NC State will take on Pittsburgh Tuesday night as they look to change their season’s trajectory. Pitt has one of the most feared duo’s in the NCAA in Michael Young and Jamel Artis. The Panthers are coming off one of their worst home losses in school history as Miami beat them 72-46. What do you need to know about the Pitt Panthers before Tuesday night?
Jamel Artis can score in a variety of ways as evident by his 22.4 PPG.
Pittsburgh relies on Artis to shoulder a heavy load on the offensive end and the senior has been excellent. Watching Jamel toast the Louisville Cardinals to the tune of 43 points, it is clear he is a complete offensive player. Shooting the three ball is a big part of Jamel’s game as he uses his 6-7 frame to shoot over smaller defenders. Over his last 6 games, he is shooting an outrageous 26-48 (54%) from the three-point line. Artis not only shoots it well but he handles the ball effectively enough to keep defenders honest. The Panthers cater to Artis by putting the senior in 1-on-1 scenarios where he can go to work.
Michael Young, Jamel Artis, and Chris Jones account for 70% of their total offense.
The trio of seniors provides the Panthers with a plethora of experience that has seen it all. Michael Young averages 20.9 points per game; however, he is coming off an orbital fracture suffered in the Louisville game. He played against Miami in a last minute call although he did not register a single field goal in the game (0-10). The Panthers have lost 3 games in a row and will be desperate. Pittsburgh has not lost four straight since 2014 and will be looking to make sure that streak does not come to an end.
In their last game, the Panthers forced a season-high 18 turnovers even though they could not counter Miami’s hot shooting. The Panthers have not been able to overcome a lack of depth recently. Junior Ryan Luther is out with a stress fracture and the Panthers have missed his toughness from the bench.
Coach Stallings has been behind the 8 ball with the lack of depth and forced to rely on his two workhorses in Artis and Young. Michael Young’s injury shows how defunct the offense is without him being 100%. Pittsburgh only mustered 46 points as Young was less than himself with a makeshift mask and swelling. Look for Young to bounce back as he will have a fitted mask and swelling should have subsided. The Panthers have not beaten NC State since 2014 which will be on the senior lead teams radar.
Jamel Artis and Michael Young are the top two scorers in the ACC as they average 22.3 and 20.9 PPG respectively. With Artis and Young having to produce so much each night offensively they are not lock-down defenders. The Panthers are a dangerous team, boasting senior leadership, as well as a dynamic duo but a lack of depth has hindered their ceiling.
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.