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Cat Barber scored 21 points and Caleb Martin added 14, but it wasn’t enough as Virginia Tech took a 73-68 OT win away from the Pack .

State started off strong, playing patient inside-out basketball and getting out to a commanding 16 point first half lead. But as the game wore on and the Seth Allen and Jalen Hudson got hot, the Wolfpack reverted to this teams #1 weakness…poor shot selection. As the Pack settled for contested 3s and long 2s, the Hokies were attacking the basket and putting pressure on the Pack.

Caleb Martin and Mav Rowen combined to go 3-17 from beyond the arc in a game where NC State led for most of the game. State also outrebounded the Hokies 50-41, but could not overcome the onslaught of Allen and Hudson down the stretch.

As far as positives go, Cat played well. He really has come on as a go-to scorer and play maker for this team. He once again got over the 20 point mark even added 7 boards. The bigs rebounded the ball well and Anya was a block machine (5 total). Although Gottfried pointed out rebounding as a area that needed improvement after this game, I am not fully in agreement. Abu and Anya did great work on the boards and State actually won the rebounding battle 50-41. Yes, at the end of the game there were a few key missed rebounds that led to the loss, but overall I thought the bigs worked  hard on the glass. Lastly, Cody Martin filled his niche with 7 points (3-4 FG) and 4 boards in limited time. I think it’s time to see more Cody. He’s not ever going to be a big time scorer, but he really is the type of do-it all player who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. He shares the basketball, has a great nose for it and constantly finds himself in the right place at the right time. I know this team is dying for scorers, but they are also in need of a guy who practices patience and runs the offense with ease and efficiency.

Gottfried harped post game on a few calls he wished could have gone their way and the fact that his shooters couldn’t hit shots tonight, but when he goes back to watch the tape I think what might stand out is the decision making by his players when they got rattled. This is a young team, no one questions that, but they need to keep improving in this area. Tonight was an early step in the right direction, but then two steps in the wrong direction when the Hokies surged back in the 2nd half.

We’ve taking a bit of heat recently for being too critical of a team that came in 10-3. We’ve been doing this for a while now and we think that the fans of this site don’t just want to know if we won or if we lost (they watched the game), but they want to know why. How can this team let a 16 point lead slip away? Why did we look so good early on and what happened in the 2nd half?

Tonight you saw the points we have been trying to make all season long. This team is very talented and they have been out-athleting teams early this season, but now we’ve reached prime-time. Now every team is on the same level athletically, so intricacies of the game come into play. The small things start paying off, and being able to run faster and jump higher no longer gain you the advantage they did against teams like High Point or UNCG.

Tonight NC State came out and played Mark Gottfried basketball early on. They were patient, they were sharing the ball, dumping it down and causing VT to make decisions. Do they double down or allow Anya and Abu to go one on one on the block? Buzz Williams chose to have his guys double down. This opened up some great interior passing and a few high lows. It also opened up some great kick outs for uncontested 3s. They had the high pick and roll working and they were, allowing the ball to get into the high post. These are areas that the ball needs to go to make the defense react, and it was working to the Pack’s advantage in the first half.

In the second half it was a different story. As VT started making their run, the Pack started to panic. No longer where they working the ball inside-out. They retreated into the thing that has plagued them since day one. They started settling for forced shots. They stopped running through the offense and really let the Hokies off the hook. Too much dribbling, too much one and one at the top of the key. All of the sudden there were shot clock violations, guys taking 3s with 2 hands in their face, not even squared up. You’d have thought it was NC State team that was fighting back from a 16 point early deficit. At the end of the day, this is what really cost them.

Now, don’t lose hope. Does this mean that this team won’t figure out this issue and play like the team you saw in the first half? No way. This team is slowly improving. They are young, they are still finding their roles and learning what they can and can’t do at this level. The point we are trying to make is that we are now 14 games in. We are almost halfway through the season. This team has the talent to be a contender, they just need to focus on patience, execution and togetherness and they need to work on that until it becomes their default. When the going get’s tough this team needs to rely on each other. Cat is a great scorer, but they need more than just him if they want to make a run this season. They need to figure this out quick.#18 Louisville rolls into town in 5 days.

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JohnAllen3
JohnAllen3
6 years ago

I generally agree with you, but am pretty discouraged about the VT loss. Outside of Cat, our next best offensive options are two sophomores (Caleb & Abu) and a freshman (Mav). So, besides Cat, our offense is pretty young and will get better. Reviewing the VT game: Cat – Good game – too few assists, too many turnovers – but 21 pts and 7 boards is a good game Caleb – Pretty good game, but if he is going to play the 2, he should get some assists – 14 pts, 4 boards – good stuff BeeJay – Good game,… Read more »

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
6 years ago

Where is all this talent that you write about?  I don’t see it on the court as a team.  I see people confused, in the wrong position, shooting shots at the wrong time, and loosing games against inferior teams.  To me that spells below average talent.  Just because you can jump out of the gym, and are faster than lightning, stronger than the average bull, doesn’t mean you can play basketball.  This team has too many role players and not enough complete players playing as a team.

wormncsu
wormncsu
6 years ago

I hate to say this because I think he has done a lot for this program. But really with this product that we have on the floor I believe Gottfried should be worried. Let’s look he missed a whole draft class this year he was lucky to get Kirk and Rowan. Next year he only has one guy who is coming off a blown out knee. He missed the guy that everyone said was a lock to be at state. If cat leaves which I am sure he will you will be in same boat next year a team with… Read more »

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
6 years ago

PackJunky No $hit.  I told you guys last year that this team would suck.  Well you guys must see what I see now.  Anya, Freeman, and Abu should do nothing but practice free throw shooting.  The offense scheme also suck and does not fit these guys.  Please change something before we meet some good teams.

PackJunky
PackJunky
6 years ago

It’s offiicial… we suck.

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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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