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Virginia Tech will be riding a tidal wave of confidence and momentum as they travel to Raleigh Wednesday night. The Hokies kicked off their ACC season with a big win at home over the Duke Blue Devils. What do you need to know about Buzz Williams’ Hokies before Wednesday night’s game?

Virginia Tech’s high-octane offense is averaging 84.2 PPG on the season…

Five players are averaging double figures in the points department giving Williams plenty of variety each night. Their balance makes it difficult for opposing teams to hone in on one player when trying to stop their attack. The Hokies are excellent at driving the lane and kicking out as defenses collapse for open looks on the perimeter. Shooting a respectable 49% from the field and 40% from three the Hokies are making teams pay if left open. Their high shooting percentages have yielded high assists per game to the tune of 17 APG. In their last game aginst Duke, they scorched a sound Blue Devils defense by scoring 89 points while knocking down 55% of their shots. Zach LeDay leads Virginia Tech in PPG at 16.1. LeDay does not start but thrives in his scoring role off the bench.

Virginia Tech has four players shooting over 40% from the three-point line this season…

The Hokies have been efficient at knocking down three-pointers this season. In fact, they have four players Ahmed Hill, Seth Allen, Justin Bibb, and Ty Outlaw shooting over 40% from beyond the arc. Buzz Williams has done a great job at building an offense that plays uptempo and looks to shoot the three-ball off of penetration. Virginia Tech is ranked 18th in the NCAA in three-point shooting percentage at 40.3%. Guard Ahmed Hill is shooting 45% from three, ranked 24th in the NCAA. Driving lanes and space are created because of their accuracy from deep.

Virginia Tech takes care of the basketball…

The Hokies are averaging 17 APG on the season ranking them 34th in the NCAA. Not only do they rack up assists but they do not turn over the basketball. Buzz Williams’ team assist to turnover ratio is 1.45 good enough for 19th in the NCAA. Virginia Tech makes the most of their possessions allowing them to average 84.2 PPG.

Defensively Virginia Tech makes teams work for their baskets…

Virginia Tech has held their opponents to shooting just 40% from the field and an even stingier 30% from three. The Hokies were able to bottle up Duke’s high-powered offense last game as they were only able to shoot 41% from the field. Coach Williams has his experienced group buying in defensively leading to a plus 16.2 scoring margin! Teams are averaging 68 PPG when facing the Hokies. Upperclassmen have plenty of experience and know that defense is their ticket to success.

Ranked 21st Virginia Tech is having an excellent start to the season. Buzz Williams has done an excellent job at bringing in talent and then developing that talent. Knocking off Duke is validation that the Hokies are on the rise; however, can they handle the success? Virginia Tech will get their opportunity this Wednesday as they try to beat NC State at PNC Arena.

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Wolfer96
Wolfer96
7 years ago

T Henny was on fire. I would have just fed him all game. Abu sticking to his strengths… dunking. Anytime Abu does anything other than dunk it usually ends in a turnover. Where has Dorn’s game gone? He looks lost out there on offense and defense.

RIZ DOLLA
RIZ DOLLA
7 years ago
Reply to  Wolfer96

LOL T Henny started getting hot early. I like the way we came out. We need that every game. If we can get Kaptia and Y7 up to par and on the floor more with how we played last night oh boy… I’m not saying that Kapita does’nt foul but the refs give him some calls I want to see replays on. lol Abu keep playing physical down low and that mid range J consistent. Great job! #GETEMRIGHTGOTT!

RIZ DOLLA
RIZ DOLLA
7 years ago
Reply to  RIZ DOLLA

Dorn will come along. We just got alot of weapons (which includes Dorn) and he will find his place and groove.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
7 years ago
Reply to  RIZ DOLLA

It’s the ACC’s agenda to wussify college basketball. A lot of Kapita’s fouls should just be no calls.

rizdolla
rizdolla
7 years ago
Reply to  Wolfer96

Yeah it seems to be a trend of him getting called for fouls that shouldnt be called. smh.. They dont want us to be GREAT!!! lol

Fred Dwight
Fred Dwight
7 years ago
Reply to  Wolfer96

Agreed, same with Yurtsy

Fred Dwight
Fred Dwight
7 years ago
Reply to  Wolfer96

I agree with everything you said except the Dorn comment. These guys are human after all. One game where he doesn’t score that much isn’t a reason to panic. We are blessed to have him on our team. And I disagree, I don’t think he looked lost. Abu for the first 12 games actually looked lost and confused, and he’s fine.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
7 years ago

it’s crazy that there are only 2 NC State players to put up triple doubles.

rizdolla
rizdolla
7 years ago

I know its early but I’m like the way we are playing.. #GETEMRIGHTGOTT

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
7 years ago
Reply to  rizdolla

That 1st half was the best this team has played all season

rizdolla
rizdolla
7 years ago

Should have taken Mav out and put in Dorn.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
7 years ago
Reply to  rizdolla

Mav played a hell of a game today

RIZ DOLLA
RIZ DOLLA
7 years ago
Reply to  Wolfer96

Mav did have a good game. I’m not knocking Mav. I just feel he comes in the game to early sometimes. What I liked last night is that we just didnt have him and T Henderson running the baseline from side to side all night hoping to get open.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
7 years ago
Reply to  RIZ DOLLA

I agree, I hate when Gott has his guys just running baseline to take turnaround 3 pointers. Even though Mav didn’t have a great shooting night from outside, he took it hard to the rim and even made some nifty passes.

rizdolla
rizdolla
7 years ago

Henderson is HOT! Why are we taking him out? I dont understand… I like the play..Lets keep it up guys!!

