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Giant Slayers: Pack Knocks off #1 Nova 71-68

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NC State used every ounce of their talent to take down the #1 seed Villanova Wildcats. There were countless plays from everyone that saw action tonight that helped seal the deal. Cat Barber was excellent in controlling the pace and hitting clutch free throws down the stretch to keep Villanova behind. NC State found the resiliency needed to withstand a hot hand by Darrun Hillard who poured in a game high 27 points. It seemed on a number of times that State would have a stress free last few minutes but Hillard was absolutely amazing in making deep three pointers that kept this game interesting, but State came away with the answer each and every time! Trevor Lacey was outstanding as he hit tough shot after tough shot in some of the biggest moments in the game. This game was a great example of why it is critical to have a player of his caliber that is capable of creating his own shot. Lacey ended the first half with a behind the back step back three at the buzzer to silence a run by the Wildcats. Then in the second half he hit a big time “and one” layup and a couple of tough mid-range jumpers that took the air out of the Wildcat’s sails!

All in all this is a great example of how a team that plays together can accomplish much more than a team full of individuals. I have said it all year long that this team is comprised of a great group of guys who compliment each other seamlessly. I want to point out just how special Dez Lee has been for this team, he has sacrificed a lot of minutes this season as Gottfried and his staff have chosen to give Caleb Martin more minutes which should benefit the program moving forward; however, Dez has not pouted one bit and he has stayed ready. Tonight his number was called again to be a spark and he was more than ready to contribute. He was all over the court defensively and took it to the hoop with power and converted a couple of big baskets for the Pack. Also not to be overshadowed Caleb Martin made the most of his limited minutes as he hit a big three pointer as he was fouled and finished the seldom seen four point play.

At the beginning of the season and even late in the season our big men have been seen as a weakness, but tonight they were terrific. Abu has gotten better and better as his role has expanded offensively. Tonight Abu worked his tail off and finished the evening with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Lennard Freeman showed off his versatility defensively as he was asked to guard on the perimeter as Villanova went with a four guard lineup and held his own. Freeman also had a double-double as he tallied 11 points and 12 rebounds. The hero of last game BeeJay Anya had a quiet night in the stat book but was a big time presence underneath as he altered many attempts. He also hedged beautifully on ball screens and contested shooters all night. It is a great testament to our staff for the improvement of our big men throughout the season.

I am completely ecstatic about the experience this team is about to have being in the sweet sixteen. My junior year I was lucky enough to make it to the sweet sixteen and it is an atmosphere like none other. Looking ahead I like our chances against Louisville or Northern Iowa. If we can continue to play with a quiet confidence and as one unit there is no reason why this team cannot continue to advance. Tonight was a great display of what it takes to win! Our players had one goal tonight and that was to leave that arena with a victory and they accomplished the task at hand!!!  NC State now finds itself as the headline as they are the darlings of the tournament…but will they be satisfied? I don’t think so, but we will have to wait and see.

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wolfpack74
wolfpack74
9 years ago

Thank god, Gott played Lee.  Lee is quick and plays defense, but Turner did hit four big free throws.  Too bad we can’t combine the two kids.  Go Pack.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
9 years ago

DaPack Happy BDay

DaPack
DaPack
9 years ago

Take that awesomeness Wolfpacker74! Hats off to a scrappy bunch of believers!

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NC State Forward Ernest Ross Enters the Transfer Portal

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NC State Forward Ernest Ross announced today that he is entering the Transfer Portal.

 

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Ross played in 14 games this year, 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. On the sideline, you could count on Ross every single game to be the heart and soul of the Wolfpack on the bench. To watch a player who played as little as he did, care as much as he did, makes me super proud that this young man represented NC State so well.

Ross was a consensus 4-star player in the 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.

Ross has one more year of eligibility remaining.

NC State has 3 scholarships available now.

Best of luck Ernest!

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What did the Wolfpack’s Incredible Run to the Final Four Mean to NC State Legend Chris Corchiani?

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What did NC State’s miraculous run to the ACC Championship and Final Four mean to Wolfpack legend Chris Corchiani? I caught up with the man who is still NC State’s all-time leader in Assists and Steals to get his take.

What was it like for you watching NC State go from the #10 seed in the ACC Tournament, to winning the Championship, to going to the Final Four?

Man, it was unreal. They caught lightning in a bottle and it was an absolute amazing run. They were a mediocre team all year that turned into a feared team that nobody wanted to play! To win the ACC championship in 5 days and to get to Final Four…..Wow!!

What did this run say about Kevin Keatts and these players? In what ways did you see them adapt, change or persevere?

Keatts received a lot of criticism for 7 years and after this run is deserving of great praise. I think shortening the lineup to 7-8 guys and doing away with the full court press and playing solid half court defense was a great move that obviously paid huge dividends. He also kept this team together which was not easy as they lost last 7-9 going into the. postseason. The guys also grew confident in their roles and played possessed!

As one of the best players to ever wear the Red & White, what did this run mean to you personally?

This run was something I have dreamed about happening and the fact it was so unexpected made it so much sweeter! To see the students, alums, boosters, and fans get what we all have been waiting for was the best!

What was the most memorable moment for you?

Most memorable for me was going to Final Four with my family and enjoying catching up with old friends, boosters, friends and teammates!

How do you think this run can change things for the NC State Basketball program going forward?

This run gives us momentum in so many ways. Listen, this was good not only for our hoops team but for our University! Hopefully our recruiting will take a big step forward with kids wanting to run with the Pack! A month of free advertising should be Huge for the future of our Men’s and Women’s basketball programs!

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When NC State legend Chris Corchiani left NC State, he not only held the school’s record for career Assists and Steals, but he also was career leader in ACC conference history. His 40.8% career Three-Point Percentage ranks 7th in school history. Corchiani was the first player in NCAA history to have 1,000+ career assists.

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ON3’s Jamie Shaw Puts in a Prediction Georgetown SF Transfer Dontrez Styles will Land at NC State

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ON3’s Jamie Shaw put in an RPM earlier today for Georgetown Small Forward Transfer Dontrez Styles to land at NC State. All-time, Shaw’s prediction accuracy is 87%.

I spoke with a source, and it seems like this prediction has some merit.

ON3 ranks Styles as the #66 overall prospect in the Portal.

Styles was the 2nd leading scorer for Georgetown this season, averaging 12.8 points per game, while grabbing 5.8 boards. He shot 36.8% from three.

Originally, Sytles was a consensus 4-Star prospect in UNC’s 2021 recruiting class. 247Sports ranked him as the #62 overall player nationally, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina, playing for Kinston High School.

After two seasons with the Tar Heels, Styles entered the Portal, and took an Official Visit to NC State and Georgetown, and ultimately chose the Hoyas.

With his final year of eligibility, maybe he’ll make the right choice this time.

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Tennessee Guard Freddie Dilione V is Visiting NC State Tomorrow

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Tennessee Transfer Guard Freddie Dilone V (6’5″/195) is visiting NC State tomorrow.

Dilone V just wrapped up his Redshirt Freshman season with the Volunteers, averaging 1.7 points in 5.2 minutes of play per game (18 games).

In 2022, Dilone V was a consensus 4-Star prospect, and the #33 overall prospect nationally according to Rivals. ON3 and 247Sports both ranked Dilone V as the #1 player in the state of North Carolina, playing right down the road at Word of God Academy in Raleigh.

Currently, 247Sports ranks Dilone V as the #71 overall player in the Transfer Portal, and the #10 Combo Guard. He played his first three seasons of high school ball down in Fayetteville at Trinity Christian.

Dilone V has 3 more years of eligibility.

 

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