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With four home games remaining, NC State needs a win tomorrow to gain some much needed momentum to carry them through the rest of the season. As of right now the Pack stands at 12-12 overall and 2-9 in the ACC. Best case scenario the Pack rips off 7 straight and finishes 19-12 and 9-9 in the ACC, but you probably have a better chance at winning the PowerBall than State does of winning out. It has been a disappointing season to say the least, but in tomorrow’s contest versus the Demon Deacons the Pack should win.

The Demon Deacons have not had much success on the season as they stand 10-14 with a 1-11 ACC record. They are led by Devon Thomas, the power forward is averaging 16.2 points per game and 9.8 boards per game. If Thomas gets going early, NC State could be in trouble. State has to keep Thomas from getting the high energy buckets that he thrives on. He loves getting tip ins and put back dunks, these are the plays that keep him going. It will be up to Abu, Anya, and Freeman to keep him off the glass, and foul him when in doubt! Devon Thomas is a poor free throw shooter at 59%.

After Thomas the Deacons rely on 6-3 freshman Bryant Crawford. On the season he is averaging 13.3 points per game and is second only to Thomas in minutes per game (30.4). Crawford has been less than efficient inside the arc shooting 39% from the field; however, he has been lethal from beyond the arc. Shooting 42% from the three is a solid number especially considering he is a freshman. The Pack must run him off the 3 point line and force him into contested 2s.

It doesn’t take long to see why NC State and Wake Forest have been bottom dwellers this season…simply put they are both poor defensively. Wake Forest is dead last in the ACC allowing 79.4 points per game. The Pack ranks 12th at 72.5. The last time these two teams played there were a combined 151 points scored, State losing 74-77. I expect the same tomorrow, a tightly contested high scoring affair.

At this point in the season it is about pride for both teams. Neither team looks to be destined for post season play, but that doesn’t mean strides cannot be made that will pay dividends next season. Coach Mark Gottfried is not going to throw in the towel, I am sure this past week has been filled with productive practices. The main focus has to be on getting stops come tomorrow. State has proved they can score with any team, but they have not been able to stop anyone. In their last 5 games they are giving up a staggering 82.4 points per game. That is an alarming number that must be improved upon! Any team in college basketball letting up that many points will fall on the wrong side of the win/loss column more times than not.

Game time is scheduled for 12:00 o’clock at the PNC Arena and can be seen on FS South.

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NC State Forward Ernest Ross Enters the Transfer Portal

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NC State Forward Ernest Ross announced today that he is entering the Transfer Portal.

 

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Ross played in 14 games this year, 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. On the sideline, you could count on Ross every single game to be the heart and soul of the Wolfpack on the bench. To watch a player who played as little as he did, care as much as he did, makes me super proud that this young man represented NC State so well.

Ross was a consensus 4-star player in the 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.

Ross has one more year of eligibility remaining.

NC State has 3 scholarships available now.

Best of luck Ernest!

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What did the Wolfpack’s Incredible Run to the Final Four Mean to NC State Legend Chris Corchiani?

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What did NC State’s miraculous run to the ACC Championship and Final Four mean to Wolfpack legend Chris Corchiani? I caught up with the man who is still NC State’s all-time leader in Assists and Steals to get his take.

What was it like for you watching NC State go from the #10 seed in the ACC Tournament, to winning the Championship, to going to the Final Four?

Man, it was unreal. They caught lightning in a bottle and it was an absolute amazing run. They were a mediocre team all year that turned into a feared team that nobody wanted to play! To win the ACC championship in 5 days and to get to Final Four…..Wow!!

What did this run say about Kevin Keatts and these players? In what ways did you see them adapt, change or persevere?

Keatts received a lot of criticism for 7 years and after this run is deserving of great praise. I think shortening the lineup to 7-8 guys and doing away with the full court press and playing solid half court defense was a great move that obviously paid huge dividends. He also kept this team together which was not easy as they lost last 7-9 going into the. postseason. The guys also grew confident in their roles and played possessed!

As one of the best players to ever wear the Red & White, what did this run mean to you personally?

This run was something I have dreamed about happening and the fact it was so unexpected made it so much sweeter! To see the students, alums, boosters, and fans get what we all have been waiting for was the best!

What was the most memorable moment for you?

Most memorable for me was going to Final Four with my family and enjoying catching up with old friends, boosters, friends and teammates!

How do you think this run can change things for the NC State Basketball program going forward?

This run gives us momentum in so many ways. Listen, this was good not only for our hoops team but for our University! Hopefully our recruiting will take a big step forward with kids wanting to run with the Pack! A month of free advertising should be Huge for the future of our Men’s and Women’s basketball programs!

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When NC State legend Chris Corchiani left NC State, he not only held the school’s record for career Assists and Steals, but he also was career leader in ACC conference history. His 40.8% career Three-Point Percentage ranks 7th in school history. Corchiani was the first player in NCAA history to have 1,000+ career assists.

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ON3’s Jamie Shaw Puts in a Prediction Georgetown SF Transfer Dontrez Styles will Land at NC State

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ON3’s Jamie Shaw put in an RPM earlier today for Georgetown Small Forward Transfer Dontrez Styles to land at NC State. All-time, Shaw’s prediction accuracy is 87%.

I spoke with a source, and it seems like this prediction has some merit.

ON3 ranks Styles as the #66 overall prospect in the Portal.

Styles was the 2nd leading scorer for Georgetown this season, averaging 12.8 points per game, while grabbing 5.8 boards. He shot 36.8% from three.

Originally, Sytles was a consensus 4-Star prospect in UNC’s 2021 recruiting class. 247Sports ranked him as the #62 overall player nationally, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina, playing for Kinston High School.

After two seasons with the Tar Heels, Styles entered the Portal, and took an Official Visit to NC State and Georgetown, and ultimately chose the Hoyas.

With his final year of eligibility, maybe he’ll make the right choice this time.

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Tennessee Guard Freddie Dilione V is Visiting NC State Tomorrow

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Tennessee Transfer Guard Freddie Dilone V (6’5″/195) is visiting NC State tomorrow.

Dilone V just wrapped up his Redshirt Freshman season with the Volunteers, averaging 1.7 points in 5.2 minutes of play per game (18 games).

In 2022, Dilone V was a consensus 4-Star prospect, and the #33 overall prospect nationally according to Rivals. ON3 and 247Sports both ranked Dilone V as the #1 player in the state of North Carolina, playing right down the road at Word of God Academy in Raleigh.

Currently, 247Sports ranks Dilone V as the #71 overall player in the Transfer Portal, and the #10 Combo Guard. He played his first three seasons of high school ball down in Fayetteville at Trinity Christian.

Dilone V has 3 more years of eligibility.

 

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