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T.J. Warren Upsets #1 Seed Ralph Sampson 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.

Over the past two days, two “upsets” have happened, with #7 seed Julius Hodge beating #2 seed J.J. Redick on Monday, and #8 seed T.J. Warren pulling off a major upset over #1 seed Ralph Sampson (UVA) yesterday.

You can go vote for #1 seed David Thompson over #9 seed Pervis Ellison (Louisville) now, and you will have a chance to vote for #5 seed Rodney Monroe against #13 seed Donovan Mitchell (Louisville) tomorrow.

The Juice will face #3 seed Darrell Griffith (Louisville) in the Sweet 16, and Tony Buckets will be matched up against #5 seed Jared Dudley (Boston College).

In all honesty, I don’t in any way think this reveals that Hodge was better than Redick, or that Warren was better than Sampson. In fact, I think you’d have a hard time making any argument that either of their college resumes are better than their opponents.

What this does reveal, is that NC State fans are amazing!

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

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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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