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Get to Know: The #9 Seeded LSU Tigers

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The LSU Tigers finished the season will a record of 22-10 overall and finished 3rd in the SEC with a conference record of 11-7. LSU was considered one of the last few teams to get into the tournament leading into Selection Sunday, but apparently the NCAA Committee saw them as a stronger candidate for the dance than many media outlets. So lets delve into exactly who LSU is by recapping their season and giving some key stats.

Good Wins: 

The Tigers had three wins against RPI* top 50 teams this season.

  • @ West Virginia 74-73 (December 4th)
  • VS Georgia 87-84 (January 10th)
  • @ Arkansas 81-78 (March 7th)

Bad Losses: 

LSU had their share of bad losses this season as they lost 5 games to teams with an RPI lower than 100.

  • VS Clemson 64-61 (November 24th)
  • VS Auburn twice 81-77 (February 5th); 73-70 (March 7th)
  • @ Missouri 74-67
  • @ Mississippi State 73-67

Recent Form:

Over the last 12 games the Tigers have been a 500 club going 6 and 6. They were knocked out of the SEC Tournament by Auburn in OT. Even though their most recent loss was by a lowly Auburn team they did knock off Top 25 Arkansas on the road before losing in their first conference tournament game.

Summary: 

Throughout the season LSU has shown the capability to play with any team in the country as they have had three good wins against teams that are all in the field of 68. Another impressive feat for the Tigers is their road record. On the road LSU won 8 out of 11 games. They have also done a great job of winning close games. Many of their wins this season have been by a narrow margin, this fact alone will make them a difficult out! In their lone match up with undefeated Kentucky the Tigers only lost by 2 points. One of the major reason LSU was considered a bubble team is because they played a weak schedule. They finished the season with a strength of schedule of 97, and a non-conference strength of schedule of 182.

Team Statistics: 

  • Points Per Game: 73.7 (41st NCAA)
  • Rebounds Per Game: 39.2 (12th NCAA)
  • Assists Per Game: 15.7 (17th NCAA)
  • Field Goal %: 45% (77th NCAA)
  • Points Allowed Per Game: 67.7 (210th NCAA)
  • Defensive Rebounds Per Game: 27.1 (8th NCAA)
  • Blocks Per Game: 6.2 (7th NCAA)
  • Steals per Game: 7.3 (60th NCAA)

Individual Statistics: 

  • Jarell Martin #1 Forward (6-10 236 lbs.) 16.9 PPG, 9.2 RPG
  • Jordan Mickey #25 Forward (6-8 235 lbs.) 15.5 PPG, 9.8 RPG
  • Keith Hornsby #4 Guard (6-4 210 lbs.) 13.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG
  • Tim Quarterman #55 Guard (6-6 187 lbs.) 11.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG
  • Josh Gray #5 Guard (6-1 182 lbs.) 7.2 PPG, 2.2 RPG

Summary: 

Offense and rebounding are the strengths of the LSU Tigers. It is impressive that they have four players averaging double figures and a fifth player not far behind. By having a balanced attack LSU has been able to cause their opponents problems as they cannot simply key on one player. Offensively the Tigers like to get up and down the court. If you need proof of how athletic the Tigers are check out this video of transition buckets versus Florida this season. LSU will be extremely pumped to play against an ACC team in their opening game of the NCAA Tournament, in the regular season they only faced one ACC member in the Clemson Tigers. The number one reason why the Tigers will be a tough out is because of their front court. Martin and Mickey are the two cogs that will prove to give NC State all they can handle as they lead LSU in both PPG and RPG.  

 

* RPI: Rating Percentage Index is a measure of strength of schedule and how a team does against that schedule. The higher the RPI   a team has the better.

 

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wolfpack74
wolfpack74
9 years ago

Which ever team gets out to a quick start will break the will of the other.  Hopefully our three point shooting will not kill us early.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
9 years ago

PackJunky Well, honestly speaking if the Pack gets by the 1st tourney game can they really lay an egg? It’s only an egg if you really expected this team to make a deep run. I know this team has the potential to make a deep run but my realistic expectations are a 1st or 2nd round exit.  Because a few weeks prior to the end of regular season if someone had told me that this team would be in the NCAAs I would not have believed it. So anything past the 1st round at this point is just icing. To… Read more »

PackJunky
PackJunky
9 years ago

How can ANYONE make ANY prediction with ANY semblance of confidence for this team. They could lay an egg Thursday, they could lay an egg Saturday, they could lay an egg next week. I think one thing is almost certain, they WILL lay an egg between now and next week. Heres to blind hope… Go Pack!

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
9 years ago

Other than State, I am looking forward to the following potential matchups:

wisconsin vs unc 
duke vs gonzaga
kentucky vs nd

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
9 years ago

If the Pack brings their A game then we can beat LSU, Vill, and Louisville. Can a Gottfried coach team beat an Izzo coached team? I don’t see it happening. I have the Pack either going out in round 1 if they play like they did against duke in the tourney or elite 8 if they play like they did in the many games leading up to the duke game.

If I am a top seeded team in the tourney, I would not want to see the Wolfpack on my bracket.

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Matt Chazanow Joins NC State as New Voice of the Wolfpack

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RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan and Learfield’s Wolfpack Sports Properties, have announced that Matt Chazanow has been named the Wolfpack’s Director of Broadcasting and will serve as the play by play announcer for football and men’s basketball. The veteran broadcaster was chosen for the coveted role following a national search that included more than 150 applicants.

