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NC State vs. #19 Clemson: Game Info, Preview & How to Watch

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NC State Wolfpack vs. #19 Clemson Tigers
Gametime: 9:00 pm
TV: ESPN
Location: Raleigh, NC

Last time out…

It’s kind of strange to see two ACC teams play each other twice in such a short window, but that’s going to be the case when the Pack faceoff against Clemson tonight in Raleigh.

The two just met on December 30th, with State falling 78-62 in their ACC opener.

Clemson had 5 guys in double figures and really just played a cleaner, more efficient basketball game.They shot the ball better (43.3% to 34.8%) and they really shared the basketball. They had 17 assists on 29 made FGs and only turned it over 9 times.

Meanwhile, the Wolfpack were throwing up bricks from long range (22.7%), only had 9 assists on 23 made FGs and turned it over 14 times. They did, however, out-rebound the Tigers (45 to 40) which is really the only positive takeaway for the Pack in their first meeting.

Clemson was led by their guards Marcquise Reed and Gabe Devoe who combined to go 11-28 from the floor and 4-11 from beyond the arc. Devoe got it started early with some deep 3s and Reed was dicing up the Pack’s defense all night long (team-high 5 assists).

Donte Grantham was a matchup problem for NC State in the first meeting. The versatile 6’8 senior scored 13 points and grabbed 9 boards, while 6’9 big, Elijah Thomas, backed him up with 10 points and 10 boards.

Overall, this was just a flat-out bad performance by NC State. Looking at Clemson’s stats, they didn’t really have a dominant game. They just defended really well, didn’t turn over the basketball and shot it decently.

 

Keys for NC State…

  • Control pace. Last time out, Clemson really dictated the pace and made the Pack play a lot slower than they’d like. That threw off the NC State offense, leading to a lot of one on one play and poor decision making.
  • Own the boards. Abu and Lennard Freeman both had really bad games in the first matchup. They combined to only play 28 minutes, score 11 points and bring down 7 rebounds. That is unacceptable for two seniors and they’ll need to correct that in this one. Abu looked a lot better vs. Duke and seemed to be getting back to attacking the basket and playing above the rim. That is where they need him in this one.
  • Dorn and Batts need to show up again. These two were the difference makers in the Duke win on Saturday and it’s obvious that if they play well, NC State will be hard to beat. Against Clemson in game 1, this duo combined for 10 points on 2-15 shooting and turned it over 4 times. Dorn did grab 10 boards, but offensively he looked bad. Batts gives State a PG who can really push the pace and create havoc on defense. That is the type of guy who is going to frustrate Clemson and negate the advantage their guards had on the first go-round.
  • Beverly needs to continue his play. Braxton has had a really good run lately. Over his past 4 games, he’s averaging 13 points, 6 assists and 2.7 TOs. This, coupled with his  leadership at the end of the Duke game is a good sign that he’s starting to get comfortable and with comfort comes consistency. Crazy to say for a freshman who has only played 15 games in his college career. Last time out vs. Clemson he had a really good game, going 6-9 from the field and 3-5 from 3pt range for 15 pts.
  • More Yurt. Omer played well against Clemson. He scored 12 points and gobbled up 10 rebounds. He’s been a pretty consistent force for Keatts in the middle. The Notre Dame game (4 points, 4 boards) seems to be the outlier, so look for him to have another big game against Clemson tonight.
  • Share the basketball. You saw against Duke what this team can do when they play together. Clemson plays good defense and if oyu aren’t sharing the basketball they’ll beat you. As we stated, State only had 9 assists on 23 made FGs in the first meeting. Against Duke they had 17 assists on 34 made FGs. If they are about that 50% mark, then they’ll find success. The big output was thanks to an uptick in assists by Al Freeman and Lavar Batts.

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VIDEO: Kevin Keatts Talks Before #19 NC State’s Matchup vs. #23 Louisville

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#19 NC State head coach Kevin Keatts spoke with the media today before Thursday’s road game against #23 Louisville. He broke down the latest on Junior Point Guard Markell Johnson’s availability…

The video is ABOVE (Via TheWolfpacker), and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

