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NC State scored a season high as they defeated Bucknell 99-86 and improved to 5-3 on the season.

For the first time this season, NC State’s offense looked polished. There were less quick shots, there was more ball movement, and they attacked the basket. I don’t think it’s a coincidence then why they shot 54% and had 3 guys over 20 points on the night. The poise and focus on offense just seemed different yesterday afternoon. Instead of rushing down court and taking a long contested 2, they were working it around, dumping it down, re-locating and finding some really good looks against Bucknell’s matchup zone.

Big numbers from the guards:
The Wolfpack guards really lit it up in this one. Freshman Maverick Rowan showed why Gottfried has had so much confidence in giving him the green light early in the season. He dropped a career high 27 points on 9-14 shooting (4-7 from 3). Rowan was on fire for most of the game, but did not force the issue. Almost all of Rowan’s 14 shots came within the flow of the offense. If the type of play (TYPE of play, not number of points) is what Pack fans can expect from Maverick, then NC State has themselves a real valuable asset for the next few years.

Cat Barber continues to re-evolve back into the last season Cat of last year. He’s playing more aggressive, initiating more contact and running the team like true PG. He finished with 24 points on 8-17 shooting and 8-10 from the line. It was also great to see Cat play with a lot more fire and emotion in this one. He in attack mode and was really going at Bucknell all night long. The type of pressure he puts on teams when he plays with this aggressiveness is massive. There is no rest for the opposing point guard and if Cat is hitting his jumper, as he was yesterday, then he becomes nearly unstoppable.

Caleb Martin is filling probably the most important role that Gottfried wanted to fill coming into this season; versatile and consistent scorer. Martin is getting better game by game as he’s settling into the role of go-to scorer. Early in the season he was forcing shots and taking 3s out of the flow of the offense, but to his credit, he’s gotten better and better each game. Against Bucknell, Martin let the game come to him. He picked his spots and was very effective when he had the ball in his hands. He finished 7-12 (5-9 from 3 pt range) for 21 points.

 

Bigs were efficient and solid
Abu had a bit of a bounce back game against the Bison. After two games of playing less than 15 minutes, he registered 24, scored 11 and grabbed 9 boards. He really set the tone early by attacking and trying to get to the rim. While Gottfried and company would like to see Abu be an even bigger part of the offense, with the guards hitting on all cylinders and Bucknell throwing a matchup zone at them, there was less of a need for the bigs to be scoring.

Freeman was actually the most impressive big man on this day. His 10 points and 13 boards were all well earned and great to see. Freeman, while always a physical defender and tough rebounder who also runs the offense well, sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. He doesn’t usually fill up the stat sheet, but he certainly is a huge part of this ball club. I think there is definitely untapped potential offensively with Freeman if he can continue to learn how use his body to keep defenders from blocking his shots, he could be doing this night in and night out. We’d love to see Lennard study up on some Richard Howell film to see how big rich used his wide frame to shield defenders and allow him to score on the blocks.

Anya played 21 minutes in this one but failed to register a point, or a shot attempt and only grabbed 2 boards. The refs were a little hard on him though. Anytime he tried to do anything, he was hit with a personal. Beejay fouled out once again.

 

Defense still an issue

While we’d love to say that NC State has improved in all aspects, we still are seeing some problems defensively, and we’re not alone. “We have to improve defensively in a great way,” Gottfried said. “We’re not going to be able to outscore everybody. It was nice today . 99 was nice, but we didn’t do it the other day against Michigan.”

It’s not talent. NC State has a lot of that. It’s not size. The Wolfpack is big and long. It’s really just focus and awareness. Teams eat up State off screens. Bigs are at times slow to hedge out and other times hedge and extend too far. They just need a defensive discipline that they don’t yet have. This should be the team’s goal going forward. Allowing 86 to Bucknell really shouldn’t happen. Sure they are a bit of a matchup problem for the Pack (since they all can shoot), but you have to be able to slow them down and find ways to make scoring hard for them. The Bison did shoot 51% and 48% from 3, so those are numbers Gottfried’s group should be a little worried about.

Other than defense, this was a huge step forward for the Pack. The younger guys gained confidence and the leaders showed up and led. Next up is South Florida at their place on Dec 12th at 4PM.

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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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