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NC State Defeats Miami 87-82 in ACC Opener, Off to Best Start Since ’74 National Championship

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Fight.

This NC State Men’s Basketball team has fight.

Miami led for most of the game on their home court (56.2%), but the Wolfpack found a way to beat the Hurricanes 87-82, to start the 2018-19 season 13-1, which is the best start since the Wolfpack won the National Championship in 1974.

The Wolfpack trailed by 8 at the half, and shot a measly 36.8% from the field, compared to the Hurricane’s 50%. Junior Point Guard Markell Johnson only played 4 minutes, picking up 2 fouls. Miami ended the first period of play on a 17-2 run.

The 2nd half was a different story.

NC State started the 2nd half on a 7-0 run, but found themselves trailing by 10 points (game high) a little bit later, but they took the lead with 6:35 left, and never looked back (A 13-0 run was key to the Wolfpack surge). The Wolfpack flipped the script in the 2nd half, shooting 56.7% from the field (50% 3PT) compared to 40.7% from the Hurricanes.

Markell Johnson didn’t start the game, but that didn’t stop him from being the player of the game.

Sophomore Miami Point Guard Chris Lykes had the game of his life, scoring a career high 28 points, and Johnson couldn’t sit back and watch. It fueled him.

Johnson finished with 20 points (17 in the second half) and 5 assists, shooting a silly 6 of 8 from the field, and 4 out of 5 from deep. He entered the game averaging 20 points and 5.3 assists against four Power 5 opponents this year, shooting 61.2% from the field.

I guess he got the memo.

Redshirt Sophomore Devon Daniels was the steadiest player for the Wolfpack in both halves, finishing with 19 points (7-10 FG) and 8 rebounds.

Sophomore Braxton Beverly and Redshirt Junior CJ Bryce also finished in double figures, with 11 and 10 respectively. Beverly also led the Wolfpack with 6 assists.

Redshirt Graduate Junior Wyatt Walker snagged 11 rebounds, with 8 of those coming on the offensive end of the court (he also chipped in 9 points).

NC State found a way to win a game on the road in the ACC when they turned the ball more than their opponent (16 to 7), and were outshot as well from the field (45.9%/45.6%), and from beyond the arch (40%/36.7%).

The Wolfpack will enjoy ice cream down Coral Gables before hosting rival #15 UNC next Tuesday night at 9pm on ESPN.

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NC State 84 Hofstra 78: HIGHLIGHT REEL

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NC State improved to 23-11 on the season tonight, defeating Hofstra (27-8) 84-78 in the 1st Round of the NIT in Reynolds Coliseum. Check out the GoPack HIGHLIGHT REEL below.

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NC State Outlasts Hofstra 84-78 in 1st Rd of the NIT

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Despite their disappointment in missing the NCAA Tournament, the Wolfpack fanbase came out in droves tonight for NC State’s 84-78 victory over Hofstra in the 1st round of the NIT, selling out Reynolds Coliseum.

The Wolfpack had no answer for the Pride’s Justin Wright-Foreman in the 1st half, scoring 17 points. Wright-Foreman averaged 27 points per game this year, ranking 2nd in the NCAA. He finished the night with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

NC State fans were nervous at the break, with Hofstra leading 42-39 at halftime.

“2nd-half Markell” was in full force tonight. The Junior Wolfpack point guard scored 20 points in the 2nd half. He finished the night with 26 points, tying Hawkeye Whitney (1978) for the most points scored by an NC State player in an NIT game.

Senior Torin Dorn and CJ Bryce were the only other Wolfpack players to finish in double-figures, scoring 19 and 18 respectively. Bryce and Dorn also led NC State on the boards, with 11 and 9 respectively.

Hofstra made things interesting in the final minutes.

NC State held a 78-70 lead with 3:14 left on the clock, but the Pride went on a 6-0 run, making it a 2-point game with 2:24 left.

With 46 seconds left on the clock, it was still a 2-point game.

Johnson’s killer instinct kicked in with an And-1 layup with 19 seconds on the clock, that ultimately was the nail in the coffin.

NC State out-rebounded Hofstra 49-32, and held Hofstra to 41.5% shooting from the field.

The Wolfpack are now 23-11, and will host the winner of the # 6 Harvard vs. #3 Georgetown on Sunday night at 7:30pm in Reynolds Coliseum. The 23 wins marks the most since 2012-13.

Photo Credit: @Fred_Demarest

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NC State is a 9-Point Favorite Over Hofstra in the 1st Rd of the NIT

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NC State (22-11) is a 9-point favorite over Hofstra (27-7/17-4) in the 1st round of the NIT tonight at 7pm in Reynolds Coliseum. The TOTAL is sitting at 163.

ESPN’s BPI Matchup Predictor gives the Wolfpack a 86.6% chance of victory.

  • NC State is 7-3 Against the Spread in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NC State’s last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of NC State’s last 8 games at home
  • NC State is 20-4 Straight Up when they are favored this year
  • Hofstra is 0-5 this season Straight Up as the underdog this year
  • NC State is 10-9 Against the Spread at home this year
  • Hofstra is 11-4 Against the Spread on the road this year
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 12 of NC State’s games at Home this year

NC State is 2-0 all-time against Hofstra.

1983 – 82-56 (W)
2014 – 76-64 (W)

The Wolfpack barely covered the spread back in 2014, beating the Pride by 12 points, as 12.5 point favorites.

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NC State Women’s Basketball Earns #3 Seed in NCAA Tournament

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RALEIGH – For the second straight season, the 10th-ranked NC State women’s basketball team (26-5) will be hosting NCAA Tournament games in Raleigh. Announced Monday evening during the 2019 Women’s NCAA Tournament Selection Show on ESPN, the third-seeded Wolfpack will host 14th-seeded Maine on Saturday, March 23 at 1 pm inside Valvano Arena at Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of NC State University.

The Wolfpack hosted Maine on Dec. 15 of this season, defeating the Black Bears 84-46. Maine (25-7) has won 14 straight games and won its second consecutive America East Conference Tournament title, defeating three foes by an average of 22.6 points per game during the competition.

Saturday’s winner will take on the winner of sixth-seeded Kentucky and 11th-seeded Princeton on Monday, March 25 (time TBD). Kentucky and Princeton will open the action in Raleigh by playing at 11 am on Saturday, March 23.

NC State has played 16 NCAA Tournament games in the city of Raleigh throughout program history. The Wolfpack is 14-2 in these games and has not lost an NCAA Tournament contest in its home city since 1983. The 2019 season marks the Wolfpack’s 25th trip to the NCAA Tournament and 28th appearance in the top national postseason tournament (AIAW National Tournament appearances prior to the beginning of the NCAA Tournament in 1978, 1980, and 1981).

Last season, the Wolfpack hosted and defeated Elon (62-35) and No. 16 Maryland (74-60) in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament in Raleigh.

With a 26-5 record and a third-place finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference that was followed up by an exciting run to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament, the Wolfpack is in the midst of a very strong season and will be making its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

Photo Credit: @PackWomensBBall

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