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RALEIGH, N.C. - In its third season under head coach Mark Gottfried, the North Carolina State men's basketball program has assembled a challenging schedule that features 18 games against teams that made a postseason tournament in 2013.
"I always want a difficult schedule," Gottfried said. "I want to be aggressive even in a year when we are so young and inexperienced."
In addition to an enhanced 18-game ACC slate, the Wolfpack will play 10 games against teams that played in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
"This schedule is going to force this young group to grow up quickly and it will help us improve as the year progressive," Gottfried said.
The regular season opens Friday, Nov. 8 at PNC Arena when the Wolfpack, which is coming off consecutive 24-win seasons, hosts Appalachian State. Four days later, NC State will play at Cincinnati in ESPN's 24-hour college hoops marathon. The next seven games after the Cincinnati trip will all be at home. The Wolfpack will welcome 2012 NCAA tourney team Detroit to historic Reynolds Coliseum Saturday, Dec. 14.
NCSU, which earned a Sweet 16 berth in 2012, will take on three major-conference opponents in the month of December. NC State hosts Northwestern in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and welcomes Missouri to PNC Arena Saturday, Dec. 28. The third such contest is a trip to Tennessee on Dec. 18 that will be televised on ESPNU.
NC State men's basketball tickets are currently on sale. The Wolfpack's exciting 18-game slate at PNC Arena is a two-game increase over the 16 games NC State played there last season. This year, the per-game ticket price for season tickets in all seating areas is less than in 2012-13.
Fans this season are encouraged to purchase their tickets earlier in order to take advantage of NC State's Season Ticket Incentive Program. Between September 3-16, a total of 10 prizes will be given away. Go to GoPack.com/incentives for a detailed schedule of giveaways. Information regarding ticket payment plans is available at GoPack.com/paymentplan or by calling the NC State ticket office at 919-865-1510.
PLAYING THE NATION'S BEST
North Carolina State will play 18 games against 16 different schools that competed in a postseason tournament in 2013, including 10 contests vs. eight teams that played in the 2013 NCAA Tournament: Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Missouri, Cincinnati and Florida Gulf Coast. NCSU will also play six teams that played in last year's NIT: Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, Florida State, Long Beach State and Detroit.
AMPED UP ACC
The Atlantic Coast Conference added Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame this past summer, and the Wolfpack will become very familiar with each new team. Gottfried's squad opens ACC play on Jan. 4 vs. Pittsburgh at home. NC State's first ACC road game is a trip to Notre Dame, and NCSU visits Syracuse in mid-February. State's final ACC road game is at Pittsburgh on March 5.
NORTH CAROLINA TWICE IN FEBRUARY
The Wolfpack will have a home-and-away set against North Carolina in February. NC State will play in Chapel Hill on Feb. 1 before the Tar Heels return to PNC Arena 25 days later. The two schools split a pair of meetings last season, with NC State defeating UNC 91-83 in Raleigh on ESPN College Gameday.
ON THE TUBE
Every North Carolina State ACC contest is to be carried live on television. The Pack is slated to have 22 games broadcast on ESPN's family of networks, including seven contests on ESPNU. All conference games carried on an ESPN network will also be available on WatchESPN. Eight of NC State's ACC games will be carried on the ACC Network. All conference games carried on the ACC Network or a regional sports network will also be available on ESPN3.
EYE ON NC STATE
For the second year in a row, the Pack will have a regular season game televised on CBS. NC State's Jan. 18 contest at Duke will be on the national network. Last year's home contest against Miami was on CBS, marking the team's first regular season appearance since 2009.
NC State will spend much of February on the road, playing five league contests away from PNC Arena. The Wolfpack has a six-game stretch over 21 days that includes five road games. It's the first time NCSU is on the road for five out of six conference games since 1991.
As the ACC standings tighten at the end of the season, North Carolina State will have the advantage of playing three of its last four games at PNC Arena. Starting Feb. 26 against North Carolina, the Wolfpack will close the season with home contests against Miami (March 1) and Boston College (March 9).