Just a reminder, since most of you are focused on Saturday’s matchup with Clemson, you’ may have forgotten that the basketball season opens up tonight with ‘Primetime with the Pack’ at Reynolds Coliseum tonight at 8pm. (Doors open at 7).
Here are 5 good reasons you need to get out there and support the Pack at this event.
– All proceeds are going towards Hurricane Florence disaster relief.
This is your chance to donate some money to the massive disaster relief that’s going on near our coast. While I’m sure the victims appreciate your prayers and your facebook posts, I think donating $10 while also getting to see your favorite basketball team play is a win/win.
– Get back into Reynolds Coliseum
If you haven’t been back to Reynolds since the renovation then you’re missing out. The place looks amazing and has an awesome museum built right into it. If you’re a long time NC State fan who grew up watching the Pack play in the old barn, then do yourself a favor and take a trip down memory lane tonight.
– Get to know an (almost) entirely new team
Unless you are a truly hardcore NC State basketball fan, then you probably don’t know this entire roster of players. Aside from Markell Johnson, Braxton Beverly, and Torin Dorn, this is an entirely new roster filled with transfers, grad-transfers and freshmen. But don’t’ get it twisted folks, this team is going to be good.
– There is a dunk contest
Last season there wasn’t a dunk contest OR a scrimmage. This year there may not be a scrimmage, but there is a dunk contest. Who will be in it? Will Ian Steere break the backboard? Who is the best dunker on this team? We’ll find out tonight.
– Tickets are still available
That’s right. There are still some tickets to be had in almost every section, but don’t wait too long as soon as this gets posted I’m guessing most of the mid-court section seats will be long gone.
NC State Helping Make 500,000 Surgical Masks Per Day
NC State’s Nonwoven Institute is currently using two of it’s production lines to produce materials for the creation of face masks for the use of medical workers as they fight Covid-19.
According to Behnam Pourdeyhimi, executive director of NWI, Wilson College of Textiles associate dean for industry research and extension and William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor, the materials being made can create a face mask that can be cleaned and reused.
“Because of the COVID-19 crisis, we took the spunbond technology and created a new generation of unique filters that have excellent filtering capability and can potentially be reused after cleaning with peroxide, or potentially alcohol solution,” Pourdeyhimi said. “Because these materials are strong, unlike classical meltblown filters, they can also be cut and sewn by traditional techniques.” (NCSU)
Currently, NC State is roughly able to create material for roughly 500,000 surgical face masks per day.
Within the next month when new machinery arrives, NC State will be able to create the actual face masks on their Centennial Campus, to provide to local medical workers.
NC State Sweeps 2020 ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving Awards
NC State continued their dominance in Men’s Swimming & Diving in 2020, sweeping the 2020 ACC Awards yesterday.
Stewart, a Senio, has now one the ACC Swimmer of the Year award two years in a row. At the ACC championships, he won the 100 & 200 backstrokes (2nd straight), and was part of the 1st-place 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams.
This has almost become a lock annually for Holloway, winning the award in 7 of the last 8 years. The Men’s Swimming & Diving team won their 6th consecutive ACC Championship this year.
Brady, a Senior, was a finalist in all 3 diving events at the ACC Championships, winning the 3-meter springboard competition.
Colts Plan to Hold On to Jacoby Brissett Despite Adding Philip Rivers
Last week NC State legend Philip Rivers signed a 1-year $25 million with the Indianapolis Colts. This move led many to wonder if another former Wolfpack Quarterback Jacoby Brissett would still have a spot in Indy, or if he would be traded.
Apparently the Colts want to keep both Wolfpack QB’s on their roster.
Colts’ full intentions are to keep Jacoby Brissett, I'm told. His contract calls for $7M guarantee tomorrow and $6M salary, so perhaps that affects some things, but the team considers him a special guy and wants him in the fold.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 21, 2020
Indy must have no qualms financially, because they are keeping Brissett on the roster, despite the fact his pay will equal $21.375 million salary cap hit.
2020 will equal be the final year of Brissett’s 2-year $30 million contract.
FULL HIGHLIGHTS: NC State obliterates #6 Duke, 88-66
NC State played their most complete game of the season, out-playing the #6 Blue Devils from tip to buzzer, resulting in a stunning 88-66 victory.
Three Pack players scored over 20 points, led by senior Markell Johnson with 28 (Daniels had 25 and Funderburk had 21. The Pack shot a solid 45% from the floor and a sizzling 60% from beyond the arc. NC State outrebounded Duke 36-27.