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NC State makes the short trip to Chapel Hill to take on the North Carolina Tarheels Saturday at 8 o’clock. Not only will the rivalry game be front and center but so will the wintry weather. NC State comes into Saturday’s game following an impressive win over Virginia Tech while UNC narrowly escaped Clemson 89-86. What are the keys to the game for NC State to triumph over the Tarheels on Saturday night?

Terry Henderson needs to be solid for NC State to win…

Henderson has been having a great season for NC State averaging 16.2 PPG and giving Mark Gottfried a valued leader. Terry has been a welcome addition both offensively and defensively. Henderson will have his hands full this Saturday as he will most likely be called upon to guard Justin Jackson. Jackson has a height advantage over Henderson; however, Henderson is athletic enough to make him work. Terry must be disciplined and not pick up early fouls that force Gottfried’s hand as he is too important to the Wolfpack. Playing in the Dean Dome NC State needs Henderson on the floor. Offensively Terry must be aggressive like he was aginst the Hokies. Aginst Virginia Tech Terry kept getting to his spots and fought through some early misses consequently leading him to find his rhythm. NC State’s offense is much more fluid when Henderson has it going.

Defensively NC State has to limit Carolina to one shot…

Carolina ranks number one in the NCAA in rebounding margin at plus 14. They also average 16.3 offensive rebounds per game which are a big reason why they average 87.9 PPG. The Wolfpack will need to box out and collectively win 50-50 balls if they are going to beat North Carolina. Malik Abu and company have to take away Kennedy Meeks who leads the Tarheels in boards per game at 9.9.

The Pack needs to attack the paint…

62 is the number of points in the paint for NC State in their win over Virginia Tech. Malik Abu must keep being aggressive hunting for dunks and quick face-up attacks. Carolina is not deep at the forward and center positions making them susceptible to foul trouble. NC State guards need to feed the post as State has an advantage in the paint. An inside-out attack will allow NC State guards to have the needed space to create plays as well as yield open threes. The Wolfpack will need to be physical, not backing down or settling for jump shots if they are going to win Saturday.

Dennis Smith must allow the game to come to him…

Joel Berry is tough and physical on defense. Berry likes to pick his man up early beyond the half court line forcing them to change directions as well as creating problems with entry passes. Smith needs to be patient and ready for this type of physical defense and be smart in attacking with the pass. He needs to trust that he will get the ball back and allow Dorn and Henderson to take pressure off of him by advancing and initiating the offense occasionally. Dennis has all the tools to beat Berry; however, he cannot embark on an individual battle of trying to one up him each possession. NC State will need Smith’s complete arsenal on full display to knock off Carolina.

The Wolfpack are coming off their best game of the season heading into Saturday’s showdown with the Tarheels. NC State must forget that performance as it has no bearing on beating Carolina. Focus and the ability to play through all circumstances will be critical for NC State to beat Roy Williams and company. The Wolfpack and the Tarheels will tip-off at 8 o’clock with coverage on ESPN.

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7 years ago

Gott has 3-4 bigs that he can throw at Meeks. Hopefully the refs allow some physical play. The number of whistles will largely determine our effectiveness on defense.

7 years ago

This game to me is a coin toss. Wolfpack are bad on the road, but unc not as good as advertised preseason. They are beatable. Would love to spank their asses in Chapel Hill. Dennis needs to continue looking for his guys. He mostly played really smart the last game. Using a combination of pump fakes, strong drives, and good passes to guys where they need the ball.


NC State Falls Out of the Top-10 After Losses to UNC & Duke



After losing to rivals UNC and Duke last week, the NC State Women’s Basketball team fell out of the Top-10 in the Week 17 AP Poll, landing at #12. NC State started the 2023-24 season unranked, but jumped to #14 in the first Poll after the Preseason Poll. The Wolfpack have been ranked in the Top-10 since November 20th, which equals 14 straight polls.

ACC Teams in the Top-25

5. Virginia Tech
12. NC State
17. Notre Dame
19. Syracuse
22. Louisville
27. Duke
29. UNC
30. FSU

The Wolfpack will host #19 Syracuse on Thursday night at 7pm.

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NC State’s Week 1 Depth Chart Against UCONN (with Notes)



NC State will kick off their 2023 Football season next Thursday night against UCONN at 7:30pm. The Wolfpack released their Depth Chart for the game today.