“I’m so excited to welcome Matt Chazanow as our new ‘Voice of the Wolfpack,’” said Corrigan. “Chaz understands that this role isn’t only about calling games, but about bringing special moments and memories to Wolfpack fans of all ages. While he is a very talented radio announcer, he will also be a great representative of our university, our brand, and our culture.

“I also want to thank Gary Hahn for his period of service to NC State. There are generations of NC State fans that have memories of Gary calling their favorite Wolfpack plays, and he will always be a part of Wolfpack Nation.”

Chazanow becomes just the fifth play by play announcer since the Wolfpack Sports Network was formed in 1961. He replaces Gary Hahn, who was behind the microphone for 34 years, and will also enjoy a variety of additional roles for NC State and Learfield in Raleigh.

Hailing from Westfield, N.J., Chazanow joins the Wolfpack after serving as the Director of Broadcast Operations for Learfield at Washington State since 2015.  During his tenure in Pullman, he served as the play-by-play broadcaster for Cougar football, basketball and baseball, hosted and designed weekly hour-long coaches shows, and created and hosted videos and podcasts. He also coordinated efforts with sales staff and helped with donor relations.

“I am so thrilled for this incredible opportunity,” said Chazanow.  “The passion and power of the Pack is renowned in college athletics and to be entrusted to take the baton from Gary Hahn and tell the stories of NC State is truly humbling. I can’t wait to get started.”

Chazanow has also served as a national play by play voice for Westwood One Radio (since 2022) and Learfield (since 2008), covering football, men’s basketball, baseball and the NCAA Regional semifinals and finals for women’s basketball. Much of his national work has been covering ACC and SEC games.

No stranger to the state of North Carolina, Chazanow’s years of experience include seven years as Learfield’s Senior Network Manager based out of Winston-Salem. In that role, he managed the network broadcasts for eight schools (Arizona, Cal, Gonzaga, Oregon, Texas, UCLA, Washington and Washington State).

“An established voice in the broadcasting world, Chaz will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Wolfpack Sports Network,” said Kyle Winchester, General Manager of Wolfpack Sports Properties. “We’re delighted for him to join our world-class team and lead our coverage of the Wolfpack starting this season.”

A 2006 graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse, Chazanow began his career as the play by play announcer for High Point women’s basketball, ironically calling his first game in Reynolds Coliseum as HPU faced Kay Yow’s Wolfpack. He also worked briefly for UNC Greensboro before being hired by ISP (now Learfield).

Chazanow is married to the former Ashley Randleman, a native of Jonesville, N.C., and they have a three-year-old son, Nathan. Ashley won two state volleyball titles in Reynolds Coliseum while playing for Starmount High School in 2003 and 2004.

About Learfield 

Learfield is a diversified and influential media and technology company powering college athletics. Through its digital and physical platforms, Learfield owns and leverages a deep data set and relationships in the industry to drive revenue, growth, brand awareness, and fan engagement for brands, sports, and entertainment properties. With ties to over 1,200 collegiate institutions and over 12,000 local and national brand partners, Learfield’s presence in college sports and live events delivers influence and maximizes reach to target audiences. With solutions for a 365-day, 24/7 fan experience, Learfield enables schools and brands to connect with fans through licensed merchandise, game ticketing, donor identification for athletic programs, exclusive custom content, innovative marketing initiatives, NIL solutions, and advanced digital platforms. Since 2008, it has served as title sponsor for the acclaimed Learfield Directors’ Cup, supporting athletic departments across all divisions.

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NC State Women’s Basketball will Host Ole Miss in the ACC/SEC Challenge in 2024

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The NC State Women’s Basketball team will host Ole Miss in the 2024 ACC/SEC Challenge in 2024 on Thursday, December 5th.

The Rebels are ranked 23rd in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early 2024 Preseason Top-25 rankings.

NC State is 3-1 all-time against Ole Miss, in a series that dates back to 1979. The last time the two teams played was in 2008, when the Wolfpack defeated the Rebels 46-42 in Reynolds Coliseum.

Last season the Wolfpack defeated Vanderbilt 70-62 in the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge.

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NC State Will Host Texas in the 2024 Men’s Basketball ACC/SEC Challenge

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball team will host Texas in the 2024 ACC/SEC Challenge.

This will mark the 5th time that the Wolfpack and the Longhorns play one another. The series is split down the middle currently, with each team winning 2 games each.

The Longhorns could be right on the edge of being a Preseason Top-25 heading into next year.

NC State’s 2024-25 Non-Conference Strength of Schedule is shaking out to be pretty impressive. The Wolfpack will be playing in the Rady Children’s Invitational Tournament, which will feature Purdue, BYU and Ole Miss. Purdue was the National Runner-Up last year, and will likely be a Preseason Top-15 team. Ole Miss is ranked in the Top-25 in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Preseason Top-25.

NC State will be also be playing at Kansas next season, and the Jayhawks are likely going to the Preseason #1 team.

Also, a game against Marquette might be in the works next year, which would be a rematch from their Sweet 16 matchup this past season. The Golden Eagles are likely a Preseason Top-15 team.

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NC State’s Career 3-Point Leader Scott Wood Named Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Broughton

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Former NC State 3-Point Specialist Scott Wood (2009-13) has been named the Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Broughton High School in Raleigh.

Wood holds the school record for most games played (138), games started (136), career minutes (4,318) and career 3-point field goals (334).

After graduating NC State, Wood went on to play professional ball overseas for 6 seasons (2013-2020), playing in Spain (3 years), Turkey, France & Montenegro. He also played one year (2016-17) in the G-League with the Santa Cruz Warriors. In 2017, he won the 3-Point Competition at the G-League’s All-Star Weekend.

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