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#10 NC State Women’s Basketball Looks to Take Care of #8 Iowa in Sweet 16 Today. Tune in at 11:30am!

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The #3 seeded NC State Women’s Basketball team (28-5) will tipoff against the #2 seed Iowa (28-6) this morning at 11:30am in Greensboro Coliseum on ESPN.

A win by the Wolfpack today would send them to the Elite 8 for the 1st time since 1998, and only the 2nd time EVER. Also, a win today would give NC State 29 wins on the year, tying the 1977-78 team for the most wins in program history.

The Wolfpack and the Hawkeyes are neck-and-neck in the rankings, with Iowa holding a slight advantage. NC State entered the tournament ranked 10th, and Iowa entered at #8. The Wolfpack rank 9th in the RPI, and the Hawkeyes rank 7th. Iowa’s strength of schedule ranks 8th, with NC State’s sitting at #14.

The Wolfpack were successful beating 3 of the 6 teams that beat the Hawkeyes this year.

  • Florida State beat Iowa 71-67 on November 24th, and NC State beat the Seminoles 69-62 in the ACC Tournament (also lost to FSU 75-70 on February 5th).
  • Michigan State beat Iowa 84-70 on December 30th, and NC State beat the Spartans 78-74 on November 22nd.
  • Michigan beat Iowa 90-81 on February 1st, and NC State beat the Wolverines 66-55 on November 29th.

Iowa entered the NCAA Tournament after defeating Maryland in the Big Ten Championship game. Senior Forward Megan Gustafson showed why she was the ESPN National Player of the Year, scoring 45 points in the title game. Gustafson averaged a gaudy 28.0 points and 13.5 rebounds this year, while shooting an insane 70.1% from the field.

The Wolfpack defense has a tall task in stopping the Hawkeyes offensive attack today, but they have been up for the task all year. NC State ranks 20th in field goal percentage defense 35.9%, but Iowa ranks 1st in field goal percentage (52.0%).

Wes Moore and the Lady Wolfpack have defeated the odds all year long. A feather in the hat for the Wolfpack today is the fact that the game is practically a home game for NC State. Make sure to tune in at 11:30am today.

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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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