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NCAAT: NC State vs. Seton Hall | Preview, Keys to the game & How to Watch



#9 NC State Wolfpack vs #8 Seton Hall
Gametime: 4:30 pm
Location: Witchita, Kansas (Midwest Region)

Seton Hall at a glance…
The Pirates finished the regular season at 21-11 overall and 10-8 (3rd place) in the Big East.

They are a big and physical team led by Desi Rodriguez (6’6 guard) who averages 18ppg and 5 rebounds per game while shooting 50% from the floor and  38% from 3. He is a unique style of score who is tough to stop (we profiled him a few days ago) But this isn’t a one-man show. Seton Hall boasts 4 guys in double figures. Myles Powell has come on strong during his sophomore campaign to average 15ppg while hitting 38% of his 3s. Khadeen Carrington is another big guard you have to watch for, in fact, he might be coming into this game the hottest. He has scored 113 points over the past 5 games. You also have to plan for Angel Delgado. The 6’10 senior big is very talented and very physical on the blocks. He was the top rebounder in the Big East this season at 11.6 per game. He also averages 13.3ppg.


By the numbers on offense…
NC State holds the slight edge in adjusted offensive efficiency (116.4 compared to 116.3). The Wolfpack ranks 24th in offensive efficiency, while the Pirates rank 26th.

That makes these two teams seem super close offensively, but further analysis gives the Wolfpack a slight edge.

When you look at the Four Factors that lead to wins, NC State has the offensive advantage in two of the four.

  • They shoot the ball better than Seton Hall (Offensive Effective Field Goal Percentage 53.3%, compared to 52.8%).
  • They take better care of the ball than the Pirates (Offensive Turnover% 16.9%, compared to 17.9%).
  • Seton Hall has a lot of height down low and grabs offensive rebounds more often than NC State (Offensive Rebound%: SH 34.2% compared to NCST’s 33.6%).
  • The Pirates get to the free throw line more often than the Wolfpack (Offensive Free Throw Rate: NCST 34.5 compared to SH 33.9). On the plus side of this issue, Seton Hall ranks 262nd in the nation in free throw percentage.


By the numbers on defense…
On paper, Seton Hall is the stronger defensive team in this matchup. Their adjusted defensive efficiency is 99, compared to NC State’s 101.3.

When you look at the defensive Four Factors that most often lead to wins, Seton Hall holds the advantage in three of the four…

  • Seton Hall holds their opponents to a lower shooting percentage (Defensive Effective Field Goal Percentage: SH 49.9% to NCST’s 51.5%).
  • NC State does a much better job creating turnovers (Defensive Turnover%: NCST 20.6% to SH 17.9%).
  • Seton Hall does a better job at boxing out, preventing their opponents from grabbing offensive rebounds (Defensive Offensive Rebound%: SH 28.5% to NCST 31.9%)
  • Seton Hall does a better job keeping their opponents off of the free throw line (Defensive Free Throw Rate: SH 28.9 to NCST 32.6)

Keys to the game for NC State…

  • Play physical. This Seton Hall team is a true Big East group. They want to body you up and bang you down. The Pack can catch them off-guard by delivering that level of pysicality right back at them.
  • Dictate pace. Seton Hall isn’t super quick, so NC State has the advantage there. This will allow them to use their full court pressure and traps to speed them up and wear them down. The Pack needs to get up and down on the Pirates, and that means winning on the glass and in the turnover column.
  • Freeman’s Final Stand. Al Freeman has been delivering on the biggest stage all year long. He’s going to be looking to get hot. If he can early on, then the Wolfpack become a tough team to beat.
  • Markell Johnson needs to score it. While I love seeing his assist totals, Johnson needs to diversify his approach. Teams are daring him to score it and he’s been hesitant to take shots. That has to stop. If NC State is going to make a run then Markell Johnson has to be able to keep defenses honest with his scoring.
  • Ture Test for Yurt7. Omer Yurtseven has the whole nation watching. The knock against him has always been his physicality and his aggressiveness. Against Seton Hall, he’ll be able to put those questions to rest if he can battle on the blocks with Delgado. If Yurt gets beat on the boards and isn’t aggressive and finishing through contact, the Pack will be in deep trouble.
  • How hungry are you? This team has beat the odds all season long. They have taken a team that was supposed to finish 12th in the conference and are now on the games biggest stage. You have to believe they’ll be ready. NC State will have a chance to come out and punch the Pirates in the mouth. If they do that then Seton Hall will have to figure out how to respond. They are a good team, but they’ve allowed adversity to take away focus at times. State will want to make it known early and often that they aren’t walking off the court without a victory.

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NC State Men’s Basketball to Play Memphis in 2019-20



Wolfpack fans are sick and tired of hearing about their weak non-conference schedule.

News broke today that it might be a little bit stronger in 2019-20, with NC State facing Memphis up in Brooklyn in the Barclays Center Classic.

Memphis basketball will take on North Carolina State as part of the Barclays Center Classic next season, according to a contract obtained by The Commercial Appeal through an open records request. (Link)

Memphis is 22-13 this season in Penny Hardaway’s first season as head coach, and NC State actually has the chance to face the Tigers in two weeks in the championship game of the NIT on April 4th.

Despite losing their two leading scorers, Hardaway is bringing the #8 recruiting class in the nation to Memphis next season, including the #1 overall player James Wiseman.

The Wolfpack will also play at Auburn next year, after hosting the Tigers this season.

NC State will also host their opponent in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge this year, after heading to Wisconsin this past year.

The News & Observer’s Joe Giglio pointed out the fact that the ACC Tournament will be in Greensboro next year, and the Wolfpack typically schedules a non-conference game when that’s the case, so UNC-Greensboro or Elon could be a possibility.



