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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
8 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
8 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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Louisville Transfer Guard Mike James Commits to NC State!

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Louisville Transfer Guard Mike James (6’5″/200) has announced his commitment to NC State!

 

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This past year, James averaged 12.6 points per game (3rd on the team) and 5 rebounds. He’s extremely physical and aggressive, taking 47% of his field goal attempts at the rim (making 46%). As a result, he draws a lot of fouls, ranking 10th in the ACC in Fouls Drawn, and 4th in Free Throw Rate. James made opponents pay this year when they put him on the line, making 81.8% from the charity stripe, which ranked 15th in the ACC.

James shot the ball better as a Redshirt Freshman, than he did this past season. His Effective Field Goal Percentage in 2022-23 was 55.8%, which ranked 19th in the ACC, and his True Shooting Percentage of 59.6% ranked 14th.

News broke about James entering the Transfer Portal back on March 25th, and NC State was quick to reach out. Kevin Keatts and his staff recruited the former 4-star prospect out of high school heavily, but he ultimately chose the Cardinals.

After redshirting his first year in Louisville due to torn achilles, James has been a starter for the Cardinals the past two years.

He does have the ability to knock down a three, making 34.8% for his career.

James has 2 years of eligibility remaining. With James’ commitment, NC State currently has 1 scholarship available for next season.

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Bowling Green Transfer Guard Marcus Hill is on a Visit to NC State

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Bowling Green Transfer Guard Marcus Hill (6’4″/185) confirmed with me that he is currently on a visit at NC State.

Hill averaged 20.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for the Falcons this season. He earned 1st Team All-MAC honors. Even though he was only at Bowling Green one season, he had one of the best seasons in school history, scoring 698 points, which ranks 5th all-time in program history for a single season.

For his first two years of collegiate ball, Hill played for Southern Union State College (JUCO) in Alabama. In 2022-23, Hill earned 3rd Team NJCAA All-American honors, and ranked as the #32 overall Junior College prospect.

247Sports ranks Hill as a 4-Star Transfer Prospect, and the #78 overall player in the Transfer Portal, and the #11 Shooting Guard.

According to a source, the NC State Coaching Staff is extremely high on Hill, and they are recruiting him as a Point Guard.

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What did an ACC Title & Final Four Mean to NC State Legend Dennis Smith Jr.?

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What did an ACC Title & Final Four mean to NC State Legend Dennis Smith Jr.? The man who won the ACC Rookie of the Year Award in 2017 gave me a statement.

It means a lot. It means a lot to the university, the state of North Carolina and a lot more to my dad, grandma, and myself. They have been NC State fans since forever, so their excitement level was though the roof when they saw BOTH of our basketball teams shining like that. It was a great feeling!

2017 was Smith Jr.’s only year of College ball, averaging 18.1 points, 6.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals. He earned 2nd Team All-ACC honors, and obviously, he earned a spot on the ACC All-Freshman Team.

DSJ was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the 9th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Smith Jr. just wrapped up his 7th season in the NBA. This was his 1st season with Brooklyn, playing in 56 games for the Nets. He averaged 6.6 points, 3.6 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game, averaging 18.9 minutes per contest.

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NC State’s DJ Horne Named to Portsmouth Invitational All-Tournament Team

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NC State’s DJ Horne played in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this weekend, and he was named to the All-Tournament Team.

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In 3 games, Horne averaged 14.3 points, shooting 41.5% from the field, and 30% from three.

Horne’s Portsmouth Partnership team made it to the finals, but lost to Jani-King 68-75.

The Portsmouth Invitational is an annual pre-draft camp that has been showcasing College Seniors to professional scouts since 1953.

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