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Men’s basketball

Saturday

N.C. State at Virginia Tech

2 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum

TV: NBC Sports Washington

Records: N.C. State 11-4, 2-2 ACC; Virginia Tech 11-4, 2-2

Last meeting: Virginia Tech won 47-24 at N.C. State on Feb. 2, 2019.

N.C. State probable starters: F Jericole Hellems (10.5 ppg), 6-foot-11 F Manny Bates (6.0 ppg, 3.2 bpg), G Devon Daniels (11.1 ppg), G Braxton Beverly (8.2 ppg), G Markell Johnson (13.9 ppg, 6.9 apg).

Virginia Tech probable starters: F Landers Nolley II (17.1 ppg), F P.J. Horne (8.5 ppg), G Nahiem Alleyne (9.3 ppg), G Wabissa Bede (5.8 ppg), G Tyrece Radford (7.8 ppg).

Notes: N.C. State’s top scorer and rebounder, senior guard C.J. Bryce (16.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg), has missed the past three games because of a concussion. The Wolfpack are 2-1 without him, including wins over Appalachian State and Notre Dame and a loss at Clemson. “We’ve missed him in the locker room. We’ve missed him on the court,” N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts said before Wednesday’s win over Notre Dame. … State’s other losses this season were to Georgia Tech, Memphis and Auburn. … Bates, a redshirt freshman, has already blocked 48 shots — breaking the State single-season freshman record. … D.J. Funderburk, a 6-10 backup, averages 12.2 points for State. … … Tech leads the nation in fewest turnovers per game (9.8); ranks third nationally in assist-turnover ratio; and is tied for 12th nationally in 3-pointers (10.3 per game). … State held Notre Dame to six 3-pointers (which was four below Notre Dame’s average) and a season-low 18 3-point attempts in Wednesday’s win. … Tech’s 47-24 win at State last season raised eyebrows around the country. Tech held an opponent to less than 25 points for the first time since a 105-24 win over Washington and Lee in 1959. State scored the fewest points by a ranked team since college basketball adopted the shot clock in 1985. The Wolfpack shot only 16.7% from the field — the lowest percentage by any team in ACC history.

Mark Berman covers Virginia Tech men’s basketball and many other teams at the university. He also helps cover other colleges, including Radford, VMI, Roanoke, Washington and Lee and Ferrum.

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