NC State welcomes Campbell to PNC Arena on Saturday afternoon in what figures to be a good bounce-back game for the Wolfpack after that unfortunate second half in Saint Louis. The Camels are 4-1 this season but they’ve played a pair of non-DI teams already, and their other two wins came against teams ranked below 300 in KenPom.
— The Camels have had the same starting lineup in every game: Jordan Whitfield (6’1, 175), Ricky Clemons (6’2, 205), Cedric Henderson (6’6, 190), Austin McCullough (6’5, 205), and Josh Lusane (6’7, 235). This is not a tall team and it doesn’t have much of a bench, either.
— Whitfield and Henderson are the leaders offensively—Whitfield is a career 40% three-point shooter off to a 12-19 start to this season, which ain’t too bad. (Also, he’s from Raleigh.) Henderson has been an effective scorer inside the arc during his brief career, and that’s where he figures to do most of his damage. He shot 63% of twos last year.
— Considering the low caliber of the teams, Campbell should probably be concerned about how bad it has been on the glass at both ends. The Camels rank 295th in OR% and 266th in DR%. And their interior defense in general has been bad.
— The Camels do rank sixth nationally in 2FG%, counting just its games against D-I competition, which is probably a wee bit of an overestimate of how well they shoot it, but it is indicative of where their strengths lie. Campbell doesn’t lean heavily on threes, as a general rule: the team is 215th in three-point attempt rate.
— Defensively, the Camels have been forcing turnovers at a good clip, but the rest of their numbers at that end are pretty bad. If they aren’t getting a turnover, odds are pretty good that the possession is ending poorly for them.
— KenPom likes NC State by 19.