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NC State Beats #7 Auburn 78-71, 1st Win Over Top-10 Non-Conference Opponent at Home Since ’86

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NC State has been denied a spot in the Top-25 through the first 6 weeks of play, but after tonight’s 78-71 victory over #7 Auburn, they won’t be denied next week.

Tonight’s victory marks the 1st time the Wolfpack have beaten a Top-10 non-conference opponent at home since February 2, 1986, when NC State took down #8 Kentucky 54-51 in Reynolds Coliseum.

Junior Point Guard Markell Johnson carried the Wolfpack on his back, scoring a career high 27 points, fueled by a career high 5 three-pointers (5-8).

In the first half his scoring buddy was Sophomore Point Guard Braxton Beverly, who chipped in 15 points, knocking in 4 of his 5 three-pointers. He scored 14 of his 15 points in the 1st half.

In the 2nd half Johnson’s scoring compadre was Redshirt Sophomore Devon Daniels, who scored all 15 of his points in the 2nd half. He also snagged 7 rebounds.

It wasn’t a pretty game. It was a turnover fest, with Auburn turning the ball over 25 times, and the Wolfpack handing it over 22 times.

The Wolfpack managed to win a game against a Top-10 opponent while shooting dismal 52.2% from the charity stripe (12-23), but Auburn was actually worse, connecting on only 50% of theirs (6-12).

The Tigers came in as one of the best three-point shooting teams in the nation, but only connected on 5 of their 25 (20%) attempts from deep. On the other side, NC State continued to blaze from beyond the arch, hitting 10 of 22 (45.5%).

NC State dominated from the tip to the final buzzer.

Auburn led for a total of 44 seconds in the contest.

That’s the definition of domination.

The Tigers tried to make runs, but the clutch play of Johnson, Beverly and Daniels was too much for them to handle.

Kevin Keatts told the ESPN2 commentators that if his team won tonight, they would be a year ahead of schedule.

It looks like this program is ahead of schedule.

Look out ACC. Look out NCAA.

Kevin Keatts is a winner.

 

 

 

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Devon Daniels Junior Season ACCDN Highlight Reel

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Redshirt Junior Devon Daniels improved in nearly every statistical category this year. He averaged 12.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals, shooting 47% from the field. Below is the ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel of Daniels’ Junior Season.

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Rodney Monroe Takes Down Donovan Mitchell to Advance to the Sweet 16

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The ACC is doing their own version of March Madness to determine the best Men’s Basketball player of the past 50 years.

Out of the 64 players chosen, 4 NC State players were selected: David Thompson, Rodney Monroe, Julius Hodge and T.J Warren.

Each match is decided by fan vote.

Voting for the Round of 32 has now closed, and all 4 of the former Wolfpack stars have officially advanced to the Sweet 16.
Yesterday #5 seed Rodney Monroe took down #13 seed Donovan Mitchell (Louisville).
Here are the matchups for the NC State Legends in the Sweet 16.
#7 Julius Hodge vs. #3 Darrell Griffith (Louisville)
#8 T.J. Warren vs. #5 seed Jared Dudley (Boston College)
#1 David Thompson vs. #4 James Worthy (UNC)
#5 Rodney Monroe vs. #1 Christian Laettner (Duke))
Go vote for Hodge right NOW!

 

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D.J. Funderburk & Devon Daniels to Go Through NBA Draft Process

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NC State Head Men’s Basketball Coach Kevin Keatts hopped on a zoom call today with the media, and shared that Redshirt Juniors D.J. Funderburk and Devon Daniels will go through the NBA Draft process.

Obviously, both Daniels and Funderburk will have the ability to return to school. Over the past couple of years, Torin Dorn and Markell Johnson both did the same thing. Players go through the process in order to be seen by NBA scouts, and get feedback from them of what they need to work on to improve their draft stock.

While Funderburk and Daniels both improved this year, I can’t imagine a scenario where either one of them would be drafted this year by an NBA team.

With that being said, both of these guys have been in school 4 years now, and 1 or 2 of them could look to play pro ball now, even if it wasn’t in the NBA.

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David Thompson Takes Down Pervis Ellison to Advance to Sweet 16

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The ACC is doing their own version of March Madness to determine the best Men’s Basketball player of the past 50 years.

Out of the 64 players chosen, 4 NC State players were selected: David Thompson, Rodney Monroe, Julius Hodge and T.J Warren.

Thus far three of them advanced to the Sweet 16.

On Monday, #7 seed Julius Hodge beat #2 seed J.J. Redick (Duke), on Tuesday, #8 seed T.J. Warren beat #1 seed Ralph Sampson (UVA), and yesterday #1 seed David Thompson beat #9 seed Pervis Ellison (Louisville).

In the Sweet 16, The Juice will face #3 seed Darrell Griffith (Louisville), Tony Buckets will be matched up against #5 seed Jared Dudley (Boston College), and Skywalker will go head-to-head with #4 seed James Worthy (UNC).

You can vote right now to send #5 seed Rodney Monroe to the Sweet 16 as well, with Ice battling #13 seed Donovan Mitchell (Louisville).

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