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The Good and Bad from NC State’s Exhibition Win Over Elizabeth City State

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Exhibitions themselves are good and bad. Fans expect monster blowouts, while players just need to see their first-ever college minutes. It’s easy to hype up aspects, while feeling doom and gloom for low points. Keeping that all in mind, let’s look at the good and bad of State’s win over ECSU, 87-68.

 

Good: T. Smith is All Energy and Swagger

This could very well turn into a negative if Keatts can’t corral the energy and focus it for good. Smith got the start and ended up at 12 points, 4 boards and a steal in 21 minutes of play. But his confidence is already beyond anyone on the team. Smith finished going 50% from 3 (3-6), with some shots pushing the center court logo. He’s athletic, long and will be the ultimate boost for this team when they need it. State fans are going to LOVE what he brings, but don’t be surprised if you whisper “Oh Smith, that shot wasn’t needed” early on.

 

Bad: Manny and then Crickets

Bates didn’t play last night, but Keatts ensured folks that he’s fine and ready to go for the season opener. The problem is, the depth is beyond low for big men. Dowuona had a chance to show something last night and made minimal dents to the scoresheet (16 min, 1 reb, 2 points). We knew that the loss of Funderburk was massive, but if Bates is sidelined for any amount of time, this team might be in serious trouble. Making matters statistically worse, State was out rebounded last night, 38-35.

 

Good: Hellems is the Dude

Our hope was that Hellems would be able to go up a notch or two offensively, and it looks like he very well could. Leading scorer with 16, he was 75% from three and 83% from the free throw line. He was confident and in control. Look forward to seeing the evolution to him being the prime scoring option this year.

 

Bad: Can Morsell Excel on Both Ends of the Floor?

Morsell added more muscle this offseason and looks to be a premier defender. Quick, sticks to guys like glue, tenacious defender. He ended with team-high three steals and felt like he could have been more. But offensively, it wasn’t there. He has the skills to be a scorer, but he needs to break through and hit at some point. Last night wasn’t it, just hope the time comes sooner, rather than later.

 

Good: Keatts has his Dream Team Makeup

We’ve all heard it since he came to State that he wants a team that plays hard on defense, is fast in transition and outruns every team they play. This team is THAT team. More three point tries than you’d like to see, but against zone the opportunities were there. This team is going to be more free flowing on offense, but they have the shooters. Hayes, Smith, Pass, Allen and Hellems are all going to have their shot. Hope is for players to get in grooves and ride the hot hand a bit. Question is, can Keatts put them in position through drawn up plays? We’ll see.

 

Bad: Free Throw Struggles Again

Last year, State finished 9th in the ACC in free throws at 70%. Last night, State finished 23-33 at 70%. The biggest worry was they were 60% in the second half. State is going to get more free throws this year with how athletic they are. They should be attacking the rim and either getting to the line or finding an open three. If they can’t take care of easy points in big games, the struggle will continue.

 

Good: Pass Played Really Well

We thought that Pass would be a solid bench player that could learn from Cam Hayes. Last night, he came right out and hit. Ended up tied with Smith for second in points (12), while moving and controlling the ball well, even taking timely charges. Maybe we have a better recruit than even we thought, especially with how mature he looked last night.

 

The Wolfpack opens the regular season Tuesday, Nov. 9 when it hosts Bucknell on ACCN+.

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Kevin Keatts Postgame Press Conference After Pitt: BULLETED

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NC State Head Coach Kevin Keatts met with the media in his postgame press conference after the Wolfpack lost their ACC opener to Pitt at home 60-68. You can watch it here, or check out a BULLETED breakdown below.

