With the absence of the Big Dance this March, we are having to get creative to get our fix. For instance, the ACC has put together a 64-man bracket, to figure out who the best ACC Men’s Basketball player of the past 50 years.
Four NC State players were selected:
#1 seed – David Thompson
#5 seed – Rodney Monroe
#7 seed – Julius Hodge
#8 seed – T.J. Warren
The 64 players were chosen based on the following criteria:
- Players evaluated on collegiate accomplishments
- Field comprised from only current ACC school alumni
- Field limited to players from 1970 to present day
- Minimum of three players per school
- Maximum of six players per school
The winners are determined by fan vote.
The bracket is below.
Voting began yesterday, with The Juice defeating Troy Bell of Boston College with ease.
Hodge will face off against #2 seed J.J. Redick on Monday. Juice took to Twitter to express his disapproval of his seeding, and his familiarity with Redick.
REALLY @accmbb?! Respectively speaking only me & Grant Hill disrupted the ACC the way we did (pts/rebs/asst). 7th seed?🤔
Duke zoned us plenty of times. I played JJ straight up. The audacity!
— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) March 19, 2020
As I type this, T.J. Warren is making light work of Pat Garrity of Notre Dame, but make sure to click the image today to cast your vote.
Tomorrow you will have the opportunity to vote for David Thompson over #16 seed Tyrese Rice of Boston College, and on Sunday you will have the chance to vote for Rodney Monroe over #12 seed Stephon Marbury of Georgia Tech.
NC State Makes Top-10 for Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier
George Mason Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier (6’4″/197) included NC State in his list of Final 10 schools.
— Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) April 13, 2020
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.
NC State Reaches Out to UAB Transfer Makhtar Guyer
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.
Virginia Tech has offered UAB transfer Makhtar Guyer, he tells @RivalsPortal.
Georgetown, Miami, Mississippi State, NC State and San Diego State have reached out since his transfer yesterday. @Hokie_Haven
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) April 11, 2020
— Makhtar Gueye (@Thelionkilla) April 11, 2020
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.
NC State Accepts Recommendation to Move Case to IARP
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.
Vote For NC State Men’s Basketball Fans in Fox College Hoops 64-Team Bracket
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.
You: So how does this #FOXFanVote thing work?
— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) April 5, 2020
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.
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.