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IN-DEPTH PREVIEW: NC State vs. #6 Louisville

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NC State Wolfpack vs. #6 Louisville Cardinals
Time:
2pm (2/1)
Location:
Raleigh, NC
TV:
ESPN
Line: Louisville -3.5

What to expect from Lousiville:
The Cardinals are sitting in 1st place in the ACC. They are 18-3 and winners of their last 7 games. Aside from their loss to Texas Tech earlier this season, Louisville has only dropped games to teams ranked in the Top 25. They lost back to back games to #19 Kentucky . and #18 Florida State.

This is a Louisville team that really relies on their frontcourt. They are anchored by junior Jordan Nwora. He is a 6’7 versatile wing that leads the team in scoring at 19.7ppg. And it’s not just about scoring for this kid. He’s also averaging 7.4 rebounds and 1 steal per game. He shoots 47% from the floor and an amazing 43..9% from 3pt range.

After Nwora, it’s 6’10 big man Steven Enoch who averages 10ppg and  6’5 forward Dwayne Sutton who averages 9.

From the guard position, Louisville doesn’t get much scoring, but 6’0 senior Ryan McMahon does average 8ppg while shooting 42.9% from 3pt range. Their guards are really more about pacing, distribution and knocking down open looks when defenses collapse.

What to expect from NC State
Anyone who told you they know what to expect from the Wolfpack would probably be lying. This NC State team has been very inconsistent, not just because of injuries and shooting woes,  but also because this team has had some strange energy lapses (most notably last Monday against UNC).

At the same time, you have to believe that the Pack is going to come out extremely focused and energized. They certainly have a bad taste in their mouth from Monday’s loss to rival UNC, but they are also welcoming the #6 team in the nation.

The hope is that Manny Bates has had 5 more days to recover and practice since his comeback against Carolina, and CJ Bryce has had a lot more time to rework whatever was wrong with him these past two games. If NC State is clicking on full power, then they are a tough team to beat, but as you’ll be able to see below, they’ll need to our-perform their averages in nearly every aspect of the game if they want to beat the Cardinals.

By the numbers…

PPG
Louisville; 75.3
NC State: 74.8

FG %
Louisville; 46.2
NC State: 44.8

3-pt%
Louisville; 39.1
NC State: 32

Rebounds
Louisville; 39.8
NC State: 36.3

Assists:
Louisville; 14.5
NC State: 13.5

Turnovers
Louisville: 12.4
NC State: 11.3

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NC State’s 1 of 11 Schools Santa Clara Transfer Trey Wertz is Considering

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Six days ago, NC State offered Santa Clara Transfer Trey Wertz. Yesterday he told Evan Daniels of 247Sports that the Wolfpack are 1 of 11 schools that he is considering, alongside Arizona, Butler, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Xavier.

“Over these next several weeks, I just want to keep building relationships with those staffs and start to learn about their individual programs and ultimately will have to cut my list down again but right now I wanted to move forward with those 11,” he added.

“Relationships wise, Arizona I have a pretty good relationship with because coach [Justin] Gainey was my lead recruiter at Santa Clara and he’s now one of the assistants at Arizona so they kind of had a jump on that part,” Wertz said.

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ACCDN: Jericole Hellems Sophomore Highlight Reel

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NC State Forward Jericole Hellems was a significant contributor for the Wolfpacker as a Sophomore. Hellems started in 17 of the 31 games he played in, averaging 9.5 points and 3.4 rebounds. Check out his Sophomore Highlight Reel by the ACC Digital Network below.

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NC State Signee Shakeel Moore’s Senior Highlight REEL

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NC State 4-star 2020 signee Shakeel Moore will be suiting up in the Red-and-White next year, but before he arrives, check out his Senior Highlight Reel from PhenomHoopsReport.

Moore is a consensus 4-star recruit out of Moravian Prep (Greensboro, NC). Rivals ranks him as the #112 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #5 player in the state of North Carolina.

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Hodge, Monroe, Thompson and Warren Advance to Elite 8

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The ACC is doing their own version of March Madness to determine the best Men’s Basketball player of the past 50 years.

Out of the 64 players chosen, 4 NC State players were selected: David Thompson, Rodney Monroe, Julius Hodge and T.J Warren.

All 4 of them advanced to the Elite 8 over the weekend.
#7 Julius Hodge vs. #3 Darrell Griffith (Louisville) – 52.6% – 47.4%
#8 T.J. Warren vs. #5 seed Jared Dudley (Boston College) – 64% – 36%
#1 David Thompson vs. #4 James Worthy (UNC) – 51% – 49%
#5 Rodney Monroe vs. #1 Christian Laettner (Duke) – 50.3% – 49.7%
Here’s a look at the Elite 8 matchups for the Wolfpack legends.
#13 Pearl Washington vs. #7 Julius Hodge
#6 Carmelo Anthony vs. #8 T.J. Warren
#1 David Thompson vs. #3 Derrick Coleman
#5 Rodney Monroe vs. #6 Billy Owens
You can vote for Hodge and Warren today, and they need your votes, because they are both significantly behind at the present.

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