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#15 NC State Falls 90-82 to #12 UNC at Home

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#15 NC State didn’t lead for a single second against #12 UNC tonight, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a game.

The Tar Heels outshot the Wolfpack from the field (45.3% to 42.5%), beyond the arch (40.0% to 28.6%), and at the charity stripe (84.6% to 70.6%). They out-rebounded the Pack by 18 (51-33), with a +4 advantage on the offensive glass. UNC had 26 free throw attempts, compared to NC State’s 17.

Torin Dorn, Markell Johnson and CJ Bryce were an uncharacteristic 13-34 from the field. Johnson got in foul trouble once again in the first half, and went into halftime scoreless. He finished the game with 5 turnovers.

Too many gimme’s were missed around the rim. The Pack forced three-pointers that were ill-timed. Costly turnovers killed runs. The Wolfpack half court offense often looked like one man hell-bent on scoring, instead of moving the ball around.

The Wolfpack were able to tie the game twice in the second half, but the most detrimental stretch of the game came with 10 minutes left in the contest. After cutting the lead to one, NC State turned the ball over in 5 out of the next 7 possessions.

Despite all of this, with a minute left in the game, the Wolfpack was only down 5 points.

Braxton Beverly did his part, scoring a career high 21 points, hitting 5 of his 8 three point attempts. DJ Funderburk was spectacular, finishing with 15 points (6-7 FG), 5 rebounds and 2 blocks.

NC State turned over UNC 23 times.

Before the Wolfpack knew it, they were down 16-4 to start the game. After the first 10 minutes of play, UNC was up 29-15. In the final 30 minutes of play, the Wolfpack beat the Tar Heels 67-61.

Can I be that guy and gripe about one foul call? Ok, I will. The foul called against Torin Dorn on Coby White with 1:06 was obscene. At that time NC State was only down 5 points, and had Dorn not been called for a foul for making 0 physical contact with the driving White, the Wolfpack could have possibly run down the court and made it a one possession game with plenty of time on the clock. Rant over.

Plain and simple…NC State played poorly tonight, and UNC deserves credit for some of that, but it’s encouraging the Wolfpack was in the game until the very end.

NC State will host Pitt on Saturday at Noon in PNC Arena on Raycom Sports.

 

 

 

 

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The NEW & HUGE Video Board at PNC Arena has been Raised!

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Back in the Spring, news broke that a new video board was going to be hung up in PNC Arena before NC State’s upcoming Men’s Basketball season, and today we got our first look at it raised up in the rafters.

The video board is a whopping 4,000 square feet hanging in the air.

That’s 180% larger than the old one.

 

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Tip-Off Times Set for Most of NC State’s 2019-20 ACC Slate

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The NC State Men’s Basketball schedule was released last Thursday, but the tip-off times for all but one of their ACC games now have been revealed.

The only ACC game we don’t know the tip-off time for is the game at Wake Forest on December 7th.

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Katz Projects NC State as a #10 Seed in the 2020 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 50 Days Out

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We are 50 days out from the start of the 2019-20 College Men’s Basketball season, and NCAA.com’s Andy Katz released an early Bracketology, projecting that NC State will be a #10 seed in the 2020 NCAA Tournament, playing St. Mary’s in the 1st Round.

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Athlon Predicts NC State’s Men’s Basketball Team to Finish 5th in ACC in 2019-20

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Athlon released their 2019-20 College Basketball preview, and they predict that NC State’s Men’s Basketball team will finish 5th in the ACC this season.

  1. Duke
  2. Louisville
  3. UNC
  4. UVA
  5. NC State
  6. FSU
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Miami
  9. Syracuse
  10. Georgia Tech
  11. Clemson
  12. Boston College
  13. Wake Forest
  14. Pittsburgh
  15. Virginia Tech

Here’s a rundown of what they had to say about the Wolfpack.

  • Returning 6 of top 7 scorers from last year
  • Redshirt Junior D.J. Funderburk needs to rebound more consistently, and stay out of foul trouble.
  • The version of Senior Markell Johnson that finished the season will be needed for NC State to get back to the NCAA Tournament.
    • Needs to be a consistent leader and scorer.
  • Junior Braxton Beverly needs to figure out a way to run more hot than cold.
  • Consistency from Redshirt Junior Devon Daniels would go a long way.
  • Team should be back in the NCAA Tournament.
  • With a reloading year for Duke, UVA and UNC, Keatts will get few opportunities like this one.

Pick up your own copy of Athlon’s 2019 College Basketball Preview at your local store.

 

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