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Virginia’s 2nd Half Explosion Cripples NC State, Wolfpack Fall 76-56

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NC State might have led by 2 at halftime, but Virginia exploded in the 2nd half, putting the Wolfpack away 76-56 in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament.

Redshirt Sophomore DJ Funderburk was the star of the 1st half for the Wolfpack, scoring 10 points. Unfortunately, after getting poked in the eye, and being underutilized when he returned, he only scored 2 more points in the contest.

So NC State led by 2 points at halftime, and lost by 20 points…what gives?

Welp.

NC State didn’t tank offensively in the 2nd half. In fact, you could argue they were better.  The Wolfpack shot 39% in the first half, and 38% in the 2nd, but they went from 0% in the 1st from beyond the arch, to 25% in the 2nd half.

On the other hand, the Wolfpack shut down the Cavaliers in the 1st, but there was no stopping Virginia in the 2nd half. They shot 42% in the 1st from the field, and 63% in the 2nd, and 36% from beyond the arch in the 1st, and 60% in the 2nd.

Virginia’s Kyle Guy was pure fire, finishing the day with 29 points, propped up by 7 three-pointers.

Also, the Cavaliers big fella Jack Salt, who typically is non-existent, splashed the box score today. Salt finished with 18 points today. For perspective, Salt had 18 combined points in the past 10 games.

Despite leading at the half, Virginia nearly beat NC State in nearly every single statistical category.

The Wolfpack’s Markell Johnson led the Pack in scoring with 13 points (4-9 FG).

All NC State can do now is sit back and wait for selection Sunday.

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NC State Signee Jalen Lecque NBA Mock Draft Update

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NC State 2019 signee Jalen Lecque is going through the NBA Draft Process, and has until June 10th to pull his name out of the hat. Lecque participated in the NBA Combine last week on the first day, but opted out of competition the next day. Everyone assumes that Lecque and his camp were pleased with his performance, and didn’t want to taint that image.

Here’s a rundown of where Lecque sits in the most recent Mock Drafts:

Sports Illustrated – 2nd Round, #41 overall, Atlanta Hawks (Updated 5/20)

NBADraft.net – 2nd Round, #57 overall, New Orleans Pelicans (Updated 5/15 at 2:01pm)

Sporting News – Top 50 – Unlisted (Updated 5/20)

Tankathon – Undrafted

Net Scouts Basketball – Undrafted (Updated 5/15)

While I think the likelihood of Lecque being in Raleigh next year is slim, I still am concerned for his future success in the NBA. Evan Daniels at 247Sports on numerous occasions has spoken to the fact that his game would benefit by a year in college, especially his shot, and inexperience at the point guard position. The NBA is an unforgiving league, and it’s easy to wash out if your not “NBA ready.”

If Lecque were to choose to come to NC State next year at the end of his evaluation process, there are technically no scholarships available, but I have no doubts that one would somehow become available.

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Markell Johnson UPDATE, Working Out for Hornets Today

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NC State Point Guard Markell Johnson is working out for the Charlotte Hornets today.

Johnson worked out for the Hawks on April 30th, after deciding to go through the NBA Draft Process on April 5th.

With one year of eligibility left, Johnson has until May 29th to decide whether he will return for his Senior season.

According to my sources, Johnson is expected to be back next year. In fact, I was told he met with the team last week to inform them of his plans.

With that being said, Johnson is getting the most out of this process. Even though he wasn’t invited to the NBA Combine, these workouts will give him feedback from NBA coaches and scouts that will be formative for his development.

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NC State’s Thomas Allen to Have Surgery on Ankle

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NC State Guard Thomas Allen announced he will be having surgery on his ankle this Wednesday.

After playing only 19 minutes against Michigan on February 28th, Allen wouldn’t play for Nebraska again in 2018-19, sitting out the Cornhusker’s final 7 games.

The extent of Allen’s injury is unknown.

Allen will have plenty of time to recover, sitting out the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer rules. He started 25 of the 29 games he played in this year, averaging 8.7 points, shooting 36.4% from beyond the arch as a Sophomore.

On April 2nd, Allen announced he was transferring from Nebraska, and committed to NC State on April 5th. He will have two years to play after sitting out next season.

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NC State Baseball Finishes Regular Season Ranked 3rd in the ACC

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NC State’s Baseball team wrapped up their regular season yesterday with an 11-0 victory over UNC, clinching the series over their rival. The series also gave them the #3 spot in the ACC heading into the ACC Tournament this week, it also booted the Tar Heels to #5.

The Wolfpack will be in Pool C with Florida State (#6) and Wake Forest (#10).

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Here’s a look at all 4 pools.

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Each team in the four pools will play one game against each of the other two opponents in its pool Tuesday through Friday (May 21-24). The four teams with the best records within their respective pools will advance to Saturday’s semifinals, with the winners playing on Sunday in the ACC Championship Game.

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Times for this weeks games will be announced later today.

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