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NC State Falls to Iowa 79-61 in Sweet 16

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#2 seed Iowa defeated the #3 seed NC State 79-61 today in the Sweet 16.

It simply wasn’t the Wolfpack’s day.

They couldn’t find a rhythm shooting the ball (34.8% FG), and they definitely couldn’t find a way to disrupt Iowa’s rhythm on offense (54.4%).

NC State specifically didn’t have an answer for National Player of the Year Megan Gustafson, who finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds. As silly as that stat line is, it’s actually below her season average (28 & 13.5).

The Wolfpack went into halftime with a 13-point deficit looming over their heads, but with 4:43 left in the 3rd Quarter, Kai Crutchfield could have hit a layup to make it a 3-point game. Unfortunately she missed the gimme, and the Hawkeyes ran down the court and hit a three, making it a 8-point lead.

NC State wouldn’t get that close again.

Redshirt Graduate Senior Kiara Leslie finished with 16 points (6-18) and 9 rebounds. Freshman Elissa Cunane had 14 points (6-19) and 11 rebounds. Senior DD Rogers had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals. Junior Aislinn Konig had 10 points (2-4 3PT) and 5 assists.

No one wants to lose in the NCAA Tournament, but the Wolfpack have every reason to hold their head high. On paper, they should have never made it this far. NC State lost 4 players to season-ending injuries, and 3 of them were starters.

Despite the odds being never in their favor, the Wolfpack won 28 games, which is tied for the 2nd most in school history. They made it to the Sweet 16 for the 13th time in school history.

It would have been easy for this team’s morale and confidence to have crumbled at many points this season, but these ladies were resilient, and someone was always ready to be the next woman up.

8 coaches will lead their team to the Elite 8, and 1 of them will win the National Championship, but I don’t believe any of them did anything as impressive as what Wes Moore did in 2018-19.

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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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