In the second half aginst Rider, Maverick Rowan showcased how he is starting to expand his game. He is becoming more than just a jump shooter and is contributing beyond scoring points.
Improvements on defense:
On one particular defensive stop, Maverick jumped the passing lane and stole the ball taking it coast to coast. Not only did he anticipate, but he showed excellent ball handling and body control. Overall, the 6’8 wing has shown the ability to stay in front of his man and play good help side defense when needed. This is a big step for Mav who was seen as somewhat of a liability on the defensive end last season. Maybe it’s the conditioning, or maybe it’s just a little bit more want-to. Either way, Rowan’s defense has been much better this year.
Improvements in Versatility:
A missed shot from the perimeter led to a thunderous tip-slam that saw Maverick come out of nowhere to clean up the miss and finish with authority. Known primarily as a shooter, Rowan is slowly but surely showcasing his ability to score in a variety of way. He’s scored in the post, on the drive, off the pull-up, and beyond the arc.
Improvements in Efficiency:
Another area that Rowan is showing improvement is in his patients on the offensive end. Coming off of his freshman season we all know that Maverick can score with the best of them; however, he needed to improve his efficiency. Shot selection has improved this season as he is shooting 46% from the field. Opposing teams must respect Maverick’s shooting which helps everyone have more space to operate.
Maverick has only played six games thus far as he missed games due to a concussion, but it is apparent that he is looking to affect the game in more ways than scoring. He is starting to use his size to mix it up on the glass as he is much stronger. Rowan is also competing on defense and is leveraging his length to contest shots. As the season marches on Maverick Rowan will get better as he becomes more comfortable coming off the bench and gains more rhythm after missing games due to injury.
NC State’s Men’s Basketball Team is Having One of it’s Best Runs in the ACC Ever
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)
#22 NC State is a 7.5-Point Underdog at #8 UVA Tonight
#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.
NC State vs. UVA
NC State is the ONLY Team in the Triangle Ranked for the 1st Time in 40 Years
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.
Wolfpack was 17th that week. UNC was unranked in two polls all year, Dec. 20 and Dec. 27. Duke was not ranked that season (Dawkins, Alarie, Bilis, Henderson were freshmen).
Other *cough* ACC teams on Dec. 27: Virginia (4), Louisville (13), Syracuse (14).
— Luke DeCock (@LukeDeCock) February 6, 2023
Before that: The preseason poll in 1973, the final poll in 1970 and Dec. 5, 1955. So this is the sixth time in 67 years.
Happened pretty often between 1952-55. NC State was ranked during the entire 1950-51 season while neither Duke nor UNC was.
— Luke DeCock (@LukeDeCock) February 6, 2023
Anyone remember what happened that 1982-83 basketball season?
NC State won the National Championship.
NC State Breaks Into the AP Poll, Landing at #22
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.
— NC State Men's Bball (@PackMensBball) February 6, 2023
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
22. NC State