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Deacons outlast Pack 88-84

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NC State could not get any stops in the first half as they allowed Wake Forest to score a season high 51 points on 67 % shooting. Not only did the Pack look out of sorts but could not muster the energy to stop the bleeding. State found themselves down at half by 21 points, despite Cat Barber’s continued offensive resurgence. Cat was outstanding offensively the entire evening as he scored at career high 28 points and had zero turnovers. A big reason why Cat has been so lethal is due to a newfound stroke from distance. This has forced his defenders to play up on him which only plays into his strength of beating his opponent with his quickness.

However his effort was in vain as we showed up much too late. A valiant effort to mount a spirited comeback but in the end it goes down as another loss. The reason we lost this game is because we did not step up to the challenge of getting stops on the defensive end. Our guys allowed a Wake Forest team that is in the cellar of the ACC shoot 56% from the field and 50% from three. It is difficult to win on the road with the defensive effort that we had tonight. Offensively State scored 84 points despite  shooting below 42%. This shows how talented this team is offensively, but we will continue our up and down trend because we cannot get stops when we need them.

Once again Lawrence Joel Coliseum dealt the Pack a devastating loss. Until our players make up their minds that they will play both ends of the court for 40 minutes we will continue to come up short. It is too draining for a team to get down by 20 plus and then have to claw their way back to steal it at the end. Someone must step up when things start going awry and right the ship. It seems like we accept our fate that the other team is on a run and there isn’t anything we can do to stop them. Good teams find a way to get stops and baskets when things turn south…Period.

Luckily for the Wolfpack they have 8 days off to prepare for the home stretch. They must use these days to fine tune their effort on the defensive end and continue to play to their strengths offensively. We have looked great on offensive as we have made a concerted effort to attack the paint off the bounce and by feeding Abu. State must build upon these fundamentals offensively and close the season out in a positive way.

Two great opportunities await the Pack as they host the UVA Cavaliers next Wednesday February 11th and then hit the road to face Louisville. These two game are most likely must wins if the Wolfpack want to be dancing come Selection Sunday. I believe that the team has it in them to finish the season on a positive note, but they too must believe  and step up on both ends as the season comes to a close.

7 games remain for our guys to prove that they are worthy of the Greatest Show on Earth.

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THEOKEEP
THEOKEEP
9 years ago

DESMOND LEE BRINGS GREAT DEFENSIVE INTENSITY TO THE COURT AND KNOWS HOW TO GET TO THE RIM HE NEEDS MORE PLAYING TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THEOKEEP
THEOKEEP
9 years ago

PPBalls  WHY IS THEIR BEST DEFENDER ON THE BENCH GAME AFTER GAME. DESMOND LEE

THEOKEEP
THEOKEEP
9 years ago

Wolfer96  THEY DONT PLAY DESMOND LEE HE PLAYED MAJOR MINUTES LAST YEAR NOW HE DOESNT EVEN TOUCH THE FLOOR UNLESS SOMEONE IS IN FOUL TROUBLE. HE IS THEIR BEST PERIMETER DEFENDER AND HE KNOWS HOW TO GET TO THE RIM AT WILL.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
9 years ago

This team has the talent but lacks heart. Defense was awful at every stage. Half court, transition, post, perimeter, switches, etc. On offense basically what we’ve seen all season… just careless with the ball and weak. Good passing is nonexistent. It’s Feb and while other teams are hitting their stride we look disjointed. And this was the same the past several Februaries. This team does have a penchant for stepping up a little during the ACC tournament but really wish they could be more consistent throughout a season. I’m not as upset as some fans because I knew midway through… Read more »

PPBalls
PPBalls
9 years ago

This comes from pure lack of aggression and desire on the defensive end.  Nothing else too it.  WF may have shot well, but mainly due to the fact that the Pack gave them easy and open looks.  Our post defense needs to get better.  Washington looks incredibly weak, Abu fouls too much, Freeman is undersized, and Anya is too damn slow still.  On top of that, they looked absolutely lost on the break, constantly not getting back on D and finding their man.  This is part coaching, and part due to a young team, but mainly a lack of desire.… Read more »

miscophi
miscophi
9 years ago

When I overhear people saying “did you see the game last night? they were down by 20 and lost by 4” I will know they are talking about NC State. On the other hand, if I overhear “did you see the game last night? They were up by 20 and lost by 4” I will know they are talking about NC State.

Real_Pack_Man
Real_Pack_Man
9 years ago

Ironically, this will be our only really ‘bad’ loss so far on this schedule.  The beauty of an incredibly high SOS is that our RPI is still salvageable.  Now, whether we SHOULD be in the post-season is another story.

wormncsu
wormncsu
9 years ago

Sad see barber put up these numbers for nothing. This team is in a state of regression instead of progression. Good teams improve as the season goes on not get worse. Afraid this might be a long and tough to watch last seven games.

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Here is the 2024 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament Bracket

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The bracket for the 2024 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament is here. The 10th ranked NC State is the #2 seed in the tournament, and their first game will be on Friday at 5pm on ACC Network.

