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NC State squares off against another foe from the MAAC conference as Rider travels to PNC Arena tonight. Rider has won 8 games thus far including 4 of their last 5. What do you need to know before Wednesday’s night contest?
Senior guard Jimmie Taylor leads the Broncs at 14 PPG…
Taylor has been a starter since he arrived at Rider giving them experience in the backcourt. Throughout his career, he has steadily increased his attempts from three, this season he is averaging right around six attempts a game; however, he is only shooting 29%. Taylor has not shot the three ball efficiently this season, but for his career, he is right around 40%.
Balanced scoring makes the Broncs dangerous…
Five players are averaging double figures for coach Kevin Baggett. The starting five for Rider accounts for 59.5 PPG, which is 83% of their 71.4 PPG on the season. Foul trouble can be crippling for the Broncs as they do not have any scoring punch on their bench. Their leading scorer off the bench is averaging just 4.8 PPG.
Rider is stingy on defense…
Kevin Baggett makes defense a point of emphasis as he has fielded some tough defenses, and this year is no different. Rider makes every team work for their baskets, as they are holding teams to 40% shooting from the field and just 30% from three. Having four seniors in their starting five is a big reason why teams struggle from the field against them. Communication is critical to a good defense and the Broncs have the experience playing with one another to execute with one another on help-side. Rider does struggle with rim protection as they are small on the interior, and vulnerable on the offensive glass.
Rider was picked by many to finish around the 8-9 range in the MAAC…
Although Rider returns a veteran group they lost their leading scorer from last season. Size is a big concern as they start two players standing 6-7 in both forward positions. They are also prone to fouling and that has been the main culprit in their losses this season. In each of their losses teams attempted over 20 fouls shots a game, Fairfield attempted 36. Their experience could lead to them overachieving, but the MAAC is deep this year as Monmouth, Siena, and Iona look to battle for the crown.

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball Team is Having One of it’s Best Runs in the ACC Ever

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Heading into tonight’s Top-25 matchup between #22 NC State and #8 UVA, the Wolfpack are in the midst of one of their best runs in ACC play since the conference was formed in 1953.

The Wolfpack are 9-4 in the ACC, but they have won 8 of their last 9 conference games.

The last time NC State went on a run like this in ACC Regular Season games was during the 1972-73 and 73-74 seasons, when the Wolfpack went 12-0 in ACC play.

12-0 (1972 & 73-74)

12 of 13 (1958-59)

8 of 9 (2022-23, 1961-61, 1954-55)

7 of 8 (1974-75, 1969-70, 1964-65, 1955-56)

6 of 7 (2005-06, 1979-80, 1960-61, 1957-58)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#22 NC State is a 7.5-Point Underdog at #8 UVA Tonight

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#22 NC State is a 7.5-point underdog at #8 Virginia tonight at 9pm, and the Total is sitting at 137.

  • NC State is 19-5 Straight Up.
    • They are 11-11-2 Against the Spread.
  • UVA is 17-4 Straight Up.
    • They are 8-12-1 Against the Spread.
  • The Total has gone Over in 13 of NC State’s 24 games.
    • The Total has gone Over in 12 of UVA’s 22 games
  • UVA is 15-2 as the Favorite.
    • NC State is 4-4 as the Underdog.
  • NC State is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against UVA Against the Spread.
  • The Total has gone Over in 5 of NC State’s last 7 games.
    • The Total has gone Over in 4 of UVA’s last 5 games.
  • The Total has gone Under in 5 of the last 6 games between these two in Charlottesville.
  • NC State has won two in a row, and 3 of the last 4 against UVA.
    • Kevin Keatts is 3-4 against UVA. He is 2-2 at UVA.

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NC State is the ONLY Team in the Triangle Ranked for the 1st Time in 40 Years

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball team is back in the AP Top 25 for the first time in 4 years, landing at #22 in the Week 14 AP Poll.

NC State is ranked. Duke and UNC are not. Last time that was the case? December 27th, 1982. Over 40 years ago. It’s only the 6th time in 67 years that this has happened.

Anyone remember what happened that 1982-83 basketball season?

NC State won the National Championship.

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NC State Breaks Into the AP Poll, Landing at #22

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NC State is off to it’s best start in almost 2 decades, and they now finally have a number beside their name, landing at #22 in the Week 14 AP Poll.

This is the first time that NC State has been ranked in the AP Poll since January 28th, 2019, when they were ranked 23rd.

ACC Teams in the Week 14 AP Poll

8. Virginia
19. Miami
22. NC State
27. Duke
29. Clemson
30. Pitt

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