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OUR TAKE: On NC State’s 83-72 win at Miami

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This one was a must-win for the Wolfpack.

After losing 3 in a row, NC State needed to find a way to stop the bleeding and they did just that on Wednesday night.

That’s the Markell we’re talking about
Over the past few games, we’ve been a bit critical of Markell. It’s not that he was playing awful, it’s just that NC State absolutely needs him on his ‘A’ game if they want to win, and Markell’s ‘A’ game makes him an elite talent.

Last night he finished with 19 points, 12 assists, and 5 rebounds ( 6-12 from the floor). This was one of his best performances of the season in our eyes. He was really attacking. He didn’t shy away from contact on the drive, he put pressure on the bigs to either come guard him on the drive or defend the pass.

The other thing that really stood out was a lot less predictable. He wasn’t toying with the ball at the top of the key, He was coming off the ball screen downhill, but he was also using a little hesitation when he got in the lane to keep defenders on their heels. This is where he really excels. This was allowing him to finish over bigs, or find open men. And for the first time this season, Markell did not attempt a 3 pointer. After shooting 40% from 3 over the past two seasons, Johnson is hitting only 25% of his 3s this season, but he’s taking a lot of them. Against Miami, he played to his strengths, became a distributor and scored when the lanes opened. This was vintage Markell and this is the guy that can lead State to the NCAA tournament.

CJ Bryce is the key
When CJ Bryce is right, NC State is right. Bryce is back to playing physical basketball, trusting his talents and knocking down shots. When NC State needed a bucket, it was Bryce who gave it to them. He finished with 22 points and 11 boards, but most importantly he was back to being the go-to scorer, allowing Markell to be a secondary option. This is when the Pack is at its best.

Devon Daniels provided a spark
Early on it looked like NC State was going to start sputtering again offensively, but Daniels hit three 3s in a short spurt and the Pack got rolling. Daniels has been a guy who has given Keatts a very physical, high energy player night in and night out. While you have to live with some wild shots and head-down one on one attacks, you also get spurts where Daniels looks like a real scorer. More often than not lately, Daniels has shown the latter. He finished with 14 points on the night, but gets a lot of credit for putting the team on his back early in this game. It’s what snapped them out of their funk.

Beverly is back
It finally looks like Braxton Beverly has found his shot. He went 4-7 from 3. In fact, he’s 7 for his last 12 over the past 3 games. He isn’t rushing it anymore and he isn’t drifting on his shot anymore. This is the Braxton Beverly we remember from his freshman year. The one that plays with a little more calm and poise, and delivers the big shots when you need him to. If Braxton is in fact back, then the Wolfpack could be ready to make a little run here late in conference play.

Defense looked alright but Bates looked great
I can’t say that the defense was great last night, but it was good. Miami was without Chris Lykes, who is great at breaking down a defense, but Miami has athletes and NC State locked down when they had to…espeically Manny Bates. This kid is going to be good and as we said earlier in the season, he covers up a lot of defensive flaws with his ability to guard the rim. With Funderburk sitting out most of last night with a head injury, Bates really filled in well and is even starting to show little flashes of an offensive game. He was 5-5 from the floor for 10 points, had 7 boards and added 4 blocks.

Next up….
State heads to Syracuse next Tuesday in another game that they really need. The Orange have been slipping a bit as of late, and with NC State starting to hit a little stride offensively, they may be rolling in at the right time. Cuse will, of course, be in their 2-3 extended zone, but the Pack is well equipped to attack it. With Bryce in the middle able to knock down the short jumper. Beverly finding his stroke from outside, and Markell creating havoc off the dribble, State could have a nice outing in Syracuse. After that it’s @BC and then it’s on to their toughest stretch of Duke, FSU, and UNC. Winning against Syracuse and BC would go a long way in helping them get back into the NCAA picture.

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Devon Daniels Junior Season ACCDN Highlight Reel

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Redshirt Junior Devon Daniels improved in nearly every statistical category this year. He averaged 12.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals, shooting 47% from the field. Below is the ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel of Daniels’ Junior Season.

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Rodney Monroe Takes Down Donovan Mitchell to Advance to the Sweet 16

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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.

Each match is decided by fan vote.

Voting for the Round of 32 has now closed, and all 4 of the former Wolfpack stars have officially advanced to the Sweet 16.
Yesterday #5 seed Rodney Monroe took down #13 seed Donovan Mitchell (Louisville).
Here are the matchups for the NC State Legends in the Sweet 16.
#7 Julius Hodge vs. #3 Darrell Griffith (Louisville)
#8 T.J. Warren vs. #5 seed Jared Dudley (Boston College)
#1 David Thompson vs. #4 James Worthy (UNC)
#5 Rodney Monroe vs. #1 Christian Laettner (Duke))
Go vote for Hodge right NOW!

 

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D.J. Funderburk & Devon Daniels to Go Through NBA Draft Process

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NC State Head Men’s Basketball Coach Kevin Keatts hopped on a zoom call today with the media, and shared that Redshirt Juniors D.J. Funderburk and Devon Daniels will go through the NBA Draft process.

Obviously, both Daniels and Funderburk will have the ability to return to school. Over the past couple of years, Torin Dorn and Markell Johnson both did the same thing. Players go through the process in order to be seen by NBA scouts, and get feedback from them of what they need to work on to improve their draft stock.

While Funderburk and Daniels both improved this year, I can’t imagine a scenario where either one of them would be drafted this year by an NBA team.

With that being said, both of these guys have been in school 4 years now, and 1 or 2 of them could look to play pro ball now, even if it wasn’t in the NBA.

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David Thompson Takes Down Pervis Ellison to Advance to Sweet 16

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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.

Thus far three of them advanced to the Sweet 16.

On Monday, #7 seed Julius Hodge beat #2 seed J.J. Redick (Duke), on Tuesday, #8 seed T.J. Warren beat #1 seed Ralph Sampson (UVA), and yesterday #1 seed David Thompson beat #9 seed Pervis Ellison (Louisville).

In the Sweet 16, The Juice will face #3 seed Darrell Griffith (Louisville), Tony Buckets will be matched up against #5 seed Jared Dudley (Boston College), and Skywalker will go head-to-head with #4 seed James Worthy (UNC).

You can vote right now to send #5 seed Rodney Monroe to the Sweet 16 as well, with Ice battling #13 seed Donovan Mitchell (Louisville).

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