Teams are anxiously awaiting their fate as today is the day bubbles burst for many teams around the country. NC State and their fans have had the uneasy feelings associated with Selection Sunday for the past few years as the Pack has eeked their way into the dance. This season is different as the Wolfpack is seen as a lock to be in the NCAA, but there are still plenty of unknowns that create excitement. It’s not a question of are we in, but what seed will the Pack receive. As I have researched the “so called experts” (ESPN,CBS,USA Today, FOX, and Bracket Matrix) it is a safe bet that the Wolfpack will be as high as an 8 seed or as low as a 1o seed. The consensus seems to have the Pack playing the 8 vs 9 match-up as 3 of the 5 have State as an 8 or 9. Only two have the Pack as a 10 seed (CBS and USA Today).
Personally I hope that Shelby Mast of USA Today and Jerry Palm of CBS are correct in projecting the Wolfpack as a 10 seed, this would eliminate the possibility of playing a #1 seed in the second round. In my opinion I believe that the Wolfpack is as capable as any team to knock off a #1 as we have proven to beat elite teams this season; however, I would still prefer playing a #2 seed in the second round especially since Gonzaga and UVA are likely two seeds. Some of the things that the Pack have in their favor as they enter the NCAA is that they have played a difficult schedule and have seen different playing styles thus far. The ACC has provided State will a variety of philosophies that will help the Pack strategize against any team that they may be matched up against.
Here are some of the potential match-up’s as of Sunday Morning:
ESPN Joe Lunardi: (8) NC State vs (9) Dayton: Winner plays Villanova in 2nd round
CBS Jerry Palm: (7) Utah vs (10) NC State: Winner plays Gonzaga in 2nd round
USA Today Shelby Mast: (7) Michigan State vs (10) NC State: Winner plays Kansas
FOX Stewart Mandel (8) ST. John’s vs (9) NC State: Mandel doesn’t have #2 seed locked down
Bracket Matrix: (9) NC State: Bracket Matrix uses statistics to determine seeding but does not show match-up’s
Tune into CBS at 6 PM to find out who the Pack will play this coming week. We will have plenty of breakdowns coming leading up to NC State’s game. Who would you like to see the Pack play?
NC State 84 BC 78: BOX SCORE
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.