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#23 NC State Pushes #3 UVA to the Limit, Falling 66-65 in OT



I’m not saying I believe in moral victories, but hypothetically if I did…#23 NC State’s 66-65 loss in overtime tonight to #3 Virginia would be the definition of it.

All heart.

That’s the only way you can even explain the Wolfpack taking the Cavaliers to Overtime.

On paper…it simply shouldn’t have been.

NC State shot 34.4% from the field, 26.9% from beyond the arch, and 66.7% from the free throw line. Virginia outshot them from all three regions, shooting 46.2%, 40%, and 73.7% respectively.

The Cavaliers out-rebounded the Wolfpack 39-35.

UVA led for 87.2% of the contest.

Typically, if a team is trailing Virginia by 14 points with 12 minutes to play…you might as well shut the game down under a mercy rule. Being down 14 to Virginia is like being down by 30 points due to their offensive style of play, and the fact that they are practically the best defensive team in the nation.

How did they do it?

Well, they forced UVA to uncharacteristically turn the ball over 16 times, and only turned the ball over 8 times themselves.

NC State also had 16 offensive rebounds compared to Virginia’s 11.

Even though he shot poorly on the night (3-11 FG), staying on brand, Markell Johnson scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half.

Honestly, Wyatt Walker was the player of the game for the Wolfpack, with 11 points, 7 rebounds (5 offensive) and 3 blocks.

Torin Dorn and Devon Daniels also finished in double figures, scoring 13 and 10 respectively.

Markell Johnson hit 2 free throws with 28 seconds to go in regulation. He had an opportunity to shoot 3 free-throws with 0.9 seconds left in OT to send the game to a second overtime. After missing the first, he hit the second, and accidentally made the third while trying to miss it.

It was that close.

Tony Bennet is 11-2 against NC State, and has never lost to the Wolfpack in the regular season. His average margin of victory over the Pack is 11.8 points. The average margin of victory the past three contests: 17.3.

Is it possible to lose a game, and feel even more confident than before the game that the basketball program is moving to another level.

I think so.

NC State’s brutal stretch will continue on Saturday, as they host the #12 Virginia Tech Hokies at Noon.


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NC State Men’s Basketball Returns the 8th Most Production in 2020



NC State’s Men’s Basketball team will experience a luxury this year, that they lacked in abundance last year: returning production.

The Wolfpack is returning the 8th most production from last year amongst all of the Power 5 schools.

Power 5 teams with the most returning production

Colorado 94.1%, 50/1 odds to make Final Four
Notre Dame 89%, 75/1
Maryland 83.3%, 6/1
Illinois 81.6%. 25/1
Oklahoma State 76.2%, 75/1
Baylor 76.1%, 10/1
Georgia Tech 73.9%, 250/1
North Carolina State 71.6%, 50/1
Oregon State 71.5%, 75/1
Rutgers 71.4%, 125/1 (BET)

Breakdown of Production Returning in 2020

  • 71% minutes played
  • 73% of points scored
  • 64% of rebounds
  • 80% of assists
  • 74% of steals
  • 67% of blocks
  • 88% of 3-pointers made



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Ken Pomeroy Ranks NC State’s Men’s Basketball Program 38th Since 1997



Ken Pomeroy is a legend in the world of basketball statistical analytics. He’s been doing his thing since 1997, and he recently released his Program Ratings since the beginning, and according to his calculations, the Wolfpack have been the 38th best program in college basketball over the past 22 years. According to the ratings, NC State is the 10th best Men’s Basketball program in the ACC since 1997.

ACC Teams in Ken Pom’s Program Ratings Since 1997

1) Duke
4) UNC
8) Louisville
15) Syracuse
17) Virginia
27) Florida State
29) Notre Dame
31) Miami
35) Pittsburgh
38) NC State
50) Clemson
57) Wake Forest
63) Virginia Tech
65) Georgia Tech
78) Boston College

The Wolfpack’s best season was 2004 (9th), and worst season was 2008 (110th). They have finished in his Top-25 3 times over 22 years.

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Jersey Numbers Assigned to NC State’s New Basketball Players



The NC State Men’s Basketball team will have quite a few new faces this year. Recently each of them received their jersey number.

  • Freshman Guard Dereon Seabron – #1
  • Redshirt Sophomore Forward Atticus Taylor – #3
  • Junior Guard Thomas Allen – #5 (will have to sit out the upcoming season due to transfer rules)
  • Redshirt Freshman Forward Manny Bates – #15 (missed all of last season, but was assigned #12)
  • Graduate Senior Forward Danny Dixon – #21
  • Graduate Senior Forward Pat Andree – #31

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Andy Katz Lists NC State’s Markell Johnson as Honorable Mention for Top-25 College Basketball Players


on’s Andy Katz released his Top-25 College Basketball players heading into the 2019-20 Men’s Basketball seasons, and NC State Senior Point Guard earned Honorable Mention status. Out of the 15 players receiving Honorable Mention, there is no indication of ranking order. With that being said, it is clear that Katz thinks that Johnson is one of the Top-40 players in College Basketball.

25. Isaiah Stewart, Fr., C, Washington

24. Andrew Nembhard, So., G, Florida

23. Ashton Hagans, So., G, Kentucky

22. Ayo Dosunmu, So., G, Illinois

21. Killian Tillie, Sr., F, Gonzaga

20. Xavier Tillman, Jr., F, Michigan State

19. Trevion Williams, So., F, Purdue

18. Jalen Smith, So., F, Maryland

17. Tristan Clark, Jr., F, Baylor

16. Sam Merrill, Sr., G, Utah State

15. Kaleb Wesson, Jr., C, Ohio State

14. Udoka Azubuike, Sr., C, Kansas

13. Jarron Cumberland, Sr., G, Cincinnati

12. Devon Dotson, So., G, Kansas

11. Anthony Edwards, Fr., G, Georgia

10. Lamar Stevens, Sr., F, Penn State

9. Anthony Cowan Jr., Sr., Maryland

8. Tre Jones, So., G, Duke

7. Kerry Blackshear Jr., Sr., Florida

6. Jordan Nwora, Jr., F, Louisville

5. Cole Anthony, Fr., G, North Carolina

4. James Wiseman, Fr., C, Memphis

3. Myles Powell, Sr., G, Seton Hall

2. Markus Howard, Sr., G, Marquette

1. Cassius Winston, Sr., G, Michigan State

Honorable mention: McKinley Wright IV, Jr., G, Colorado; Yoeli Childs, Sr., F, BYU; Kamar Baldwin, Sr., G, Butler; Anthony Lamb, Sr., F, Vermont; Nathan Knight, Sr., C, William & Mary; Zavier Simpson, Sr., G, Michigan; Markell Johnson, Sr., G, NC State; Nico Mannion, Fr., G, Arizona; Davide Moretti, Jr., G, Texas Tech; Jordan Ford, Sr., G, Saint Mary’s; Tres Tinkle, Sr., F, Oregon State; Payton Pritchard, Sr., G, Oregon; Mamadi Diakite, Jr., Virginia; Xavier Sneed, Sr., Kansas State;  Joe Wieskamp, Iowa.


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