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NC State is getting ready for a big time matchup with #16 Louisville tonight at 7pm on ESPN2. A win for the Wolfpack means their second toppling of a ranked opponent. A loss would mean they fall to 0-2 in the ACC with some tough match-ups right around the corner.

Louisville is a very good team, but they are young. They have dropped the only two games they’ve played to ranked opponents but it wasn’t by much. They lost to #12 Kentucky by 2 and dropped a close one against #3 Michigan State by only 4.

Last season State split games with the Cardinals. In their first matchup, the Pack used a 21 point effort from Barber to beat them by 9. This was a game where Lacey struggled to find his shot, but Barber exploded. Cat decimated the Cardinals defense. Got into the teeth and really took control of the basketball game.

The second matchup was much different. It was a sweet 16 matchup, a week after the Pack had upended #1 seed Villanova. In this one Barber was not nearly as effective. He finished 3-14 shooting and the Pack fell by 10.

Players to Watch:

Cat Barber
Obviously, as we pointed out above, Barber is going to make or break this game. He needs to have a big night and really disrupt the Louisville defense. Cat’s ability to get in the lane and score or open up options for his teammates will be key. He’s averaging 23 ppg right now and seems to have really hit his stride. Now he just needs his teammates to pick up some slack. A big game from Cat could mean a big win for the Pack.

Damien Lee (6’6 G/F, Louisville)

Lee is a 6’6 wing who has been Pitino’s leading scorer this season. His ability to score inside or out makes him a really tough cover. Luckily State has Cody Martin who has been their best defender to this point. Cody stands at 6’6 as well, so while most teams might not have an answer for Lee, State might. Either way, Lee is going to force the issue and attempt to put up big numbers in Raleigh.

Mav Rowan / Caleb Martin
State really, really needs these two guys to get going. With Terry Henderson’s injury seeming like it will have him out longer than expected, these are the two guys Gott is relying on. Rowan and Martin are State’s two best shooters, but lately they haven’t been hitting consistently. Rowan has been a roller coaster. He had a 6-12 shooting night where he dropped 16 points and looked great, but that was sandwiched between a 1-10 night and a 1-8 night. For Caleb, it’s been similar. He did score 14 last time out, but it was on 4-17 shooting and 3-13 from beyond the arc. That is coming on the heels of 4 games where he’s gone 8-32 including 4-18 from beyond the arc. Gottfried needs to really reign these two in. They are both really good shooters who are taking way too many wild, off-balance shots. If they can pick and choose their spots and make sure they’re taking quality shots, then they are exactly what the Pack is going to need tonight.

Donovan Mitchell
He might only be averaging 8ppg, but he sure looked good against Wake Forest last week (18 points). He’s a freshman guard who is very elusive and super strong, allowing him to attack off the bounce with ease. Was that Wake game his coming out party or was it just a blip on the radar? Either way, State needs to make sure he doesn’t get hot.

 

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wormncsu
wormncsu
6 years ago

Well we shoot 36% and Louisville shoots 50% we are lucky to have stayed in the game. The fact is this team is not that good. Going to be s long year.

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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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