Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 11/15/14
With a ton of returning talent and a pair of promising freshmen coming in, North Carolina State entered the season with huge expectations. While it hasn't exactly been smooth sailing for the Wolfpack thus far, they showed signs of coming around their last time out. No. 25 North Carolina State looks to build on its latest win Saturday when it hosts Cleveland State. After reaching the regional semifinals of last season's NCAA tournament, the Wolfpack (5-2), led by Richard Howell, C.J. Leslie, Lorenzo Brown and Scott Wood, figured to become all the more formidable with the additions of T.J. Warren and Rodney Purvis. North Carolina State got off to a good start by winning its first three games but has split its last four. The Wolfpack, who fell 76-56 to Oklahoma State in the Puerto Rico Tipoff title game Nov. 18 before avoiding a monumental upset by sneaking past UNC Asheville 82-80 at home five days later, went on to lose 79-72 at No. 3 Michigan on Nov. 27. North Carolina State, though...
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