NC State’s all time leader in made three pointers and the ACC’s record holder of consecutive free throws made (66) is just wrapping up his second season for UCAM Murcia in Spain’s ACB league. I recently had a chance to ask Scott some questions about what he is doing with his life right now.
PI: How has your role changed from year 1 to year 2?
SW: My role hasn’t changed too much. Just trying to score to help the team and play solid team defense. This year I’ve become more of a leader with my experience from last season, but all in all it has been pretty much the same.
PI: How has your game developed in the pros?
SW: It’s definitely getting better defensively. Offensively I have continued to add moves to make myself more difficult to defend, especially working on putting the ball on the floor. This has helped me become a more difficult matchup for opposing defenders.
PI: Have you been able to gain any weight to handle the physicality of the professional ranks? If so how?
SW: I’m probably around 190 right now. It’s actually pretty easy to gain weight. Coach Alejo always told me once I turned professional it would be easier to gain weight because you don’t have to go to class, study hall, and deal with all the stresses outside of basketball. Now my number 1 focus is solely basketball so it’s simple, lift, eat, play, repeat.
PI: Were you able to keep up with the Pack? If so, what did you think of their run?
SW: Yeah I tried to as much as possible. I thought they did really well and were fun to watch. They were a young team with a lot of talent playing the role of underdog. I think Cat’s second half of the season was instrumental in the team’s growth. That along with the leadership of Trevor and Ralston was the recipe for their run.
PI: What type of hobbies have you taken up in your free time?
SW: I’ve just been hanging out with my dog and trying to play golf as much as possible. I’ve been able to play about 3-4 times a week. So hopefully by the end of my career I can try and make the Champions Tour.
PI: What’s your plan for the summer?
SW: Still a little unsure. There is a possibility at summer league in Vegas, but I really just want to get home and enjoy my family and friends. Hopefully play some golf, make it out to the beach, and just have a good time.
We want to thank Scott for catching up with us. We wish him all the best as he continues his professional career and hope to see him around Raleigh this summer.
It’s Not Over Till It’s Over
Look…I know the odds of NC State’s Men’s Basketball team going to the NCAA Tournament is next to zero percent.
In fact, according to Bart Torvik, the Wolfpack have a 1.1% chance of making the Dance as an at-large bid.
Don’t accuse me of wearing rose colored glasses, because I’m not. The fact remains, it’s not over until it is over.
What would have to happen for NC State to make the NCAA Tournament?
More than likely, NC State would have to win out the rest of the way, in games against Boston College, @ FSU, @ UNC, Duke and @ Pitt.
Maybe there’s a scenario where the Wolfpack beats BC, FSU, Pitt and beats either Duke or UNC. In order for that to play out, I imagine the Wolfpack would have to make a splash in the ACC Tournament as well.
Or maybe NC State could earn a bid winning 4 of 5 if they all of a sudden put together astronomical offensive and defensive efficiency numbers, which thus far has killed their position in the NET Rankings.
Either way, you would need some legit Cardiac Pack vibes for this team to make the Dance.
Call me unrealistic, but I think NC State should be in the NCAA Tournament every single season. Historically speaking, heading into this season, NC State ranked 27th for the most wins in college basketball history. If I lowered the standard a bit to 75%, accounting for an off year every now and then, the program is still way off the mark.
Read into this what you will, but if the Wolfpack doesn’t go to the Big Dance this year, that means they will have only gone twice in the past 7 years, and in my opinion, that’s unacceptable.
With that being said…GO PACK!
#6 NC State 70 UNC 80: BOX SCORE (with notes)
#6 NC State was defeated by their rival UNC this evening, falling 70-80 to the Tar Heels. Below is the Box Score with notes underneath.
- This game came down to shooting.
- UNC shot 50.8% from the field and NC State shot 35.2%.
- The Tar Heels shot an insane 52.4% from three, hitting 11 from beyond the arc.
- The Wolfpack shot 9 of 27 from deep.
- Junior Guard Aziaha James led the Pack with 24 points (10-24), and also grabbed 9 rebounds.
- Senior Forward Mimi Collins had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.
- The Pack needed to feed Collins. She was 3 of 6 from the field.
- Junior Guard Saniya Rivers had 13 points (4-13), and knocked down 4 three pointers (3-6).
- Senior Guard Madison Hayes had 11 points (4-12) and 9 boards.
- Senior Center River Baldwin struggled, hitting 2 of her 9 shots.
- The Wolfpack did manage to score 17 second chance points, compared to UNC’s 7.
- They also made 11 free throws, compared to UNC’s 5.
- UNC played extremely good defense, but NC State missed an obscene amount of shots around the rim.
- The Tar Heels looked like the better team tonight, leading for 3/4th of the game.
The Wolfpack will play at Duke on Sunday at 5:30pm on ACC Network.
#6 NC State Looks to Sweep Rival UNC This Evening
The 6th ranked NC State Women’s Basketball team is looking to sweep their rival UNC this evening at 8pm on ACC Network. Back on February 1st, the Wolfpack beat the Tar Heels 63-59. At the time NC State was ranked 5th, and UNC was ranked 24th.
Since arriving in Raleigh, Wolfpack Head Coach Wes Moore has led NC State to a 13-9 overall record against the Tar Heels, but they are 4-6 in Chapel Hill under his watch.
NC State lost to UNC the last time the game was played in enemy territory, falling 46-57 loss in Carmichael Arena on January 15th of last year. In that contest, the Wolfpack were ranked 11th and the Tar Heels were ranked 22nd.
If NC State wins tonight, it will mark the 4th time that Moore has led the Wolfpack to sweep UNC in the regular season.
Historically, NC State holds a 63-54 advantage in the series against UNC, but they are 20-30 on the road.
NC State’s Wes Moore is 1 of 15 on the Late Season Watchlist for the Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year Award
NC State Women’s Basketball Head Coach Wes Moore is 1 of 15 on the Naismith Late Season Watchlist for the Coach of the Year Award.
The leader of our Pack 🐺🐺
— NC State WBB 🐺🏀 (@PackWomensBball) February 21, 2024
Currently, Moore has led NC State from being unranked in the preseason polls, to #6 currently. The Wolfpack are 23-3, and numerous publications project them to be a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Moore was a finalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year Award in 2020-21 and a Semifinalist in 2015-16.