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PREVIEW: NC State vs. #17 FSU: BY THE NUMBERS

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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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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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