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Wolfpack Trump Volunteers 83-72

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NC State proved to be too much as they had the answers to every Volunteer charge. Tennessee was on fire to start the game hitting their first four three pointers, luckily State settled down on both ends of the floor to gain control of the game. At the half the Pack held a 39 to 27 advantage. Pacing the Wolfpack was Ralston “Freeze” Turner, he had a career night scoring a total of 33 points while connecting on 8 out of 17 attempts from three!

How did the Pack bounce back after a tough loss? Here is our take!

Ralston “Freeze” Turner: 

I can’t overemphasize just how important he is to State’s offensive attack. Tonight he had it going. I touched base on the fact that he is one of the best heat check guys in the NCAA. What does this mean? Well it means that he can get hot at any given moment, when that happens he is must see TV. Ralston was in the zone all night. He is so dangerous once he hits a couple in a row. Once he gets into rhythm opposing teams beware! Throughout the game Ralston had a couple of heat check moments, none better than his 35 foot three pointer he hit at the top of the key assisted by Cat Barber! Lets recap this play. It wasn’t anything special leading up to his shot, Cat dribbled at Ralston who looped behind him as Cat shovel passed it to him. I think there was only one player on the court that thought he was going to shoot it…That player was number 22. On this night before he walks across the stage (he graduates tomorrow) he will always remember, scoring a career high in points and made three-pointers (8).Only one off of the school record of 9 by Rodney Monroe! Hats off to Ralston!

Cat Barber: 

Cat’s outstanding performance will undoubtedly be overshadowed by Ralston’s career night; however, Cat was a steady presence who also had a career high against the Volunteers! Barber tallied a total of 8 assists tying his career high in that category. Not only did Cat get his teammates involved but he valued possessions by only turning the ball over once! This is impressive given the aggressive nature of Tennessee. Throughout the game the Volunteers were relentless in their full court pressure and on the ball defense of the Pack. No question that the refs allowed a fair amount of hand checks and physicality, yet Cat was up to the challenge and passed with flying colors. To cap off his steady night Cat went 5 for 5 from the charity stripe, which played a huge role in the Pack holding off the late push by the Volunteers. This type of performance is exactly what the Wolfpack needs out of him. He doesn’t have to be super aggressive hunting his shot, but needs to use his speed to set up his teammates. I was proud of Barber in the way he turned down his own shot in favor of Turner’s hot hand on a couple of possessions.

Abu and Anya? I think so! 

Tonight we were shown a different combo underneath. Abu and Anya played more minutes together than in any game previously. I really enjoyed the way they compliment each other and believe that they could be the best answer for the Pack down low. Why? Well by having Abu and Anya NC State presents a difficult blend of length and athleticism that other teams must game plan against. Abu is long, strong, as well as quick. He also displayed a soft touch around the rim tonight as he found the soft spot in the heart of the 1-3-1 zone employed by the Volunteers. With Abu flashing the high post and BeeJay throwing his weight around on the block teams quickly become exposed defensively! I saw it on a couple of plays where BeeJay cleared out space as Abu used his face up game to attack the rim. Then on another possession Abu pulled the help-side big away from the paint that resulted in a nice lob to Anya!

Playing these two together in stretches is a great option for Gottfried as it adds excellent versatility on both side of the court. Look for the Pack to experiment more with Abu, Anya, Lacey, Turner, and Barber to create mismatches nightmares for opposing teams!

Plenty of Bite to back up the Howl: 

Tennessee tried to punk the Pack tonight! They came out with the attitude that they were going to be physical on both ends of the court. They attacked the rim with ferocity and determination! Yet our boys were tough all night and did an admiral job of playing with emotion as well as energy to overcome the Vols. Officiating played into Tennessee’s favor in the way hand checking was allowed as they harassed our guards the whole night; however, our three headed attack of Barber, Lacey, and Turner were fully equipped physically to handle the pressure. All three used pace and angles to use the Volunteers aggressive nature against them. For example I saw where State used emotional intelligence tonight by walking away from a potential disaster. A couple of times the Vols tried to bait our bigs into altercations after a play, yet our guys didn’t bite and played with composure! Throughout the night NC State hung tough and didn’t allow the Vols to get over the hump as they tried to close the gap late in the game. You have to appreciate how this team competes, I promise you they will never quit! Its’ not in their DNA.

Conclusion: 

Great win for NC State. Tennessee was a gritty grind it out type of team that must be matched in intensity and energy! Everyone of our players were ready to play with outstanding effort and selflessness. I loved how our guys rallied behind Ralston all night. Every single player looked to feed Turner’s hot hand, there were no signs of jealousy. From the tip to the final buzzer our guys had one thing on their mind…Atone for Sundays loss against Wofford. Sometimes the taste of defeat can be the fuel needed to achieve success. Our guys could of easily let the last games fate happen tonight, yet instead of crumbling they came together and finished the job as a team!

