NC State will take the court today to face the Tigers of LSU in what many have predicted to be a great match-up that pits two teams against one another that have contrasting strengths. LSU uses a pair of athletic multi-faceted big men to create havoc on its’ opponents inside the paint. Contrasting the Tigers, NC State prefers to utilize its’ trio of guards to plague their challengers. In order for the Pack to advance to the round of 32 it will be imperative that Cat Barber, Trevor Lacey, and Ralston Turner show up with their proverbial “A Games”. Personally I think it will be more important that these three set the tone on the defensive end as this will be what determines if the Wolfpack advances.
One thing that has been consistent for the Pack this season is their ability to be inconsistent. I wish I knew the source of the inconsistency. How can a team look like a top five team nationally at times and then look like a bottom dweller at other times? Even in the same game we have seen it. But with this inconsistency comes a certain element of hope that the light switch will suddenly click! You cannot deny the fact that this team has overachieved this season. A season ago we squeaked into the field of 68. We beat an Xavier team in the first four only to succumb to St. Louis in the next round. Heading into this season there were a ton of unknowns. Coach Gottfried had to replace arguably the best scorer to come through Raleigh since David Thompson in TJ Warren who also captured ACC POY. Gottfried then had to find a way to incorporate Trevor Lacey, and the incoming freshmen in order for this season to be relevant.
I commend Coach Gottfried and his staff for the job they have done. This season he has beaten Coach K, Roy Williams, Jim Boehiem, and Rick Pitino. How many coaches can claim this feat in a single season? With all that being said tomorrow night’s contest versus the LSU Tigers is a critical game that our guys must take advantage of. Our players and program are on the cusp of something great but they must start to turn potential into results. I honestly believe that great results are right around the corner. I hope that the Pack proves me right by playing with the focus and energy to beat LSU. It will take a total team effort and intelligence to win.
At this time of the year the Pack is only guaranteed 40 more minutes…it is completely up to them if they will be awarded another 40 minutes come tomorrow night!
Tip-Off is slated for 9:20PM and can be seen on TBS.
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.