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NC State switched it up by starting Cody Martin in place of his brother Caleb, whose struggles have been well documented. Cody’s solidity in comparison gives Gottfried more flexibility. In the first half alone Cody helped the Pack stay with the Heels as they found themselves knotted up 29-29 at half. By starting the game with Cody, Coach Gottfried sent a message to his team that he is favoring effort and aggression.

This message was heard by everyone. State played with a little more edge and hustle than a normal game, but accumulated more fouls than normal. Early in the second half State was running low on options in the paint as both Abu and Anya had 3 fouls before the first media timeout in the second half. On the day UNC had more depth than State, playing 10 different guys, compared to the Wolfpack’s 7.

By and large NC State played a great game defensively as they forced UNC into tough shots and held them to a low percentage. For the game the Tarheels only shot 37%. However State could not overcome 18 turnovers, which resulted in extra possessions for the Heels. Not only did the turnovers give UNC extra chances, but so did giving up 21 offensive rebounds.

State hung around but could not get over the hump. One reason was a subpar showing from Barber who had been magnificent thus far. Cat looked timid and had many more turnovers than usual (5). This anomaly continued as he didn’t even look for his shot and was consistently a step slow. If State was going to win at the Dean Dome they had to get an All-American performance out of the leading scorer in the ACC.

Glancing at the final stat sheet I would of liked NC State’s chances as they held Marcus Paige to 3 points, Bryce Johnson to 6 points, and Justin Jackson to 6 points. The reason State lost is because they could not score and they allowed Meeks to score 23 points (18 in the second half) and Joel Berry pitched in 14 on the day. State had a chance but it just wasn’t in the cards.

We will have more to come later…

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wolfpack74
wolfpack74
8 years ago

wormncsu Too much turn over each year.  Gott’s got to go.

wormncsu
wormncsu
8 years ago

We have a football team who can barely win a few conference games and now a basketball team who can’t win a conference game. I guess the only bright spot are the women’s basketball team is playing well. I am 39 years old and get tired of a couple decent years then returning to bottom dwellers.

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
8 years ago

0-5, when will it end? Mercy, mercy, no mas.  Play Kirk or expire, Gott.

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Bowling Green Transfer Guard Marcus Hill (6’4″/185) confirmed with me that he is currently on a visit at NC State.

Hill averaged 20.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for the Falcons this season. He earned 1st Team All-MAC honors. Even though he was only at Bowling Green one season, he had one of the best seasons in school history, scoring 698 points, which ranks 5th all-time in program history for a single season.

For his first two years of collegiate ball, Hill played for Southern Union State College (JUCO) in Alabama. In 2022-23, Hill earned 3rd Team NJCAA All-American honors, and ranked as the #32 overall Junior College prospect.

247Sports ranks Hill as a 4-Star Transfer Prospect, and the #78 overall player in the Transfer Portal, and the #11 Shooting Guard.

According to a source, the NC State Coaching Staff is extremely high on Hill, and they are recruiting him as a Point Guard.

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What did an ACC Title & Final Four Mean to NC State Legend Dennis Smith Jr.?

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What did an ACC Title & Final Four mean to NC State Legend Dennis Smith Jr.? The man who won the ACC Rookie of the Year Award in 2017 gave me a statement.

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DSJ was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the 9th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

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In 3 games, Horne averaged 14.3 points, shooting 41.5% from the field, and 30% from three.

Horne’s Portsmouth Partnership team made it to the finals, but lost to Jani-King 68-75.

The Portsmouth Invitational is an annual pre-draft camp that has been showcasing College Seniors to professional scouts since 1953.

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Wherever Smith lands, this will be his 4th college. He started at Mississippi St., starting in 8 of the 33 games he played in, averaging 22.5 minutes per game. Smith went on to spend his next two seasons at Georgia Tech. Year 1 in Atlanta, Smith started in 5 of the 24 games he played in, averaging 19.7 minutes per game. In Year 2, he carved out more of a role, starting in 13 of the 24 games he played in for the Yellow Jackets, averaging a career high 24.8 minutes per game.

At Utah this year, Smith broke out and had a career year in every possible way.

NC State is familiar with Smith, offering him back when he was a 4-Star prospect out of Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia. Rivals ranked Smith as the #53 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class. ESPN ranked him as the #5 player in the state of Georgia. 247Sports ranked him as the #11 Point Guard in his class.

 

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