State returns to action this Saturday in the Gotham Classic against the 22nd ranked Mountaineers from West Virginia! The game will be played in Madison Square Garden, arguably the most famous arena in the world! You can check out all of the action on ESPN 2 at 9:30 PM

 

 

 

 

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Wolfer96
9 years ago

We were very fortunate that Turner’s shots were falling like rain this game because it would have been tough to win otherwise. Turner shot lights out. He keeps shooting like this and he will position himself as a late 1st round to 2nd round pick. One shot was from the parking lot.  Tennessee played very physical defense and it seemed like all their long jumpers were automatic. If not for our interior defense for most of the game this could easily have been a loss. I thought Anya and Abu really controlled the paint area. Anya however did lose his… Read more »

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NC State Forward Ernest Ross Enters the Transfer Portal

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NC State Forward Ernest Ross announced today that he is entering the Transfer Portal.

 

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Ross played in 14 games this year, averaging 3.4 minutes per contest. After playing in 34 games last season, averaging 11.4 minutes per contest, Ross saw his participation dip to a career low this season, but that didn’t for a second break his infectious personality. On the sideline, you could count on Ross every single game to be the heart and soul of the Wolfpack on the bench. To watch a player who played as little as he did, care as much as he did, makes me super proud that this young man represented NC State so well.

Ross was a consensus 4-star player in the 2021 recruiting class, with 247Sports ranking him as the #60 overall player nationally. ESPN ranked him as the #5 overall player in the state of Florida.

Ross has one more year of eligibility remaining.

NC State has 3 scholarships available now.

Best of luck Ernest!

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What did the Wolfpack’s Incredible Run to the Final Four Mean to NC State Legend Chris Corchiani?

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What did NC State’s miraculous run to the ACC Championship and Final Four mean to Wolfpack legend Chris Corchiani? I caught up with the man who is still NC State’s all-time leader in Assists and Steals to get his take.

What was it like for you watching NC State go from the #10 seed in the ACC Tournament, to winning the Championship, to going to the Final Four?

Man, it was unreal. They caught lightning in a bottle and it was an absolute amazing run. They were a mediocre team all year that turned into a feared team that nobody wanted to play! To win the ACC championship in 5 days and to get to Final Four…..Wow!!

What did this run say about Kevin Keatts and these players? In what ways did you see them adapt, change or persevere?

Keatts received a lot of criticism for 7 years and after this run is deserving of great praise. I think shortening the lineup to 7-8 guys and doing away with the full court press and playing solid half court defense was a great move that obviously paid huge dividends. He also kept this team together which was not easy as they lost last 7-9 going into the. postseason. The guys also grew confident in their roles and played possessed!

As one of the best players to ever wear the Red & White, what did this run mean to you personally?

This run was something I have dreamed about happening and the fact it was so unexpected made it so much sweeter! To see the students, alums, boosters, and fans get what we all have been waiting for was the best!

What was the most memorable moment for you?

Most memorable for me was going to Final Four with my family and enjoying catching up with old friends, boosters, friends and teammates!

How do you think this run can change things for the NC State Basketball program going forward?

This run gives us momentum in so many ways. Listen, this was good not only for our hoops team but for our University! Hopefully our recruiting will take a big step forward with kids wanting to run with the Pack! A month of free advertising should be Huge for the future of our Men’s and Women’s basketball programs!

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When NC State legend Chris Corchiani left NC State, he not only held the school’s record for career Assists and Steals, but he also was career leader in ACC conference history. His 40.8% career Three-Point Percentage ranks 7th in school history. Corchiani was the first player in NCAA history to have 1,000+ career assists.

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ON3’s Jamie Shaw Puts in a Prediction Georgetown SF Transfer Dontrez Styles will Land at NC State

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ON3’s Jamie Shaw put in an RPM earlier today for Georgetown Small Forward Transfer Dontrez Styles to land at NC State. All-time, Shaw’s prediction accuracy is 87%.

I spoke with a source, and it seems like this prediction has some merit.

ON3 ranks Styles as the #66 overall prospect in the Portal.

Styles was the 2nd leading scorer for Georgetown this season, averaging 12.8 points per game, while grabbing 5.8 boards. He shot 36.8% from three.

Originally, Sytles was a consensus 4-Star prospect in UNC’s 2021 recruiting class. 247Sports ranked him as the #62 overall player nationally, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina, playing for Kinston High School.

After two seasons with the Tar Heels, Styles entered the Portal, and took an Official Visit to NC State and Georgetown, and ultimately chose the Hoyas.

With his final year of eligibility, maybe he’ll make the right choice this time.

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Tennessee Guard Freddie Dilione V is Visiting NC State Tomorrow

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Tennessee Transfer Guard Freddie Dilone V (6’5″/195) is visiting NC State tomorrow.

Dilone V just wrapped up his Redshirt Freshman season with the Volunteers, averaging 1.7 points in 5.2 minutes of play per game (18 games).

In 2022, Dilone V was a consensus 4-Star prospect, and the #33 overall prospect nationally according to Rivals. ON3 and 247Sports both ranked Dilone V as the #1 player in the state of North Carolina, playing right down the road at Word of God Academy in Raleigh.

Currently, 247Sports ranks Dilone V as the #71 overall player in the Transfer Portal, and the #10 Combo Guard. He played his first three seasons of high school ball down in Fayetteville at Trinity Christian.

Dilone V has 3 more years of eligibility.

 

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