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NC State Basketball Thursday Web Run (12/12)

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To be honest, there’s not too much news to report on State sports right now. It’s the notorious slow period around the holidays, but there are a few nuggets floating around out there. Here they are with a few little takeaways from us.

 

– N&O: Jordan Vandenberg Emerges
Barry Jacobs has a nice piece out on Jordan in the N&O. It’s pretty spot on talking about injuries, logjams at the position and a weight problem that was holding the 7’1 Aussie back. I really think a lot of it was confidence issues that aren’t discussed in the article. Fans were pretty critical of Vandenberg every since he raised expectations with a between the legs dung in his dunk contest appearance as a freshman. He played well in his early chances to spell Tracy Smith, but nothing ever came of it. Jacobs does hit on the fact that Gottfried grew tired of him being content as a backup, which is warranted because he did get way out of shape there for a while. With the weight gain came some real confidence problems. He looked nervous and lost every time he touched the ball last season. This year he’s reshaped his body and is finally living up to (and exceeding) the Pack’s expectations for him.

Key Quote:  “I’m not trying to play for my own personal glory,” he said repeatedly during an interview this week. “I’m trying to get my team somewhere.”

 

– We were the first to break the news that the Holt brother’s construction company was going to be renovating Reynolds coliseum in the near future and recently a new mock-up of the proposed space has started floating around. The space is pretty much the same on the sides, however in the endzone it looks like they’ll have a glass area, probably for recruits or VIPs. The only problem people seem to be having here is the cost. Looks like State will be dumping $40 million into this project. Sounds like a bit much, does it not?

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USA Today: Sidney Lowe Pleads Guilty to Tax Charges
Now on to the bad news. Our boy Sid has taken another fall. This makes me pretty sad, to be honest. I loved Sid, I loved the story of him coming back to save NC State as a head coach. Sadly, it was a crash and burn type scenario from there on out. His teams were pretty undisciplined and he just wasn’t quite ready to handle the duties of a college head coach. That was sad, but I still applauded the fact that he stepped up when no one else would. But now we find out he hasn’t been paying his taxes. Yikes. But hey, we still love Sid, don’t we? I mean, he was part of the most storied year in the history of NC State. See what winning will do for you!?

 

– Lorenzo Brown getting some major minutes for Philly. As you probably already know, Brown was cut by the T-Wolves (the team with 1000 point guards) and picked up by the 76ers. Last night for example, Brown logged 19 minutes, scored 4 points and dropped 6 dimes. The one blemish? 5 TOs. Zo is going to have to cut the TOs down if he wants to stick with Philly for the long term, however they really don’t have too many other options.

 

– Next up for the Pack is the 5-5 Detroit Titans. The game is this Saturday at 6pm. It’s on ESPN3 and being played at Reynolds Coliseum.

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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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