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The Wolfpack will play the winner of the Duke (7 seed) vs. Georgia Tech (10 seed)/Pitt (15 seed).

NC State defeated Pitt 83-47 on February 11th, and they defeated Georgia Tech 86-85 on February 18th.

The Wolfpack lost to Duke 58-69 on February 25th. NC State entered the game as 1.5-point favorites, but ended up losing in enemy territory.

Georgia Tech defeated Pitt 68-58 on January 7th. Duke defeated both Georgia Tech and Pitt this season, defeating the Yellow Jackets 84-46 on January 14th, and the Panthers on 69-38 on February 1st.

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There is Reason to be Frustrated

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If you are an NC State fan, it’s only reasonable that you’re frustrated with the state of the Men’s Basketball program.

Under Kevin Keatts, NC State has gone to the NCAA Tournament twice in 7 seasons. The Wolfpack didn’t win a game in the Big Dance in either of those appearances.

Keatts has led NC State to a 3-5 record in the ACC Tournament, failing to reach the semifinals a single time.

You could make an argument that his first season in Raleigh was his best (I don’t think it was), because the Wolfpack finished 5th in the ACC, which is the highest the team has finished in the conference under his watch.

2017-18 – 5th
2018-19 – 8th
2019-20 – 6th
2020-21 – 9th
2021-22 – 15th
2022-23 – 6th
2023-23 – 9th (currently)

Average finish: 8.3

(For context, in 6 seasons, Mark Gottfried’s average finish was 8.7.)

Over the past 7 seasons, NC State has been ranked in the Top-25 in only 8 polls (2 separate seasons), with the highest being on January 7th, 2019, when the Wolfpack were ranked 15th.

Under Gottfried, NC State was ranked in 13 polls (all one season). With Herb Sendek at the helm, the Wolfpack were ranked in the Top-25 in 5 different seasons, in a total of 35 polls.

Do I think Kevin Keatts is the worst coach at NC State in recent memory? No, that award goes to Sydney Lowe. In all reality, NC State’s record overall and in conference play is nearly identical under Keatts, as it was under Mark Gottfried and Herb Sendek.

(Overall/Conference)
Kevin Keatts – 58.3/48.3
Mark Gottfried – 58.9/45.3
Herb Sendek – 59.1/45.0

What’s the difference between Keatts and the other two?

A couple of observations.

Sendek finished his time at NC State with 5 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, and Gottfried started off his tenure with 4 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. The Wolfpack advanced to the 2nd round 3 times, and the Sweet 16 once under Sendek. Under Gottfried, they advanced to the 2nd round twice.

Sendek led NC State to the ACC Championship game 3 times (in 10 years), and the semifinals 4 times. Gottfried led the Wolfpack to the semifinals on 3 occasions. Heck, Sidney Lowe led NC State to the ACC Championship game once, and the semifinals on another occasion.

Is the NC State Men’s Basketball program worse off under Keatts than it was under the previous coaches? If you simply look at total wins and losses, that’s not necessarily the case, but when you look at the Wolfpack’s production in postseason play, there is no other answer besides ‘yes.’

Every now and then you have to be willing to eat crow. Years ago, I was of the opinion that Herb Sendek needed to go. Do I think that Sendek would have brought NC State back to where it was in the 80’s? I didn’t think it then, and I’m not certain my opinion on that has changed, but the past 20 years has proven to me that the grass isn’t always greener.

Call me nostalgic, but from a historical perspective, I believe NC State fans have right to expect their Men’s Basketball program to be successful…to consistently be ranked in the Top-25…to finish in the top half of the ACC…compete for conference championships…and go to the Big Dance on a regular basis.

There is reason to be frustrated.

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Madison Hayes Will Be Returning for Her Final Year of Eligibility in 2024-25

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Last night NC State Guard Madison Hayes was honored on Senior Night, but she also announced that she would be returning in 2024-25 for her final year of eligibility. She was honored alongside Center River Baldwin and Forward Mimi Collins, who are both out of eligibility after this season.

Hayes is in the midst of a breakout season this year, averaging 11.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, which are both career highs. She ranks 3rd on the team in scoring, behind the other two Guards in the starting lineup, Aziaha James and Saniya Rivers, who will also be back in 2024-25. Even though she is a Guard, Hayes leads the Wolfpack in rebounding. Her 44.1% Field Goal Percentage is the best of any of the Wolfpack Guards, and her Three Point Percentage of 41.7% is the best on the squad.

As a Senior in high school, Hayes was named a McDonald’s All-American in 2020, and she earned a spot on the All SEC Freshman team in 2021 as a member of Mississippi St. In 2021-22, she transferred to NC State, and played in 26 games off the bench, but earned a spot in the starting lineup last season.

Big news for the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball program!

 

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NC State 64 #9 Duke 79: BOX SCORE

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#9 Duke defeated NC State 79-64 in PNC Arena this evening. With one game remaining for the Wolfpack in the regular season, they are now 17-13 overall, and 9-10 in ACC play. Below is the Box Score.

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