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Malik Abu is rounding into form just in time for the UNC game this Saturday. Wednesday night marked a perfect game for Malik from the field as he was 9-9. So why is it that Malik Abu is playing so much better as of late?

Abu is not settling for jump shots instead he is attacking the rim…

A gifted athlete, Malik Abu is finally utilizing his natural size and quickness to beat defenders to the basket. Not many collegiate players can match Malik’s athleticism to thwart his attacks. Versus Virginia Tech Abu was a man-child throwing down monster dunk after monster dunk. He was also efficient in the high-post as he ripped the ball low away from defenders dribbling once and exploding to finish in traffic.

Malik is getting better at moving without the ball and at reading defenses…

Dennis Smith has aided Malik Abu’s progress by drawing defenders attention to cut off penetration, however, Malik is doing a great job at finding the openings for those passes. Quickness is important inside the paint as ACC big men recover swiftly, Abu has been decisive at not putting the ball on the floor before finishing. He has also done a better job off-ball at getting into optimal spots to attack, for example on the elbow and near the rim.

Omer Yurtseven is a great pairing for Malik…

The addition of Omer has helped Abu have more space to operate. Throughout his career Abu has not had a front-court mate who demands the attention offensively that Yurtseven does. Help-side defense has always been quick to take away Malik’s driving lanes although now help-side cannot leave Omer unattended. Abu is virtually unguardable in one on one situations in the high post without help-side defense.

Malik’s play is critical to NC State reaching its’ full potential. His strong play in the paint is creating space and scoring opportunities for his teammates. Mark Gottfried has to be loving the aggressive Malik Abu that has brought heart and physicality to the power forward position the past few games. Saturday will be quite the matchup of athletic big men as Malik squares off aginst Isaiah Hicks!

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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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