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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 Makes Top-10 for Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier

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George Mason Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier (6’4″/197) included NC State in his list of Final 10 schools.

Kier was granted a fifth year of eligibility after missing all but 9 games last season due to injury. He was expected to arguably be George Mason’s best returning player next year, averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, earning All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team honors.

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NC State Reaches Out to UAB Transfer Makhtar Guyer

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According to Rivals’ Corey Evans, NC State has reached out to UAB Transfer Forward Makhtar Guyer (6’10″/210), after he announced he was transferring on Friday.

Guyer has one year of eligibility remaining. Last year as a Junior at UAB, Guyer averaged 6.8 points and 5.1 rebounds, starting in 27 of 31 games.

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NC State Accepts Recommendation to Move Case to IARP

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NC State has accepted the recommendation to move their violation’s case from the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.

“We’ve stated throughout this process that NC State will accept accountability for any shortcomings and defend ourselves aggressively where we feel it is appropriate and necessary to do so,” Woodson wrote in a statement released by the school on Wednesday. “As our response to the Referral Petition demonstrates, we do not think NC State can receive an objective or fair hearing before the Committee on Infractions in this matter. We believe the only remaining option is that our case be moved to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.

“NC State has a long history of working cooperatively with the NCAA, and we remain committed to working collaboratively through the IARP to address concerns and to resolve this matter as fairly and efficiently as possible.” (WRAL)

The IARP is made up of decision makers that are investigators and legal advocates that are independent of any NCAA teams.

The difference between the traditional process, and the IARP, is that the latter’s decision is final, unable to be appealed.

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Vote For NC State Men’s Basketball Fans in Fox College Hoops 64-Team Bracket

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In the absence of the NCAA Tournament, Fox College Hoops has created a 64-team bracket to determine the best fanbase of Men’s Basketball teams.

They determined 60 of the contestants based of the Men’s Basketball teams with the most Twitter followers. The final four were determined by the highest rated teams not yet selected according to the NET Rankings.

The winner of each matchup is determined by fan vote, obviously.

NC State’s Men’s Basketball fans were given a #8 seed in the East Bracket.

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The winner of the bracket, will earn quite a gift. Fox College Hoops will place a billboard of that team in close proximity to their rival.

Go ahead and vote for NC State to beat Alabama in the 1st round right now.

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