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OUR TAKE: NC State impressive in win over Northwestern

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BOXSCORE: NC State 69 – Northwestern 48

Gottfried Press Conference Audio

This NC State team is really starting to gel. After a few bumps in the road early on, Gottfried has finally gotten his guys to settle in to their roles and play good basketball. All of this was apparent last night when the Pack took down a pretty decent Chris Collins coached Northwestern team, 69-48.

Sure, it’s nice to see them beat a Big 10 team by 21, but the real thing to focus on is how they won. For the first time since the Hodge, Atsur, Evtimov days NC State is playing as a team. They’re playing together. There is no ego or jealously. There is no one hunting points or trying to do too much. Watch after great passes or made baskets. For the first time in a long time we’re seeing genuine teamwork. Guys pointing at other guys, telling them nice pass, or great shot. I know team chemistry is a much debated topic on the forums. Is chemistry that important or does it come down to talent? Well, we’ve seen first hand for the past 10 years that talent without teamwork is worthless. This year is different, and it was on display last night.

Here are a few of our takeaways from last night:

– State looked amazing in almost every aspect of the game. They locked down on defense, playing great help and recover, they denied passes and they didn’t give up many open looks, holding the Wildcats to 25% shooting (they also forced 11 turnovers).  They attacked the glass and won the battle of the boards 39-37. They took good shots and knocked down open looks on their way to a 46% shooting night. They took care of the basketball, turning it over only 5 times. It was a very nice all around win and wonderful team showing by NC State.

TJ Warren has taken it to the next level. Last year we saw him start to understand that he could really score on this stage. Then this year, early on, he showed that he had added to his arsenal, trimmed down his body and still could score at the same clip. Now, he’s taken it up a notch. Warren has become State’s leader. He’s become their go-to guy and he’s embracing that role. He’s looking more and more comfortable attacking when the team needs him to. But, the real key here is not how many points Warren is putting up, but it’s how he’s doing it. He’s not an ego maniac who’s worried about keeping his average up or making sure he’s the guy on Sportscenter the next day. Warren is picking up his guys, sharing the ball, and making everyone feel comfortable playing with him. He’s playing hard, smart and team basketball and it’s trickling down to the rest of the guys. If Warren keeps  playing this way, this team could be special.

Cat Barber and Tyler Lewis showed us that they can coexist. This was one major area of concern for me coming in. I wasn’t sure how Lewis would take the fact that Barber had won the starting job over him.  Early on, and even early in last night’s game, Lewis was trying to prove his worth by trying to score a little more. He has been taking a few questionable shots and kind of altering his game a little bit. Lewis is not and never will be a ‘force the issue’ scorer. He’s more of a ‘take what you give me scorer.’ I think Lewis realized last night how to earn major minutes and co-exist with Barber. He needs to create havoc off the dribble and find the open man. That’s his strength. It might not be the most exciting role, but it’s a very important one and one Lewis is very good at. Lewis was on point once he started doing this last night. He was an assist machine, dealing out 7 on the game in only 16 minutes. Barber also played well. He had 7 points and 5 assists. He’s going to play a lot of minutes and he’s a guy that has really won his PT with his defense and his athleticism. If he keeps playing smart ball he’s going to keep the starting job, but Lewis is a major player for State as well. If both guys can embrace their roles, State becomes that much harder to beat. I think last night was a huge step forward.

Lennard Freeman is a pleasant surprise. This kid has come in without much fanfare and simply earned minutes. He’s slowly but surely coming around offensively, but that’s not why Gott runs him out there. The kid put up his first double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. He is battling so hard every minute of every game. I’m not going to say he’s replaced the gap left by Richard Howell, but he’s the youngest guy on the team. He has a lot of time to grow and if he keeps on his current trajectory he might become Richard Howell with more athleticism.

Ralston Turner is starting to find his place as well. He’s becoming a shooter/defender type role player who has the skills to really impact a game if he’s hitting. Last night he was hitting. Turner 4-8 and 3-7 from 3 point range for 13 points. Add in the fact that he can defend and you have yourself a really good piece of the puzzle. Turner is going to be huge against the zone for State. In the 2nd half last night he really came in and ruined everything NW was trying to do.

Vandenberg is king. I’m so happy for this kid. He’s worked his tail off and been so loyal to this program and he’s finally reaping the rewards. Look, face the facts, Vandy has the chance to be one of the ACC’s best bigs. He’s scoring on the break, scoring a bit on the blocks, but his real worth has been on defense in the middle. He’s altering a ton of shots, blocking some and throwing around his weight on the boards. He finished with 12 points, 3 boards, but added 5 blocks last night. He’s been the key piece in State’s surge over the past 3 games since his return.

 

Next up is a struggling Long Beach State team who has played a really tough schedule up to this point. That game is Saturday at 2pm on ESPN3.

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball Team is Having One of it’s Best Runs in the ACC Ever

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Heading into tonight’s Top-25 matchup between #22 NC State and #8 UVA, the Wolfpack are in the midst of one of their best runs in ACC play since the conference was formed in 1953.

The Wolfpack are 9-4 in the ACC, but they have won 8 of their last 9 conference games.

The last time NC State went on a run like this in ACC Regular Season games was during the 1972-73 and 73-74 seasons, when the Wolfpack went 12-0 in ACC play.

12-0 (1972 & 73-74)

12 of 13 (1958-59)

8 of 9 (2022-23, 1961-61, 1954-55)

7 of 8 (1974-75, 1969-70, 1964-65, 1955-56)

6 of 7 (2005-06, 1979-80, 1960-61, 1957-58)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#22 NC State is a 7.5-Point Underdog at #8 UVA Tonight

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#22 NC State is a 7.5-point underdog at #8 Virginia tonight at 9pm, and the Total is sitting at 137.

  • NC State is 19-5 Straight Up.
    • They are 11-11-2 Against the Spread.
  • UVA is 17-4 Straight Up.
    • They are 8-12-1 Against the Spread.
  • The Total has gone Over in 13 of NC State’s 24 games.
    • The Total has gone Over in 12 of UVA’s 22 games
  • UVA is 15-2 as the Favorite.
    • NC State is 4-4 as the Underdog.
  • NC State is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against UVA Against the Spread.
  • The Total has gone Over in 5 of NC State’s last 7 games.
    • The Total has gone Over in 4 of UVA’s last 5 games.
  • The Total has gone Under in 5 of the last 6 games between these two in Charlottesville.
  • NC State has won two in a row, and 3 of the last 4 against UVA.
    • Kevin Keatts is 3-4 against UVA. He is 2-2 at UVA.

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NC State is the ONLY Team in the Triangle Ranked for the 1st Time in 40 Years

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball team is back in the AP Top 25 for the first time in 4 years, landing at #22 in the Week 14 AP Poll.

NC State is ranked. Duke and UNC are not. Last time that was the case? December 27th, 1982. Over 40 years ago. It’s only the 6th time in 67 years that this has happened.

Anyone remember what happened that 1982-83 basketball season?

NC State won the National Championship.

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NC State Breaks Into the AP Poll, Landing at #22

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NC State is off to it’s best start in almost 2 decades, and they now finally have a number beside their name, landing at #22 in the Week 14 AP Poll.

This is the first time that NC State has been ranked in the AP Poll since January 28th, 2019, when they were ranked 23rd.

ACC Teams in the Week 14 AP Poll

8. Virginia
19. Miami
22. NC State
27. Duke
29. Clemson
30. Pitt

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