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NC State is an 11-Point Underdog at UNC Tonight

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NC State will try to bounce back tonight after two losses to the two ACC teams from the state of Virginia last week. The task at hand…the #8 UNC Tar Heels in the Dean Dome.

The Wolfpack are currently 11-point underdogs, and the TOTAL is 163.

  • North Carolina State is 2-6 Against The Spread in its last 8 games
  • North Carolina State is 16-6 Straight Up in its last 22 games
  • North Carolina State is 2-4 Straight Up in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Carolina State’s last 6 games
  • North Carolina State is 5-2 Against The Spread in its last 7 games on the road
  • North Carolina State is 4-2 Straight Up in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of North Carolina State’s last 11 games on the road
  • North Carolina State is 1-5 Against The Spread in its last 6 games when playing North Carolina
  • North Carolina State is 3-22 Straight Up in its last 25 games when playing North Carolina
  • North Carolina State is 2-15 Straight Up in its last 17 games when playing on the road against North Carolina
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of North Carolina State’s last 8 games when playing on the road against North Carolina (OddShark)

UNC has been favored over NC State in 11 of the last 12 games.

The Tar Heels have won 8 of the last 10 games straight up, but if betting on the spread over that span has been a 50/50 toss up. The same goes for the Total.

NC State is 13-9 against the spread this season, and 5-2 on the road. They are 1-3 this year straight up when they are underdogs, and the total has gone OVER in 4 out of the 7 games on the road. The Wolfpack is 5-2 against the spread on the road.

UNC is 13-6-2 against the spread this season, and 5-4-2 at home. They are l6-3 straight up as the favorite, and the total has gone UNDER in 6 of their 11 games at home. The Tar Heels are 5-4-2 against the spread at home.

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NC State Moved up to #31 in the NET Rankings After Syracuse

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NC State moved up 6 spots, from #37 to #31, in the NET Rankings after beating Syracuse 73-58 on Wednesday night. 

The NET Rankings have replaced the RPI as the primary shaper of the NCAA Tournament field.

The NCAA Evaluation Tool, which will be known as the NET, relies on game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses. To make sense of team performance data, late-season games (including from the NCAA tournament) were used as test sets to develop a ranking model leveraging machine learning techniques. The model, which used team performance data to predict the outcome of games in test sets, was optimized until it was as accurate as possible. The resulting model is the one that will be used as the NET going forward.

The NET was built to create a ranking system that was as accurate as possible while also evaluating team performance fairly. To ensure fairness, certain types of data were omitted from the model. Of key importance, game date and order were omitted to give equal importance to both early and late-season games. In addition, a cap of 10 points was applied to the winning margin to prevent rankings from encouraging unsportsmanlike play, such as needlessly running up the score in a game where the outcome was certain. (NCAA)

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball ACC Slate for the Next 3 Years

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The ACC released the conference schedules for Men’s Basketball for the next three years today.

Why is that noteworthy?

Well, beginning next year, the ACC slate will increase from 18 games to 20 games.

Here’s a look at what conference play will look like for the Wolfpack the next three seasons.

It’s worth noting that NC State will play the team that wears dark blue over in Durham twice tomorrow.

The 20-game ACC slate is locked in for three years.

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Sacha Killeya-Jones is No Longer on NC State’s Basketball Team

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Former Kentucky player and 5-Star prospect in High School, Sacha Killeya-Jones, is no longer a member of the NC State Men’s Basketball team.

Under transfer rules, Killeya-Jones is sitting out this season as a redshirt, and would have had two years of eligibility left in Raleigh.

Wolfpack head coach Kevin Keatts addressed Killeya-Jones’ absence from the bench last night after the game.

(Sacha) Killeya-Jones is currently not a member of our program and that’s all I can say right now. (Link)

Exactly why he is no longer a member of the program is unclear at this point.

Killeya-Jones is originally a native of Chapel Hill, but played his high school ball at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, Virginia. After originally committing to UVA, Jones eventually committed to go to Kentucky. Jones was a consensus 5-Star recruit, and ranked as the #23 overall player in the class of 2016.

Standing 6’11”, Killeya-Jones was a big component of the future of NC State’s frontcourt. This year, the Wolfpack have no depth in this area, with Wyatt Walker (GR JR) and DJ Funderburk (RS SO) serving as the only “big men.” Next year was going to be a luxury, with both Walker and Funderburk returning, and the addition of Killeya-Jones and Manny Bates (FR), who had shoulder surgery this season.

NC State still has 2 scholarships available in 2019. The Wolfpack coaching staff is in hot pursuit of Christian Brown, and has space to add a big man alongside of him.

 

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NC State’s Eric Lockett Charged With Assault, Suspended Indefinetly

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UPDATE

Graduate Senior Eric Lockett wasn’t with his NC State teammates last night in their 73-58 victory over Syracuse because he was charged with assaulting his girlfriend on Tuesday night.

He was arrested this morning.

Before last night’s game, NC State released that Lockett wasn’t with the team due to a “personal matter.”

After the game when asked, Wolfpack head coach Kevin Keatts didn’t have any further comment.

“I won’t comment on (Eric) Lockett or (Blake) Harris further than what we’ve released.” (Link)

Lockett came to NC State this offseason as a Graduate Transfer from Florida International. He has played in 22 games (starting 2) for the Wolfpack this year, averaging 5.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16.9 minutes per game.

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