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5 NC State Stats That Will Break Your Brain (or break your soul)

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NC State ranks 327th in defensive 3pt%
This stat shows that teams shoot better from 3 against NC State than almost vs. almost any other team in the nation. There are only 358 Division 1 teams, so State is really toward the bottom of the barrel here. And I know there have been a few nights when teams were just hot, but it’s more than just bad luck at this point. We made that clear in our piece from yesterday.

NC State ranks 300th in opponent offensive rebounding %
Again, NC State is amongst the nation’s bottom 58 teams in a stat. This one is a little more explainable seeing as they have three 4-star bigs on the shelf and now Dowuona joins them. They’ve been depleted in the middle all season long, so this is a sad stat, but it may not be too avoidable given the circumstances.

Since 12/29 vs Miami, Breon Pass is leading NC State PGs in Assist/Turnover ratio at 2.5. 
The freshman PG has done enough in our eyes to start earning some more minutes. He’s starting to knock down shots, he’s defending well and he’s the best on the team at setting his guys up and not turning it over. During the same time span, Seabron has a 1.34 ratio and Hayes has a 1.28 ratio. Sure, Pass is doing this in limited minutes, but hell, he’s doing it. What more does he need to do before he starts beating out Hayes and Allen as the first guard off the NC State bench? During that span he’s 8-19 from the floor (42%) and 5-12 from 3 point range (42%). For the season, Hayes is shooting 32% from the floor and just 20% from 3. Meanwhile, Allen is shooting 38% from the floor and 32% from 3.  What’s holding pass back? It’s not the numbers, that’s for sure.

Casey Morsell is leading NC State in 3pt %
Morsell looked like a pretty decent offensive player early in the season. Then he got hurt and lost his mojo. Now that he’s fully back, he’s been on fire. Morsell now leads NC State in 3pt %, shooting 43% from long range. He’s not a volume shooter, but they don’t need him to be, they have Terquavion Smith for that. Morsell is taking good shots and knocking them down. He is also their best defender. Morsell needs to be on the floor as much as Seabron and Smith are. He’s that important. That means 35+ minutes per game.

Terquavion Smith is averaging 18ppg, shooting 43% from 3pt range in ACC play, and is on track to become the highest-scoring true freshman in NC State history.
Yeah folks, that’s a freshman. Smith is averaging 15.7ppg this season, which is the highest in history for a true freshman in the NC State record books (Dennis Smith Jr’s records have been vacated). Brandon Costner averaged 16.8 ppg as a redshirt freshman in 2006-07, and even that number is reachable for Terquavion.

Now, as for total points, that’s a little more complicated. Costner finished with 605 points on the season. However, he played 36 games that season. State made a deep run in the ACCT and then a deep run in the NIT. Costner also wasn’t a true freshman that season, he was a redshirt.

Dennis Smith Jr. finished with 580 points in 2016-17, but again, his records have been vacated due to the NCAA sanctions.

Terquavion Smith has 361 points. He’s guaranteed 9 more games. If he continues his ACC average over those 9 games, he’ll finish with 523 points. That will be well ahead of JJ Hickson’s 458 total points as a freshman and would give him the crown for most points scored in by a true freshman in the history of NC State Basketball.

 

 

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packaged2
packaged2
9 months ago

I think that was Costner’s sophomore season he had 16.8ppg?

Dof87
Dof87
9 months ago

The gaping hole in our interior coupled with youth on the exterior are simply a recipe for trouble. It is nice to see Pass coming along and starting to figure things out, that’s all you can ask of a freshman that wasn’t expected to see much court time at the start of the year. We are just going to have to scrap and claw out the rest of the season, hopefully get on the up side of some of these close games. I’d love to see Hayes find his shot. I’d love to see Gibson figure out how to finish… Read more »

Rev
Rev
9 months ago
Reply to  Dof87

Gibson started out playing guard in High school. Then he grew like 6 to 8 inches in two years. Like you pointed out, I think he gets a bad rap because he is not really even a power forward but, a 6’10” small forward. Too many of our player look like Wiley Coyote, which way did he go?, on defense. So there is that. However, His numbers on offense sure looked good against Cuse.

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Kevin Keatts’ Postgame Press Conference After Butler Win: BULLETED

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Head Coach Kevin Keatts met with the media for his postgame press conference after NC State’s 76-61 win over Butler last night. You can watch it here, or check out a BULLETED breakdown below.

