NC State Wolfpack vs Florida State Seminoles
9pm | Raleigh, NC | ACCN
Is this young Wolfpack team starting to turn the corner? After two very impressive, very hard-fought wins, they just might be.
With a comeback win over Maryland, without TJ Warren, and then an overtime thriller against Georgia Tech in which Tyler Lewis stepped up, it’s starting to look like this team is really starting to come together. Tonight, however, they’re going to have another tough test against FSU.
This Florida State team is already having a pretty good season. They’ve beaten some very good teams, including #10 VCU, #22 UMass and a surprising good Clemson team. Like usual, this team gets it done with physicality. They are a defense-first type team that will rely on the game being sloppy and slow. On offense they look to guard Ian Miller (13ppg) and Aaron Thomas (12ppg) to get things going. Neither one is a prolific scorer, but they play hard and they play strong. The pace of this game will be much like that of the UVA game. It’s likely going to be loosely called and State is going to have to play through bumping and pushing.
Here are the keys for State:
Losses to Pitt , Duke and UVA have really proved that this team does not like playing against teams that commit to physicality on defense. They invite contact and make the Pack either get push back or back down. So far, State has backed down. Tonight they will need to come out expecting contact and ready to give it right back
With the snow basically crippling the southeast right now, people aren’t going to want to risk it and come out to a 9pm game. I’m guessing they will let all the students down to the front, but even then it’s not going to be very crowded. State needs to come out focused and not be brought down by the lack of momentum from the crowd.
Lean on Lee
Defensively, State needs Lee to be in lockdown mode again. He’s really been huge this season on defense. When there is a guard they need to stop, Lee steps up. Tonight he’ll be on either Miller or Thomas. If he can stop either one of them, State’s chances look good.
Lewis and Barber …Ride the Hot Hand
This is going to be a game of ball control. Who can maximize their possessions and who can better protect the basketball? That’s going to be huge in this one. FSU is going to put on the pressure and State needs to handle it. Will the game tip more towards Barber, who can cause havoc by getting by his man when pressure is applied? Or will it be Lewis’ ball control and pace management that will work better? That’s up to Gottfried, but as he’s done recently, he needs to ride the hot hand at PG, it’s one of the major reasons State has been able to adjust in-game.
Unleash the Bigs
Whether it’s Vandy, Anya, Washington or Freeman, it seems like the Wolfpack bigs are coming up big at every turn. These guys are young and constantly showing growth, but against FSU they’re going to need to be ready to get physical real fast. The Noles don’t have any real skilled bigs, other than Okaro White, that they need to worry about, but they have bigs that are very active and love to get at it on the glass. White is averaging 12 and 7, so he’s kind of their do it all guy, but Warren can match up with him and hopefully shut him down.
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