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NC State Suffers 2nd Straight Historic Loss, Falling to UNC 113-96

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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.

 

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NC State Men’s Basketball Ranks 41st in 2019-20 Preseason AP Poll

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The 2019-20 AP Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll is out, and NC State is sitting at 41st.

The Wolfpack spent 6 weeks ranked in the AP Poll last week, peaking as high 15th in Week 10.

NC State opened last season 50th in the AP Preseason Poll, with 1 vote. In the final AP poll released in Week 19, the Wolfpack didn’t receive a single vote.

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NC State Men’s Basketball Ranked 28th in KenPom’s 2019-20 Preseason Rankings

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Stat junkie KenPom’s preseason 2019-20 rankings are out, and the NC State Men’s Basketball team sits at 28th nationally to start the year.

The Wolfpack’s is projected to rank 10th nationally in Adjusted Offensive Efficiency, with the Defense sitting at 64th.

NC State sits at 6th in the ACC in these preseason rankings, which lines up perfectly with the Official Preseason rankings by the ACC Media. They are projected to have the 4th most efficient offense, and the 12th most efficient defense.

The Wolfpack is projected to go 22-9 in the regular season.

NC State finished the 2018-19 season ranked 41st nationally in KenPom’s final rankings.

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Primetime with the Pack: HIGHLIGHT REEL

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The NC State Men and Women’s Basketball teams put on a show for the fans last night at Primetime with the Pack at Reynold’s Coliseum.

Freshman Dereon Seabron won the dunk contest. Graduate Senior Pat Andree won the three-point contest. Sophomore Jericole Hellems won the skills competition.

The Men’s Basketball team have a “secret” scrimmage against East Carolina tomorrow, and their first Exhibition Game is next Sunday, October 27th, against Mount Olive. The season opener at home against Georgia Tech is on November 5th.

The Women’s Basketball team have an Exhibition Game against Anderson in Reynolds Coliseum on October 31st, and their season opener is on November 6th against North Carolina A&T at home.

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Andy Katz Ranks NC State’s Markell Johnson as the #4 Player in the ACC

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NCAA.com’s Andy Katz released a podcast two days ago previewing the 2019-20 ACC Men’s Basketball season, and he thinks that NC State Senior Point Guard Markell Johnson is the 4th best player in the conference.

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Here’s what Katz had to say about Johnson in the Top-10 breakdown on the podcast.

“He’s a stat stuffer. If NC State goes to the NCAA Tournament, Markell Johnson will lead them. At ACC Media Day told me that he needs to come more out of his shell. He knows that. To be much more demonstrative. Kevin Keatts is putting it on him to become a player like that.” (Katz)

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