NC State are looking to build off a big win over #22 LSU on Tuesday with a matchup with Winthrop tonight at 7pm (on ESPN3).
While this might not seem like a huge game, after early losses to William and Mary and Arizona State, the Wolfpack really need to get on a roll. Their win over the Ben Simmons led LSU Tigers was a start, but as ACC quickly approaches this team needs to settle into their rolls and start clicking on all cylinders.
Martins Coming into their own
With Trevor Lacey gone, NC State knew they needed a team that was versatile, No longer would they have a guy who could be counted on to go one on one and score with consistency. This is where the Martin’s would come in. The sophomore twins have the size, skill and athleticism to be huge assets for Mark Gottfried. The question is, can they consistently produce.
Over the past few games you’ve seen these two guys start to settle in their roles. Caleb is going to be a top scorer for this team. He’s improved his form and accuracy from beyond the arc. He continues to work on his ability to score off the bounce and focus on taking quality shots. Cody on the other hand has started to fill up the box score in multiple categories and is showing his ability to play at high levels at multiple positions.
They both played huge roles in State’s win over LSU and will need to build on that if State wants to start making a run before ACC play begins.
The Eagles are coming into this one 4-0. While they don’t have any big name wins, they are scoring the basketball at a pretty impressive clip. They actually scored 208 points combined in their first two games. Since then they have games of 80 and 79. They are led by two skilled guards in Keon Johnson and Jimmy Gavin.
Johnson is averaging 17.5 ppg and lit up USC Upstate for 32 points just this Tuesday. These guys can shoot and if NC State learned anything against William and Mary it’s that they don’t necessarily matchup well against smaller, quicker teams who can fill it up from beyond the arc.
You know that Winthop is a quality opponent if they made it onto Mark Gottfried’s schedule. They are picked to finish 3rd in the Big South and are not a team to be taken lightly by the Pack.
NC State Baseball Rankings Update After Another Undefeated Week
The NC State Baseball team is now 7-0 through two weeks of play, going 4-0 last week, defeating Coastal Carolina 16-4 on the road in a midweek game, and sweeping Belmont at home this past weekend (11-4, 7-0, 7-1).
The Wolfpack remain ranked 21st in the D1Baseball Top-25.
The Wolfpack moved up 11 spots to #19 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll, up 2 spots to #20 in the Coaches Poll, and up 1 spot to #24 in the Baseball America poll.
NC State will host Longwood today at 3pm in their next matchup.
NC State Sticks at #21 After Opening Weekend Sweep
NC State’s Men’s Baseball team stayed put at #21 in the D1Baseball Top-25 after an opening weekend sweep of Wagner.
NC State also stayed put at #25 in the Baseball America’s new poll, and stayed put at #30 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll.
The Wolfpack will play Coastal Carolina on the road this Wednesday at
NC State Picked 3rd in the Atlantic in the 2023 ACC Baseball Preseason Poll
The 2023 ACC Preseason Poll was released yesterday, and NC State is projected to finish 3rd in the Atlantic.
NC State finished 5th in the Atlantic Division in 2022, with a 14-15 record in Conference play.
The Doak is getting its renovation…and NC State fans aren’t exactly loving it
I was just about to write a piece about the Doak renovation going down.
— NC State Athletics (@PackAthletics) January 25, 2023
But while I was over on Twitter, I saw a ton of comments on it, all of them NC State fans, and almost all of them critical of the new look.
Look, I don’t know what’s going on here. Maybe it’ll look a lot better once it’s done, or maybe the grass will match up a lot better when it greens up. But right now, it’s a little jarring. Here is how it used to look…
And here is how it’s looking right now…
— Allen (@BigalnRaleigh) January 19, 2023
Again, I’m going to wait until it’s really done before I cast judgement, but I think the official tweet from the school marketing it and drawing attention to it, has people thinking it’s in it’s final form. And maybe it is. But I hope it’s not.
I remember this being shared a while back…
This shows grass in foul territory and dirt in the 1st/3rd baselines. So I’m not sure when this turf thing came along. And while we’re on the subject, aren’t we a turf management school? Shouldn’t we be turning up our noses at artificial turf?
Apparently, this is a thing now, where foul territories are artificial turf and fair territory is grass. Here is Mississippi State’s baseball field doing the same thing.
— Mississippi State Baseball (@HailStateBB) February 15, 2019
Can’t say I like it there either, honestly. It just seems like one of those fads. Remember when everyone was going crazy with field/court colors?
School with a grey field and school with a glow in the dark basketball court meet on blue turf. Winning coach gets dumped with French fries. College athletics at its absolute best. https://t.co/crEKoeLKbX pic.twitter.com/Bpeod50Sy4
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 4, 2022
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) November 10, 2021
The worst basketball court in the history of the sport. Thanks a lot, Oregon. pic.twitter.com/842T5CYmIc
— Craig Miller (@junior_miller) January 30, 2022
Did anyone ever really like those? Do people like them now? Have they ever gotten a recruit to come to the school? Have they ever scared a recruit away?
I don’t know. You tell me. I’ll hold final judgment, but things NC State fans don’t seem like they’re going to follow along.