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Abdul-Malik Abu finally had his breakout game, but it wasn’t enough as the Pack fell to 0-4 in the ACC with their 85-78 loss to the Seminoles.

Where is the defense?
“78 points should have been enough to win this game.” said Gottfried after the game. He’s right. As we stated earlier this season, this Wolfpack team will need to become a lock down defensive team if they want to compete in this league. Right now they are anything but. FSU shot 50% from the field and the Wolfpack defense looked out of sync and undisciplined. Too often they jumped at pump fakes, were late to rotate on help side and simply failed to box out. These are the little things that are losing this team basketball games and things that quickly need to be fixed going into a game against #5 UNC.

Abu breaks out
There he is!! This is the Abu this team has desperately needed. He came out against a much taller front court and put up a monster of a game. He beasted his way to 21 points, 13 boards and 6 assists. With the offensive struggles this team goes through in stretches, Abu needs to become a major focal point of this offense. If he plays with this type of aggression and physicality, NC State might have found the balance from the front court that they’ve been missing. If you remember late last season, NC State’s surge was in direct correlation to Abu’s breakout. Maybe this performance will be the springboard for a monster 2nd half of the season.

Caleb Martin struggling
NC State needs to make adjustments. Caleb Martin is a talented player, there is no doubt about it. He is going to be a big part of this basketball team’s future, but at 0-4 in the ACC you’d have to think that there is going to be some sort of reevaluation.

The quagmire here is that Gottfried knows his team needs scoring. Early in the season it was Caleb who backed up Cat in that category. Right now, however, State is giving away too many possessions by settling for 3s from guys who simply aren’t really shooting it that well right now. Instead of attacking the rim, getting to the line or dumping it down to the post and making the defense adjust, they are simply settling for 3’s that they just aren’t hitting.

Over the last 9 games Caleb Martin is shooting 22-80 from the field. That is 27.5%. He’s hit 13-60 from beyond the arc, for 22%. He’s grabbed 45 rebounds in that span and has 12 assists in 292 minutes of play.

State needs to maximize their possessions and really work on their offensive efficiency. You know Caleb wants to get his shot going, but volume shooting and hitting under 30% of your shots isn’t going to turn this season around.

Where to turn? 
There are a lot of options here. You can keep playing how you are playing and hope things simply shake out (however, you are starting to run out of time), or you can make a few minor adjustments. Going forward, you’ll likely see Abu playing a bigger role. After Barber, no one should touch the ball more than Abu. He’s going to need to be a major force if State is going to make any sort of run.

Rewarding the fundamentals is hopefully what you see next. Putting up big points is sexy, but boxing out, getting in the passing lanes on defense, taking smart shots and being patient on offense are what is going to make this team a contender. Those who can do this should see an uptick in minutes, while those who don’t should find extra bench time. This means Freeman and Cody Martin should and could find themselves in starting roles and seeing increased minutes. They aren’t going to put up points, but they are the two that are up for taking care of the dirty work that others fail to do. With the emergence of Abu over the past weeks and his huge game last night, you have to believe you’ll see him and Cat be the focal points with State looking for ways to rotate Mav and Caleb together in and out at the 2 until they can start knocking down shots more consistently.

Hopefully they find something that helps them turn the corner, because #5 UNC is up next on Saturday.


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8 years ago

The problem is that the big guys can’t create or shoot.  If they get fouled, they can’t shoot free throws.  Should have thought about this problem last year and the year before and next year.  Hire someone that can get some quality big guys at State.  This year is over.  Time to regroup and make some changes.  Might even consider joining the High Point conference.

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Matt Chazanow Joins NC State as New Voice of the Wolfpack



RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan and Learfield’s Wolfpack Sports Properties, have announced that Matt Chazanow has been named the Wolfpack’s Director of Broadcasting and will serve as the play by play announcer for football and men’s basketball. The veteran broadcaster was chosen for the coveted role following a national search that included more than 150 applicants.

“I’m so excited to welcome Matt Chazanow as our new ‘Voice of the Wolfpack,’” said Corrigan. “Chaz understands that this role isn’t only about calling games, but about bringing special moments and memories to Wolfpack fans of all ages. While he is a very talented radio announcer, he will also be a great representative of our university, our brand, and our culture.

“I also want to thank Gary Hahn for his period of service to NC State. There are generations of NC State fans that have memories of Gary calling their favorite Wolfpack plays, and he will always be a part of Wolfpack Nation.”

Chazanow becomes just the fifth play by play announcer since the Wolfpack Sports Network was formed in 1961. He replaces Gary Hahn, who was behind the microphone for 34 years, and will also enjoy a variety of additional roles for NC State and Learfield in Raleigh.

