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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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NCAA to Move 3-Point Line Back to International Distance

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When NC State played in the 2019 National Invitational Tournament, there were a variety of experimental rules put in place. One of those was moving the 3-Point line back 1 foot, 8 inches, which is the distance used by the FIBA (International Basketball Federation).

The NCAA considered the experiment successful, and recently approved a rule change to move the arch back to 22 feet and 1¾ inches. This rule will be implemented at the start of the 2019-20 season.

Senior Wolfpack Point Guard Markell Johnson had no problem shooting it from further back, hitting 9-17 (52.9%) in the Wolfpack’s 3 games in the NIT.

As a team, NC State shot 33.3% from the new standard, which was slightly under their season average of 35.3%.

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NC State’s Torin Dorn Worked Out for the Hornets Yesterday

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Former NC State Wing Torin Dorn worked out for the Charlotte Hornets yesterday.

Yesterday’s workout was technically Dorn’s first pre-draft team workout, but he did participate in an agent pro day in Phoenix two weeks ago. Dorn also played well in the Portsmouth Invitational at the end of April.

I would be shocked to see Dorn drafted, but workouts like these could help him get an invite to the NBA Summer League or get a G-League contract.

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NC State Men’s Basketball to Host Wisconsin in Big Ten-ACC Challenge

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State men’s basketball team will host Wisconsin in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, the league announced on Thursday.

The game is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4. Tip-time and broadcast information will be released later.

The match-up will be the fourth all-time between the two programs. Wisconsin has won all three previous meetings, including last season’s game in Madison, Wis., 79-75. Markell Johnson led the Pack with a then-career-high 21 points in defeat.

NC State returns six of its top-seven scorers from last season’s 24-12 team.
 
Wisconsin returns six of its top-eight scorers from last season’s 23-11 team.

Additional opponents and dates for the 2019-20 season will be announced at a later date.

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NC State’s Markell Johnson 1 of Andy Katz’s Favorites to Win the 2020 Jerry West Award

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NCAA.com’s Andy Katz is already looking to next year, and released his 11 favorites (and 14 other contenders) to win the 2020 Jerry West Award, given to the nations best shooting guard annually, beginning in 2015.

NC State Senior Markell Johnson ranked 6th on Katz’s list.

6. Markell Johnson, Sr., NC State: The Wolfpack got its stat stuffer back on the roster after Johnson decided to return to campus. He averaged a dozen points a game last season. Expect that number to climb as well as his overall production.

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  1. Myles Powell, Sr., Seton Hall
  2. Anthony Edwards, Fr., Georgia
  3.  Cole Anthony, Fr., North Carolina
  4. Aaron Henry, So., Michigan State
  5. Sam Merrill, Sr., Utah State
  6. Markell Johnson, Sr., NC State
  7. Jarron Cumberland, Sr., Cincinnati
  8. Alpha Diallo, Sr., Providence
  9. Davide Moretti, Jr., Texas Tech
  10. Marcus Evans, Sr., VCU
  11. Tyrese Maxey, Fr., Kentucky
  12. Trent Frazier, Jr., Illinois
  13. Remy Martin, Jr., Arizona State
  14. Braxton Key, Sr., Virginia
  15. Kellan Grady, Jr., Davidson
  16. Ty-Shon Alexander, Jr., Creighton
  17. David Collins, Jr., South Florida
  18. Joe Wieskamp, So., Iowa
  19. Fatts Russell, Jr., Rhode Island
  20. Cartier Diarra Jr., Kansas State
  21. TJ Gibbs, Sr., Notre Dame
  22. Kyle Lofton, So., St. Bonaventure
  23. Matt Coleman III., Jr., Texas
  24. Quade Green, So, Washington
  25. Dejon Jarreau, Jr., Houston (NCAA)

Duke’s RJ Barrett won the Jerry West Award this year.

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