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How has UNC gotten so hot? Can the Wolfpack stop them?

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If State ever needed a big win against Carolina, it’s now. After a near win over #1 syracuse and then an egg at Clemson, the boys in red have their backs against the wall.

There is one hope, however.

Lucky for NC State, their arch rival UNC has been playing great basketball of late. I know that sounds like it’s a compliment to UNC, but in reality, State needed the Heels to build themselves up, so they can knock them down. Roy’s bunch is the talk of the NCAA right now, making a huge, late move in the ACC and beating teams handily while doing so. That sets the stage for the Wolfpack, who need a quality win against a quality opponent. How sweet would it be for that win to come against their rival in Raleigh.

For State to pull off this upset they’re going to need to play physical, focused and possessed basketball. UNC has gone from a team with no identity, to a group that is confident, athletic and hungry. Here is why UNC has gotten better:

McAdoo is playing physical and very aggressive…
McAdoo started off the season playing very weak against tough opponents. For whatever reason, he was settling for jumpers, attacking the rim soft and allowing other bigs to muscle him around.  Now, McAdoo is a team leader and a huge reason why the Tar Heels have turned into one of the most feared teams in the nation. The junior is reeling off big game after big game. He’s scoring at the rim, using his athleticism to face up dominate off the dribble, and owning the boards. He’s averaging 14.6 pts and 7 boards per game. For State he is going to be a tough matchup because of his versatility. Last time the teams met he played strong, putting up 16 points and 13 boards. Now, those stats might be a little misleading. McAdoo was living at the line for some reason. Every time he drove the refs blew the whistle. He went to the line 14 times that game, which is the most he’s gone in any ACC match this season.

Leslie McDonald is on fire….
The line you never thought you’d see written. McDonald, the on again off again shooting guard who really has never been a huge factor for UNC, all of the sudden is baking. 21 points vs. Duke, 19 more vs. Wake. Let’s be honest, no one is scared of McDonald, but he’s starting to make a case to be respected. He dominated off the bounce against Duke and knocked in five 3s vs Wake, so really he’s not just scoring one way. State needs to be cautious not to let McDonald get going.

Meeks is sporadically having huge games…
You might catch Meeks on a night when he does absolutely nothing offensively. You also might catch him on a night when he’s hitting fade away jumpers in your face. Meeks is going to be a player, but right now he’s inconsistent. He’s big and strong, but State definitely has the size to match him inside. The difference here is the motor. Meeks, when going good, plays very hard and is very aggressive on the glass. State needs to keep him off the boards if they want a chance in this one. He’s averaging 8 points and 6 boards, but put up 23 and 7 just three games ago.

Marcus Paige still cooking….
Dang. Honestly, I have to admit that I didn’t think Paige was ever going to be much of a threat. I thought he was just a poor man’s Kendall Marshall. I was wrong. Paige some how has turned into UNC’s leading scorer and leading assist man. He’s having big nights every time out. At 17 points and nearly 5 assists per game, this kid is a star. He put up 15 last time the teams met and he’s just going to be a tough cover for the Pack. Tyler Lewis has taken over the PG reigns for Mark Gottfried, but he still struggles defensively against opponents who are aggressive and like to score. Paige fits this mold and will be trouble for the Wolfpack.
So with all of this being said, do we think State can pull this off? Of course we do, we’re PackInsider.com. Seriously though, I do think State has a shot in this one, but they really have to be strong inside. Paige is going to get his, but if the Wolfpack bigs can control the middle they can certainly win this game. That means Washington, Vandy, Anya and Freeman need to step up and own the backboards. If Brice Johnson, McAdoo and Meeks get going, then State is in trouble, however this season the Wolfpack bigs have been a real bright spot.

Tomorrow we’ll get into more details on exactly how UNC is vulnerable and how NC State can expose them.

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Former NC State DT Nick Campbell Commits to App St.

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Former NC State Defensive Tackle Nick Campbell (6’4″/300) has committed to play for Appalachian St.

Campbell was a 3-Star prospect out of the state of Florida in the Wolfpack’s 2022 recruiting class. 247Sports ranked him as the #45 overall player in the state of Florida in the 2022 class.

In 2022, Campbell played 9 snaps against UCONN, redshirting the season. Last year, the only game he saw action is was against VMI.

Campbell has three years of eligibility remaining.

I’m a little surprised NC State hasn’t added a Nose Tackle out of the Portal yet. With CJ Clark and Nick Campbell transferring, the only two scholarship players at the position are Brandon Cleveland and DJ Jackson. When True Freshman Justin Terrell arrives in the Fall, there will be 3. NC State needs another depth piece at Nose Tackle.

