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Preview: NC State faces UNC in another must win (9pm, ESPN)

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NC State Wolfpack @ North Carolina Tarheels
Time: 
9pm 
Location: 
Chapel Hill, NC
TV: 
ESPN
Line: UNC -3

What timeline are we living in? NC State sits at 8-8, tied for 5th in the ACC. Meanwhile, UNC is 3-13, last place in the conference. They have lost 7 in a row, one of which was a 17 point loss to the 4-12 Demon Deacons.

Yet, UNC is still the favorite in tonight’s matchup against the Wolfpack and not many people are that surprised.

What to expect from NC State
Not only is this your rivalry game, but it’s a revenge game. UNC’s last win was a 75-65 win over the Pack in late January.  Added on top is the fact that NC State is sitting squarely on the NCAA bubble. A loss to the Heels and they are likely NIT bound. Win, and the dream to dance is still alive.

The Pack needs to do three things.

1) Make sure Markell and Bryce are locked in.
When the senior PG is right, NC State can be dominant. You saw it against Duke, but you’ll need to see it in a game that NC State isn’t the underdog. His 6-19 (and 0-5 from 3) performance last time against Carolina was awful. He wasn’t attacking, he was hesitant and he turned it over 4 times. CJ Bryce was also in the midst of his strange stretch where he couldn’t score and he looked completely lost. He was 0-8 with zero points in that game.

Tonight they need Bryce and Johnson to be clicking on all cylinders.

2) Defend the middle. 
Bates was just back from a concussion the last time these teams met and it showed. Funderburk played well, but Garrison brooks finished with 25 points and 11 boards. Brooks is a good big, but he’s not good enough to take over a game against a healthy Wolfpack frontcourt. They need to make sure they don’t let that happen again.

3) Stop Cole Anthony
Anthony has been good for Carolina since his return but you can expect him to be great tonight unless the Pack can lock down on him. He’s going to look to take over this basketball game, and State can not let that happen. He is averaging almost 20 ppg since his return, however, Carolina hasn’t gotten a win in that span. Anthony is going to be hungry to not only prove he can help this team win but to do it in a setting where he would be knocking his rivals out of NCAA contention.

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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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