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NC State’s Wes Moore is 1 of 4 Finalists for Naismith Coach of the Year Award



NC State Women’s Basketball Coach Wes Moore is 1 of 4 Finalists for the 2019 Werner Ladder Naismith Women’s College Basketball Coach of the Year Award, along with Lisa Bluder (Iowa), Kim Mulkey (Baylor) and Vic Schaefer (Mississippi State).

Beginning March 22, 2019, fans will be able to support their favorite finalist by visiting until April 3, to cast their ballot. The fan vote will account for five percent of the overall final vote. The 2019 Werner Ladder Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year will be announced on April 6, and the winner will be honored at their school at a later date.

“Each of these coaches has what it takes to win the Werner Ladder Naismith Women’s Coach of the Year honor,” said Stacy Gardella, vice president of brand marketing at WernerCo. “We look forward to watching these coaches inspire their teams throughout the tournament.”

About the finalists:

Lisa Bluder, Iowa
• Bluder led her team to the program’s first Big Ten Tournament title since 2001.
• Her Hawkeyes have a record of 26-6.
• With 35 years total of coaching experience, she has led the Hawkeyes to 18 postseason appearances in
her 19 years coaching at Iowa.
• Bluder’s Hawkeyes are the No. 2 seed in the Greensboro Region of the NCAA Tournament.

Wes Moore, N.C. State
• Moore guided his team to be the only remaining undefeated team in women’s or men’s basketball until
the team’s faceoff with North Carolina on Feb. 3, breaking a streak of 21 consecutive wins.
• He is the first coach in history to advance three different teams to the NCAA Tournament at the Division
I, II and III levels.
• His team has a record of 26-5 and 12-4 in the conference.
• Moore’s Wolfpack are the No. 3 seed in NCAA Tournament’s Greensboro Region.

Kim Mulkey, Baylor
• In her 19th year as head coach, Mulkey led her team to its 10th regular season and 10th Big 12
Tournament championship title.
• Her Bears hold a record 31-1 this season.
• Earning the No. 1 ranking in the final Associated Press (AP) Top 25 poll, her team has won 23 straight
games, currently the longest winning streak in the country.
• The Bears are seeded No. 1 in the Greensboro Region of the NCAA Tournament.

Vic Schaefer, Mississippi State University
• This season, Schaefer guided Mississippi State to the program’s first Southeastern Conference (SEC)
Tournament championship and its second regular-season SEC title.
• His Bulldogs have a 30-2 record with 15-1 conference standing and have been in the AP Top 25 for 93
straight weeks.
• Schaefer was honored with the SEC Coach of the Year, becoming just the sixth coach to have earned the
SEC honor multiple times.
• The Bulldogs are the No. 1 seed in the Portland Region in the NCAA Tournament. (Link)

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NC State to Play Harvard in the 2nd Rd of the NIT on Sunday Night



Last night #6 seed Harvard (19-11) defeated #3 seed Georgetown 71-68 in the 1st round of the 2019 NIT, setting up a matchup with #2 seed NC State (23-11) in Reynolds Coliseum on Sunday night at 7:30pm in the 2nd round.

ESPN’s BPI Matchup Predictor is giving the Wolfpack a 92.9% chance of victory.

KenPom is giving NC State 85% chance of victory, projecting a 78-66 final score.

ESPN’s BPI ranks NC State 27th, and Harvard 119th.

KenPom ranks the Wolfpack 34th, and the Crimson 119th.

The NET ranks NC State 33rd, and Harvard 129th.

The Sagarin ranks the Wolfpack 26th, and Harvard 116th.


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NC State’s Debbie Yow Named 2019 James J. Corbett Memorial Award Recipient



NC State Athletic Director Dr. Debbie Yow has been named the 2019 James J. Corbett Memorial Award Recipient, becoming the 53rd person to receive the prestigious honor. The Corbett Memorial Award is the “highest honor one can achieve in collegiate athletics administration.”

“During her time as a coach and an administrator, Debbie has positively impacted tens of thousands of student-athletes, and everyone involved in NACDA is fortunate she chose that administrative path,” said Bob Vecchione, NACDA chief executive officer. “Debbie was an annual speaker at the D1-A/LEAD1 Institute and always willing to participate in sessions or workshops at NACDA meetings. Nearly 20 years ago while serving as NACDA President, Debbie orchestrated the creation of the Association’s mission statement, which reiterates our core value of education. As an English major, she has always exhibited that educational mentality throughout her entire career.”

The Corbett Award is presented annually to the collegiate administrator who “through the years has most typified Corbett’s devotion to intercollegiate athletics and worked unceasingly for its betterment.” Corbett, athletics director at Louisiana State University, was NACDA’s first president in 1965. Additionally, Yow will receive an honorary degree from the Sports Management Institute (SMI), an educational institute sponsored by NACDA and the universities of Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Southern California and Texas, and automatic induction into the NACDA Hall of Fame.

“The Corbett Award, for lifetime achievement, represents the pinnacle of recognition for those of us whose careers have been in the enterprise of intercollegiate athletics,” said Yow. “For that reason, it is a special type of honor that I consider somewhat overwhelming, especially because it is awarded by our peers. I have such high regard for those individuals who have previously received it, and I am honored to be counted among them as a recipient.”

Yow knows the importance of her position, leading the gateway department of the largest university in North Carolina. The first female athletics director in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) also knows NC State’s reputation as a pioneering program that first established basketball as a dominant sport in the South, was the first to integrate varsity athletics in the ACC and was the first public school in the state to dedicate full resources to women’s athletics. (NACDA)



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