NC State has had 23 players enter the Transfer Portal

NT Nick Campbell – App St.
WR Julian Gray – Liberty
RB Delbert Mimms III – Eastern Michigan
TE Fred Seabrough
Nickel Cecil Powell – Troy
WR Christopher Scott – Austin Peay
OL Jaleel Davis – Florida International
WR Josh Crabtree – Murray St. 
OL Lyndon Cooper – Pitt
WR Terrell Timmons – Colorado
LB Torren Wright – Temple
NT C.J. Clark – Miami
QB MJ Morris – Maryland
S Jakeen Harris – UNC
TE Cedd Seabrough – West Georgia
WR Porter Rooks – Eastern Michigan
DB Nate Evans – Delaware
LB Daejuan Thompson
RB Jordan Houston – Marshall
RB Michael Allen – UNLV
DB Darius Edmundson – UNC-Pembroke
WR Anthony Smith – East Carolina
TE Christopher Toudle – Western Michigan 

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NC State Falls Out of the Top-10 After Losses to UNC & Duke

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After losing to rivals UNC and Duke last week, the NC State Women’s Basketball team fell out of the Top-10 in the Week 17 AP Poll, landing at #12. NC State started the 2023-24 season unranked, but jumped to #14 in the first Poll after the Preseason Poll. The Wolfpack have been ranked in the Top-10 since November 20th, which equals 14 straight polls.

ACC Teams in the Top-25

5. Virginia Tech
12. NC State
17. Notre Dame
19. Syracuse
22. Louisville
27. Duke
29. UNC
30. FSU

The Wolfpack will host #19 Syracuse on Thursday night at 7pm.

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NC State’s Week 1 Depth Chart Against UCONN (with Notes)

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NC State will kick off their 2023 Football season next Thursday night against UCONN at 7:30pm. The Wolfpack released their Depth Chart for the game today.

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Notes

  • Redshirt Sophomore Anthony Carter Jr. is listed as the starting Left Guard. If Redshirt Sophomore Lyndon Cooper wasn’t missing the first game due to injury, I wonder if Carter would be starting. Doeren did praise Carter in his press conference today. Also, he stated that Cooper should be back for the Notre Dame game.
  • Noticeably, Graduate Transfer Offensive Lineman Dawson Jaramillo is also missing from the Depth Chart. Unfortunately, Jaramillo has suffered an injury, and will miss the entirety of the 2023 season. This is a huge blow for Jaramillo, and a huge blow for the depth of the Wolfpack Offensive Line. Jaramillo was a Swiss Army knife, having the ability to play in numerous positions.
  • Very often, Doeren has stated that the “Or” in between two names means that the coaching staff sees both players as starters. There is an “Or” in between Chris Toudle and Trent Pennix at Tight End, with the former being listed first. Maybe it doesn’t matter whose name is listed first, but I’m shocked Pennix’s name wasn’t the one at the top.
  • I’m not shocked that Julian Gray and Keyon Lesane are listed as the starters at the X and Y Wide Receiver positions. They both have had a lot of buzz surrounding them in Fall Camp, and Lesane was named a captain. Obviously, with Gray’s speed, Offensive Coordinator Robert Anae is going to want to find a way to get the ball in his hands. With that being said, and this is no disrespect to the two of them, but both of them are 5’11”, which isn’t exactly the way you would sculpt your prototypical outside receivers. I expect Terrell Timmons and Bradley Rozner to both be heavily in rotation at the X and Y, to give the outside receivers a good dose of speed as well as height.
  • True Freshman Running Back Kendrick Raphael might be buried at the bottom of the Depth Chart at his position, but I bet he sees a carry before Mimms or Jones. Doeren mentioned that we would see Raphael against UCONN, but didn’t mention Jones or Mimms. Anae likes to run 2 Running Back sets, with one of them almost functioning like a Full Back. As a result, I’m not shocked to see Jones and Mimms where they are in the Depth Chart.
  • Props to True Freshman Kevin Concepcion for earning the starting job at the Inside Wide Receiver position. Get ready to hear his name a lot this year. KC is backed up by Redshirt Sophomore Jalen Coit, who Doeren spoke highly of today.
  • Junior Porter Rooks is no longer sitting behind Thayer Thomas on the Depth Chart. Doeren said that Rooks has had a great camp. The former 4-Star prospect has an opportunity to show that those stars meant something by his name. With that being said, he will be pushed by True Freshman Javonte “Juice” Vereen, who even has national media buzzing about him heading into the season.
  • Three True Freshman are on the Offensive Depth Chart: Left Guard Kamen Smith, IWR Kevin Concepcion and FLEXY Juice Vereen.
  • True Freshman Kamal Bonner is 2nd on the Depth Chart at the Will Linebacker spot, backing up Payton Wilson. What’s noteworthy, is that he’s ahead of former 4-Star prospect Jordan Poole in the Depth Chart. Bonner must have made a heck of a first impression.
  • As expected, ODU Graduate Transfer Robert Kennedy is starting at Nickel.
  • True Freshman Brandon Cisse is backing up Aydan White at Right Corner, and Doeren said we should expect him to contribute.
  • Redshirt Sophomore Jalen Coit will be filling in the shoes of Thayer Thomas at Punt Returner.

 

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Elliot Avent is interviewed on MLB Network about rule changes and Wolfpack Alums

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Elliot Avent gave a great interview on MLB Network.

Avent talks about the rules changes in baseball and doesn’t seem too pleaseed about them, while also breaking some news that they might be naming the hitting facility after Trea Turner and the Pitching lab after Carlos Rodon.

Give it a watch.

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