  • I think I said it the other day, he’s (Markell Johnson) a guy that could play on Thursday, or could play three or four weeks from now. I’m not going to play him until he feels mentally and physically ready to play.
    • There won’t be any pressure on our end. We’re prepared to go into every game without him. If he’s able to play…feels he can play…and the doctors and trainers say he can play…we’d definitely love to have him back in our lineup
    • He’s getting shots up with no contact at this point. He’s not moving really fast, but anything we do at the beginning where we get shots up and there is no contact, he participates in that.
    • I think he feels better each day. I typically get a report from our trainer right after practice and every night, and the report last night was he felt better after working out yesterday.
    • He took a pretty nasty fall. He doesn’t have a lot of meat in that area. He’s really, really sore.
  • DJ Funderburk’s been great. He’s long and athletic, and can get to a lot of offensive rebounds. He’s been great in that area, but he’s also done a great job with defensive presence.
    • Against Pitt he had to play a lot of minutes and did a tremendous job without getting into foul trouble. Made some shots. Ran the floor.
    • He gives us the ability on the defensive end where we can switch all screens if we have to, because he’s the only guy on our roster who can guard all five positions on the floor. He’s been very valuable to us.
    • When he’s in the game, we typically don’t have a true center. Wyatt Walker is the closest we have to a true center. We have two power forwards or two forwards when he’s on the floor.
    • At Hargrave, he was always on the front of a press. Played with energy. He played hard. Affected every aspect of the game.
    • Went JUCO and some projected him as the No. 1 JUCO in the country. He’s only going to get better as the years go on. He’ll continue to put on weight. Next year I’d love to see him add 20 more pounds to his frame.
    • It’s a couple of different things (On why he doesn’t start). I don’t like him getting into early foul trouble. He’s also played so great off the bench. Gives us a great lift. He will start games before the season is over. Don’t know when that will be, but he’s so valuable to our program.
    • I felt we had a little bit of advantage (recruiting Funderburk) because AW (Hamilton. Former Assistant Coach who is now at Eastern Kentucky) had coached him. A lot of schools backed off because they thought if NC State wanted him, we’d get him because of his relationship with AW at Hargrave.
  • I think we have to play high-level basketball to win there (Louisville). They are playing as good as any team in our conference. After the Pitt loss, I don’t think they’ve had a game closer than 10 points. They had an unbelievable win at Carolina and on the road with Georgia Tech.
    • (Jordan) Nwora is playing very good basketball. He’s shooting the ball extremely well. They are talented and play hard.
    • Chris (Mack) is doing a great job with the program.
    • My emotions are I’m hoping we can go there and get a win. I’m the NC State coach and excited about our guys. For me, it’s another great opponent on their floor. It’s so hard to win in the ACC on the road.
  • We have to be there on the catch (On what you have to do to stop Nwora). He’s really good. He reminds me so much of Cam Johnson with how he can shoot the ball with his height.
    • He’s very good around the NBA line, but he can also step back and take shots. Right now, he’s shooting into a big rim.
    • The only game in the ACC they didn’t win (Pitt), he didn’t have a great game.

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NC State Women’s Basketball Stays Put at #8 for 3rd Straight Week

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The NC State Women’s Basketball team stayed put at #8 in the Week 12 AP Poll, after defeating Virginia Tech 70-61 in overtime this past Sunday in their only game of the week.

Need I remind the voters that the Wolfpack is 18-0, and the only remaining undefeated team in all of Division-I College Basketball…Women or Men.

The Wolfpack will host the Clemson Tigers on Thursday night at 7pm.

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Remembering when Martin Luther King Jr. Spoke in NC State’s Reynolds Coliseum

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On a day when we remember Martin Luther King Jr., you might not realize that the country-shaping Civil Rights leader once spoke in NC State’s legendary Reynolds Coliseum.

On July 31st, 1966, Dr. King spoke to an integrated audience of an estimated 5,000 people in Reynolds Coliseum. Simultaneously, the Ku Klux Klan was marching the streets of Raleigh in protest to his presence. Much of Raleigh was in an uproar with King in town. Numerous churches in the area took out ads in the News & Observer inviting people to their church that week to denounce him, and oppose integration.

The night before King’s speech, there was an event in the iconic Memorial Auditorium portraying King as a communist.

Rather than a representative from NC State introducing King on their own campus, the President of Shaw University, Dr. James Cheek, introduced him.

King’s presence in North Carolina through the years wasn’t isolated to this one speech. In fact, his first “I have a dream” speech was in Rocky Mount.

As a pastor, I grieve that there were churches that denounced King that week. The integration they opposed is integral to the Gospel of Jesus. We needed to do better then, and we need to do better now. In my opinion, reconciliation, and the fighting of injustice is not optional for anyone that wants to call themselves Christian.

While we have a long way to go in our our society, I’m thankful that Raleigh and NC State aren’t in the same place they were back in 1966.

Check out all of the work and activities going on at NC State surrounding the impact of Dr. King. 

Also, please make sure to read W. Jason Miller’s article at the News & Observer, which shaped this entire piece. It’s wonderful piece of journalism. 

 

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NC State Remains in Top-20 in Week 12 Coaches Poll

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The Week 12 Coaches Poll is out, and after another 1-1 week, NC State remains in the Top-20, falling back 3 spots to #19.

ACC Teams in the Week 12 Coaches Poll Top-25

2) Duke (-)
3) Virginia (-2)
8) Virginia Tech (-1)
12) UNC (+3)
19) NC State (-3)
23) FSU (-12)
24) Louisville (+2)

 

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