NC State lost by 51 points to UNC as they looked like a middle school team compared to Roy Williams group. The offense was a non-issue as the Pack did not run a single set from the beginning. Carolina punked NC State as they took NC State out of their offense by picking up early in the half-court. The offense wasn’t the only issue as defensively the Wolfpack didn’t do anything to take Carolina out of their comfort zone.
Carolina went on to score 107 points, shoot 49% from the field, and 44% from three. UNC crushed State on the glass by a margin of 14, and ripped down 17 offensive boards. To put it bluntly, NC State was outperformed on every level of yesterday’s contest as one would expect when a team loses by 51. Let alone 51 to a so-called rival.
NC State world beaters one game and bottom dwellers the next. Inconsistencies in running a gameplan and having energy have tormented NC State as well as State fans. Frustration boils over as there needs to be more accountability throughout the program. The coaching staff, as well as the players, are at fault for yesterday’s performance.
All of the players in Red & White must take a long hard look at themselves and question their motives. It is a players responsibility to play with energy, focus, and heart. The coaches cannot get out there and play! Personally, I believe that players are more responsible for performances like we saw yesterday. NC State players were not tough enough to execute aginst UNC’s defense. They went off script shooting contested jumpers without ball movement. They turned it over 26 times and shot sub 37% from the field!
Coaches must create a culture that demands toughness and trust. The biggest issues I have is the effort level and the consistency with NC State basketball. Look at the premiere programs across the country and what you find is a consistent effort each night. Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, and the Villanova’s of the college basketball landscape give the same effort regardless of their opponent in front of them. NC State cannot say the same thing. NC State; however, seemingly find ways to play up or down to their competition. Or the Pack will follow big wins with head-scratching performances the next game.
After a loss like yesterday, NC State must recognize that they are only three games deep into the ACC schedule. They have plenty of time left to try and heal a loss like yesterday. I argue a loss like that will never heal or at least I hope our players never forget those feelings. Those feelings should be motivation to never play so lackadaisical, soft, and without a competitive fire again.
Talent is not a problem for NC State instead they need to show some grit, focus, and competitiveness to put themselves in a position to use it. Mark Gottfried has got to be better at getting through to his players to answer the call on the road in hostile environments. People will point the finger at Gottfried, and he is at fault; however, it is on everyone inside the NC State basketball program to not waste this season.
Losing one game in the ACC is never a reason to panic, but yesterday wasn’t just one game. It was a rivalry game and a chance to make real noise in the hierarchy of college basketball. It wasn’t, it showed the gap between NC State and Carolina is still significant. Pain is the emotion that runs through me as I type that.
NC State cannot forget what led to their dismantling at the hands of UNC yesterday. They cannot do anything about that performance but they can make sure it never happens again. The rest of the season will be a testament to what kind of character resides inside NC State basketball. It will also shape the future of NC State’s program.
NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game
NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: BY THE NUMBERS
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.
NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: BOX SCORE
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.
Where Does NC State Rank in Team Stats in the ACC Before Georgia Tech?
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.