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Keys to the Game: NC State vs. Tennessee

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NC State vs Tennessee
7pm | PNC Arena | ESPN2

Tennessee comes to Raleigh with a 4-3 record, but don’t take that too lightly. So far the Vols don’t have a bad loss, they just have a very tough early season schedule. They lost to #15 VCU, #11 Kansas and Marquette (on a neutral court). This will be Tennessee’s first true road game.

Players to Watch:
Tennessee relies heavily on the scoring of senior guard Josh Richardson, who is averaging 17 ppg so far this season. Richardson is a big 6’6 slashing guard with decent touch and good athleticism. He’s backed up by junior forward Armani Moore. The 6’5 wing is a smaller guy that plays classic Volunteer basketball. He’s long, wrangley and tough. He averages 10 ppg, but is the team’s leading rebounder at 7.

Who is Tennessee:
The Vols are coming off a big win over #15 Butler and a 1 point win over Kansas State a few days earlier. This a hot team right now that is coming into Raleigh with the Pack still trying to find themselves.

Tennessee is a team that want to play a messy, gritty, physical basketball game. They are going to bump State off their cuts and not allow them to run their offense. They are not really that great a rebounding or a scoring team, but they’ll keep games in the mid-60s if it’s up to them.

Keys to the Game:
Keys for State will be to play through contact. This is going to be a physical game and the Pack is going to have to deal with it. Tennessee is not a big team and they aren’t a great rebounding team so State has a big advantage there. Last time out the Wolfpack bigs didn’t do too much. Tonight the game is on their shoulders. They’re going to need to keep the Vols off the glass and limit second chance opportunities.

Another key is going to be Trevor Lacey. Right now Lacey is scoring at about the same clip Warren was at this point last season. The only different is that Lacey isn’t being used as much. I know it’s against Trevor’s style of play to be a high volume scorer, but he’s going to have to if this team wants to put points on the board, and especially if the bigs are going to be as uninvolved as they were against Wofford.

Bench points! State needs them. Against Wofford they didn’t get them. Washington, the Martin Twins and Dez Lee are all going to have to contribute if they want to be this Tennessee team that is built to wear you down and knock you out.

 

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NC State Men’s Basketball is Tied for the 20th Most NCAAT Wins Since 2020

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According to College Basketball Report, NC State’s Men’s Basketball team is tied for the 20th most NCAA Tournament wins since 2020.

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Yes, I’m fully aware that all 4 of those wins took place in this years NCAA Tournament, but I don’t care. STATS ARE STATS!

ACC Teams with the Most NCAAT Wins Since 2020

1. Duke – 8
2. UNC – 7
2. Miami – 7
4. NC State – 4
5. Clemson – 3

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball Team Produced 2 of the MOST Watched Games of 2023-24, College or Pro

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The Basketball season is officially over, collegiately and professionally. Looking back at the data of viewers for Men’s & Women’s Basketball, as well as the NBA, the NC State Men’s Basketball team played in two of the Top-10 most watched games of the 2023-24 basketball season.

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NC State vs. Duke in the Elite 8 was the 2nd most watched basketball game of the year with 15.1 million viewers, trailing only Iowa vs. South Carolina in the Women’s College National Championship game. The Wolfpack’s game vs. the Boilermakers in the Final 4 ranked 9th, with 11.5 million viewers.

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DJ Burns talks keys to recent weight loss during Pre-Draft Workout with Pacers

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Pack fans have been wondering how after 2 years in Raleigh, DJ Burns finally figured out how to drop weight, and keep it off. He spoke to reporters during his pre-draft workout with the Pacers.

“Playing at the pace we played today. Doing the work we did today. I probably would have left out with a full body cramp a couple months ago.”

“Keep on improving my pace. Adjusting to the level and speed I’m going to have to play at, at all times.”

“Lots of running. Lots of figuring out which foods I can no longer have, which were almost all of them that I liked. So, just finding new ones that I do like that go along with the plan.”

“This is the third (workout), and I actually travel to Milwaukee tomorrow to workout with the Bucks. And then some more stuff being confirmed that I won’t speak on just yet.”

Burns has worked out for the Lakers, Pacers and Hornets up to this point.

Plus more…

Listen to the full interview above.

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DJ Horne reads his new children’s book “Why Not Me? Why Not Us?” to Wake County Students

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DJ Horne was a huge reason NC State overcame the odds to win the ACC Tournament this past season. Now he’s trying to pass on the ‘Why not us!?” psyche to elementary school kids.

Horne was at Jones Dairy Elementary to read his new children’s book “Why not me? Why not us?” to students yesterday.

This is a pretty cool moment for Horne, who attended elementary school in Wake County (Reedy Creek Elementary School). He now gets to go back and tell his story, in hopes of inspiring the next generation.

The book is based loosely on his life growing up, and the adversity he overcame to become a champion.

Pick up the book today at Amazon.

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