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OUR TAKE: NC State Squeaks By Detroit 82-79

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NC State 82 – Detroit 79
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NC State narrowly escaped a late game loss when their 18 point lead disappeared down the stretch. Luckily they got some unexpected production from a few key guys and came away with a 82-79 win.

TJ Warren dropped 29 points to lead State. Another game, another huge scoring output for this kid. He was pretty unstoppable against Detroit and was able to make a ton of tough shots that took the air out of the Titans sails a few times. It’s looking more and more like when the dust settles, TJ is going to find himself atop the ACC in scoring and believe me, NBA scouts are taking note.

State needs to improve on defense. Detroit shot 46% on the night and a lot of that was them just taking the ball to the rack and no one stopping them. I’m not sure if the the guys felt like they had the game in hand or if they were just not all that ready to play after the week layoff, but the D wasn’t pretty and against ACC opponents it’s going to cost them. The help-side defense was pretty nonexistent and when it was there, it was late. This led to some foul trouble, which led to some key guys sitting some key minutes. State must get better here if they want to compete.

Too many turnovers for this team. With the talent level and overall athleticism of this team, there is some room for mistakes, but not a great deal. For instance, overcoming 15 turnovers is not something this team is going to be able to do constantly. They did it against Detroit, but it was thanks to huge offensive production from Warren and Turner.

Cat Barber needs to stay on the court. Don’t get me wrong, Lewis played well. he finished with 6 points and 7 assists, but State needs Barber defensively. He only got 16 minutes in this one thanks to foul trouble and I think that is why Detroit’s dribble penetration was so effective. This team needs Tyler Lewis AND Cat Barber, but 26 minutes of Lewis and 16 of Barber probably isn’t your perfect balance. Barber finished with 4 points, 4 assists and 4 fouls.

– Ralston Turner was on FIRE. There was a stretch there when the guy couldn’t miss. He came off the bench to drop 21 points on 6-8 from 3pt range. Detroit wanted to rely on their zone but Turner’s shooting was putting a damper on that plan. Now, he’s not going to shoot like this every time out, but if he can come anywhere close to this then he’d be doing a pretty nice job of trying to replace Scott Wood. Teams in the ACC are watching right now and if you are making a blueprint to beat the Wolfpack then you are coming out in zone. Ralston is trying to make teams rethink that strategy.

– State couldn’t get much going inside, but it was nice to see Kyle Washington start to gain some confidence (8 points, 6 boards) and  Lennard Freeman continues his onslaught of the boards. This guy is a rebounding machine. Sure, he didn’t score, but he scooped up 9 more boards.

Dez Lee will come around. He’s kind of struggling with his shot right now, but he’s doing a great job on defense. I think when he gets in the groove and starts settling into the level of basketball, he’s going to produce a lot more on offense. Against the Titans he had 9 points and showed flashes of what he’s capable of.

– This is a disciplined team that is doing things the right way. Hey, it’s hard to ask for much more from such a young team. They’re playing together, they’re playing smart, and they’re fun to watch. This is one of the more enjoyable teams the Pack has trotted out there in a long time. There is no attitudes or egos, and they’re playing the game right.

Against Detroit it wasn’t the offense that was hurting. State scored 82 points. They shot 50%, but only knocked down 66% from the foul line. Detroit is not a bad team, so hanging 82 on them is nothing to scoff at. When TJ can get another scorer backing him up, State is very dangerous offensively.

Next game is a real test as the Wolfpack travel to Tennessee on Dec 18 at 7pm on ESPNU. The Vols have beaten Xavier and Wake already and narrowly lost to #12 Wichita State.

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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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