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Cat Barber had 22 points and 8 assists and Maverick Rowan added 14, but it wasn’t enough. NC State fell to Arizona State 79-76.

The Pack played hard, but again they settled for bad shots and allowed their defense to fail them as ASU’s Savon Goodman dumped 21 points and grabbed 16 boards in the victory.

To be fair, Goodman is a beast and was a severe matchup problem for the Pack. He was all over the court, scoring off the bounce and around the hoop. But, it wasn’t as if State didn’t have their chances. They tied the game up late in the second half using a full court press and some transition buckets, but overall they looked confused again on offense. Too much standing around, too many ill-advised jumpers and not enough trust in their bigs led to their demise.

The Wolfpack out-shot ASU (45-43%) and won the turnover battle (8-12), but they were killed on the glass. The Sun Devils hauled in 47 boards to the Pack’s 35. They also ruled the offensive glass 18-10, giving them easy buckets and fending off any momentum State built up.

For Gottfried’s group it was a massive let down. After surging late in the second half, they let a flurry by the Sun Devils recapture the lead and Cat Barber missed on a 3 that would have tied it. However, it’s not like all is lost for NC State. They did some good things, but they also reverted back to problems that have haunted them through the first few weeks of the season.

While this team has shooters (Caleb Martin and Rowan), they too often settle for quick 3s instead of being patient and giving touches to their bigs. Abu shot 50% from the floor and finished with 10 points, neither which is enough for him. Abu needs to be the be more of a focus for this group. His presence alone causes defenses to collapse on the entry pass. From there he is able to either score 1 on 1, or kick out for a better look at 3.

Barber played a decent game on paper, and really was one of the main reason State was in this game, but his 5-13 from the field brings back memories of Barber from early last season. Barber is a key piece to this team and he definitely needs to score, but picking and choosing his spots is the key. When he’s on, he should fire away, but when he can’t find his shot they can’t afford his quick shots from the free throw line. Offensive rhythm is an area that this team really needs to improve on, and that’s going to start with Cat.

Another area where they were worse than expected was their interior defense. As big as Anya and Abut are, State should be able to make it hard to finish at the rim. ASU had no trouble at all and was able to get the Pack bigs into foul trouble, while still finishing around the hoop.

State is back in action tonight at 5:30PM when they take on #22 LSU and NBA prospect Ben Simmons. The 6’10 freshman is a bigger, better version of Savon Goodman. He’s averaging 20 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists per game. State has a few hours to figure out how they’ll deal with this matchup problem.

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wolfpack74
wolfpack74
7 years ago

At least they played hard.  They were a couple of 50/50 balls that could have won the game.  Guess what we got those 50/50 balls against LSU and won.  This team kind da grows on you.  Keep playing hard and maybe the other things will work themselves out.

joflo71
joflo71
7 years ago

Why do we have so many guys that transfer out of NCCSTATE, it make no sense Example: UNC 2012 (4) 4 stars ; 2013 class (1) 5 star; (3) 4 stars; 2014 (2) 5 stars, (1) 4 stars.  NO TRANSFERS
NCSTATE 2012 (2) 5 stars (1) 4 star, 2013 (3) 4 stars (2) 3 stars ; 2014 (3) 4 stars. THREE TRANSFERS

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Men’s Basketball: NC State Ranked 55th in First NET Rankings of 2022-23

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The first NET Rankings of the 2022-23 Men’s College Basketball season are out, and NC State is ranked 55th after their first 9 games (7-2).

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This marks the 5th season in which the NET Rankings have been used to as the NCAA’s primary tool for evaluating teams, especially when it comes to NCAA Tournament selection time.

The NET includes more components than just winning percentage. It takes into account game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses.

The number of Quadrant 1 wins and Quadrant 3/4 losses will be incredibly important when it comes time for NCAA tournament selection and seeding. (how many years was isaiah written before jesus)

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NC State to Wear Throwback Jerseys Tomorrow Night in Heritage Game to Honor 1983 Championship Team

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The NC State Men’s Basketball team will wear vintage throwback jerseys tomorrow night when they take on Coppin State in the 2022 Heritage Game, paying homage to the 1983 National Championship team.

I know it’s just my opinion, but I wish they would simply play in these jerseys all year!

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Kevin Keatts Postgame Press Conference After Pitt: BULLETED

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NC State Head Coach Kevin Keatts met with the media in his postgame press conference after the Wolfpack lost their ACC opener to Pitt at home 60-68. You can watch it here, or check out a BULLETED breakdown below.

