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NC State Wolfpack vs. Florida State Seminoles
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Raleigh, NC
TV: ACCN
Line: FSU -2.5

 

NC State takes the floor against FSU today, looking for their first conference win.

The Seminoles come in 6-4 overall and 0-1 in conference play. Their only notable win is over a struggling Missouri squad, and they have losses to Syracuse, South Carolina and #3 Purdue (who NC State took into overtime and FSU lost to by 28).

Florida State doesn’t really have a superstar this season, but they do have four pretty decent scorers. Caleb Mills, a 6’5 sophomore, leads the team at 12.2ppg. He is a Houston transfer who is athletic, quick, and can score at all 3 levels. Then there is 6’9 senior, Malik Osborn, who is averaging 12 points and 7 boards on the season. He is the main guy NC State needs to worry about since the Pack has struggled against quality bigs all season long.

After those two, you have PG Anthony Polite who is averaging 10 points, 5 boards and 3 assists per game, and 6’7 freshman guard, Matthew Cleveland.

This is a team that is long and athletic, but not very disciplined. They average almost 14 turnovers per game, making them a team that NC State matches up well against.

For NC State…

The key is going to be speeding up FSU and making them take poor shots. Keeping them out of the lane is key. They, like NC State, tend to play a lot of one on one ball at the top of the key. Keeping them in front and making them shoot over the top is key.

FSU, as we said, will turn it over, so applying pressure to their guards in the backcourt will likely be Keatts gameplan.

On the boards, NC State needs to get better. Dowuona hasn’t done a great job of cleaning up the glass in ACC play so far, and Osborn is a pretty elite rebounder. If they can’t keep off the boards, it’s going to be a long night.

Lastly, we think a big key is going to be getting Seabron touches. Over the past few games, NC State has for some reason, not run their offense through their star. If they are going to win this game, Seabron is going to need to dominate the basketball on the perimeter and up his volume.

This is a winnable game for the Wolfpack, but they’ll need to clean up their mistakes and make sure they don’t get into too many of those scoring droughts that have plagued them all season long.

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Rev
Rev
2 years ago

52% FG and 44% 3PT this year. 2 point loss. This team cannot catch a break. Sad.

Papajohn
Papajohn
2 years ago

Remembering last year’s game. We shot 44% FG and 42% 3PT AND LOST BY 30!!!

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It’s Not Over Till It’s Over

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Look…I know the odds of NC State’s Men’s Basketball team going to the NCAA Tournament is next to zero percent.

In fact, according to Bart Torvik, the Wolfpack have a 1.1% chance of making the Dance as an at-large bid.

Don’t accuse me of wearing rose colored glasses, because I’m not. The fact remains, it’s not over until it is over.

What would have to happen for NC State to make the NCAA Tournament?

More than likely, NC State would have to win out the rest of the way, in games against Boston College, @ FSU, @ UNC, Duke and @ Pitt.

Maybe there’s a scenario where the Wolfpack beats BC, FSU, Pitt and beats either Duke or UNC. In order for that to play out, I imagine the Wolfpack would have to make a splash in the ACC Tournament as well.

Or maybe NC State could earn a bid winning 4 of 5 if they all of a sudden put together astronomical offensive and defensive efficiency numbers, which thus far has killed their position in the NET Rankings.

Either way, you would need some legit Cardiac Pack vibes for this team to make the Dance.

Call me unrealistic, but I think NC State should be in the NCAA Tournament every single season. Historically speaking, heading into this season, NC State ranked 27th for the most wins in college basketball history. If I lowered the standard a bit to 75%, accounting for an off year every now and then, the program is still way off the mark.

Read into this what you will, but if the Wolfpack doesn’t go to the Big Dance this year, that means they will have only gone twice in the past 7 years, and in my opinion, that’s unacceptable.

With that being said…GO PACK!

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#6 NC State 70 UNC 80: BOX SCORE (with notes)

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#6 NC State was defeated by their rival UNC this evening, falling 70-80 to the Tar Heels. Below is the Box Score with notes underneath.

Notes

  • This game came down to shooting.
    • UNC shot 50.8% from the field and NC State shot 35.2%.
    • The Tar Heels shot an insane 52.4% from three, hitting 11 from beyond the arc.
      • The Wolfpack shot 9 of 27 from deep.
  • Junior Guard Aziaha James led the Pack with 24 points (10-24), and also grabbed 9 rebounds.
  • Senior Forward Mimi Collins had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.
    • The Pack needed to feed Collins. She was 3 of 6 from the field.
  • Junior Guard Saniya Rivers had 13 points (4-13), and knocked down 4 three pointers (3-6).
  • Senior Guard Madison Hayes had 11 points (4-12) and 9 boards.
  • Senior Center River Baldwin struggled, hitting 2 of her 9 shots.
  • The Wolfpack did manage to score 17 second chance points, compared to UNC’s 7.
    • They also made 11 free throws, compared to UNC’s 5.
  • UNC played extremely good defense, but NC State missed an obscene amount of shots around the rim.
  • The Tar Heels looked like the better team tonight, leading for 3/4th of the game.

The Wolfpack will play at Duke on Sunday at 5:30pm on ACC Network.

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#6 NC State Looks to Sweep Rival UNC This Evening

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The 6th ranked NC State Women’s Basketball team is looking to sweep their rival UNC this evening at 8pm on ACC Network. Back on February 1st, the Wolfpack beat the Tar Heels 63-59. At the time NC State was ranked 5th, and UNC was ranked 24th.

Since arriving in Raleigh, Wolfpack Head Coach Wes Moore has led NC State to a 13-9 overall record against the Tar Heels, but they are 4-6 in Chapel Hill under his watch.

NC State lost to UNC the last time the game was played in enemy territory, falling 46-57 loss in Carmichael Arena on January 15th of last year. In that contest, the Wolfpack were ranked 11th and the Tar Heels were ranked 22nd.

If NC State wins tonight, it will mark the 4th time that Moore has led the Wolfpack to sweep UNC in the regular season.

Historically, NC State holds a 63-54 advantage in the series against UNC, but they are 20-30 on the road.

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NC State’s Wes Moore is 1 of 15 on the Late Season Watchlist for the Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year Award

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NC State Women’s Basketball Head Coach Wes Moore is 1 of 15 on the Naismith Late Season Watchlist for the Coach of the Year Award.

Currently, Moore has led NC State from being unranked in the preseason polls, to #6 currently. The Wolfpack are 23-3, and numerous publications project them to be a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Moore was a finalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year Award in 2020-21 and a Semifinalist in 2015-16.

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