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GAME NOTES: NC State Takes on EKU at 8pm

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NC State Wolfpack vs Eastern Kentucky Colonels
8pm | ESPN 3 | PNC Arena – Raleigh, NC

NC State is coming off what was likely their best performance of the season. TJ Warren led the way with huge help from Cat Barber and Jordan Vandenberg as they took down a very talented (but shorthanded) Florida Gulf Coast team. Tonight they face another talented mid-major team that has a good chance at winning their conference this season.

Opponent: Eastern Kentucky (6-1)

Get to know Eastern Kentucky: Mark Gottfried isn’t messing around with his scheduling. While Eastern Kentucky might not be a household name, they are a very quality opponent. Coming off a 25 in season and their first postseason win in 68 years (CIT), the Colonels are starting to get some recognition. This season they are the favorite to win the Ohio Valley Conference thanks to a lot of returning talent.

Who have they beat this year?: Here is another team that is about to really get their first challenge. They biggest names they’ve beat are FIU and Kennesaw. Their only loss this season has come at the hands of Youngstown State, a team that has actually been pretty impressive this season.

Who are their top players? They did lose their go-to guy from last season. Mike DiNunno(15 ppg, and 4 assists) was really the guy that made their offense go. The senior point guard did it all for the Colonels last year, but all is not lost with him graduating. Glenn Cosey, a 6 ft guard who came in from Columbus State Community College is a true scorer and a real playmaker. Cosey is currently leading the team in scoring at 19ppg. This is coming on the heels of a sophomore year where he scored 18ppg at his community college.

Can NC State beat them? This is a talented team, but if State plays anywhere near as well as they played vs. FGCU, then they shouldn’t have a problem. State has the definite advantage in the paint where EKU is small and has had trouble on the boards, but it will be a test for Cat Barber and Dez Lee who will need to step up and show their shutdown defensive skills against Cosey. EKU will certainly have trouble keeping up with State’s pace of play and they really don’t have anyone to match up with Warren, but again, this team is talented and has years under their belt, so the Pack can’t take them lightly.

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NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game

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NC State improved to 19-5 overall, and 9-4 in the ACC, defeating Georgia Tech 72-64 in PNC Arena. How did they win: By the Numbers. Box Score. The ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel and Condensed Game are below.

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NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: BY THE NUMBERS

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Survive and Advance. Some days it’s just like that.

NC State found a way to win at home over Georgia Tech 72-64 with Terquavion Smith and Jarkel Joiner combining for a whopping 10 points, shooting 3-17. They each had 5 points, and entered the game ranked 1st (Smith) and 5th (Joiner) in the ACC in scoring.

How did the Wolfpack find a way to victory?

Burns. Ross. Morsell.

DJ Burns carried the team on his back, scoring 24 points (11-21 FG) and grabbing 8 boards. Ernest Ross reminded us once again what he’s capable of, coming off the bench to score 16 points, shooting 4 of 8 from the field. Most importantly, Ross was a perfect 7 for 7 from the free throw line. He also had 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.

The shots might not have been falling for Smith and Joiner, but don’t forget about Casey Morsell. He scored 17 points, making 6 of his 9 field goal attempts, and 4 of 7 from beyond the arch. He also had 5 rebounds and 3 steals.

Smith’s shot might have been off, but his passing game wasn’t. His 10 assists were a new career high, toppling his former best of 7 against Miami back in December.

Once again, NC State managed to find a way to win a game in which the other team shot better (44.1/41.9) than them. Heck, the Yellow Jackets out rebounded them (37-36).

How you ask?

Well, NC State forced Georgia Tech to commit 17 turnovers, scoring 11 points off of them (Georgia Tech had 5 points off of turnovers). Also, the Wolfpack had more offensive rebounds than the Yellow Jackets (12-10), scoring 11 second chance points (The Yellow Jackets had 7 second chance points).

Georgia Tech entered today’s game having won 4 straight against NC State in PNC Arena, and the Wolfpack found a way to snap that streak.

A 14-3 run by NC State in the final 4 minutes was enough for the Pack to seal the deal.

NC State will have a chance to pick up a Quad 1 win over UVA on the road on Tuesday night at 9pm.

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NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: BOX SCORE

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball team improved to 19-5 and 9-4 in ACC play today, defeating Georgia Tech 72-64 in PNC Arena.

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Where Does NC State Rank in Team Stats in the ACC Before Georgia Tech?

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Before NC State and Georgia Tech tipoff at 1pm, here’s a look at where the Wolfpack ranks in the ACC in team stats.

The Wolfpack lead the ACC in points per game, and rank 7th in points given up per game. As a result, NC State’s scoring margin is 10.13, which ranks 2nd in the conference.

The Wolfpack scores a lot, but it isn’t because they are one of the best shooting teams in the ACC, ranking 11th in Free Throw Percentage, 8th in Field Goal Percentage, and 8th in Three Point Percentage.

The reason that NC State leads the ACC in scoring is because of the way they attack the offensive glass, and the way they force turnovers. The Wolfpack forced 319 turnovers, which leads the ACC, and boast a 4.09 Turnover Margin, which also leads the conference. The Wolfpack also rank 2nd in the ACC in Offensive Rebounds. Not shockingly, they lead the ACC in steals, averaging 8.3.

The Wolfpack rank 9th in Assists, but rank 3rd in Assist/Turnover Ratio. NC State has turned over their opponent better than anyone else, and they also have done a good job taking care of the ball.

NC State ranks 2nd in Blocks and 3rd in Rebounding Margin.

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