NC State and #17 Florida State will tipoff at Noon today down in Tallahassee, but before they do, here’s a look at the matchup BY THE NUMBERS.
A simplistic breakdown of the numbers below: The Wolfpack are the superior offensive team and the Seminoles are the superior defensive team.
Things to Watch
- NC State loves to run their opponent to death, and hold the upper hand in the final minutes when it comes to stamina. That will prove to be more challenging against FSU, who runs 10-11 players per game.
- The Wolfpack’s two big fellas, Wyatt Walker and DJ Funderburk can’t afford to get into foul trouble. The Seminoles are the 13th tallest team in the NCAA. By comparison, the Wolfpack rank 175th. FSU’s players are 2 inches taller on average. Mfiondu Kabengele, Florida State’s leading scorer (13.1…off the bench!) is 6’10”. Starter Christ Koumadje averages 7 points and 6 rebounds, standing 7’4″. Phil Cofer is 6’8″. NC State only has 2 players 6’8″ or taller.
- NC State needs to do what they have done all year: turn their opponent over. One of the clear advantages the Wolfpack has an advantage is in the turnover category. NC State ranks 24th in Defensive Turnover Percentage, and FSU ranks a dismal 232nd in Offensive Turnover Percentage.
- The Wolfpack is one of the best in the country at crashing the offensive glass (14th in Offensive Rebounding Percentage), but they struggle on the defensive glass. The Seminoles aren’t too shabby on the offensive glass, ranking 36th, while the Wolfpack rank 220th in keeping their opponent off the offensive glass. If the Wolfpack fails to box out today, it could be a long day.
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.