NC State as clicking on all cylinders once again. They were up nearly 20 once again, and they folded up once again as Notre Dame stormed back from a 18 point deficit to beat the Wolfpack 81-78 in OT.
Early on it was the Wolfpack who looked like a top 10 team in the country. They were scoring from everywhere. They were hitting jumpers, Abu was scoring every time he touched it inside. Cody Martin was locking down on defense and driving to the basket for buckets. Lacey and Turner weren’t even being utilized as scorers in the early going. Lacey racked up 5 assists pretty quickly as Cat Barber was benched to start the game. But all of that was short lived….
Soon after, Abu picked up his 2nd foul and was sent to the bench. This is when State changed. They went back to a team searching out the jumper. Ralston Turner took contested 3 after contested 3 and Trevor Lacey was forcing everything he could. The Irish did a good job of not allowing those guy to get clean looks but State kept taking them. As the tides began to change as the first half came to a close, Jerian Grant started to come alive, driving to the basket and finishing or dishing out to Connaughton or Jackson for 3. At the half, the 18 point lead had become 12 and the momentum seemed to have shifted.
The second half was much of the same. State struggled to get anything other than jumpers and the Irish closed off any 2nd chances by owning the boards. State stayed with the lead most of the 2nd half. The margin stayed thin and the Pack was even up 5 with 1:16 left to play.
After a Grant FT, instead of going inside and trying to get to the line, they took a Cody Martin jumper and missed. Jackson came down for the Irish and hit a layup. Making it a 2 point game.
This is where things got weird. With 16 seconds to play and up 2. NC State simply had to inbound the ball. ND would foul and they would have to ice it at the line. They had a group of guards in. Ralston Turner (88% from the line), Trevor Lacey (75% from the line) and Cat Barber (70% from the line.). Instead of taking their chances at the line, Martin breaks deep and Lacy throws a high arching full court pass that Martin has to go up and fight for. Of course, it goes off of him out of bounds and the Irish get the ball and a chance to tie with 16 seconds left.
And then it happens. The usual ‘State on defense final possession.’ They defend as hard as they can, they shut off all good shots. When the Irish finally do get one off its with only 6 seconds left, they miss, they tip it up, no good, they tip it again….and it falls in. We go to OT.
Overtime was much more of the same. Abu had fouled out so State was one dimensional again and after taking an early lead, the Irish came back took the lead and ended up winning by 3 when Lacey couldn’t get a buzzer beater to fall.
NC State is a Slight Underdog in ACC Opener vs. Boston College
NC State (4-2) will play their first ACC game of the 2023-24 season tomorrow on the road against Boston College (5-2), and they enter the game as slight underdogs. The Wolfpack are 1.5-point underdogs, and the Total is 150.5.
- NC State is 0-2 Straight Up as underdogs
- BC is 4-1 Straight Up as favorites.
- NC State is 2-4 Against the Spread.
- BC is 4-3 Against the Spread
- The Total has gone Under in 2 games for NC State, Over in 3 and Pushed in 1.
- The Total has gone Under in 3 games for Boston College and Over in 4.
- NC State is 6-4 in their last 10 games against BC Straight Up.
- NC State is 4–6 Against the Spread in their last 10 games against BC.
- The Total has gone Under in 5 games, and Under in the other 5.
#5 NC State 70 Vanderbilt 62: BOX SCORE (with notes)
The 5th ranked NC State Women’s Basketball team improved to 8-0 tonight, defeating Vanderbilt 70-62 in the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge.
- Saniya Rivers scored 20+ points for the 2nd time this season, scoring 22 points on 8 of 14 shooting. She also chipped in 8 rebounds and 2 steals.
- River Baldwin posted her first double-double of the season. She scored 12 points and grabbed 10 boards.
- Aziaha James has now scored in double figures in 7 of 8 games, scoring 14 points tonight, shooting 6 of 10 from the field and 2 of 3 from beyond the arc.
