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Team records[edit]


  • Most points scored in a game: 144 vs. Georgia Southern, 1973 / vs. Buffalo State, 1975
  • Most points scored in a season: 2,842, 1950-51
  • Highest season scoring average: 92.9, 1972-73
  • Fewest points scored in a game: 8 vs. Davidson, 1923
  • Most points allowed in a game: 124 vs. Maryland, 1979
  • Fewest points allowed in a game: 8 vs. Wake Forest, 1918 / vs. North Carolina, 1926
  • Largest margin of victory: 77 vs. Appalachian State, 1973
  • Largest margin of defeat: 52 vs. North Carolina, 1921
  • Highest combined score: 244, vs. Georgia Southern, 1973

Field Goals[edit]

  • Most field goals made in a game: 68 vs. Buffalo State, 1975
  • Most field goals made in a season: 1157, 1973-74
  • Most field goals attempted in a game: 119, vs. Clemson, 1955
  • Most field goals attempted in a season: 2864, 1953-54
  • Highest field goal percentage in a game: 76.0% vs. Maryland, 1982
  • Highest field goal percentage in a a season: 52.1%, 1981-82

Individual records[edit]


  • Highest scoring average (career) - David Thompson, 26.8 PPG (1973-75)
  • Highest scoring average (season) - David Thompson, 29.9 PPG (1975)
  • 30+ point games (career) - David Thompson, 33 games (1973-75)
  • 30+ point games (season) - David Thompson, 15 games (1975)

ACC scoring leaders

Year Player Points
1959 John Richter 443
1973 David Thompson 666
1974 David Thompson 805
1975 David Thompson 838
1976 Kenny Carr 798
1977 Kenny Carr 568

Three-point field goals[edit]

ACC Honors[edit]

ACC Player of the Year[edit]

Year Player
1956 Ronnie Shavlik
1959 Lou Pucillo
1973 David Thompson
1974 David Thompson
1975 David Thompson
1991 Rodney Monroe
2004 Julius Hodge

ACC Coach of the Year[edit]

Year Coach
1954 Everett Case
1955 Everett Case
1958 Everett Case
1965 Press Maravich
1970 Norm Sloan
1973 Norm Sloan
1974 Norm Sloan
1989 Jim Valvano
2004 Herb Sendek

ACC Rookie of the Year[edit]

Year Player
1977 Charles Whitney

All-ACC selections[edit]

ACC All-Freshman Team[edit]

Year Player
1995 Ishua Benjamin
1997 Damon Thornton
1998 Kenny Inge
1999 Adam Harrington
2002 Julius Hodge
Josh Powell
2004 Engin Atsur
2007 Brandon Costner

The first North Carolina A&M basketball team had no home court when it organized in 1911. The "Farmers" had to practice on an outdoor field known as the red Diamond, located where Pullen Park currently stands.

In 1946, Chancellor Harrelson and Dr. H.A. Fisher, chairman of the athletics council, set out to rebuild the post-war athletic teams. Their first effort was to replace the interim war-period coaching staff. David Clark suggested to the Athletics Council, "I am very much in favor of obtaining a good basketball coach and I think that it would probably be useful to look for one in Indiana." Harrelson met with Indiana native Chuck Taylor who happened to be in town with his army team to play NC State. Taylor had another connection with NC State. He held a public demonstration of the young game in Raleigh in 1922. It was the world's first basketball clinic. When Harrelson asked Taylor for his advice on finding a new coach, he knew just the guy. As an Indiana senior, Taylor had played for Everett Case.[1]

A crowd of 11,020 turned out for the opening game on December 2, 1949--the largest ever to see a basketball game in the southeast. Score 67-47. [2]

NC State turned down the 1950 NIT bid to play instead in the NCAA tournament. By this time, the NCAA tournament carried more prestige than the NIT. State lost to CCNY, who won both the NCAA and NIT.[3]

Soon after Case arrived, the News and Observer named him Tar Heel of the Week, noting, "Since the little man came here from has almost supplanted politics as teh favorite topic of discussion in the North Carolina capital."[4]

