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NC State Trounces Syracuse 73-58 in a STATEMENT Victory



Last night’s victory 73-58 over Syracuse was a resume builder for NC State.

Both teams shot the ball poorly in the 1st half (NC State – 37%/Syracuse – 31%), with the Wolfpack holding a mere 3-point lead at the break.

The 2nd half was a different story, at least for the Wolfpack. NC State shot 64% from the field in the 2nd half, while the Orangemen only managed to shoot 39%.

Sophomore Braxton Beverly’s had the hot hand in both halves, finishing with 21 points, which tied his career-high. Beverly was 4 of 8 from deep, and a perfect 9 for 9 from the free throw line.

The Captain has been en fuego here recently, shooting 59% from three (13/22) the past 3 games, after going 0-9 against Virginia Tech. He is shooting 39.3% from beyond the arch on the year.

Beverly’s 4 assists were 2nd on the team behind Junior Markell Johnson’s 5.

Torin Dorn’s ability to slip into the middle of Syracuse’s zone defense was crucial. The Senior finished with his 5th double-double of the season, scoring 16 points (14 in the 2nd half) and snagging 12 boards (season-high).

Redshirt Sophomore DJ Funderburk was the third member of the Wolfpack in double figures, finishing with 12 points (3-4 FG).

Last night’s victory was one of the Wolfpack’s most unselfish games of the year, and their best defensive effort according to head coach Kevin Keatts.

NC State had 19 assists on 24 made field goals (best ratio of the year), and held Syracuse to 35% shooting from the field.

(Let’s simply ignore the fact that the Wolfpack turned the ball over 20 times.)

The Wolfpack finished the game shooting 49% from the field, and an uncharacteristic 83.3% from the free-throw line (20-24).

The 15-point margin of victory is the largest in conference play this year, and it’s worth noting that the only two ACC games in which the Wolfpack have led by double digits are the past two.

NC State is now 18-7 overall, and 6-6 in the ACC. After a 3-game losing streak, the Wolfpack will look to shock the world, and make it a 3-game winning streak with a victory at Duke at 6pm.



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



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



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



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




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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