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ACCT PREVIEW: A look back at NC State’s 82-66 win over Boston College

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As NC State prepares to meet Boston College in the 2nd round of the ACC Tournament, we take a look back the team’s first meeting to see what went right for the Wolfpack and look for areas that they could improve. If you have time, you can rewatch the entire game above.

The Good

  • A lot went right for the Wolfpack, one was the fact that they shot 56% from the field and 52% from 3.
  • Part of the reason for the great shooting was the ball movement, the spacing, and the sharing. State had 19 assists on 29 made FGs. Markell had 8, while Beverly and Al Freeman combined for 7 more.
  • NC State defended the 3 point line. Boston College shot only 16% from long range, which included Jerome Robinson (ACC’s leading scorer) going 0-6.
  • Speaking of Jerome Robinson, he hurt his elbow early in the game but came back. Whether or not it was the injury that slowed him down is debatable, but NC State held him to 8 points on 4-20 shooting.
  • They did a good job of helping off on BC’s bigs, who really aren’t huge offensive threats. This allowed them to slow down Bowman.
  • State switched a lot of screens on Robinson. He is a big guard but really isn’t super quick. This allowed State to guard him with multiple guys and switch on most ball screens.
  • Al Freeman finished with 20 points on 6-14 shooting and Beverly was red-hot, hitting 5-6 (all from 3) and ended with 16 points.
  • Abu and Lennard Freeman logged quality minutes, combining for 13 points and 7 boards.

The Bad

  • Honestly, State did a lot of things wrong (that their hot shooting masked) in their win over BC. They went over 6 minutes without a point to start the game.
  • They were crushed on the boards.42-36 and had their worst offensive rebounding performance of the season, losing that battle extremely bad, 20-4.
  • Omer Yurtseven battled foul trouble and only played 20 minutes and scored 8 points. When he was in he wasn’t playing very physical and was just off his game.
  • Markell Johnson only shot the ball 1 time and finished with 1 point and had 7 turnovers.
  • NC State as a team, turned it over 16 times.

The Takeaway
NC State won 82-66, but this was one of their worst games in terms of physicality and focus. They were sloppy with the ball, they were weak on the boards and they just didn’t seem like themselves. Now, they still won by a lot, but they also shot it extremely well and Jerome Robinson was somewhat hurt. BC will surely get a better performance from Robinson, but it’s also likely the Pack will be much more focused and much more aggressive.

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NC State Moved up to #31 in the NET Rankings After Syracuse

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NC State moved up 6 spots, from #37 to #31, in the NET Rankings after beating Syracuse 73-58 on Wednesday night. 

The NET Rankings have replaced the RPI as the primary shaper of the NCAA Tournament field.

The NCAA Evaluation Tool, which will be known as the NET, relies on game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses. To make sense of team performance data, late-season games (including from the NCAA tournament) were used as test sets to develop a ranking model leveraging machine learning techniques. The model, which used team performance data to predict the outcome of games in test sets, was optimized until it was as accurate as possible. The resulting model is the one that will be used as the NET going forward.

The NET was built to create a ranking system that was as accurate as possible while also evaluating team performance fairly. To ensure fairness, certain types of data were omitted from the model. Of key importance, game date and order were omitted to give equal importance to both early and late-season games. In addition, a cap of 10 points was applied to the winning margin to prevent rankings from encouraging unsportsmanlike play, such as needlessly running up the score in a game where the outcome was certain. (NCAA)

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball ACC Slate for the Next 3 Years

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The ACC released the conference schedules for Men’s Basketball for the next three years today.

Why is that noteworthy?

Well, beginning next year, the ACC slate will increase from 18 games to 20 games.

Here’s a look at what conference play will look like for the Wolfpack the next three seasons.

It’s worth noting that NC State will play the team that wears dark blue over in Durham twice tomorrow.

The 20-game ACC slate is locked in for three years.

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Sacha Killeya-Jones is No Longer on NC State’s Basketball Team

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Former Kentucky player and 5-Star prospect in High School, Sacha Killeya-Jones, is no longer a member of the NC State Men’s Basketball team.

Under transfer rules, Killeya-Jones is sitting out this season as a redshirt, and would have had two years of eligibility left in Raleigh.

Wolfpack head coach Kevin Keatts addressed Killeya-Jones’ absence from the bench last night after the game.

(Sacha) Killeya-Jones is currently not a member of our program and that’s all I can say right now. (Link)

Exactly why he is no longer a member of the program is unclear at this point.

Killeya-Jones is originally a native of Chapel Hill, but played his high school ball at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, Virginia. After originally committing to UVA, Jones eventually committed to go to Kentucky. Jones was a consensus 5-Star recruit, and ranked as the #23 overall player in the class of 2016.

Standing 6’11”, Killeya-Jones was a big component of the future of NC State’s frontcourt. This year, the Wolfpack have no depth in this area, with Wyatt Walker (GR JR) and DJ Funderburk (RS SO) serving as the only “big men.” Next year was going to be a luxury, with both Walker and Funderburk returning, and the addition of Killeya-Jones and Manny Bates (FR), who had shoulder surgery this season.

NC State still has 2 scholarships available in 2019. The Wolfpack coaching staff is in hot pursuit of Christian Brown, and has space to add a big man alongside of him.

 

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NC State’s Eric Lockett Charged With Assault, Suspended Indefinetly

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UPDATE

Graduate Senior Eric Lockett wasn’t with his NC State teammates last night in their 73-58 victory over Syracuse because he was charged with assaulting his girlfriend on Tuesday night.

He was arrested this morning.

Before last night’s game, NC State released that Lockett wasn’t with the team due to a “personal matter.”

After the game when asked, Wolfpack head coach Kevin Keatts didn’t have any further comment.

“I won’t comment on (Eric) Lockett or (Blake) Harris further than what we’ve released.” (Link)

Lockett came to NC State this offseason as a Graduate Transfer from Florida International. He has played in 22 games (starting 2) for the Wolfpack this year, averaging 5.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16.9 minutes per game.

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