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3 Questions as Wolfpack Ready For Clemson

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NC State Wolfpack @ Clemson Tigers
7pm | Clemson, SC | ESPNU

The Wolfpack are coming off a heartbreaking loss to #1 Syracuse, a win that would have pretty much locked them into the NCAA tournament. Now, with only six games left to play, they’re going to have to fight and claw to make it into the big dance. That starts tonight against Clemson.

This game is huge for State. Both teams are currently tied for 6th in the conference. The winner of this game moves 1 game back from Pitt in the standings and sets themselves up for a late season run that could end with an at-large bid to the tournament. This game, however, is tough to get a good read on. How will the Wolfpack respond to the devastating 1 point loss at Syracuse? How will Clemson come out after 3 straight losses that have really hurt their postseason chances? We’ll take a look at this and more in our pre-game notes below:

How will NC State bounce back after ‘Cuse loss? 
I’m real used to NC State heartbreak at this point, but that Syracuse ending might have taken the cake (or it’s at least right up there with the full court shot Florida hit to win the game a few years back). So who will this team react? They’re young and they haven’t felt what they’re feeling right now. They had a win over the #1 team in their hands and thanks to some botched late game possessions and some sketchy officiating, it slipped away. Now it’s up to them. This season isn’t over by any means. They are sitting at 6th in the conference and are honestly playing their best ball of the season. At this point it all comes down to their response to that loss. Will they come out hanging their heads or will they come out hungry, with an us against the world attitude? I think if Gottfried can connect with his team, and we know he can, this team is going to come out starving for a win. I wouldn’t be surprised to see State play one of their better games of the season against Clemson.

Is Kyle Washington for real?
After that 14 point,  10 rebound performance against #1 Syracuse, yes, I do think Washington has arrived. With freshmen you can really see a real pronounced change in their game as the season rolls along. For Washington you’d see these spurts of really impressive play, but there was still that self-doubt or lack of confidence based on lack of seniority and his then current role. A performance like he had on a national stage is usually can flip the light switch for a player. It can give them that assurance that they’re capable and it gives them assurance that their team wants and needs them to produce. For Kyle, I think that’s all he needed. He’s playing so strong and I think will be a true force from here on out. I think we’ve just witnessed the arrival of big time player here at NC State.

How does NC State prepare for Clemson? 
The Tigers are hungry, but they’re also likely feeling a little doubt after losing 3 straight and really dropping themselves in the ACC rankings. Sure they have been close games to good teams, but a loss is still a loss and 3 straight can definitely get in your mind. NC State definitely has a good chance in this one if they can come out with a chip on their shoulder. The real decider in this one is toughness. Clemson is a good defensive team and they’re going to be physical with State and pressure them on defense, something the Pack has really struggled with this season. Lewis is going to be the key again. If he can handle the pressure and control the pace, State can really take it to this team. With they way they are defending lately they won’t have a tough time stopping this Clemson team’s offense. They really only have one decent scorer in KJ McDaniels who is averaging 17 ppg, but if TJ Warren can shut down CJ Fair then I’m not sure that McDaniels is going to be much different. At 6’6 he’s a little smaller and definitely quicker, but he loves to attack and can still hurt you from outside if you leave him wide open. But again, the Clemson offense isn’t what you need to worry about, it’s their defense. They are physical, they are pretty strong and they rebound the ball well. This is going to be another game where the Pack is going to need big performances form Vandy and Washington if they want to stay in control. If they play tough, Lewis protects the ball and controls the pace, and the bigs play hungry, then State can pull off a win here.

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Matt Chazanow Joins NC State as New Voice of the Wolfpack

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RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan and Learfield’s Wolfpack Sports Properties, have announced that Matt Chazanow has been named the Wolfpack’s Director of Broadcasting and will serve as the play by play announcer for football and men’s basketball. The veteran broadcaster was chosen for the coveted role following a national search that included more than 150 applicants.

“I’m so excited to welcome Matt Chazanow as our new ‘Voice of the Wolfpack,’” said Corrigan. “Chaz understands that this role isn’t only about calling games, but about bringing special moments and memories to Wolfpack fans of all ages. While he is a very talented radio announcer, he will also be a great representative of our university, our brand, and our culture.

“I also want to thank Gary Hahn for his period of service to NC State. There are generations of NC State fans that have memories of Gary calling their favorite Wolfpack plays, and he will always be a part of Wolfpack Nation.”

Chazanow becomes just the fifth play by play announcer since the Wolfpack Sports Network was formed in 1961. He replaces Gary Hahn, who was behind the microphone for 34 years, and will also enjoy a variety of additional roles for NC State and Learfield in Raleigh.

