GREENSBORO, N.C. – The NC State men’s basketball team made the key plays down the stretch to capture a 68-64 victory over UNC Greensboro at Greensboro Coliseum on Monday night. The win allowed the Wolfpack to finish non-ACC play with a 10-3 record.
T.J. Warren led NC State with 24 points (16 in the first half). Anthony ‘Cat’ Barber added 17 points and six assists and Desmond Lee finished with 15 points.
The Wolfpack led the Spartans (7-8) 38-35 at halftime and quickly lifted the lead to double figures. A 9-2 Wolfpack run over the first 2:05 of the second period gave NC State a 47-37 lead. The advantage grew to 54-37 at the 16:03 mark and NC State gained control of the game.
An 8-0 UNCG run keyed by Tevon Saddler pulled the Spartans to within 62-57 with 5:54 remaining, and the home team would climb even closer. A floater by Saddler cut NC State’s lead to 63-61.
And that’s where the Wolfpack made the game’s winning plays. Lee drove the lane for a dunk and Warren and Barber made enough free throws to keep the Spartans at bay. With NC State leading 67-64 with 8 seconds left, Barber stole the ball from UNCG’s Kayel Locke and the Wolfpack clinched the game at the foul line.
Locke finished with a team-high 19 points for UNCG, which had defeated Virginia Tech 55-52 just two days earlier. Saddler, who did not play vs. Virginia Tech, finished with 18 points off the bench.
The Wolfpack got off to a slow start, with UNCG leading 6-2 before either team could break a sweat. State, using its size advantage on the perimeter, answered behind an array of drives to the basket. It was 11-11 when the Spartans would counter with a 9-2 run to take a 20-13 lead. NC State would close the first half on an 8-1 run to have the lead at halftime.
NC State, which also finished the 2013 calendar year with 23 victories, opens ACC play against new league member Pittsburgh this weekend. The Panthers’ first ACC contest will be Saturday, Jan. 4 at PNC Arena at noon.
NC State’s Men’s Basketball Team is Having One of it’s Best Runs in the ACC Ever
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)
#22 NC State is a 7.5-Point Underdog at #8 UVA Tonight
#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.
NC State vs. UVA
NC State is the ONLY Team in the Triangle Ranked for the 1st Time in 40 Years
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.
Wolfpack was 17th that week. UNC was unranked in two polls all year, Dec. 20 and Dec. 27. Duke was not ranked that season (Dawkins, Alarie, Bilis, Henderson were freshmen).
Other *cough* ACC teams on Dec. 27: Virginia (4), Louisville (13), Syracuse (14).
— Luke DeCock (@LukeDeCock) February 6, 2023
Before that: The preseason poll in 1973, the final poll in 1970 and Dec. 5, 1955. So this is the sixth time in 67 years.
Happened pretty often between 1952-55. NC State was ranked during the entire 1950-51 season while neither Duke nor UNC was.
— Luke DeCock (@LukeDeCock) February 6, 2023
Anyone remember what happened that 1982-83 basketball season?
NC State won the National Championship.
NC State Breaks Into the AP Poll, Landing at #22
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.
— NC State Men's Bball (@PackMensBball) February 6, 2023
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
22. NC State