The [Dixie Classic], combined with the huge crowds that filled Reynolds for regular season games, meant North Carolina State could boast of the nation's highest on-campus basketball attendance for ten straight years, allowing Raleigh to proclaim itself "world capital of basketball".[5] (In 1949 after the completion of Reynolds Greensboro News and Record wrote that Raleigh had just become "the basketball capital of the world. Immediately, at once.")[6]

Case spent two years as an assistant coach at the University of Southern California, but didn't really attract national attention until he coached service teams as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naviy during WWII. During the war, a team he coached at DePauw Naval Training Station in Indiana posted a 29-3 record, and in 1946 just before his discharge, he coached a team at Ottumwa Air Station in Iowa to a record of 27-2.[7]

Previous coach Bob Warren had been forced to operated on a limited budget of about $2000 and reduced number of scholarships. When Case was approached about the job, he was assured by Fisher and Harrelson he was promised an expanded budget and enough scholarships. Case accepted without ever visiting campus.

Case recruited heavily from his home state, earning the team the nickname "the Hoosier Hotshots".

Case was one of the early innovators of the game, using the full-court press for extended periods of time and utilizing a match-up zone defense before most of his Southern Conference peers had tried it. Other traditions included pregame intros.[8]

The ACC, in actuality, was formed with football in mind much more than basketball. Maryland and Duke were national football powers at the time. The formation of the nine-team ACC meant that a more desirable round-robin schedule format could be adopted. This enabled the new league to secure an automatic berth to the Orange Bowl on an annual basis. The Southern Conference had become bloated with 17 schools--many of whom could not hope to compete with Duke and Maryland on the football field. In 1953 the idea was to have the top football schools from the Southern Conference--Duke, UNC, NC State, Wake Forest, Virginia, Clemson, South Carolina, Duke and Maryland--form the ACC.[9]

Case was the first coach to consistently go out of state to recruit players, establishing the pipeline to his home state in Indiana and bringing in the likes of Dick Dickey, Norm Sloan, and Vic Bubas. Once the pipeline was established, it became a perpetual link to the best players in the state.[10]

Case had landed NC State on probation in 1955 for allegedly paying the way of Ronnie Shavlik and others to tryouts in 1953.[11]

Jackie Moreland was a gifted 6'7" center from Minden, Louisiana, and by 1956 he was being heavily recruited. He signed letters of intent to NC State, Kentucky, Texas A&M, and Centenary College. Moreland scored 30 points in his first game with the freshman team before the NCAA came down hard on the program for its blatant violations of recruiting guidelines. Moreland never played another game for State. Until the NCAA handed down the "death penalty" to SMU football in 1987, this was the harshest penalty ever assessed by the NCAA for recruiting violations.

Here is what the NCAA found, even though Case disputed the facts:

  • Moreland had been offered a five year scholarship, not four.
  • Moreland was promised $200/year for clothing.
  • Moreland was promised an annual cash gift from alumni of $1000.
  • State paid Moreland $80 to cover his transportation fees to Raleigh.
  • Moreland's girlfriend had been promised an all-expenses-paid trip over Thanksgiving.

Case denied all charges except for the $80 to cover transportation fees, which he said was paid not by members of the State program but by a friend of Moreland's in Louisiana. In addition to Moreland being declared ineligible to play again for State, the ACC denied contact with prospective recruits for one year and fined the school $2500.[12]


  • Chappelow, Craig (2002). Raleigh's Reynolds Coliseum. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0738514411. 


  1. ^ Raleigh's Reynolds Coliseum, p. 34
  2. ^ Raleigh's Reynolds Coliseum, p. 59
  3. ^ Raleigh's Reynolds Coliseum, p. 60
  4. ^ Learning to W<in, Pamela Grundy, p. 196
  5. ^ Grundy, p. 197
  6. ^ Four Corners, p. 33
  7. ^ Four Corners, p. 29
  8. ^ Four Corners, p. 30
  9. ^ Four Corners, p. 43-44
  10. ^ Four Corners, p. 44
  11. ^ Four Corners, p. 78
  12. ^ Four Corners, p. 78-79