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What About a Yearly NC State Heritage Classic?

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The same thing happens every year. It’s Jimmy V week, four teams are invited to NYC and NC State is not one of them. Jimmy V and NC State are one…unless it’s a basketball tourney on ESPN, in which the Wolfpack are routinely denied access.

Why are we waiting on anybody? State needs to host the Jimmy V Heritage Classic EVERY YEAR in Reynolds. Period.

 

Bring It Home

My dad came for a visit while I was at State. We walked around campus and just kind of hung out for the afternoon. On the way to the parking garage, he asked if Reynolds might be open and if we could stop in.

The doors were unlocked with nobody in sight. The only thing on the original floor? A rack of basketballs.

We played five or so minutes of hoops. Eventually we left, purely because the deafening, echoey sound of dribbles seemed as though they were loud enough to wake up every security guard in a ten mile radius. It’s a simple memory, but something I’ll never forget.

I love that State men’s team plays some non-conference/”holiday season” games at Reynolds. But I want the games to be elevated to have a little more meaning than, “Well, PNC ain’t gonna be filled, so let’s go small.”

Reynolds gives me goosebumps. Other’s start sweating at just the name…

Jay Bilas:

“Reynolds Coliseum at NC State was the toughest place I played while in college. Configured much the same way as Cameron Indoor Stadium, but the end zones were much deeper and the sides were right on top of you. Reynolds was loud, edgy and intense.”

Hubert Davis:

“The toughest place I ever played was Reynolds Coliseum, former home of the NC State Wolfpack. Cameron Indoor Stadium and Cole Field House don’t even come close.”

 

The Tournament

It’s a four-team tourney, hosted early in December so the campus is still buzzing with students. Every team has a connection to Jimmy, in one way or another.

Bucknell, Iona, Rutgers, UCONN, Houston, New Mexico State, Maryland…All having some connection to Jimmy V and State’s magic of yesteryear. Just imagine, two games a year, in Reynolds, with nothing but interviews, highlights and memories in-between game action?

This next part is crucial (and so help me God, if they don’t wear something similar Thursday night against B-C);

State wears throwbacks.

I need bright white State on the chest. Give me old school Tuffy on the shorts. Little banners on the back neck showcasing the ’74 and ’83 teams. Seriously, this is not rocket science, this should have been a tradition a long, long time ago.

 

In Conclusion

Forget the damn Jimmy V tourney in New York, I want us to host our own in the mecca of State basketball.

Create a yearly event that is part nostalgia and part celebration. Literally pack the hell out of that place and let’s watch some basketball. There is not many figures in college basketball history, that had the charisma and respect that Valvano had. It’d be only right to bring it home.

Passionate State fan that just wants to win...something...like anything...

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JudgeSmails
JudgeSmails
1 year ago

This is a great idea, please try to get others considering it. I grew up going to games in Reynolds, we should use it more. My Dad “majored” in basketball while he was a student, and he and his best friend went to practice every day. Everett Case let them sit in the stands (the only other people there except the team) and watch because he knew they were just super fans, not spies. I love the idea of the throwback “STATE” uniforms, and it always pisses me off that we bowed to the ACC and stopped using it. If… Read more »

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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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