Make that two historic losses in a row.
After the worst shooting performance in ACC history against Virginia Tech, NC State clapped back with an outpouring of 96 points against the Tar Heels in the Dean Dome last night. That’s the most points scored against UNC this year. The Wolfpack shot 50% from the field, 41.2% from beyond the arch (compared to UNC’s 38.1%) and only turned the ball over 11 times, compared to UNC’s 17.
NC State scored 72 more points last night than they did on Saturday against Virginia Tech. That might be a record, but that’s not the history I’m talking about.
On Saturday against Virginia Tech, the Wolfpack’s offense was historically bad. Last night, NC State’s defense was historically bad.
UNC scored 113 points.
- The most points the Tar Heels have ever scored against the Wolfpack.
- The 2nd most points ever scored against NC State.
- The most points UNC has scored in regulation since 1968 (115 – Clemson).
NC State allowed UNC to shoot 56% from the field. A 6% differential doesn’t equal a 17 point loss (Let’s be real…it was worse than that. The Tar Heels were up by 28 at one point).
For one…the Wolfpack continued their foul happy ways, and allowed UNC to make 31 free throws (out of 37), compared to 15 made free throws of their own.
Two…Luke Maye might as well be a greek god when he plays against NC State, finishing with 31 points and 12 rebounds, becoming the only player in UNC history to score 30+ points against NC State three times in their career (MORE HISTORY).
Three…the Wolfpack’s transition defense was non-existent. UNC had 20 fast break points compared to NC State’s 6.
Four…UNC has playmakers, but they shared the ball beautifully, finishing the night with 26 assists.
In my opinion, the only two players in Red that looked liked they belonged on the court were Braxton Beverly and CJ Bryce. Beverly finished with a team-high 17 points (5-7 FG/4-5 3PT), and Bryce finished with 15 points (6-12 FG).
I know Kevin Keatts’ team plays harder than past NC State teams, but UNC played harder last night. They ran faster. They were on the ground for loose balls. They were more aggressive.
Here’s the truth: NC State was overrated coming out of Non-Conference play. Also, they have shown some grit in ACC play, but have been behind by double digits in the 2nd half in 7 of their 10 ACC games.
Here’s another truth: They showed against UNC and UVA at home that they are still capable of much better than they put on the court last night.
NC State Makes Top-10 for Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier
George Mason Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier (6’4″/197) included NC State in his list of Final 10 schools.
— Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) April 13, 2020
Kier was granted a fifth year of eligibility after missing all but 9 games last season due to injury. He was expected to arguably be George Mason’s best returning player next year, averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, earning All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team honors.
NC State Reaches Out to UAB Transfer Makhtar Guyer
According to Rivals’ Corey Evans, NC State has reached out to UAB Transfer Forward Makhtar Guyer (6’10″/210), after he announced he was transferring on Friday.
Virginia Tech has offered UAB transfer Makhtar Guyer, he tells @RivalsPortal.
Georgetown, Miami, Mississippi State, NC State and San Diego State have reached out since his transfer yesterday. @Hokie_Haven
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) April 11, 2020
— Makhtar Gueye (@Thelionkilla) April 11, 2020
Guyer has one year of eligibility remaining. Last year as a Junior at UAB, Guyer averaged 6.8 points and 5.1 rebounds, starting in 27 of 31 games.
NC State Accepts Recommendation to Move Case to IARP
NC State has accepted the recommendation to move their violation’s case from the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.
“We’ve stated throughout this process that NC State will accept accountability for any shortcomings and defend ourselves aggressively where we feel it is appropriate and necessary to do so,” Woodson wrote in a statement released by the school on Wednesday. “As our response to the Referral Petition demonstrates, we do not think NC State can receive an objective or fair hearing before the Committee on Infractions in this matter. We believe the only remaining option is that our case be moved to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.
“NC State has a long history of working cooperatively with the NCAA, and we remain committed to working collaboratively through the IARP to address concerns and to resolve this matter as fairly and efficiently as possible.” (WRAL)
The IARP is made up of decision makers that are investigators and legal advocates that are independent of any NCAA teams.
The difference between the traditional process, and the IARP, is that the latter’s decision is final, unable to be appealed.
Vote For NC State Men’s Basketball Fans in Fox College Hoops 64-Team Bracket
In the absence of the NCAA Tournament, Fox College Hoops has created a 64-team bracket to determine the best fanbase of Men’s Basketball teams.
They determined 60 of the contestants based of the Men’s Basketball teams with the most Twitter followers. The final four were determined by the highest rated teams not yet selected according to the NET Rankings.
You: So how does this #FOXFanVote thing work?
— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) April 5, 2020
The winner of each matchup is determined by fan vote, obviously.
NC State’s Men’s Basketball fans were given a #8 seed in the East Bracket.
The winner of the bracket, will earn quite a gift. Fox College Hoops will place a billboard of that team in close proximity to their rival.
Go ahead and vote for NC State to beat Alabama in the 1st round right now.