  • First of all, let’s talk about Butler a little bit.
    • Thad [Matta] has done a really good job everywhere he’s been.
    • We beat a good Butler team. They’re going to continue to grow. They’re going to continue to get better.
  • We played extremely hard, and I only say that because that’s part of our culture, but we were able to do that on Day 3, and that says a lot about this team.
  • Our young guys came in, played well, and gave us great minutes in Breon Pass, LJ Thomas, and Ernest Ross, and then I thought our veterans put us over the hump.
    • Dusan Mahorcic and Jack Clark were really, really good.
  • We’ve been led all weekend, really all year, by Terquavion Smith and Jarkel Joiner, and when they didn’t have a huge scoring night, they found other ways to affect the game.
    • When you look at Terquavion, he had 5 assists and 1 turnover, and they all played on the defensive end.
  • I’m proud of my team. It’s a great tournament. It always has been.
    • You’re fortunate if you can get out of here with one win. Two is great, and then three is over the top.
    • I’m excited about our team as we continue to grow, and we’ll continue to get better.
  • I love our team. I try not to look too far head. We’re just going to continue to work.
    • My job with these guys is to get them locked into the next game.
    • I’ve learned just to lock in, be positive, and take it one game at a time, and that’s what we’ll do.
  • Well, everybody’s dangerous. What sparked me was that I watched Dayton and BYU, and it was a 23-point lead, and the lead was erased.
    • We’re all playing on tired legs, and if you can find a way to get through this, one of the blessings, even though we didn’t want to lose to Kansas, one of the good things about it was that we were able to play a 10 o’clock game tonight.
    • We got a little rest. It’s a great tournament because it prepares you for ACC, and it prepares you for the conference tournament, but it’s tough because you’ve got to play 3 great teams back-to-back-to-back.
  • I’m proud of Manny [Bates]. Manny’s a tremendous kid.
    • Obviously at NC State, he had some unfortunate injuries that slowed him down a little bit, but he’s a great kid and a really good basketball player.
  • I love the team that we put together. We hit it really good with the transfer portal, and we got good people that have connected off the court.
    • One of the things that helped us was taking a trip to the Bahamas in August. We were able to grow as a team.
    • Every coach’s challenge when you have so many transfers is trying to figure out how to develop chemistry early.
    • We’re a little ahead of the curve. We still have a long way to go in a lot of areas, but we’ve grown over the last 2 weeks.
  • You play Kansas, the defending National Champions, tough enough to win, and you don’t win the game, will there be a letdown over the next couple of days?
    • I don’t think we did. I thought we bounced back and beat 2 good teams, 2 good programs, by double-digits.
    • I learned a lot about my guys in how we respond.
    • Sometimes, it’s better to learn a lesson through a win. We learned a couple of lessons through the loss to Kansas, and we built on it.
  • We also have 2 very efficient post guys.
    • When you look up their stats, they can score the ball. D.J. Burns has had a good 2 days where he was unstoppable in the post. I thought he did some really good things.
    • Late in games, I wanted to play through our post guys. We talked about getting more paint touches instead of settling for 3’s.
    • When you look at tonight, we typically take anywhere from 25 to 35 three-pointers, and we only took 15, and a lot of that was because we wanted to establish our post guys.
    • Our post guys tonight took 21 shots.
  • I’m grateful he [Jack Clark] made the shot [big 3 to end scoring drought].
    • I thought the willingness to make the pass is the biggest one, because the tendency during scoring droughts is to step up and make the big shot.
    • The pass was just as good as the shot, but it was very important at the time.
    • I wouldn’t say we got tight, but we relied on our defense a little bit.
    • We got a little reckless with the basketball, but once we got our composure, we were able to make some plays.
  • We conducted ourselves as professionals.
    • We can make the argument that we played hard for 3 straight nights, and that’s hard to do.
    • I love what our guys are building. They’re starting to coach each other. They’re starting to reward each other. I think that’s big.
      • It’s going to help because you know you’re capable of doing it.
    • We used our bench a little bit more tonight than we did in the 1st couple of games, and I thought those guys really came in and made a positive impact for us.
  • We can have balanced scoring. I think everyone knows that we’ve got a really good set of guards, and I include Casey Morsell in that, that have led us in scoring all year long, but we’ve got some bigs that can really score the ball.
    • Our guys are really starting to understand that and get them in positions. It took a while for us to realize that, even though we love to run a lot of ball screens, we’ve got to roll this guys into the post and make sure we play off of them.
    • Also, the bigs are willing passers. You look at DJ, he made a couple of backdoor passes.
    • Dusan was very effective.
    • It’s really, really balanced when you have guard scoring and your post guys can score also.

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NC State 76 Butler 61: ACCDN Highlight Reel

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball team wrapped up an impressive showing down in the Bahamas last night, defeating Butler 76-61. You can check out the Box Score here. The ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel is below.

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Men’s Basketball: NC State 76 Butler 61: BOX SCORE

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The NC State Men’s Basketball team defeated Butler 76-61 tonight in the Bahamas, improving to 6-1. Below is the BOX SCORE.

The Wolfpack had 5 players score in double figures.

Once again, Point Guard Jarkel Joiner led the Pack in scoring, with 15 (4-11 FG).

Big fella DJ Burns was the player of the game for the Wolfpack, with 14 points, on 6 of 11 shooting from the field.

NC State’s other big man, Dusan Mahorcic, had 13 points (6-10 FG) and 6 rebounds.

What’s impressive about what Burns and Mahorcic did, is the fact they put up that kind of production against former Wolfpack Center Manny Bates.

Jack Clark chipped in 10 points (4-9 FG/2-4 3PT), and led the team with 8 rebounds and 3 steals.

Terquavion Smith had 10 points on yet another poor shooting night (4-14 FG), but he did lead the team with 5 assists (1 TO), and also snagged 5 rebounds.

The betting line was EVEN on this game, so it’s extremely impressive that NC State took the game by 15 points.

NC State out-rebounded Butler by 1, out shot the Bulldogs (44.6%/41.9%), had more assists (13/10), and scored 21 points off 14 Butler turnovers.

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NC State Players Celebrate By Planting Their Flag on UNC Logo and Saying: ‘UNC…What Happened???’

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The NC State Football Players had fun after beating their archrival UNC today, the Wolfpack took to the field with their flag in Chapel Hill.

Ben Finley, the 4th string Quarterback through much of the season, planted that bad boy in Kenan.

Safety Cyrus Fagan, as fiery as ever, was running the field with the flag.

Derrek Pitts, Jordan Houston and Devin Carter planted that flag right on the UNC logo at midfield.

You’ve got to love the sass of Nose Tackle Corey Durden taking a lap around the field waving bye to all the UNC fans.

Then the boys in the locker room trolled the Heels with this…UNC…WHAT HAPPENED?

 

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