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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 vs. Mercer Tip-off Time Moved Back

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RALEIGH, NC – The NC State men’s basketball game against Mercer on Saturday, Nov. 24 will now tipoff at 5:30 pm.

The game originally scheduled for 2:00 pm was moved to allow fans the opportunity to attend the NC State football game at UNC-Chapel Hill. The football game against the Tar Heels will kickoff at 12:20.

The basketball game will still be shown on ACC Network Extra.

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NC State Women’s Basketball Signs #7 Class in the Nation

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It was a good day for the NC State Women’s Basketball program yesterday. A really good day.

6th-year head coach Wes Moore celebrated four 2019 prospects signing their letter of intent to run with the Pack yesterday.

Currently, ESPN ranks the NC State’s 2019 recruiting class 7th nationally.

5-Star Wing Jakia Brown-Turner (6’0″) is the #17 overall player in the 2019 class according to ESPN. She averaged 19.7 points per game for Bishop McNamara High School (Oxon Hill, Maryland) as a Junior.

Wes Moore: “Jakia is a big-time scoring threat. She can really stroke the three, is explosive, and has the size to take people off the bounce to get to the rim and finish against contact. She is used to winning, both in high school and with Team Takeover during travel ball. She’s someone who we are really excited about from the standpoint of being able to count on her as a consistent scorer. She scores in so many ways. She has good size, good athleticism, and is someone who can really fill up a scoresheet.” (GoPack)

5-Star Forward Jada Boyd (6’2″) is the #32 overall player in the 2019 class according to ESPN. She averaged a gaudy 35.9 points, 13.3 rebounds, 8.5 blocks, and 4.1 steals per game as a junior for Appomattox County High School (Petersberg, Virginia). Boyd was the Virginia Class 1 Player of the Year last season.

Wes Moore: “Jada Boyd is a strong forward who is a relentless rebounder on both ends of the floor. She is strong inside and can also step out and shoot the three. She’s going to create matchup problems for people because of her ability to score inside and out. She brings a toughness and a presence out there and we feel like she will be able to be a double-double type player, much like (former NC State 1,000-point scorer) Chelsea Nelson. Having played a major role for a strong BooWilliams program, she too is used to success.” (GoPack)

3-Star Camille Hobby (6’1″) is the #18 post-player in the 2019 class according to ESPN. She averaged 14.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game as a junior for Nease High School (Jacksonville, Florida).

Wes Moore: “Camille has good strength on the block and plays extremely hard. She can score in a variety of ways, whether it be inside with post moves or from the trail position with a soft touch on the three. She’s someone who works hard on the court, works hard in preparation, and puts in the time that it takes to play at the ACC level. Consequently, she’ll keep getting better.” (GoPack)

3-Star Kendal Moore (5’6″) is the #27 point guard in the 2019 class according to ESPN. She averaged 21.2 points, 6.3 assists, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.6 steals per game as a junior for Northwood Temple Academy (Fayetteville, North Carolina).

Wes Moore: “Kendal has a high motor and is someone who is going to get the ball and push it in transition. She can be a facilitator at the point position, much like a quarterback running the team, but can also put up some points. She takes people off the bounce and either creates her own shot or sets up teammates. She can also knock down the three, and competes on every play. She will lead by example, much as she did with a good Carolina Flames team.” (GoPack)

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NC State’s Opening 3-Game Dominance Breaks ACC Record

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The NC State Men’s Basketball team has started off the season 3-0 It’s not the record that’s most noteworthy, but the way in which they have won.

The Wolfpack have defeated their opponents by an average of 49 points.

Mount Saint Mary’s – 105-55 – 50 points
Maryland Eastern Shore – 95-49 – 46 point
UNC-Asheville – 100-49 – 51 points.

They became the 1st team in ACC history to win their opening 3 games by 46+ points.

This has come as a result of an offensive explosion, and a defensive onslaught.

The last time the Wolfpack scored 90+ points in three consecutive games was back in 1995-96. Also, NC State has held their opponents to 33.3% or lower shooting from the field through three games. The Wolfpack didn’t hold a single opponent to that poor of shooting all last season.

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Arena at Reynolds Coliseum to be Named After Jimmy V

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In 1949, Reynolds Coliseum was opened, named after businessman and sportsman William Neal Reynolds of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

In 2007, the basketball court in Reynolds Coliseum was named after Hall of Fame NC State Women’s Basketball Coach Kay Yow.

On December 5th, the arena at Reynolds Coliseum will be named after legendary Men’s Basketball Coach Jimmy V. It will officially be called James T. Valvano Arena. The dedication will take place prior to the annual heritage game, with the Wolfpack hosting Western Carolina.

Valvano was the coach at NC State for 10 years (1980-90), leading the Cardiac Pack to a national championship in 1983.

He also led the Wolfpack to two ACC Tournament Championships (1983 & 1987) and two ACC Regular Season Championships (1985 & 1989).

The Wolfpack advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 7 of his 10 seasons:

1 National Championship
2 Elite Eights
1 Sweet 16

“Coach Valvano captured the hearts of Wolfpack fans with his coaching success and dynamic personality,” said Director of Athletics Debbie Yow. “Thanks to a small group of NC State alums, we can further memorialize his contributions through this naming opportunity in his beloved Reynolds Coliseum.” (GoPack)

Valvano was diagnosed with metastatic adenocarcinoma in June of 1992. On February 21, 1993, Jimmy V made his final visit to the Old Barn, commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the 1983 National Championship, and he gave a speech that included his famous line “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up”, which he made famous at the first ESPY Awards that same year.

The legend passed away on April 28th that year.

You can still buy tickets to the 2018 Heritage Game here.

 

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