NC State hosts Bethune-Cookman tonight in the historic Reynolds Coliseum for their annual game in the old barn. Yesterday, NC State’s Men’s Basketball Facebook page asked fans what their favorite memory was from Reynold’s Coliseum, and wow did that explode. 136 comments. some long-form, filled with some pretty cool stories you’d have never heard otherwise.
Here were some of our favorite responses…
Wayne Justice tells his story about meeting V:
“Meeting Jimmy V as a kid on the side steps outside. It was a Wolfpack Club BBQ dinner fundraiser for the new “centennial center” that they were planning. We crossed paths and he took about 5 minutes to talk basketball with me and my dad and he signed a 83’ championship book we had brought along “just in case we ran into him”.
It was a joke between my pops and I but sure enough as we came up the steps he was standing right beside us!
I’ll continue to watch us struggle and remain a loyal fan because of the magic of that 83 team and coach Valvano. Was thankful to be at the first game where we honored him at Reynolds a couple years back. Took way too long after we ran him off campus the way they did!
Hope to see us win something again one day but you can’t beat the run we had through the eyes of an 7 year old. Pack fan for life, never give up!”
Amanda Benson talks about the lack of A/C and operable windows in a stadium:
“My sister took me to games when she was a student in the early/mid 1980s. I remember sitting about as high up as you could get and getting reprimanded by an usher for attempting to open up one of the old windows to get air….it was so hot!! What ac lol? It was definitely a fun cozy atmosphere that larger arenas do not have.“
Clayton Rascoe reminisces about the old noise meter:
I went to games with my dad in Reynolds as a kid. There was a vertical light bar suspended from the ceiling that the lights used to go off and come on as the crowd got louder or softer. I loved to watch that thing when Reynolds started to get loud. It was such a great place to watch a game as a kid. I haven’t had the chance to go back since the renovation.
Shelton Braswell tells about the time V used Corch to fluster Duke
“The day Jimmy V put Corchiani on Laettner and we beat Duke. Christian was flustered all day. Classic.”
No one has more memories in the barn than Hal Nunn
“Sneaking In while parents bowled Western Lanes, In building when DT hurt his head & came back in, working concession stands as teen, graduating high school, Van Halen, taking family to first heritage game, covering Pack as a photo/reporter, son going to school there. #NCState “
Jonathan McRae was there when V gave his speech in Reynolds
“Jimmy V spoke before the Duke game my freshman year. It was almost the same speech from the ESPYs. Not a dry eye in the house. Nearly won the game with just an 8 man roster. Will never forget!”
Augusta Gaertner got on TV one way or another
“In middle school, I used to make posters and give them to the students sitting at mid court to hold up. My seats were too far away for me to make it on tv, but my posters did!”
There are a ton more, but go ahead and read them for yourself, and let us know what YOUR favorite memory in Reynolds was!
NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game
NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: BY THE NUMBERS
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.
NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: BOX SCORE
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.
Where Does NC State Rank in Team Stats in the ACC Before Georgia Tech?
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.