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
7 years ago

Playing at home definitely helps. This team has not performed well on the road and at neutral sites. I think the key will be Yurt7. He needs to bring more physicality than he did last game. It’s ACC time so man up.

rizdolla
rizdolla
7 years ago

Lets go Pack! Lets come out with intensity, play smart ball, Hard nose D and get this W!! It will be a good win… #GETEMRIGHTGOTT!!!

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
7 years ago

This is going to be a gut check for the Wolfpack. VT is going to go all out. Will the Pack be able to match the intensity? Will this team remain disciplined and run their sets or will it turn into another one on one fest?

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
7 years ago

I’ve always liked Buzz’s coaching style. Even when his teams were undersized he got the most out of them by utilizing team defense and rebounding.

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NC State’s DJ Horne Named to Portsmouth Invitational All-Tournament Team

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NC State’s DJ Horne played in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this weekend, and he was named to the All-Tournament Team.

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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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NC State Has Shown Interest in Utah Guard Transfer Deivon Smith

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NC State has reached out to Utah Transfer Guard Deivon Smith (6’0″/173).

Smith filled up the stat sheet every game this year, averaging 13.3 points, 7.1 assists and 6.3 rebounds, shooting 46.7% from the field and 40.8% from three for Utah. He earned All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention this season. Smith had 8 double-doubles and 1 triple-double this year.

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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NC State has Dominated UNC in Athletics in 2023-24

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After NC State clinched a series victory over UNC last night in Baseball, I thought it would be a good time to relish in how the Wolfpack has dominated the Tar Heels Athletic Program as a whole in 2023-24.

The Wolfpack Baseball team has won the first two games in the series against the Tar Heels, clinching a series victory over UNC for the first time since 2021. It marks the first time NC State has won a series against the Tar Heels in Raleigh since 2016.

NC State defeated UNC in Volleyball 3-1, winning in Chapel Hill for the first time in 25 years. The Tar Heels had won the last 5 matches against the Wolfpack.

The Wolfpack defeated the Tar Heels 39-20 in Football in Carter-Finley Stadium. It marked the 3rd consecutive win over UNC.

NC State lost both regular season games to UNC in Men’s Basketball, but when it mattered most, the Wolfpack defeated the Tar Heels in the ACC Championship Game 84-76, winning their first title since 1987.

The Wolfpack Women’s Basketball team lost to their rival in Chapel Hill, but defeated UNC 63-59 in Reynolds Coliseum. NC State has won 5 of the last 7 against UNC.

In Gymnastics, NC State defeated UNC 196.725-194.925 in Raleigh. This marked the 3rd straight victory for the Wolfpack over the Tar Heels.

NC State’s Men & Women’s Swimming & Diving teams both beat UNC. The Men won 258-93, and the Women won 196-157.

The Wolfpack Wrestling team defeated UNC 33-6 in Reynolds Coliseum. NC State has won 11 straight Duals against the Tar Heels.

The NC State Men’s Tennis team defeated UNC 4-0, winning against their rival in back-to-back years.

The Wolfpack Women’s Tennis team has defeated the Tar Heels 4-3 on two occasions thus far this season, and will face their rival again today.

The Cross Country teams didn’t have individual meets against UNC, but the Women obviously beat them, because they won the ACC Championship. The Men didn’t, finishing 8th in the Conference, with the Tar Heels finishing 1st.

The only other NC State athletic team that didn’t taste victory against UNC this year was the Women’s Soccer team, losing 0-4 in Raleigh.

Of course, each of these NC State athletic teams has much higher goals than just beating their rival, but there’s no denying how sweet it is to beat the Tar Heels.

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Louisville Transfer Guard Mike James is Currently Visiting NC State

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Louisville Transfer Guard Mike James (6’5″/200) is on a visit to NC State currently, according to a source.

Indiana State Transfer Ryan Conwell was on campus last week, but he just committed to Xavier.

From what I hear, the staff preferred James over Connell anyway. A plus with James is he has 2 years of eligibility, whereas Conwell has 1.

News broke about James entering the Transfer Portal back on March 25th, and NC State was quick to reach out. Kevin Keatts and his staff recruited the former 4-star prospect out of high school heavily, but he ultimately chose the Cardinals.

Rivals ranked James as the #71 overall player in the 2021 recruiting class, and ESPN ranked him as the #7 prospect in the state of Florida.

After redshirting his first year in Louisville due to torn achilles, James has been a starter for the Cardinals the past two years. This year, he averaged 12.6 points and 5 rebounds.

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Rivals ranks James as the #77 overall player in the Transfer Portal.

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