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NC State takes on Nebraska tonight in ACC – Big Ten Challenge | Game Preview and How to Watch

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NC State Wolfpack vs Nebraska
ACC – Big Ten Challange
Time: 7:15pm
Location: Raleigh, NC
TV: ESPNU
Line: NC State -6

Preview of The Nebraska Cornhuskers
Nebraska comes in at 5-2 on the season with losses to Western Illinois and Creighton. They haven’t beaten anyone of any significance to this point and are ranked 100th overall by Ken Pom (NC state ranks 60th).

The Huskers are led by 6’7 freshman guard, Bryce McGowans. He’s leading them in points (17.7) and rebounds (6.9). He also is averaging 2 assists per game and shooting 47% from the field (but only 28% from 3). He’s been having a lot of success early in the season, but a lot of that comes from the fact that he’s faced big-time mismatches against smaller teams. Against NC State he’ll likely be up against another 6’7 guard in Dereon Seabron, which will certainly make things tougher for him. You can get a feel for his game with this video from earlier in the season…

McGowans is streaky from deep, but also is known to take some bad shots. He’s shooting, as we said, 28% from downtown. Most of his damage is done on the drive, where honestly, he’s really good. He has great body control and can change direction well for his size. He uses his spin move a lot, and is deceptive with his footwork. He really is a lot like Dereon Seabron, so it’ll be interesting to see how that matchup plays out.

After McGowans, the Huskers have 6’1 senior guard Alonzo Verge Jr, who is a decent scorer himself but also doesn’t shoot well from outside. He’s averaging 13 points, 5 boards and 6 assists per game.

Then there’s their big, 6’9, 235lb junior, Derrick Walker. He’s a decent big, who is kind of a tweener. He’s not a power big, and he’s not versatile enough to spread the floor, but he gets the job done for them. He’s averaging 10 points and 5 boards per game and shooting over 80% from the floor (he doesn’t shoot much). He’s also not a great shot blocker.

Overall, NC State matches up really well with Nebraska. The Huskers don’t shoot the 3 well and they don’t have a dominant big. Those are the 2 things NC State struggles with. The Pack should be able to clamp down and sink a little to make things tough on Verge Jr and McGowans and to limit space for Walker. This may open up some 3 point shots, but Nebraksa shoots it at a 28% clip, so that might not be such a bad thing.

Keys for the Wolfpack

  • Lockdown McGowans. If he isn’t scoring, the Huskers don’t have many backup options.
  • Give help down low on Walker. Don’t let Nebraska spread it out and attack Dowuona.
  • Hellems needs to stay hot. When Hellems is on, NC State can put up points fast.
  • Allow Seabron to attack McGowans. Putting pressure on the freshman is key. He hasn’t faced a guard as versatile and big as Seabron.

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NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game

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NC State improved to 19-5 overall, and 9-4 in the ACC, defeating Georgia Tech 72-64 in PNC Arena. How did they win: By the Numbers. Box Score. The ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel and Condensed Game are below.

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NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: BY THE NUMBERS

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Survive and Advance. Some days it’s just like that.

NC State found a way to win at home over Georgia Tech 72-64 with Terquavion Smith and Jarkel Joiner combining for a whopping 10 points, shooting 3-17. They each had 5 points, and entered the game ranked 1st (Smith) and 5th (Joiner) in the ACC in scoring.

How did the Wolfpack find a way to victory?

Burns. Ross. Morsell.

DJ Burns carried the team on his back, scoring 24 points (11-21 FG) and grabbing 8 boards. Ernest Ross reminded us once again what he’s capable of, coming off the bench to score 16 points, shooting 4 of 8 from the field. Most importantly, Ross was a perfect 7 for 7 from the free throw line. He also had 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.

The shots might not have been falling for Smith and Joiner, but don’t forget about Casey Morsell. He scored 17 points, making 6 of his 9 field goal attempts, and 4 of 7 from beyond the arch. He also had 5 rebounds and 3 steals.

Smith’s shot might have been off, but his passing game wasn’t. His 10 assists were a new career high, toppling his former best of 7 against Miami back in December.

Once again, NC State managed to find a way to win a game in which the other team shot better (44.1/41.9) than them. Heck, the Yellow Jackets out rebounded them (37-36).

How you ask?

Well, NC State forced Georgia Tech to commit 17 turnovers, scoring 11 points off of them (Georgia Tech had 5 points off of turnovers). Also, the Wolfpack had more offensive rebounds than the Yellow Jackets (12-10), scoring 11 second chance points (The Yellow Jackets had 7 second chance points).

Georgia Tech entered today’s game having won 4 straight against NC State in PNC Arena, and the Wolfpack found a way to snap that streak.

A 14-3 run by NC State in the final 4 minutes was enough for the Pack to seal the deal.

NC State will have a chance to pick up a Quad 1 win over UVA on the road on Tuesday night at 9pm.

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NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: BOX SCORE

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball team improved to 19-5 and 9-4 in ACC play today, defeating Georgia Tech 72-64 in PNC Arena.

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Where Does NC State Rank in Team Stats in the ACC Before Georgia Tech?

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Before NC State and Georgia Tech tipoff at 1pm, here’s a look at where the Wolfpack ranks in the ACC in team stats.

The Wolfpack lead the ACC in points per game, and rank 7th in points given up per game. As a result, NC State’s scoring margin is 10.13, which ranks 2nd in the conference.

The Wolfpack scores a lot, but it isn’t because they are one of the best shooting teams in the ACC, ranking 11th in Free Throw Percentage, 8th in Field Goal Percentage, and 8th in Three Point Percentage.

The reason that NC State leads the ACC in scoring is because of the way they attack the offensive glass, and the way they force turnovers. The Wolfpack forced 319 turnovers, which leads the ACC, and boast a 4.09 Turnover Margin, which also leads the conference. The Wolfpack also rank 2nd in the ACC in Offensive Rebounds. Not shockingly, they lead the ACC in steals, averaging 8.3.

The Wolfpack rank 9th in Assists, but rank 3rd in Assist/Turnover Ratio. NC State has turned over their opponent better than anyone else, and they also have done a good job taking care of the ball.

NC State ranks 2nd in Blocks and 3rd in Rebounding Margin.

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