  • Redshirt Sophomore Anthony Carter Jr. is listed as the starting Left Guard. If Redshirt Sophomore Lyndon Cooper wasn’t missing the first game due to injury, I wonder if Carter would be starting. Doeren did praise Carter in his press conference today. Also, he stated that Cooper should be back for the Notre Dame game.
  • Noticeably, Graduate Transfer Offensive Lineman Dawson Jaramillo is also missing from the Depth Chart. Unfortunately, Jaramillo has suffered an injury, and will miss the entirety of the 2023 season. This is a huge blow for Jaramillo, and a huge blow for the depth of the Wolfpack Offensive Line. Jaramillo was a Swiss Army knife, having the ability to play in numerous positions.
  • Very often, Doeren has stated that the “Or” in between two names means that the coaching staff sees both players as starters. There is an “Or” in between Chris Toudle and Trent Pennix at Tight End, with the former being listed first. Maybe it doesn’t matter whose name is listed first, but I’m shocked Pennix’s name wasn’t the one at the top.
  • I’m not shocked that Julian Gray and Keyon Lesane are listed as the starters at the X and Y Wide Receiver positions. They both have had a lot of buzz surrounding them in Fall Camp, and Lesane was named a captain. Obviously, with Gray’s speed, Offensive Coordinator Robert Anae is going to want to find a way to get the ball in his hands. With that being said, and this is no disrespect to the two of them, but both of them are 5’11”, which isn’t exactly the way you would sculpt your prototypical outside receivers. I expect Terrell Timmons and Bradley Rozner to both be heavily in rotation at the X and Y, to give the outside receivers a good dose of speed as well as height.
  • True Freshman Running Back Kendrick Raphael might be buried at the bottom of the Depth Chart at his position, but I bet he sees a carry before Mimms or Jones. Doeren mentioned that we would see Raphael against UCONN, but didn’t mention Jones or Mimms. Anae likes to run 2 Running Back sets, with one of them almost functioning like a Full Back. As a result, I’m not shocked to see Jones and Mimms where they are in the Depth Chart.
  • Props to True Freshman Kevin Concepcion for earning the starting job at the Inside Wide Receiver position. Get ready to hear his name a lot this year. KC is backed up by Redshirt Sophomore Jalen Coit, who Doeren spoke highly of today.
  • Junior Porter Rooks is no longer sitting behind Thayer Thomas on the Depth Chart. Doeren said that Rooks has had a great camp. The former 4-Star prospect has an opportunity to show that those stars meant something by his name. With that being said, he will be pushed by True Freshman Javonte “Juice” Vereen, who even has national media buzzing about him heading into the season.
  • Three True Freshman are on the Offensive Depth Chart: Left Guard Kamen Smith, IWR Kevin Concepcion and FLEXY Juice Vereen.
  • True Freshman Kamal Bonner is 2nd on the Depth Chart at the Will Linebacker spot, backing up Payton Wilson. What’s noteworthy, is that he’s ahead of former 4-Star prospect Jordan Poole in the Depth Chart. Bonner must have made a heck of a first impression.
  • As expected, ODU Graduate Transfer Robert Kennedy is starting at Nickel.
  • True Freshman Brandon Cisse is backing up Aydan White at Right Corner, and Doeren said we should expect him to contribute.
  • Redshirt Sophomore Jalen Coit will be filling in the shoes of Thayer Thomas at Punt Returner.


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Elliot Avent is interviewed on MLB Network about rule changes and Wolfpack Alums



Elliot Avent gave a great interview on MLB Network.

Avent talks about the rules changes in baseball and doesn’t seem too pleaseed about them, while also breaking some news that they might be naming the hitting facility after Trea Turner and the Pitching lab after Carlos Rodon.

Give it a watch.

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NC State Basketball

Mady Traore Will No Longer Enroll at NC State



This unfortunately seemed inevitable.

According to 247Sports’ Travis Branham, 3-Star Mady Traore is no longer planning on enrolling at NC State.

Traore was a member of the Wolfpack’s 2022 recruiting class, but wasn’t able to enroll in the Fall because of Visa issues and the English Competency Test.

Back on November 29th, I posted the following article, saying that Traore was set to join the team for the 2nd semester. Traore himself told me when I posted it, that he was expecting to join the team in December.

I received the intel 2 weeks prior to posting, and prior to things beginning to brew between NC State and Isaiah Miranda. In hindsight, I wish I would have posted it when I got the intel (haha).

4-Star Mady Traore Expected to Suit up for NC State Soon

Obviously, that didn’t happen, and isn’t happening.

When I posted the article, things were in flux, because there was one scholarship available. If Miranda came, he was going to get the scholarship, and the staff was hoping Traore would be willing to wait and enroll in April. If Miranda didn’t come, then the expectation was for Traore to join the team in December, in the way that Miranda just did.

I still believe my source’s info was solid, and there are always a lot of moving pieces in play that can change scenarios quickly.

From what I hear, the staff was genuinely hopeful they could add Miranda in December, and Traore in April, but it didn’t work out that way, and that’s the way it goes sometimes.

We wish you the best Mady! You’ve got a special future in basketball.

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