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NC State and Virginia Tech will play tonight at 9 o’clock at the PNC Arena. If you cannot make it out to the game it can be seen on WRAL. What must NC State do to protect home court and gain their first ACC win? Here are the keys to the game.

NC State will need to rebound the basketball collectively…

Miami punished the Pack on the glass in their first ACC game 41 to 33. NC State did not give enough effort as Miami tallied 17 offensive rebounds, a few off of free throws! The Wolfpack will not win Wednesday night if this continues. Virginia Tech is too good offensively to give away extra possessions. Offensive rebounds also lead to open three-pointers which Virginia Tech knocks down at an alarming rate. It will be everyone’s responsibility to rebound and block out. Malik Abu needs to be the catalyst and demand his fellow frontcourt mates to be active on the glass. NC State guards need to be aware that long shots will have long rebounds and box out perimeter shooters. NC State has the potential to be a great rebounding team; however, it will take a complete team effort to achieve their potential.

The Wolfpack cannot play “Hero Ball”…

Hero Ball is where one player tries to take over and win the game singlehandedly. The Miami game had its’ fair share of players forcing one on one trying to win the game by themselves. NC State has too many options to allow teams off the hook with this type of play. Dennis Smith needs to set the tone early with getting his teammate’s open looks in rhythm. Terry Henderson needs to be decisive making quick moves and shooting off the catch. Torin Dorn needs to be aggressive at attacking off the dribble as well as focused on finishing around the basket. NC State has plenty of weapons capable of scoring yet they must play off one another to showcase their individual talents! Ball movement is the key to hanging with the Hokies this Wednesday night.

Toughness and awareness defensively will be needed to slow down the Hokies…

Virginia Tech scores 84.2 PPG and just put 89 points on Duke a game ago. NC State cannot leave their man open on the perimeter since Virginia Tech shoots 40% from three. Guards will have to press up above the three-point line and force the Hokies to put the ball on the floor. Off-ball defensive standards will have to adjust by not playing off their man as much due to Virginia Tech’s three-point shooting. The Wolfpack cannot afford to loose their man because the Hokies will make them pay.

NC State must also be aware that two of Virginia Tech’s top scorers come off the bench. Zach LeDay and Seth Allen combine to average 27.4 PPG or 33% of VT’s PPG. NC State’s on-ball defense has to be great at taking away penetration because Virginia Tech looks to drive and dish. With tighter play off-ball help-side defense will not be as quick, consequently leaving guards on an island. The Wolfpack must embrace the challenge of stopping a talented offensive team if they are going to get their first ACC win.

To win in the ACC demands energy and focus. It takes guts and resiliency to win no matter what team is next on the schedule. NC State has to grow up quickly as there are no more easy outs. Can the Wolfpack win their home opener aginst the 21st ranked Hokies?

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NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game

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NC State improved to 19-5 overall, and 9-4 in the ACC, defeating Georgia Tech 72-64 in PNC Arena. How did they win: By the Numbers. Box Score. The ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel and Condensed Game are below.

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NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: BY THE NUMBERS

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Survive and Advance. Some days it’s just like that.

NC State found a way to win at home over Georgia Tech 72-64 with Terquavion Smith and Jarkel Joiner combining for a whopping 10 points, shooting 3-17. They each had 5 points, and entered the game ranked 1st (Smith) and 5th (Joiner) in the ACC in scoring.

How did the Wolfpack find a way to victory?

Burns. Ross. Morsell.

DJ Burns carried the team on his back, scoring 24 points (11-21 FG) and grabbing 8 boards. Ernest Ross reminded us once again what he’s capable of, coming off the bench to score 16 points, shooting 4 of 8 from the field. Most importantly, Ross was a perfect 7 for 7 from the free throw line. He also had 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.

The shots might not have been falling for Smith and Joiner, but don’t forget about Casey Morsell. He scored 17 points, making 6 of his 9 field goal attempts, and 4 of 7 from beyond the arch. He also had 5 rebounds and 3 steals.

Smith’s shot might have been off, but his passing game wasn’t. His 10 assists were a new career high, toppling his former best of 7 against Miami back in December.

Once again, NC State managed to find a way to win a game in which the other team shot better (44.1/41.9) than them. Heck, the Yellow Jackets out rebounded them (37-36).

How you ask?

Well, NC State forced Georgia Tech to commit 17 turnovers, scoring 11 points off of them (Georgia Tech had 5 points off of turnovers). Also, the Wolfpack had more offensive rebounds than the Yellow Jackets (12-10), scoring 11 second chance points (The Yellow Jackets had 7 second chance points).

Georgia Tech entered today’s game having won 4 straight against NC State in PNC Arena, and the Wolfpack found a way to snap that streak.

A 14-3 run by NC State in the final 4 minutes was enough for the Pack to seal the deal.

NC State will have a chance to pick up a Quad 1 win over UVA on the road on Tuesday night at 9pm.

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NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: BOX SCORE

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball team improved to 19-5 and 9-4 in ACC play today, defeating Georgia Tech 72-64 in PNC Arena.

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Where Does NC State Rank in Team Stats in the ACC Before Georgia Tech?

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Before NC State and Georgia Tech tipoff at 1pm, here’s a look at where the Wolfpack ranks in the ACC in team stats.

The Wolfpack lead the ACC in points per game, and rank 7th in points given up per game. As a result, NC State’s scoring margin is 10.13, which ranks 2nd in the conference.

The Wolfpack scores a lot, but it isn’t because they are one of the best shooting teams in the ACC, ranking 11th in Free Throw Percentage, 8th in Field Goal Percentage, and 8th in Three Point Percentage.

The reason that NC State leads the ACC in scoring is because of the way they attack the offensive glass, and the way they force turnovers. The Wolfpack forced 319 turnovers, which leads the ACC, and boast a 4.09 Turnover Margin, which also leads the conference. The Wolfpack also rank 2nd in the ACC in Offensive Rebounds. Not shockingly, they lead the ACC in steals, averaging 8.3.

The Wolfpack rank 9th in Assists, but rank 3rd in Assist/Turnover Ratio. NC State has turned over their opponent better than anyone else, and they also have done a good job taking care of the ball.

NC State ranks 2nd in Blocks and 3rd in Rebounding Margin.

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