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December 20, 2013

NC State not overlooking ECU

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NC State 2013-14 roster

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Game facts

East Carolina (10-2) at NC State (8-2)

Game time: Saturday, Dec. 21, 12 p.m. — PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C.

Television: Fox Sports South

Probable starters

NC State
PG — 2 Anthony Barber (6-2, 170, Fr., 12.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.9 apg)
SG — 5 Desmond Lee (6-4, 200, Jr., 10.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.6 apg)
SF — 24 T.J. Warren (6-8, 215, Soph., 23.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 0.7 apg, 1.7 spg)
PF — 10 Lennard Freeman (6-8, 245, Fr., 4.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.2 apg)
C — 14 Jordan Vandenberg (7-1, 245, 5th-Sr., 7.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.8 apg, 3.0 bpg)

East Carolina
PG — 22 Paris Roberts-Campbell (6-3, 185, Jr., 14.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.7 spg)
SG — 1 Akeem Richmond (6-0, 180, R-Sr., 18.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.7 spg)
SF — 11 Antonio Robinson (6-4, 175, Jr., 5.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.0 spg)
PF — 2 Caleb White (6-7, 190, Fr., 12.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.1 apg)
C — 34 Michael Zangari (6-9, 230, Soph., 8.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.2 apg)

East Carolina

Location: Greenville, N.C.

Nickname: Pirates

2012-13 record: 23-12 overall, 9-7 CUSA (t-4th)

2013 postseason: Defeated Weber State 77-74 to win CollegeInsiders.com Postseason Tournament (CIT)

Coach: Jeff Lebo fourth year at ECU (66-46) and 16th overall (277-202)

Series: NC State leads series 19-1

Last meeting: NC State won 85-65 on Nov. 18, 2010, in Charleston, S.C.


East Carolina: NC State has lost to East Carolina only once, which was a road setback in 2007. The Wolfpack has never lost to the Pirates in both football and basketball in the same year, and that streak is on the line Saturday … Fifth-year senior shooting guard Akeem Richmond was a scoring whiz out of Sanford (N.C.) Southern Lee High, and was evaluated by the Wolfpack. The 6-0, 185-pounder played his first two years at Rhode Island before heading home following the 2010-11 season. Richmond has increased his scoring from 10.9 points per game last season to 18.3, and has scored 21-plus points in three games. He had 37 points and 10 three-pointers in a 96-78 win over Fayetteville State Dec. 3. Richmond has drained at least three three-pointers in 10 games, and is shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc … Junior wing Paris Roberts-Campbell is also an effective three-point shooter out of Charlotte United Faith High. The 6-3, 185-pounder is averaging 14.7 points per game while shooting 36.8 percent from three-point land. He has increased his statistics in every major category from his sophomore season. Roberts-Campbell has scored at least 20 points in four games, with a season-high 22 in a 76-74 win over Norfolk State Nov. 18 … Freshman small forward Caleb White is third on the team with 12.6 points per game, and is shooting 48.6 percent from three-point land. He has scored in double figures in all but two games this season. He had a career-high 24 points in a 103-94 win over VMI on Thursday … Junior college transfer Antonio Robinson came off the bench the first 10 games, but has started the last two games. The 6-4, 175-pounder from Winston-Salem, N.C., is averaging 5.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game … Sophomore center Michael Zangari is averaging 8.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game this season. The 6-9, 230-pounder has scored in double figures in five games, posting a season-high 17 against VMI … Former Raleigh Broughton High guard Prince Williams has started 10 of the first 12 games. The 6-5, 200-pounder is averaging 10.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He scored a season-high 22 against VMI, and had 19 points and added seven rebounds in a 81-70 win over North Carolina-Asheville Nov. 26 … Freshman power forward Brandan Stith has also provided a spark in a reserve role. He is the son of Virginia legend and current Old Dominion assistant coach Bryant Stith, who coached him at Lawrenceville (Va.) Brunswick High. Stith's younger brother, B.J., signed with Virginia and is a reserve wing at Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy. Brandan Stith is averaging 7.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. He has three double-doubles this season, including 11 points and a season-high 15 rebounds in a 95-45 win over Chowan Nov. 14 … Former Florida State shooting guard Terry Whisnant and Winston-Salem State power forward Michel-Ofik Nzege are both sitting out this season as transfers … Sophomore post player Marshall Guilmette is also in line for a medical redshirt after suffering a season-ending injury after the fifth game.

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