said...
    November 12, 2009 at 5:03 PM

    Hopefully the freshmen will play well again tonight. Can't wait till tip off!!!

    And thanks for the fantastic coverage WPH. You do more to promote this university and its athletics programs than all these other sites combined.

  14. Jose said...
    November 12, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    Wow- 100 years of peach basket goals and round ball.

    Hey y'all- scary match up. GSU has got a nice coach and solid combination of guards on the squad. The Coach was once awarded the Naismith Award for National COY when he headed up Ole Miss.

    The guards: Dukes, Trae Golden (?) and Marques John.."hey I know you" ...son will give our perimeter D a true fright a time or two (but no more if all goes well). Should be a great game, IMO.

    Please check out this for some broader thoughts on the new season- especially to our PG play.

  15. Anonymous said...
    November 12, 2009 at 6:21 PM

    This is on the front page of ESPN, Men's Basketball page in the "hot or not" article. The below is in the "not." Just thought I would point it out - maybe they don't see what's going on with our recruiting, but then again, we are picked dead last in the ACC this year so I'm sure this is the thing people might say/think...

    Sidney Lowe: The NC State coach's red jacket isn't the only thing burning right now. So is the seat under Lowe. He has a ridiculously difficult job, coaching in the shadow of those two other ACC schools sharing his Tobacco Road address. But the cold truth is, Herb Sendek succeeded at the same ridiculously difficult job, tying a school record by taking the Wolfpack to five straight NCAA tournaments (2002-06). Lowe hasn't been there since taking over.


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