- Freshman Zoe Brooks led the Pack in steals (4) and assists (4).
- NC State didn’t shoot well, making only 39% of their shots. Fortunately, they held Vandy to 34.3% shooting.
The Wolfpack will host Illinois State on Sunday at 2pm.
NC State Stat Leaders Heading into the ACC Opener vs Boston College
This Saturday, NC State heads to Boston College for the now-annual early ACC opener. The Pack will face off against the Eagles at 4pm on ACC Network. Here is where the team is statistically after 6 games.
- Casey Morsell leads NC State in scoring with 14.5 ppg.
- The Pack has 4 double-digit scorers this season. Morsell (14.5), Jayden Taylor (13.3), DJ Burns (13) and DJ Horne (11.2)
(Last season State had 4 double-digit scorers as well. Terquavion (17.9), Joiner (17), Burns (12.5) and Morsell (11.8))
- After their top 4 scorers there is a big dip. Parker comes in at 6.8, O’Connell at 6.3, and Middlebrooks at 5.5 ppg.
(Last season Jack Clark was 5th on the team in scoring at 9 points and Mahorcic was at 8.7. However, both guys missed a large chunk of the season.)
- Burns is leading NC State in rebounding this year at 5.3 per game. Diarra is next with 5.3 (but is currently hampered by an ankle injury.)
- O’Connell is leading NC State in assists with 3.3 per game, and Burns is up next with 2.5. PG DJ Horne is only averaging 2.
- LJ Thomas and Mike O’Connell are tied in leading the team at .15 assists per minute.
- Jayden Taylor is leading NC State in 3pt %, shooting an outstanding 45.8%, while Morsell is up next at 34.6%. Horne is close behind at 33%.
(LJ Thomas is shooting 50% from 3, but only has 2 attempts.)
- Burns is leading the bigs, shooting 56.5% from the floor, while Middlebrooks is close behind at 54.2%. Dennis Parker Jr is coming in at 45.2%.
- For the guards, it’s Casey Morsell leading the way at 44.6% from the floor, while O’Connell is next up at 43.4%. Taylor is shooting 42.4%, and DJ Horne is struggling a bit, shooting just 34.8% from the field.
- Jayden Taylor is turning the ball over the most at 1.8 times per game, while Burns is next at 1.7. Morsell is at 1.5 and O’Connell is at 1.2. DJ Horne has been doing a good job of protecting the basketball, turning it over just .3 times per game.
NC State 52 Ole Miss 72: Box Score (with notes)
NC State’s Men’s Basketball team lost it’s second straight game tonight, losing 52-72 on the road at Ole Miss in the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge. Below is the Box Score with some notes below.
- Ben Middlebrooks posted a double-double, with 13 points and 12 boards. To be honest, Middlebrooks was the only bright spot in this game.
- Casey Morsell was the only other player to score in double figures (12 points), but it wasn’t pretty, shooting 5 of 14 from the field.
- One of the poorest statistical shooting performance I can remember.
- NC State shot 31.8% from the field and 12% from three (3-25).
- The Wolfpack’s DNA on defense is turning over their opponent, and they were unable to do so tonight, turning over the Rebels only 7 times.
- For comparison, the Wolfpack turned it over 13 times, giving them a Turnover Margin tonight of -6.
- Heading into tonight, they averaged a Turnover Margin of +7.8.
- Ole Miss scored 13 points off of turnovers, compared to NC State’s 4.
- This is the first time this season that NC State failed to force their opponent to commit at least 10 turovers.
- NC State was -25 when D.J. Burns was on the court, which was the worst on the team.
- NC State was +3 when L.J. Thomas was on the court, and +2 when Ben Middlebrooks were on the court. They were the only two players in the positive.
- Thomas and Middlebrooks should have earned themselves some more playing time going forward.
- Ole Miss’ length was problematic for the Wolfpack, blocking 9 of their shots.
There will be more analysis on this game coming tomorrow.