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NC State vs. Purdue: How to watch, TV channel, streaming, start time, injury report and stats

NC State and Purdue, each in their first national semifinal game since the 1980s, will meet on Saturday in a battle headlined by two star centers.

The No. 11 NC State Wolfpack have beaten Texas Tech, Oakland, Marquette, and Duke to advance to this point. The No. 1 Purdue Boilermakers have beaten Grambling State, Utah State, Gonzaga, and Tennessee in the tournament.

How to watch NC State vs. Purdue, TV channel and streaming

NC State vs. Purdue will be broadcast on TBS and TNT, which can be viewed through cable TV packages or on live TV streaming services including YouTubeTV and SlingTV. The game will also be available to stream on the March Madness Live app.

NC State vs. Purdue start time, date and venue

NC State vs. Purdue is scheduled to start at 6:09 PM ET / 5:09 PM CT / 4:09 PM MT / 3:09 PM PT on Saturday, April 6 from State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

NC State vs. Purdue injury report

NC State: LJ Thomas - personal, out; Dennis Parker Jr. - illness, out

Purdue: No injuries to report

NC State vs. Purdue predicted lineups

NC State: Michael O'Connell, DJ Horne, Casey Morsell, Mohamed Diarra, DJ Burns Jr.

Purdue: Fletcher Loyer, Braden Smith, Lance Jones, Trey Kaufman-Renn, Zach Edey

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NC State vs. Purdue stats

  • Purdue's 7-foot-4 center Zach Edey leads all Division I men's basketball players in points per game with 25.0.
  • DJ Burns Jr., NC State's 6-foot-9, 260-pound center, averages 13.0 points per game for the season and has surpassed his season average in three of his team's four tournament games, including 29 points against Duke in the National Quarterfinals.
  • Purdue ranks in the top-10 in points per game (83.5, ranked 10th), assists per game (18.9, ranked second), total rebounds per game (40.8, ranked 10th), three-point percentage (40.6, ranked second), free-throw attempts (24.7, ranked ninth), and field goal percentage (49.1, ranked ninth).
  • NC State does not rank within the top-10 nationally in any major stat, but it has the 16th-best turnover percentage (12 percent).
  • The teams play at an identical pace with 68.6 possessions per game, which is around the average in Division I men's basketball.
  • In its four tournament games, NC State has ratcheted up its defense by allowing 6.5 fewer points per game than in the regular season while allowing a 35.3 percent field goal percentage (9.9 percentage points less than the regular season) and a 29.3 percent three-point percentage (9.5 percentage points less than the regular season).
  • Both teams have four players averaging more than 10 points per game.

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