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Omer Yurtseven Top-10 in the nation on the offensive glass

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It wasn’t all that long ago that Omer Yurtseven was struggling to stay on the floor for the Wolfpack. He was foul prone, he was being pushed around and he just wasn’t really putting up the type of rebounding numbers NC State fans had hoped for.

Over the first 4 games of the season, Yurtseven had grabbed only 16 rebounds (4 per game).  Certainly not the type of number you want to see from you 7-foot center. But something clicked for him during the trip to the Bahamas.

Since that trip began, Yurtseven has been a different player. He’s been much more aggressive and much more physical on the blocks. Just look at the numbers. Over the past 5 games, he has grabbed 47 rebounds. That’s good for 9.4 boards per game.

One area he’s been extremely impressive is on the offensive glass. His ability to get NC State extra possessions and easy putbacks have been huge for team. In fact, Yurtseven is ranked #9 in the nation in ‘offensive rebounding %.’

This is an important stat and one that is much more telling than simply looking at the total number of offensive rebounds. To calculate this statistic, divide the total number of offensive rebounds secured by the total number of rebounds available by the player/team. Meaning, this sidesteps all the variables such as the number of games played or the number of shots taken/rebounds available.

So why is this such an important number? Well, offensive rebounds, in general, are important because they take away a potential defensive rebound. They also give your team an extra possession and take a possession away from your opponent. This usually leads to more points for the team that is doing better on the offensive glass. It’s no wonder that many in the basketball-data community view OR% as one of the four pillars of true efficiency along with eFG%, TO%, and FT rate.

Yurtseven has been getting a lot of pub lately for his 6-7 (86%) from 3pt range and his nearly 13 ppg, but if he can continue to dominate on the offensive glass, then his scoring will just be icing on the cake. The big man from Turkey is finally showing Wolfpack fans why he came over with such high praise and why NBA scouts have been keeping a close eye on him. If he keeps this up, it will give NC State yet another dimension that no many thought they’d have in the preseason.

 

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Kevin Keatts Leads NC State Men’s Basketball Team in Beach Workout in Wilmington

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This past weekend NC State Men’s Basketball head coach Kevin Keatts took his Wolfpack squad down to his old stomping grounds, Wilmington, North Carolina, for a beach workout. Keatts served as the head coach at UNC-Wilmington for three seasons (2014-2017) before taking the reins at NC State. He has been an active advocate for helping those that have been effected by Hurricane Florence, and if you purchase a $10 ticket for this Friday’s Primetime with the Pack, all the proceeds will go to charity to assist those in need.

As you can tell from the video above, and the photos below, these boys have been putting in their work in the weight room this offseason.

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MIC’D UP MONDAYS: Go inside practice with new assistant Roy Roberson

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In what is becoming our new favorite series from @PackMensbball, new assistant coach Roy Roberson is mic’d up during an NC State practice.

Go behind the scenes and inside Roberson’s coaching style as he begs his guys to take charges and helps the upperclassman with leadership strategies.

If you missed last weeks’ episode with Coach Siddle, check it out now.

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Could NC State Start the 2019-20 Basketball Season in ACC Play?

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According to CBSSports’ College Basketball Insider Jon Rothstein, numerous ACC schools have been informed by the ACC to not schedule games for the first two days of the 2019-20 college basketball schedule, because they are planning conference games to open the year.

Why would the ACC do this, when it hasn’t been done in decades?

The launch of the ACC Network is scheduled to launch in 2019.

This looks like a ploy to spike the ratings of the new network to start their 1st basketball season.

The last time NC State opened up the college basketball season against an ACC opponent was when the Wolfpack faced Wake Forest and North Carolina in their 1st two games of the 1979-80 season in the Big Four Tournament. The Big Four Tournament was an early-season tournament consisting of the ACC teams on Tobacco Road: NC State, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Duke. The Big Four didn’t always kick off the season, but it always fell early in the year. In the 11 seasons of the Big Four Tournament (1971-81), the Wolfpack started the season facing two of their ACC Tobacco Road rivals only twice (also the 76-77 season).

Prior to the Big Four Tournament, the Wolfpack only started the season with two ACC games twice (1962-63 & 1967-68).

In total, since the formation of the ACC in 1953, NC State has only started the college basketball season against an ACC opponent 4 times, let alone 2 consecutive ACC games to open the season.

1979-80: UNC – 84-97 (L) & Wake Forest – 70-65 (W)
1976-77: UNC – 66-78 (L) & Duke – 82-84 (L)
1967-68: Wake Forest – 79-63 (W) & Maryland – 75-62 (W)
1962-63: Clemson – 56-55 (W) & Wake Forest – 58-66 (L)

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NC State’s PNC Arena is the 8th Largest Arena in College Basketball

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NCAA.com ran a piece earlier his week breaking down the 9 largest arenas in college basketball, and PNC Arena, the home of the Wolfpack, is the 8th largest.

1) Carrier Dome/Syracuse/34,616
2) Rupp Arena/Kentucky/23,000
3) KFC Yum! Center/Louisville/22,090
4) Dean Smith Center/UNC/21,750
5) Thompson-Boling Arena/Tennessee/21,678
6) Capital One Arena/Georgetown/20,356
7) Madison Square Garden/St. John’s/19,812
8) PNC Arena/NC State/19,722
9) Bud Walton Arena/Arkansas/19,200

Here’s what they had to say about PNC Arena:

The Wolfpack made the move from Reynolds Coliseum to PNC Arena in 1999. North Carolina State’s home can accommodate 19,722 fans on game days. Unlike many other college basketball arenas, Wolfpack fans can dine at a 300-seat restaurant without leaving the action. The NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes also play at PNC. (NCAA)

NC State ranked 12th in average attendance in 2017-18.

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