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Who is #1 Seed Villanova?

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Villanova secured a #1 seed by posting a record of 33-2 and enter the tournament on a 16 game win streak. It is like Coach Gottfried said in his post game comments, ” they are a number one seed for a reason.” The way Villanova has posted such a dominating season record is by shooting lights out from beyond the arc. An astonishing 43% of their shots on the season have been from distance, and even more impressive is their team 3 point field goal percentage which is 39.2%. The Wildcats have a balanced attack as they have 4 players averaging double figures. NC State must be prepared to run the Wildcats off of the three-point line if they are going to have any chance at moving on to the sweet sixteen. But let’s take a look at Villanova’s season and highlight how they have achieved a #1 seed.

Good Wins: 

The Wildcats won an impressive 13 games versus teams with a top 50 RPI.

  • VCU 77-53 November 24th
  • Butler 67-55 December 31st; and 68-65 (February 14th)
  • @ St. John’s 90-72 January 6th
  • Xavier three times 88-75 (January 14th); 78-66 (February 28th); 69-52 (March 14th)
  • @Providence 74-68

Bad Loss:

As impressive as their good wins were, their bad loss was equally astonishing. On the season they only lost once to a team with an RPI worst that 50.

  • @ Seton Hall 66-61 (January 3rd.)

Recent Form:

In their last 12 games Villanova has gone 12-0. In their current win streak they have managed to not only win the Big East regular season crown but also the conference tournament as well. Villanova has shown no signs of slowing up as they handled their first game in the NCAA Tournament with ease winning by the score of 93-52.

Team Statistics:

  • Points Per Game: 76.3 (23rd NCAA)
  • Rebounds Per Game: 34.4 (174th NCAA)
  • Assists Per Game: 15.9 (13th NCAA)
  • Field Goal %: 47% (38th NCAA)
  • Points Allowed: 60.6 (40th NCAA)
  • Blocks Per Game: 4 (103rd NCAA)
  • Steals Per Game (30th NCAA)

Individual Statistics: 

  • Darrun Hillard II #4 Sr. (6-6 215 lbs.) 13.9 PPG and 3.2 RPG
  • Josh Hart #3 Soph. (6-5 205 lbs.) 10.3 PPG and 4.5 RPG
  • Ryan Arcidiacono #15 Jr. (6-3 195 lbs.) 10.3 PPG and 3.6 APG
  • Dylan Ennis #31 Jr. (6-2 192 lbs.) 10.0 PPG and 3.5 APG
  • JayVaughn Pinkston #22 Sr. (6-7 235 lbs.) 9.6 PPG and 5.4 RPG
  • Daniel Ochefu #23 Jr. (6-11 245 lbs.) 9.4 PPG and 8.4 RPG

Summary:

Few teams can match Villanova offensively as they have an extremely deadly attack from beyond the arc. Their team boasts a handful of sharp shooters that are more than capable of wrecking a team’s game plan once they make a couple of shots. Jay Wright has a great group of upper class-men that have stayed focused throughout the year. If there are a couple of weak points in Villanova’s arsenal it is in their lack of size and pedestrian rebounding. The Wildcats are an average rebounding team at best and could be an area where the Pack could use their size and strength to upend Villanova.

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wolfpack74
wolfpack74
9 years ago

Villanova shot the lights out tonight.  Good for us, there was no baskets in the vicinity.  Not that’s what I call a real team victory.  Go Pack.

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
9 years ago

packman70 You may stop anytime at your discretion.

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
9 years ago

ncsugolf208 I was just trying to be positive for our three seniors.  If it was for Lee on Thursday, the team would probably be in Raleigh right now.

ncsugolf208
ncsugolf208
9 years ago

Thank you for saying something, this is getting ridiculous.

packman70
packman70
9 years ago

I may stop logging on to this site so as not to read your idiotic, negative comments anymore.

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
9 years ago

We need to start all seniors on Saturday before Villanova turns out our lights.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
9 years ago

Were not the best at 3 point defense and I believe I read that Nova has 3 shooters that shoot 40% from 3. That should be very concerning. I think maybe we need to play a smaller lineup to defend the perimeter with Anya holding down the paint for any dribble penetration. If this team over-hedges or over-collapses on dribble penetration like they are prone to do we will get picked apart. We just need to trust that Anya and Abu will hold their own inside.

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NC State Men’s Basketball 2024-25 Scholarship Breakdown

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With the announcement of the addition of Forward Ismael Diouf yesterday, and news breaking that MJ Rice and Ernest Ross are no longer with the team this morning, here’s a look at the Scholarship Breakdown for the Men’s Basketball Team for the 2024-25 season.

Senior (1 Year of Eligibility)

Forward/Center Brandon Huntley-Hatfield
Forward/Center Ben Middlebrooks
Forward Guard Dontrez Styles
Guard/Forward Jayden Taylor
Guard Michael O’Connell
Guard Marcus Hill
Guard Breon Pass

Junior (2 Years of Eligibility)

Forward/Center Ismael Diouf
Guard Mike James

Sophomore ( 3 Years of Eligibility)

Guard/Forward Dennis Parker Jr.

Freshman (4 Years of Eligibility)

Guard/Forward Paul McNeil Jr.
Guard Trey Parker

NC State now has 1 scholarship available for the 2024-25 season. 

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Ernest Ross is No Longer on NC State’s Roster

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According to a source, Senior Forward Ernest Ross is no longer on NC State’s roster.

On April 17th, Ross entered the Transfer Portal. On May 10th, Ross verbally committed to UTSA. Then on May 15th, Ross announced that he would in fact be returning to NC State for his final year of eligibility.

Ross played in 14 games this past season, averaging 3.4 minutes per contest. After playing in 34 games last season, averaging 11.4 minutes per contest, Ross saw his participation dip to a career low this season, but that didn’t for a second break his infectious personality.

Ross was a consensus 4-star player in NC State’s 2021 recruiting class, with 247Sports ranking him as the #60 overall player nationally. ESPN ranked him as the #5 overall player in the state of Florida.

According to a source, Ross is leaving the program for personal reasons, that are non-basketball related.

Ross has 1 year of eligibility remaining.

 

 

 

 

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MJ Rice is No Longer on NC State’s Roster

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According to a source, Sophomore Guard MJ Rice is no longer on NC State’s roster.

Rice transferred to NC State last offseason from Kansas, and only played in 9 games for the Wolfpack this past season, averaging 4.1 points in 8.8 minutes per game.

On January 24th, it NC State announced that Rice would be sitting out the remainder of the season, and that they would be submitting a waiver for the season to count as a Redshirt year.

Prior to the beginning of the  season, Rice stepped away from the program for personal reasons, and missed the first 7 games, before joining the Wolfpack against Maryland Eastern-Shore.

The Kansas transfer played in 23 games for the Jayhawks as a Freshman, averaging 2.2 points in 7.6 minutes per game. ON3 ranked Rice as the #24 overall player nationally in the 2022 recruiting class. They also ranked him as the #2 overall player in the Transfer Portal.

It was always ‘iffy’ whether or not Rice would be on next years roster, but he didn’t enter the Transfer Portal, and remained with the team on their magical run, and even after.

According to a source, Rice is leaving the program for personal reasons, that are non-basketball related.

Rice has 3 years of eligibility remaining.

 

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NC State Commit Ismael Diouf: VIDEO VAULT

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NC State just landed a MASSIVE commitment from Canadian Forward Ismael Diouf (6’9″/215). Here’s a VIDEO VAULT of the new NC State big man.

 

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