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Lewis, Warren Help Pack Hold on to Beat VT 71-64

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TJ Warren (31 pts, 6 rebounds and 4 steals) and Tyler Lewis (8 pts, 11 assists and zero turnovers) led NC State past last place Virginia Tech, 71-64.

If the Wolfpack just just ‘kind-of’ shoot, they would be top 5 in the ACC, but once again we saw a close game with a subpar team because they just can not hit the 3 pointer. Teams consistently back the middle and make State shoot from the outside, and it plays into their hands every time. The Pack shot 24 3s and only connected on four of them (16.7%). Two of those came in the first two minutes by TJ Warren.

Speaking of Warren, this guy is absolutely amazing and showed once again why he should be considered for ACC player of the year. The guy was everywhere, hitting outside, inside, floaters, layups, getting steals, grabbing boards. Warren is nearly a one man show for State. However, I shouldn’t say that because a lot of his looks were thanks to the play of Tyler Lewis. The kid who was only seeing about 6 minutes per game early in the ACC season has suddenly regained form and has become a catalyst for this offense. Lewis has been as good as he could be against the zone, finding the gaps and hitting open men everytime down the floor. He has finally stopped trying to be a scorer and has gotten back to his role as a floor general and distributor. He dropped 11 dimes in this one and did so without a turnover. That’s pretty amazing, but what’s even more impressive is the streak he’s been on. Over the past 3 games Lewis has 21 assists and zero turnovers. Talk about getting the most out of your point guard.

With solid play from Lewis and Warren and Kyle Washington continuing to get involved (13 points, 5 boards), State was able to keep control of this game throughout, but against a better team this one could have gotten ugly. State has become such a poor shooting team that it is a no-brainer to go zone and really pack in the lane. Lee, Lewis, and Barber all absolutely need to find their touch. At this point it’s most certainly a mental block. Whether they are unsure if they’re taking a good shot and it’s making them hesitate or they’re just not confident in their own shot, it’s something that has to be overcome. Those 3 guys are not 20% 3 point shooters. They all should be hovering around the 30% mark at worst. State needs to fix this soon or they’re going to really struggle with their upcoming games against UNC and Pitt.

Virginia Tech really just doesn’t have much firepower and even though State was missing from the outside, they weren’t able to ever make a big enough run to claim the lead. The Pack was able to stay close enough in the rebounding war and rely on Warren to get inside that zone and knock down a few jumpers to hold off V Tech, but they’re going to need improved scoring from their guards if they’re going to make any sort of run.

‘Our Take’:Barber to the 2?
It’s about time for Gottfried to mix it up a bit. Lee has hit a wall and Barber hasn’t quite grasped playing point at this level. So what’s the answer. I can’t say we have one, but it’s probably worth a shot to get Barber more involved in a different capacity. He’s too good a defender and has too much potential to score for him to be playing 5 minutes per game . I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I know Barber’s mind set right now, but we know early in the season he was intent on playing point. Right now, that position belongs to Tyler Lewis and it doesn’t look like he’s giving that up anytime soon, but State is dire need of a scorer and Barber can be that. If he wants to see minutes and wants to be a part of any kind of late season run it might be wise to bring the idea of moving to the 2 to Gottfried’s attention. While I’m sure the staff has toyed with the idea, I’m not sure they know if Barber would be ok with it. At this point, I’m guess that he’d play any position if it will get him on the floor. By doing this you could leverage his defense and his scoring ability while taking the ball and some decision making out of his hands a little bit.

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball Team is Having One of it’s Best Runs in the ACC Ever

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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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#22 NC State is a 7.5-Point Underdog at #8 UVA Tonight

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#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.

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NC State is the ONLY Team in the Triangle Ranked for the 1st Time in 40 Years

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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.

Anyone remember what happened that 1982-83 basketball season?

NC State won the National Championship.

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NC State Breaks Into the AP Poll, Landing at #22

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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.

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

8. Virginia
19. Miami
22. NC State
27. Duke
29. Clemson
30. Pitt

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