North Carolina State's Torin Dorn (2) shoots as Pittsburgh's Peace Ilegomah (42) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Pittsburgh. Credit: Keith Srakocic | AP

Maine vs. North Carolina State

Time, site: 2 p.m. Saturday, PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

Records: UMaine 0-3, N.C. State 3-0

Series: First meeting

Key players, UMaine: 6-5 G Isaiah White (13.3 points per game, 3.3 rebounds per game), 6-7 F Andrew Fleming (9.7 ppg, 5.7 ppg); 5-10 G Terion Moss (9.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg), 6-8 F Vilgot Larsson (7.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg); N.C. State: 6-5 G Torin Dorn (21.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg), 6-5 G C.J. Bryce (12.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg), 6-5 G Devon Daniels (11.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg), 6-1 G Markell Johnson (8.0 ppg, 4.3 apg)

Game notes: This game, part of the Wolfpack Classic tournament, figures to be a battle of tempo with N.C. State averaging 100 points in its victories over Mount St. Mary’s, Maryland Eastern Shore and UNC-Asheville, while UMaine averaged just 53.1 points in losses at Denver, Utah and San Francisco last week. This marks the fourth of six straight road games to open the season for UMaine and fourth of six consecutive home games to start the season for N.C. State. The Wolfpack were picked to finish eighth in the 15-team Atlantic Coast Conference in that league’s preseason media poll. N.C. State has relied heavily on its wing depth in an effort to push the pace, having started four 6-foot-5 guards (Dorn, Bryce, Daniels and Wyatt Walker) along with Johnson in each of its games to date while outscoring its opponents by an average of 49 points. UMaine, which has shot just 36.5 percent from the field overall and 27 percent on 3-pointers, will have to improve those numbers to be able to get back defensively and counter N.C. State’s fast break. UMaine continues play in the Wolfpack Classic at Denton, Texas, on Tuesday against North Texas, then visits Quinnipiac in Hamden, Connecticut, on Nov. 25 before playing its home opener against Princeton at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...