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NC State Couldn’t Push Past FSU, Falling to Seminoles 78-73 down in Tallahassee

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It was a foul fest down in Tallahassee.

NC State was called for 26 personal fouls, compared to Florida State’s 18.

The Wolfpack never led for a single second against the #17 Seminoles today, but like most games, they were in it until the final seconds.

Despite shooting only 27% in the 1st half, NC State only trailed by 5 points heading into the break (35-30), thanks in a large part to forcing 10 turnovers.

The Wolfpack’s shooting woes were reversed in the 2nd half, shooting 55% from the field, and 60% from three, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Seminoles in the end.

Redshirt Sophomore DJ Funderburk was NC State’s most valuable player today, putting up 18 points (9-10 FT) and 9 rebounds.

Redshirt Senior Torin Dorn had 12 points and 6 rebounds.

Junior Markell Johnson had 14 points, with two clutch three’s near the end of the game that made things interesting, but his two turnovers in the final 6 minutes were momentum killer’s.

Despite shooting only 40.7% from the field for the game, it was a 1-possession game until 6 seconds left in the game.

You could try to blame the Wolfpack’s inability to stop FSU’s penetration on their foul trouble’s, but I think there was plenty to blame on a lack of fundamental defense. The Seminole’s continually made it to the rack with ease.

NC State is now 20-9 with two remaining regular season games: vs. Georgia Tech on Wednesday & at Boston College on Saturday. The Wolfpack will undoubtedly be favored in each of these contests, but as we learned at Wake Forest…no game is a gimme.

 

 

 

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The NEW & HUGE Video Board at PNC Arena has been Raised!

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Back in the Spring, news broke that a new video board was going to be hung up in PNC Arena before NC State’s upcoming Men’s Basketball season, and today we got our first look at it raised up in the rafters.

The video board is a whopping 4,000 square feet hanging in the air.

That’s 180% larger than the old one.

 

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Tip-Off Times Set for Most of NC State’s 2019-20 ACC Slate

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The NC State Men’s Basketball schedule was released last Thursday, but the tip-off times for all but one of their ACC games now have been revealed.

The only ACC game we don’t know the tip-off time for is the game at Wake Forest on December 7th.

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Katz Projects NC State as a #10 Seed in the 2020 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 50 Days Out

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We are 50 days out from the start of the 2019-20 College Men’s Basketball season, and NCAA.com’s Andy Katz released an early Bracketology, projecting that NC State will be a #10 seed in the 2020 NCAA Tournament, playing St. Mary’s in the 1st Round.

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Athlon Predicts NC State’s Men’s Basketball Team to Finish 5th in ACC in 2019-20

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Athlon released their 2019-20 College Basketball preview, and they predict that NC State’s Men’s Basketball team will finish 5th in the ACC this season.

  1. Duke
  2. Louisville
  3. UNC
  4. UVA
  5. NC State
  6. FSU
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Miami
  9. Syracuse
  10. Georgia Tech
  11. Clemson
  12. Boston College
  13. Wake Forest
  14. Pittsburgh
  15. Virginia Tech

Here’s a rundown of what they had to say about the Wolfpack.

  • Returning 6 of top 7 scorers from last year
  • Redshirt Junior D.J. Funderburk needs to rebound more consistently, and stay out of foul trouble.
  • The version of Senior Markell Johnson that finished the season will be needed for NC State to get back to the NCAA Tournament.
    • Needs to be a consistent leader and scorer.
  • Junior Braxton Beverly needs to figure out a way to run more hot than cold.
  • Consistency from Redshirt Junior Devon Daniels would go a long way.
  • Team should be back in the NCAA Tournament.
  • With a reloading year for Duke, UVA and UNC, Keatts will get few opportunities like this one.

Pick up your own copy of Athlon’s 2019 College Basketball Preview at your local store.

 

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