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Where has Ralston Turner been? I am sure it is a question many Wolfpack fans have been asking themselves as Turner has struggled the past couple of games, but I want to go on record and say that Ralston will have a big impact on the game tonight. A lot of attention has been given to Cat Barber and Trevor Lacey and rightfully so; however, Ralston hasn’t been off by much in the first two games of the NCAA Tournament. His shooting numbers are way down as he has gone 2-14 from distance in the Tournament thus far.

I am confident that Ralston will have some good looks tonight and will be prepared to knock them down. As we look back on the travesty that was the Duke game in the ACC Tournament there wasn’t many positives to be gained but Ralston played well. Versus Duke Ralston had 16 points and shot 60 percent from the field. I honestly think that Louisville will present a similar look as they will pressure Barber and Lacey which could leave Turner open; like he was against Duke. The great thing about Ralston is that he is unafraid to miss! What do I mean? Well we have seen Ralston miss 6 or 7 shots in a row only to make his next 5. This trait is rare as it shows that he is mentally tough as well as confident in his abilities. I love when players display the mental fortitude to move past mistakes or missed shots only to make game altering plays minutes later.

Tonight we will see a great game from Ralston and he is the X-Factor who will most likely determine if NC State wins tonight. I don’t have any predictions as to how many points he will have but I am confident in saying that he will play a great game tonight. Look for Turner to be aggressive in finding his pull up jumper. I have said it all season that I feel like he is at his best when he looks to hunt that 12-15 foot jump shot. Once Ralston sees the ball go through the net; we have all witnessed the fireworks that can erupt when he gets confident. There haven’t been many players that I can think of that have represented North Carolina State University better than Ralston Turner. Let’s hope that his career can go a couple more games!

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wolfpack74
wolfpack74
8 years ago

Wolfer96 wolfpack74 Washington scored 11 points in 9 minutes.  Where was he during the last 10 minutes of the game?  He must have been sent to the showers or he boarded the bus early.  Either way, Gott has to get his head out of his ass concerning Kyle.  No where have I seen anything about the defensive capability of Terry Henderson.  Has to be better than Scarecrow Turner.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
8 years ago

wolfpack74 Wolfer96 I tend to worry less about Freshmen and their mistakes. In my opinion the guys with the most upside are Abu and the Martin twins. Caleb did get caught in the air with no one to pass to but he also had some nice passes and that monster dunk. So he was a net positive for the game. As for Freeman, Cat, and Anya I think they have likely hit their ceiling. Lacey has likely hit his ceiling as well because I really can’t imagine him playing much better but that remains to be seen. Because Anya has bad… Read more »

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
8 years ago

Wolfer96 Rotation was a major issue to night.  You know how I feel about Washington, he outscored all the other three put together. His defense was no worst than Anya, Turner or Freeman.  It was obvious that Gott was out coached especially when he went to three different time outs and did not change personnel.   Cat  was catatonic again.  Caleb does not deserve the time he gets, sorry.  Maybe someone will really improve before the start of next year.  I fear that it will look just like this one.  The kind that gets you up and then drops you… Read more »

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
8 years ago

Ralston hit his 3’s but countered them with his usual brand of poor defense. Other than the 2 three pointers Cat did not show up. He made one poor decision after another. Anya was pretty much useless out there. He played timid. I feel bad for Lacey because he’s the only one that showed up for the entire game. Why Gott didn’t play Kyle more in the 2nd half I do not know? I thought Gott just got out coached and didn’t use the proper rotations. His team settled too often for the long jump shot and didn’t attack the… Read more »

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Here is the 2024 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament Bracket

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The bracket for the 2024 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament is here. The 10th ranked NC State is the #2 seed in the tournament, and their first game will be on Friday at 5pm on ACC Network.

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The Wolfpack will play the winner of the Duke (7 seed) vs. Georgia Tech (10 seed)/Pitt (15 seed).

NC State defeated Pitt 83-47 on February 11th, and they defeated Georgia Tech 86-85 on February 18th.

The Wolfpack lost to Duke 58-69 on February 25th. NC State entered the game as 1.5-point favorites, but ended up losing in enemy territory.

Georgia Tech defeated Pitt 68-58 on January 7th. Duke defeated both Georgia Tech and Pitt this season, defeating the Yellow Jackets 84-46 on January 14th, and the Panthers on 69-38 on February 1st.

