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NC State Snaps 3-Game Losing Streak, Holding on to Beat Pitt 79-76 on the Road

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NC State had a double-digit lead for the first time in ACC play this season, but that didn’t prevent today’s game at Pitt from coming down to the final seconds.

Redshirt Junior CJ Bryce did what Clemson’s Marcquise Reed couldn’t do when NC State hit a buzzer beater 2 weeks ago.

Reed missed 4 consecutive free throws with 13 seconds left in the game, opening the door for Braxton Beverly to sink a three with time expiring to give the Pack the victory.

In contrast, Bryce hit 3 of his 4 free throws with 9 seconds left on the clock.

Bryce has been NC State’s best player in conference play, and nothing changed in that regard today. He finished with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Bryce shot 6 of 11 from the field, 4 of 5 from beyond the arch, and 5 of 6 from the charity stripe. Today’s performance marks the second time he has scored over 20 points this season (23 against Notre Dame).

Four other Wolfpack players scored in double digits along side Bryce.

Sophomore Braxton Beverly hit 5 three-pointers for the 5th time in his career, and the third time this season. He was 5 of 9 from deep, paving the way to a 17 point performance.

Junior Markell Johnson’s performance was reminiscent of last year, when he led the ACC in assists. Johnson finished with 8 assists (2 turnovers), and 10 points, hitting 3 of his 6 three-point attempts. The last time he had 8 assists was on February 20th last year against Boston College.

Senior Torin Dorn and Redshirt Sophomore DJ Funderburk both scored in double figures as well, scoring 13 and 12 respectively. Dorn led the Pack with 8 rebounds, and Funderburk was a perfect 6 for 6 from the free throw line.

The Wolfpack didn’t shoot the ball well as a team from the field (40.6%), and didn’t do a great job preventing the Panthers from shooting well. Pitt shot 44.4% from three and 84.2% from the charity stripe (NC State – 61.9%).

So how did NC State do it?

The Wolfpack hit a season high 14 three pointers, connecting on 51.9% from deep range.

They only turned the ball over 10 times, and managed to turn Pitt over 15 times.

NC State also had 20 offensive rebounds compared to the Panthers 13.

Overall, NC State led for 28:28 of the 40 minutes of play.

Enjoy the Ice Cream up in Pittsburgh fellas.

After snapping a losing streak, NC State will look to start a winning streak on Wednesday night, when the Wolfpack will host Syracuse for a 8pm tipoff.

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

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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

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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

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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

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NCAA.com’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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