Hailing from Westfield, N.J., Chazanow joins the Wolfpack after serving as the Director of Broadcast Operations for Learfield at Washington State since 2015.  During his tenure in Pullman, he served as the play-by-play broadcaster for Cougar football, basketball and baseball, hosted and designed weekly hour-long coaches shows, and created and hosted videos and podcasts. He also coordinated efforts with sales staff and helped with donor relations.

“I am so thrilled for this incredible opportunity,” said Chazanow.  “The passion and power of the Pack is renowned in college athletics and to be entrusted to take the baton from Gary Hahn and tell the stories of NC State is truly humbling. I can’t wait to get started.”

Chazanow has also served as a national play by play voice for Westwood One Radio (since 2022) and Learfield (since 2008), covering football, men’s basketball, baseball and the NCAA Regional semifinals and finals for women’s basketball. Much of his national work has been covering ACC and SEC games.

No stranger to the state of North Carolina, Chazanow’s years of experience include seven years as Learfield’s Senior Network Manager based out of Winston-Salem. In that role, he managed the network broadcasts for eight schools (Arizona, Cal, Gonzaga, Oregon, Texas, UCLA, Washington and Washington State).

“An established voice in the broadcasting world, Chaz will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Wolfpack Sports Network,” said Kyle Winchester, General Manager of Wolfpack Sports Properties. “We’re delighted for him to join our world-class team and lead our coverage of the Wolfpack starting this season.”

A 2006 graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse, Chazanow began his career as the play by play announcer for High Point women’s basketball, ironically calling his first game in Reynolds Coliseum as HPU faced Kay Yow’s Wolfpack. He also worked briefly for UNC Greensboro before being hired by ISP (now Learfield).

Chazanow is married to the former Ashley Randleman, a native of Jonesville, N.C., and they have a three-year-old son, Nathan. Ashley won two state volleyball titles in Reynolds Coliseum while playing for Starmount High School in 2003 and 2004.

About Learfield 

Learfield is a diversified and influential media and technology company powering college athletics. Through its digital and physical platforms, Learfield owns and leverages a deep data set and relationships in the industry to drive revenue, growth, brand awareness, and fan engagement for brands, sports, and entertainment properties. With ties to over 1,200 collegiate institutions and over 12,000 local and national brand partners, Learfield’s presence in college sports and live events delivers influence and maximizes reach to target audiences. With solutions for a 365-day, 24/7 fan experience, Learfield enables schools and brands to connect with fans through licensed merchandise, game ticketing, donor identification for athletic programs, exclusive custom content, innovative marketing initiatives, NIL solutions, and advanced digital platforms. Since 2008, it has served as title sponsor for the acclaimed Learfield Directors’ Cup, supporting athletic departments across all divisions.

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NC State Women’s Basketball will Host Ole Miss in the ACC/SEC Challenge in 2024



The NC State Women’s Basketball team will host Ole Miss in the 2024 ACC/SEC Challenge in 2024 on Thursday, December 5th.

The Rebels are ranked 23rd in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early 2024 Preseason Top-25 rankings.

NC State is 3-1 all-time against Ole Miss, in a series that dates back to 1979. The last time the two teams played was in 2008, when the Wolfpack defeated the Rebels 46-42 in Reynolds Coliseum.

Last season the Wolfpack defeated Vanderbilt 70-62 in the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge.

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NC State Will Host Texas in the 2024 Men’s Basketball ACC/SEC Challenge



NC State’s Men’s Basketball team will host Texas in the 2024 ACC/SEC Challenge.

This will mark the 5th time that the Wolfpack and the Longhorns play one another. The series is split down the middle currently, with each team winning 2 games each.

The Longhorns could be right on the edge of being a Preseason Top-25 heading into next year.

NC State’s 2024-25 Non-Conference Strength of Schedule is shaking out to be pretty impressive. The Wolfpack will be playing in the Rady Children’s Invitational Tournament, which will feature Purdue, BYU and Ole Miss. Purdue was the National Runner-Up last year, and will likely be a Preseason Top-15 team. Ole Miss is ranked in the Top-25 in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Preseason Top-25.

NC State will be also be playing at Kansas next season, and the Jayhawks are likely going to the Preseason #1 team.

Also, a game against Marquette might be in the works next year, which would be a rematch from their Sweet 16 matchup this past season. The Golden Eagles are likely a Preseason Top-15 team.

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NC State’s Career 3-Point Leader Scott Wood Named Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Broughton



Former NC State 3-Point Specialist Scott Wood (2009-13) has been named the Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Broughton High School in Raleigh.

Wood holds the school record for most games played (138), games started (136), career minutes (4,318) and career 3-point field goals (334).

After graduating NC State, Wood went on to play professional ball overseas for 6 seasons (2013-2020), playing in Spain (3 years), Turkey, France & Montenegro. He also played one year (2016-17) in the G-League with the Santa Cruz Warriors. In 2017, he won the 3-Point Competition at the G-League’s All-Star Weekend.

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