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There is Reason to be Frustrated

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If you are an NC State fan, it’s only reasonable that you’re frustrated with the state of the Men’s Basketball program.

Under Kevin Keatts, NC State has gone to the NCAA Tournament twice in 7 seasons. The Wolfpack didn’t win a game in the Big Dance in either of those appearances.

Keatts has led NC State to a 3-5 record in the ACC Tournament, failing to reach the semifinals a single time.

You could make an argument that his first season in Raleigh was his best (I don’t think it was), because the Wolfpack finished 5th in the ACC, which is the highest the team has finished in the conference under his watch.

2017-18 – 5th
2018-19 – 8th
2019-20 – 6th
2020-21 – 9th
2021-22 – 15th
2022-23 – 6th
2023-23 – 9th (currently)

Average finish: 8.3

(For context, in 6 seasons, Mark Gottfried’s average finish was 8.7.)

Over the past 7 seasons, NC State has been ranked in the Top-25 in only 8 polls (2 separate seasons), with the highest being on January 7th, 2019, when the Wolfpack were ranked 15th.

Under Gottfried, NC State was ranked in 13 polls (all one season). With Herb Sendek at the helm, the Wolfpack were ranked in the Top-25 in 5 different seasons, in a total of 35 polls.

Do I think Kevin Keatts is the worst coach at NC State in recent memory? No, that award goes to Sydney Lowe. In all reality, NC State’s record overall and in conference play is nearly identical under Keatts, as it was under Mark Gottfried and Herb Sendek.

(Overall/Conference)
Kevin Keatts – 58.3/48.3
Mark Gottfried – 58.9/45.3
Herb Sendek – 59.1/45.0

What’s the difference between Keatts and the other two?

A couple of observations.

Sendek finished his time at NC State with 5 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, and Gottfried started off his tenure with 4 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. The Wolfpack advanced to the 2nd round 3 times, and the Sweet 16 once under Sendek. Under Gottfried, they advanced to the 2nd round twice.

Sendek led NC State to the ACC Championship game 3 times (in 10 years), and the semifinals 4 times. Gottfried led the Wolfpack to the semifinals on 3 occasions. Heck, Sidney Lowe led NC State to the ACC Championship game once, and the semifinals on another occasion.

Is the NC State Men’s Basketball program worse off under Keatts than it was under the previous coaches? If you simply look at total wins and losses, that’s not necessarily the case, but when you look at the Wolfpack’s production in postseason play, there is no other answer besides ‘yes.’

Every now and then you have to be willing to eat crow. Years ago, I was of the opinion that Herb Sendek needed to go. Do I think that Sendek would have brought NC State back to where it was in the 80’s? I didn’t think it then, and I’m not certain my opinion on that has changed, but the past 20 years has proven to me that the grass isn’t always greener.

Call me nostalgic, but from a historical perspective, I believe NC State fans have right to expect their Men’s Basketball program to be successful…to consistently be ranked in the Top-25…to finish in the top half of the ACC…compete for conference championships…and go to the Big Dance on a regular basis.

There is reason to be frustrated.

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Madison Hayes Will Be Returning for Her Final Year of Eligibility in 2024-25

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Last night NC State Guard Madison Hayes was honored on Senior Night, but she also announced that she would be returning in 2024-25 for her final year of eligibility. She was honored alongside Center River Baldwin and Forward Mimi Collins, who are both out of eligibility after this season.

Hayes is in the midst of a breakout season this year, averaging 11.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, which are both career highs. She ranks 3rd on the team in scoring, behind the other two Guards in the starting lineup, Aziaha James and Saniya Rivers, who will also be back in 2024-25. Even though she is a Guard, Hayes leads the Wolfpack in rebounding. Her 44.1% Field Goal Percentage is the best of any of the Wolfpack Guards, and her Three Point Percentage of 41.7% is the best on the squad.

As a Senior in high school, Hayes was named a McDonald’s All-American in 2020, and she earned a spot on the All SEC Freshman team in 2021 as a member of Mississippi St. In 2021-22, she transferred to NC State, and played in 26 games off the bench, but earned a spot in the starting lineup last season.

Big news for the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball program!

 

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NC State 64 #9 Duke 79: BOX SCORE

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#9 Duke defeated NC State 79-64 in PNC Arena this evening. With one game remaining for the Wolfpack in the regular season, they are now 17-13 overall, and 9-10 in ACC play. Below is the Box Score.

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