NC State stands 1-4 in ACC play and has struggled mightily on the road. In NC State’s first four ACC games three have been on the road. The Pack has lost at Miami, UNC, and Boston College. This season a lot of teams have struggled in road ACC games. The ACC standings are log jammed with two win and one win teams throughout. NC State just lost to GT at home, pushing them to 1-4.What are some changes the Pack can make to mix things up?
NC State has struggled defensively this year as they have not communicated well or been sound on rotations. Too often they have left guys open because they over pursued in help-side or did not hedge ball screens properly. NC State has also looked disinterested at times on defense as well, yielding easy baskets.
What can NC State do to try and jump start their defense?
One solution could be to employ a man to man full-court press, 40 minutes of hell style. This tactic would force the guards to pick up at 3/4 court and harass their man all the way down the court. While this wouldn’t be any sort of trap or double team, a simple man press has a way of speeding up your opponent and putting them into positions they aren’t comfortable with. It also could create turnovers by making the point guard want to get rid of it prematurely, or having a lapse in concentration as he brings the ball up the floor.
NC State has the depth and athletes to pull off an aggressive defense like this. Dennis Smith, Terry Henderson, Markell Johnson and Torin Dorn have the length to cover lots of space as well as obstruct passing lanes. Malik Abu can pick off passes and stop the ball with his quickness. BeeJay Anya seems to be an ideal player to have as the last line of defense to protect the rim.
Depth is a luxury that the Pack has to implement a full-court attack. They have the athletes and the numbers to make this work. It also would help them get out in transition. It would create more turnovers in the open court which would get the Pack where they are at their best, on the run.
What is another area that can be amended to help NC State out of their losing streak? The Pack beat Virginia Tech by attacking the paint off the dribble as well as being physical on the block. In the games since, they have gone away from attacking the basket. Instead, NC State has settled for long pull-ups that are bad shots not only from a degree of difficulty perspective but also analytically speaking.
Dennis Smith and company need to use their quickness and size to penetrate the paint. Penetration by NC State guards will draw fouls and attention which will yield more space for Abu to dominate. NC State also has guys capable of knocking down threes, although their looks need to come from an inside-out based attack.
The college basketball season is long and creates lots of ups and downs. It can be frustrating for fans, players, and coaches. The Pack can make strides if they change their approach by implementing an aggressive defensive strategy that forces the players to expend energy. Offensively they must turn down 17 footers and play to their strengths. Dennis Smith needs to lead this team and stop the no ball movement shots he has been taking. NC State can turn this thing around, but each player needs to buy in and hold each other accountable.
What are some changes from a strategy standpoint that you would like to see? Offensively? Defensively? Players strengths?
NC State’s Men’s Basketball Team is Having One of it’s Best Runs in the ACC Ever
Heading into tonight’s Top-25 matchup between #22 NC State and #8 UVA, the Wolfpack are in the midst of one of their best runs in ACC play since the conference was formed in 1953.
The Wolfpack are 9-4 in the ACC, but they have won 8 of their last 9 conference games.
The last time NC State went on a run like this in ACC Regular Season games was during the 1972-73 and 73-74 seasons, when the Wolfpack went 12-0 in ACC play.
12-0 (1972 & 73-74)
12 of 13 (1958-59)
8 of 9 (2022-23, 1961-61, 1954-55)
7 of 8 (1974-75, 1969-70, 1964-65, 1955-56)
6 of 7 (2005-06, 1979-80, 1960-61, 1957-58)
#22 NC State is a 7.5-Point Underdog at #8 UVA Tonight
#22 NC State is a 7.5-point underdog at #8 Virginia tonight at 9pm, and the Total is sitting at 137.
- NC State is 19-5 Straight Up.
- They are 11-11-2 Against the Spread.
- UVA is 17-4 Straight Up.
- They are 8-12-1 Against the Spread.
- The Total has gone Over in 13 of NC State’s 24 games.
- The Total has gone Over in 12 of UVA’s 22 games
- UVA is 15-2 as the Favorite.
- NC State is 4-4 as the Underdog.
- NC State is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against UVA Against the Spread.
- The Total has gone Over in 5 of NC State’s last 7 games.
- The Total has gone Over in 4 of UVA’s last 5 games.
- The Total has gone Under in 5 of the last 6 games between these two in Charlottesville.
- NC State has won two in a row, and 3 of the last 4 against UVA.
- Kevin Keatts is 3-4 against UVA. He is 2-2 at UVA.
NC State vs. UVA
NC State is the ONLY Team in the Triangle Ranked for the 1st Time in 40 Years
NC State’s Men’s Basketball team is back in the AP Top 25 for the first time in 4 years, landing at #22 in the Week 14 AP Poll.
NC State is ranked. Duke and UNC are not. Last time that was the case? December 27th, 1982. Over 40 years ago. It’s only the 6th time in 67 years that this has happened.
Wolfpack was 17th that week. UNC was unranked in two polls all year, Dec. 20 and Dec. 27. Duke was not ranked that season (Dawkins, Alarie, Bilis, Henderson were freshmen).
Other *cough* ACC teams on Dec. 27: Virginia (4), Louisville (13), Syracuse (14).
— Luke DeCock (@LukeDeCock) February 6, 2023
Before that: The preseason poll in 1973, the final poll in 1970 and Dec. 5, 1955. So this is the sixth time in 67 years.
Happened pretty often between 1952-55. NC State was ranked during the entire 1950-51 season while neither Duke nor UNC was.
— Luke DeCock (@LukeDeCock) February 6, 2023
Anyone remember what happened that 1982-83 basketball season?
NC State won the National Championship.
NC State Breaks Into the AP Poll, Landing at #22
NC State is off to it’s best start in almost 2 decades, and they now finally have a number beside their name, landing at #22 in the Week 14 AP Poll.
— NC State Men's Bball (@PackMensBball) February 6, 2023
This is the first time that NC State has been ranked in the AP Poll since January 28th, 2019, when they were ranked 23rd.
ACC Teams in the Week 14 AP Poll
22. NC State