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NC State went on the road to take on #20 Pitt and made a massive statement, crushing the Panthers 78-61.

The Pack came into this game 0-5 in the ACC and on the verge of total collapse. But an encouraging outing against #5 UNC led them coming out with total confidence against the Panthers and leaving with a very convincing victory.

A major difference has been the uptick in minutes for sophomore Cody Martin. The do it all wingman has been a revelation for Gottfried and company. Not only has he been the team’s lock down defender, but he’s given the them a guy who can create a little bit off the dribble, someone who is a pass first type player and a guy who is patient in the offense.

While Martin has really changed the way this team plays, he’s not the real reason for this victory. Cat Barber, who is honestly turning into one of the best scoring guards in the country, turned in another massive performance. The junior PG played magnificent. He finished with 31 points, 7 boards and 8 assists. Although he did turn the ball over 8 times, his scoring and ball handling really made a massive difference.

Inside it, once again, was the Abu show. The kid is becoming a man. As we stated from the beginning of the season: If NC state is going to become a great team, they are going to need Malik Abu to be a go-to scorer on the blocks. He has become just that. Nothing his 8th double-double in the past 10 games, the sophomore big went 7-13 shooting for 16 points and grabbed 10 boards.

Two other guys that had big games were Mav Rowan and Lennard Freeman. Rowan, who decommitted from Pitt to attend NC State, came out looking to show the Panthers what they missed out on. The freshman sharp shooter went 5-11 and 4-6 from beyond the arc for 14 points, while Freeman snatched up a game high 14 rebounds.

At the end of the day though, NC State won this game on the defensive end. With physical play, tough rebounding and great position defense, they were able to keep Pitt 37% shooting. They also kept them off balance when they took it to the hoop by taking 4 charges on the night.

This was a massive win and one that could turn the tide for this young team. Next up is Duke who has lost 3 straight and will be very hungry for a win at the PNC. The two storylines will collide on Saturday when something has to give. The game is at 2pm in Raleigh.

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Earl
13 years ago

I can’t say I was surprised at how the season ended. I don’t care how much kool-aid you drink that Wisconsin game said it all. This team just was not ready for all the high expectations from themselves, the media and the fans. With some maturity, and some solid coaching I still feel like we have the right pieces in place to improve next season. This is what I would like to say to each player: Harrow – we want you back. And we want you back stronger and more confident. The game is 90% mental and you just need… Read more »

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wolfpack74
8 years ago

Nice improvement.  Keep it up.

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NC State Men’s Basketball 2024-25 Scholarship Breakdown

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With the announcement of the addition of Forward Ismael Diouf yesterday, and news breaking that MJ Rice and Ernest Ross are no longer with the team this morning, here’s a look at the Scholarship Breakdown for the Men’s Basketball Team for the 2024-25 season.

Senior (1 Year of Eligibility)

Forward/Center Brandon Huntley-Hatfield
Forward/Center Ben Middlebrooks
Forward Guard Dontrez Styles
Guard/Forward Jayden Taylor
Guard Michael O’Connell
Guard Marcus Hill
Guard Breon Pass

Junior (2 Years of Eligibility)

Forward/Center Ismael Diouf
Guard Mike James

Sophomore ( 3 Years of Eligibility)

Guard/Forward Dennis Parker Jr.

Freshman (4 Years of Eligibility)

Guard/Forward Paul McNeil Jr.
Guard Trey Parker

NC State now has 1 scholarship available for the 2024-25 season. 

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Ernest Ross is No Longer on NC State’s Roster

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According to a source, Senior Forward Ernest Ross is no longer on NC State’s roster.

On April 17th, Ross entered the Transfer Portal. On May 10th, Ross verbally committed to UTSA. Then on May 15th, Ross announced that he would in fact be returning to NC State for his final year of eligibility.

Ross played in 14 games this past season, averaging 3.4 minutes per contest. After playing in 34 games last season, averaging 11.4 minutes per contest, Ross saw his participation dip to a career low this season, but that didn’t for a second break his infectious personality.

Ross was a consensus 4-star player in NC State’s 2021 recruiting class, with 247Sports ranking him as the #60 overall player nationally. ESPN ranked him as the #5 overall player in the state of Florida.

According to a source, Ross is leaving the program for personal reasons, that are non-basketball related.

Ross has 1 year of eligibility remaining.

 

 

 

 

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MJ Rice is No Longer on NC State’s Roster

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According to a source, Sophomore Guard MJ Rice is no longer on NC State’s roster.

Rice transferred to NC State last offseason from Kansas, and only played in 9 games for the Wolfpack this past season, averaging 4.1 points in 8.8 minutes per game.

On January 24th, it NC State announced that Rice would be sitting out the remainder of the season, and that they would be submitting a waiver for the season to count as a Redshirt year.

Prior to the beginning of the  season, Rice stepped away from the program for personal reasons, and missed the first 7 games, before joining the Wolfpack against Maryland Eastern-Shore.

The Kansas transfer played in 23 games for the Jayhawks as a Freshman, averaging 2.2 points in 7.6 minutes per game. ON3 ranked Rice as the #24 overall player nationally in the 2022 recruiting class. They also ranked him as the #2 overall player in the Transfer Portal.

It was always ‘iffy’ whether or not Rice would be on next years roster, but he didn’t enter the Transfer Portal, and remained with the team on their magical run, and even after.

According to a source, Rice is leaving the program for personal reasons, that are non-basketball related.

Rice has 3 years of eligibility remaining.

 

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NC State Commit Ismael Diouf: VIDEO VAULT

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NC State just landed a MASSIVE commitment from Canadian Forward Ismael Diouf (6’9″/215). Here’s a VIDEO VAULT of the new NC State big man.

 

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