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Gameday: Pack Back In Action vs Detroit

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After a week long layoff, NC State is back in action vs. the 5-5 Detroit Titans. Since it’s been a while since State has been in action, let’s look back for a second and talk about what we learned over the past few games.

Cat Barber has seized the starting PG opportunity and has been playing exceptionally well. Jordan Vandenberg has come on as a true force in the middle for NC State, and not far on his heels is young freshman Lennard Freeman who leads the team in rebounds per minute. Dez Lee and Ralston Turner have both settled in nicely to their roles and will be keys for the Pack going forward. TJ Warren continues to kill anyone in his path….Ok you’re caught up, now lets look at tonight game.

NC State Wolfpack vs. The Detroit Titans
Tonight | 6pm | ESPN3 | Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh

Ok, so here is a quick rundown on the Titans. They are 5-5. Their first loss was to Southern Alabama. They were blown out 74-58. USA isn’t great, but they don’t have a truly terrible loss yet this season. Next, Detroit fell to #19 UCONN by almost 50. Ok that’s pretty bad. Then it was losses to Toledo (twice) and a triple overtime thriller that ended in a loss to Stoney Brook. So there are your losses. Their wins aren’t much to write home about, as they’ve beaten the likes of USF and Rhode Island.

Players to watch for (Detroit):  Juwan Howard Jr. Yep, I know what you’re thinking and you’re correct. This is the son of former Michigan Fab Five member and long time NBA star Juwan Howard. His son is a transfer from Western Michigan who is playing his first year at Detroit. He’s averaging 17 points and 6 boards for the Titans and is really their go to guy. He’s a bit of a tweener at 6’6 but he’s talented.

What to watch out for vs. Detroit: State will need to box out. This is a physical team who likes to rebound. They’re 43rd in the nation on the boards, which doesn’t seem all that intimidating until you realize State is only 142nd in rebounding. They’re going to crash the glass so State needs to be ready to throw their weight around.

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Remember folks, game tonight is at Reynolds at 6pm. We’ll be there covering it for you if you can’t make it.

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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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