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December 12, 2013

NC State returns to Reynolds Coliseum

NC State coach Mark Gottfried would love for the Wolfpack to play more games at Reynolds Coliseum, including an ACC game.

Gottfried and the Wolfpack host Detroit at 6 p.m. Saturday in their one game this season at the historic venue. Gottfried also knows that the 10,000-plus fans that would normally attend an ACC game at PNC Arena wouldn't fit at Reynolds, hence the end of that dream.

"I like it, I really do," Gottfried said. "I've asked Debbie a couple of times about the possibility of playing a conference game at Reynolds. There are some challenges for her obviously, with season ticket holders. Our numbers are much higher than the building and we couldn't accommodate everybody."

With the addition of former Wolfpack star Dereck Whittenburg as director of player personnel, the players get a link to past great team performances at Reynolds Coliseum.

"I think it's important for our program, our fans and everybody to play at least one game there this year," Gottfried said. "We had an exhibition game there, so it is kind of two. I think it is fun for our players."

NC State has had the week off from playing games due to final exams. Classes aren't scheduled to resume until Jan. 6, giving the players a chance to concentrate on basketball.

Detroit carries a 5-5 record and are led by junior forward Juwan Howard Jr., the son of the NBA player, senior post Evan Bruinsma and Michigan guard transfer Carlton Brundidge, a redshirt sophomore. Howard is averaging a team-high 16.9 points per game, plus 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists, but is shooting 37.4 percent from the field.

"They are playing really well," Gottfried said. "They went on the road and beat South Florida. They beat Rhode Island at home. Juwan Howard's son, Juwan Jr., is a terrific player. They drive it really hard and are great foul shooters."

Click below to listen to interviews from Thursday's post-practice media availibility:

Mark Gottfried audio interview (6:14)

Jordan Vandenberg audio interview (4:57)

Desmond Lee audio interview (5:16)

Ralston Turner audio interview (4:06)

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