  • We didn’t play well or sharp offensively.
    • You can look at the numbers, and I think, at times because the ball wasn’t going in the hole for us, it affected us on the defensive end.
    • It was one of those gritty games where you’ve got to figure out how to win the game, especially when the ball isn’t going in.
    • Terquavion Smith carried us early in the game, but a couple of our guys never really got into a flow, and offensively we struggled.
    • When we struggled, I thought we gave up some easy baskets on the other end.
    • Obviously, today’s kids, when the ball is not going in offensively, sometimes it affects you on the defensive end.
    • It wasn’t our night offensively tonight.
  • When you look at our team, what’s made us special this year is that we’ve been consistent and have 4 guys in double figures, and tonight we didn’t have that.
  • We had some good play from DJ Burns. He came in and did a good job.
  • We’ve gotta get back in the gym and get better. We’ll work on some things.
  • I have to stand up, take accountability, and get us better on the offensive end, and we’ll figure out how to make some shots.
  • Not to take away from Pitt’s defense, I thought we missed shots.
    • Surely, give them credit because they won the game, and I thought it was a slugfest, and they won the game that way, but I just thought we missed a lot of easy shots that we normally would make.
  • I remember looking out there at the game as we played, and some of the shots that he [Joiner] normally would make, even his drives to the rim, he didn’t finish.
  • They [Pitt] did a good job getting back in transition. A lot of Casey’s [Morsell] shots have come with him running the floor and getting out in transition.
    • They stayed at home. When you’re shooting the ball as well as he is, they did a good job of staying at home.
    • The reason we got so many open looks to our post guys as we rolled, was because they stayed with our shooters a lot.
  • No [they didn’t take too many three’s], that’s who we are.
    • For example, I thought Jack Clark got some great looks.
      • None of them looked good as they came off.
    • Certainly, Terquavion was hot early from 3 and made some shots.
    • It was a weird night for us offensively, and we weren’t clicking as much as I’d hoped we would be.
    • Like I said, we’ve got to get back in the gym, and we’ve got to get some shots up.
  • We’ve got no choice. We’ve got to move on.
    • The great thing about this is that, while unfortunately we lost our ACC opener, we’ve got 19 more of them to play.
    • We’ve got to figure out how to get it back on the other end.
    • It doesn’t define us. It was a good game. Give Pitt credit.
    • We’ve just got to go to work and get ready for our next game and then our next one after that.
  • We hope we play better than we have been playing offensively.
    • You feel bad for our guys, because everything had gone well for them offensively this season.
    • We’ve had great numbers against great teams, when you talk about playing against Kansas, Butler, and Dayton, and tonight, for whatever reason, we didn’t shoot the ball well. We have to make each shot.
  • If you look back on all of Jarkel’s shots, he has taken those all year long.
    • He just missed some, and he is normally pretty good with his pull-up.
      • He didn’t make those, and typically, he would make it to the free-throw line, but he didn’t have many opportunities there.
      • He missed his three-point shots.
    • I know him, and many guys will get to the gym later on. It’s not a mandatory thing, but I know those guys, and they will be working on their shot.
  • We’ve got to flush it.
    • We have to figure out what we did offensively and get better defensively.
    • We have to get back to work and get ready for Coppin State.
  • Our home opener [ACC] here, we wanted to win it.
    • It’s an ACC game, and you know how important these are, but at the end of the day, you can’t put your head down.
    • We’ve got a lot more basketball to play. We have had a really great start to our season, and as I have told the guys in the locker room, don’t let one loss define us.
    • We didn’t let the Kansas loss define us. We moved on, and we’ve got to do the same thing with this one.
  • We’re very encouraging.
    • One thing about guys that miss shots that normally make them, they’re not trying to miss, and so we are trying to give them as much confidence as we can.
    • We’re asking them to do other things to affect the game.
    • One thing I told Jack [Clark], because he has been our best rebounder, was ‘go in there and get you an easy basket, or go in there and get you an offensive rebound.’
    • It’s something to get you going. It’s amazing how it works.
      • You get an easy basket, and then get to the free-throw line to make a shot. All of a sudden, you’ve got your shots going on.
    • I’m telling those guys to do a couple of other things to impact the game.

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Men’s Basketball: Pitt 68 NC State 60: ACCDN HIGHLIGHT REEL & CONDENSED GAME

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NC State lost their ACC opener to Pitt tonight in PNC Arena 60-68. You can check out the Box Score here. Below are the ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel and Condensed Game.

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