Hailing from Westfield, N.J., Chazanow joins the Wolfpack after serving as the Director of Broadcast Operations for Learfield at Washington State since 2015.  During his tenure in Pullman, he served as the play-by-play broadcaster for Cougar football, basketball and baseball, hosted and designed weekly hour-long coaches shows, and created and hosted videos and podcasts. He also coordinated efforts with sales staff and helped with donor relations.

“I am so thrilled for this incredible opportunity,” said Chazanow.  “The passion and power of the Pack is renowned in college athletics and to be entrusted to take the baton from Gary Hahn and tell the stories of NC State is truly humbling. I can’t wait to get started.”

Chazanow has also served as a national play by play voice for Westwood One Radio (since 2022) and Learfield (since 2008), covering football, men’s basketball, baseball and the NCAA Regional semifinals and finals for women’s basketball. Much of his national work has been covering ACC and SEC games.

No stranger to the state of North Carolina, Chazanow’s years of experience include seven years as Learfield’s Senior Network Manager based out of Winston-Salem. In that role, he managed the network broadcasts for eight schools (Arizona, Cal, Gonzaga, Oregon, Texas, UCLA, Washington and Washington State).

“An established voice in the broadcasting world, Chaz will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Wolfpack Sports Network,” said Kyle Winchester, General Manager of Wolfpack Sports Properties. “We’re delighted for him to join our world-class team and lead our coverage of the Wolfpack starting this season.”

A 2006 graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse, Chazanow began his career as the play by play announcer for High Point women’s basketball, ironically calling his first game in Reynolds Coliseum as HPU faced Kay Yow’s Wolfpack. He also worked briefly for UNC Greensboro before being hired by ISP (now Learfield).

Chazanow is married to the former Ashley Randleman, a native of Jonesville, N.C., and they have a three-year-old son, Nathan. Ashley won two state volleyball titles in Reynolds Coliseum while playing for Starmount High School in 2003 and 2004.

About Learfield 

Learfield is a diversified and influential media and technology company powering college athletics. Through its digital and physical platforms, Learfield owns and leverages a deep data set and relationships in the industry to drive revenue, growth, brand awareness, and fan engagement for brands, sports, and entertainment properties. With ties to over 1,200 collegiate institutions and over 12,000 local and national brand partners, Learfield’s presence in college sports and live events delivers influence and maximizes reach to target audiences. With solutions for a 365-day, 24/7 fan experience, Learfield enables schools and brands to connect with fans through licensed merchandise, game ticketing, donor identification for athletic programs, exclusive custom content, innovative marketing initiatives, NIL solutions, and advanced digital platforms. Since 2008, it has served as title sponsor for the acclaimed Learfield Directors’ Cup, supporting athletic departments across all divisions.

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NC State Women’s Basketball will Host Ole Miss in the ACC/SEC Challenge in 2024

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The NC State Women’s Basketball team will host Ole Miss in the 2024 ACC/SEC Challenge in 2024 on Thursday, December 5th.

The Rebels are ranked 23rd in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early 2024 Preseason Top-25 rankings.

NC State is 3-1 all-time against Ole Miss, in a series that dates back to 1979. The last time the two teams played was in 2008, when the Wolfpack defeated the Rebels 46-42 in Reynolds Coliseum.

Last season the Wolfpack defeated Vanderbilt 70-62 in the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge.

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NC State Will Host Texas in the 2024 Men’s Basketball ACC/SEC Challenge

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball team will host Texas in the 2024 ACC/SEC Challenge.

This will mark the 5th time that the Wolfpack and the Longhorns play one another. The series is split down the middle currently, with each team winning 2 games each.

The Longhorns could be right on the edge of being a Preseason Top-25 heading into next year.

NC State’s 2024-25 Non-Conference Strength of Schedule is shaking out to be pretty impressive. The Wolfpack will be playing in the Rady Children’s Invitational Tournament, which will feature Purdue, BYU and Ole Miss. Purdue was the National Runner-Up last year, and will likely be a Preseason Top-15 team. Ole Miss is ranked in the Top-25 in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Preseason Top-25.

NC State will be also be playing at Kansas next season, and the Jayhawks are likely going to the Preseason #1 team.

Also, a game against Marquette might be in the works next year, which would be a rematch from their Sweet 16 matchup this past season. The Golden Eagles are likely a Preseason Top-15 team.

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NC State’s Career 3-Point Leader Scott Wood Named Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Broughton

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Former NC State 3-Point Specialist Scott Wood (2009-13) has been named the Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Broughton High School in Raleigh.

Wood holds the school record for most games played (138), games started (136), career minutes (4,318) and career 3-point field goals (334).

After graduating NC State, Wood went on to play professional ball overseas for 6 seasons (2013-2020), playing in Spain (3 years), Turkey, France & Montenegro. He also played one year (2016-17) in the G-League with the Santa Cruz Warriors. In 2017, he won the 3-Point Competition at the G-League’s All-Star Weekend.

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