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#9 NC State Falls 78-68 to #3 Louisville in ACC Seminfinals for 2nd Straight Year

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The Wolfpack’s fast start wasn’t enough.

The 9th ranked NC State Women’s Basketball Team led #3 Louisville by 10 points with 6:22 left in the 2nd quarter.

Unfortunately, the Cardinals went on a run of their own, holding the Wolfpack scoreless for the final 4:55 of the 1st half, scoring 19 straight during the drought.

Louisville led by 10 points going into halftime, but NC State came out fighting in the 2nd half, trailing 59-57 at the end of the 3rd quarter.

In the end, ACC Player of the Year Asia Durr (22 points) and the Cardinals were too much for the Wolfpack.

That being said, NC State should hold their heads high. They lost to Louisville by 30 points on February 28th.

Elissa Cunane proved once again she isn’t simply one of the best Freshman in the ACC, but one of the best players in the conference. She finished with a team-high 20 points and 6 rebounds.

Sophomore Kai Crutchfield chipped in a season-high 17 points (6-9 FG/3-4 3PT).

Senior DD Rogers was solid again, with 13 points (5-8 FG) and 7 rebounds.

Redshirt Graduate Senior Kiara Leslie had 10 points.

It’s a shame that NC State lost on one of their best shooting performances of the season. The Wolfpack shot 51.0% from the field. Unfortunately, they also turned the ball over 17 times, and the Cardinals turned those into 28 points.

The Wolfpack will wait and see where the NCAA Selection Committee places them. The 2019 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Selection Show is scheduled for Monday, March 18 at 7 pm ET on ESPN.

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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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