Raleigh, NC – The NC State men’s basketball team opens its 110th season Tuesday evening when it welcomes Georgia Tech to PNC Arena with tipoff scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
The game will be televised on the ACC Network with Jay Alter and Chris Spatola on the call. Fans can also listen to Gary Hahn and Tony Haynes calling the action on the Wolfpack Sports Network.
– NC State opens its 110th season of basketball Tuesday evening when it hosts Georgia Tech.
– Tuesday’s game marks the first time since the 1967-68 season that NC State has opened the season with an ACC game. The 1967-68 NC State team opened the season with a 79-63 win at Wake Forest on Dec. 2, 1967.
– NC State has won 24 of its last 25 season-openers.
– The Pack returns six of its top-seven scorers from last season’s 24-12 team. NC State’s returning players combine to account for 69% of the scoring, 61% of the rebounding and 72% of the assists from last season.
– NC State returns three starters from last season and overall has seven returnees from last season. This makes it the most experienced team head coach Kevin Keatts has had since taking over the program. His first team with the Pack returned six scholarship players from the previous season and last season, NC State had three returnees and 10 newcomers on the roster. This season NC State has seven returnees and seven newcomers.
– The Pack is entering year three with Kevin Keatts as head coach. Keatts has led the program to a 45-24 record in his two seasons as head coach.
– NC State is 19-1 all-time in season openers at PNC Arena.
– This is the first time since Nov. 19, 1999 that NC State has opened a season against a Power-5 opponent. NC State defeated Georgia, 67-63, in that game (which also happened to be the first game NC State ever played in PNC Arena)
– Redshirt freshman Manny Bates will make his NC State debut on Tuesday. The Fayetteville native missed his senior season of high school with a shoulder injury and sat out last season after having preseason shoulder surgery. Bates’ appearance on Tuesday will be his first game representing his school since his junior season of high school wrapped up on Feb. 24, 2017 – that is a span of 985 days.
– Tuesday’s game marks the first time the Pack has opened its season with an ACC opponent since Nov. 30, 1979 when it played North Carolina as part of the Big Four Tournament. That game did not count towards either team’s ACC record. The last time NC State opened the season with an ACC game is Dec. 2, 1967 at Wake Forest.
– NC State has led in the final two minutes in both contests against the Yellow Jackets in the last two seasons, but Georgia Tech has won both games.
– Last season, Georgia Tech shot 58.1 percent from the field. The best shooting percentage NC State allowed an opponent to shoot last season. The Yellow Jackets attempted only five three-pointers in the game which are the fewest by an opponent in the Kevin Keatts era.
NC State – Georgia Tech Series
– NC State leads the all-time series, 57-40, with Georgia Tech.
– Georgia Tech has won four of the last five meetings.
– The Yellow Jackets have an all-time record of 31-13 in Raleigh, but enter Tuesday’s game with a three-game winning streak in North Carolina’s state capital. The Pack last beat Georgia Tech in Raleigh on Jan. 26, 2014 (80-78 overtime win)
– NC State has an 11-5 record against Georgia Tech inside PNC Arena.