  • We didn’t play well or sharp offensively.
    • You can look at the numbers, and I think, at times because the ball wasn’t going in the hole for us, it affected us on the defensive end.
    • It was one of those gritty games where you’ve got to figure out how to win the game, especially when the ball isn’t going in.
    • Terquavion Smith carried us early in the game, but a couple of our guys never really got into a flow, and offensively we struggled.
    • When we struggled, I thought we gave up some easy baskets on the other end.
    • Obviously, today’s kids, when the ball is not going in offensively, sometimes it affects you on the defensive end.
    • It wasn’t our night offensively tonight.
  • When you look at our team, what’s made us special this year is that we’ve been consistent and have 4 guys in double figures, and tonight we didn’t have that.
  • We had some good play from DJ Burns. He came in and did a good job.
  • We’ve gotta get back in the gym and get better. We’ll work on some things.
  • I have to stand up, take accountability, and get us better on the offensive end, and we’ll figure out how to make some shots.
  • Not to take away from Pitt’s defense, I thought we missed shots.
    • Surely, give them credit because they won the game, and I thought it was a slugfest, and they won the game that way, but I just thought we missed a lot of easy shots that we normally would make.
  • I remember looking out there at the game as we played, and some of the shots that he [Joiner] normally would make, even his drives to the rim, he didn’t finish.
  • They [Pitt] did a good job getting back in transition. A lot of Casey’s [Morsell] shots have come with him running the floor and getting out in transition.
    • They stayed at home. When you’re shooting the ball as well as he is, they did a good job of staying at home.
    • The reason we got so many open looks to our post guys as we rolled, was because they stayed with our shooters a lot.
  • No [they didn’t take too many three’s], that’s who we are.
    • For example, I thought Jack Clark got some great looks.
      • None of them looked good as they came off.
    • Certainly, Terquavion was hot early from 3 and made some shots.
    • It was a weird night for us offensively, and we weren’t clicking as much as I’d hoped we would be.
    • Like I said, we’ve got to get back in the gym, and we’ve got to get some shots up.
  • We’ve got no choice. We’ve got to move on.
    • The great thing about this is that, while unfortunately we lost our ACC opener, we’ve got 19 more of them to play.
    • We’ve got to figure out how to get it back on the other end.
    • It doesn’t define us. It was a good game. Give Pitt credit.
    • We’ve just got to go to work and get ready for our next game and then our next one after that.
  • We hope we play better than we have been playing offensively.
    • You feel bad for our guys, because everything had gone well for them offensively this season.
    • We’ve had great numbers against great teams, when you talk about playing against Kansas, Butler, and Dayton, and tonight, for whatever reason, we didn’t shoot the ball well. We have to make each shot.
  • If you look back on all of Jarkel’s shots, he has taken those all year long.
    • He just missed some, and he is normally pretty good with his pull-up.
      • He didn’t make those, and typically, he would make it to the free-throw line, but he didn’t have many opportunities there.
      • He missed his three-point shots.
    • I know him, and many guys will get to the gym later on. It’s not a mandatory thing, but I know those guys, and they will be working on their shot.
  • We’ve got to flush it.
    • We have to figure out what we did offensively and get better defensively.
    • We have to get back to work and get ready for Coppin State.
  • Our home opener [ACC] here, we wanted to win it.
    • It’s an ACC game, and you know how important these are, but at the end of the day, you can’t put your head down.
    • We’ve got a lot more basketball to play. We have had a really great start to our season, and as I have told the guys in the locker room, don’t let one loss define us.
    • We didn’t let the Kansas loss define us. We moved on, and we’ve got to do the same thing with this one.
  • We’re very encouraging.
    • One thing about guys that miss shots that normally make them, they’re not trying to miss, and so we are trying to give them as much confidence as we can.
    • We’re asking them to do other things to affect the game.
    • One thing I told Jack [Clark], because he has been our best rebounder, was ‘go in there and get you an easy basket, or go in there and get you an offensive rebound.’
    • It’s something to get you going. It’s amazing how it works.
      • You get an easy basket, and then get to the free-throw line to make a shot. All of a sudden, you’ve got your shots going on.
    • I’m telling those guys to do a couple of other things to impact the game.

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Men’s Basketball: Pitt 68 NC State 60: ACCDN HIGHLIGHT REEL & CONDENSED GAME

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NC State lost their ACC opener to Pitt tonight in PNC Arena 60-68. You can check out the Box Score here. Below are the ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel and Condensed Game.

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Men’s Basketball: Pitt 68 NC State 60: BOX SCORE

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NC State fell in their ACC opener tonight at home against Pitt, losing to the Panthers 60-68.

Below is the Box Score.

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Men’s Basketball: NC State’s ACC Stat Leaders Heading into Conference Play

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NC State will enter ACC play tonight, hosting Pittsburgh at 7pm. Here’s a look at which Wolfpack players rank in the Top-10 in the ACC in individual statistical categories before tipoff.

Point Guard Jarkel Joiner ranks 3rd in the ACC in Scoring, averaging 17.3. Sophomore Guard Terquavion Smith averages 16.1, which ranks 8th.

Dusan Mahorcic ranks 9th in Rebounds per game, averaging 7.3.

Mahorcic leads the ACC in Field Goal Percentage, making 65.3% of his Field Goal Attempts. Guard Casey Morsell ranks 10th, shooting 53.9%.

Joiner also ranks 8th in Free Throw Percentage, making 85%.

Morsell is shooting an insane 53.2% from deep, and has shot 14 more threes than Hunter.

Smith is tied for 2nd in the ACC in Assists per game, averaging 5.3.

Jack Clark is tied for the lead in Steals per game, averaging 2.13.

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