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NC State heads north for matchup with Pitt | Breakdown, Preview, and How to Watch

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NC State Wolfpack @ Pitt Panthers
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
TV: ACCN
Line: NC State -1.5

NC State is looking to break a 5 game losing streak as they take on the 9-16 Panthers. Pitt is coming off a 5 point win over FSU, however, they had lost 6 of their previous 7 games.

This is a matchup of two teams struggling, looking for an identity. Looking for any momentum they can build as the season winds down.

For the Panthers, they will rely on John Hugley, the 6’9 sophomore who is averaging 14ppg (but has struggle in his last 3 games). After Hugley, they have 6’4 senior Jamarius Burton, averaging 13 points and shooting 33% from 3 point range.

Pitt is last in the ACC in points per game, 10th in rebounding, 13th in 3 point shooting, and are 3rd to last in the ACC in the standings.

The problem for NC State? They are dead last in the conference at 3-11.

For the Wolfpack, we’re not sure what the keys to the game are. I mean, it’s the same keys as we talk about every outing. Smith, Seabron and Hellems need to be on. because there is no interior defense or offense to be found. They went zone last time out and saw some success. Keatts could give a little more time to Breon Pass to see what he’s capable of in a larger sample size.

What we want to see is Keatts to keep adjusting and keep throwing everything at the wall, hoping something sticks. At this point, that’s the best we can hope for.

Here is what you can expect from Pitt.

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Papajohn
Papajohn
6 months ago

The key to the game is simple. It’s all about the offenses. We have to shoot really, really well and simultaneously they have to shoot really, really poorly. Defense probably won’t factor in.
It’s basically a game of HORSE. (sadly)

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Terquavion Smith and Greg Gantt take over NC State’s Instagram for the Day

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A couple of days ago, Terquavion Smith and Greg Gantt were handed the camera to show State fans just what gameday is like through the player’s eyes. The guys chronicle a day in the Bahamas as they participate in walkthroughs, downtime at the hotel and pregame shootaround.

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VIDEO: Inside Look at the workouts of NC State’s new 7 foot wing, Mady Traore

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A few days ago, we went into depth about NC State’s newest addition, 7-foot wing, Mady Traore. As we were doing our research, we came across a couple workout videos that were posted.

Watching his highlights from games is probably a better indicator of what we’ll see on the court come November. bit watching these workouts (which are kind of showcasing his skills without any defenders) give a better glimpse of his potential.

Enjoy!

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Sooo, let’s talk about the 7 foot wing who just committed to play for the Pack this season

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While everyone was focused on the upcoming football season, or discussing NC State basketball’s coming trip to the Bahamas, something happened.

NC State landed a commitment from 7-foot stretch forward, Mady Traore. And he’ll be eligible to play THIS season.

Surely, a guy committing this late in the process isn’t going to be a difference maker, right? It’s probably a guy no one has heard of. Someone who has slipped through the cracks.

But what if I told you that Taore, a French native (who has moved around quite a bit in recent years) had offers from Auburn, Kansas, Oregon, LSU, Arizona, Illinois, Florida, and many, many more.

Intrigued?

Well, we are. Especially after watching some of his recent film.

NC State got in on Traore late after seeing him at the NBA camp in early July. But the story is kind of strange because after coming over to America midway through high school, he really jumped around to different schools. Maybe he was trying to find a place where he’d be showcased? But either way, all the moving made it hard to keep track of him. The one connection he does have to the Pack is LJ Thomas. The NC State incoming freshman, Thomas, played for Bull City prep and during all his moving, Traore spent a small amount of time with the AAU team at one point.

Whatever the story is, Traore committed to NC State on July 29th.

Here he is talking to Pro Insights, explaining what Pack fans can expect of him.

Traore wasn’t on campus yet, so he couldn’t make the trip to the Bahamas with the team, but he should be ready to go when the team returns.

What can we expect?

Well, we’re not sure. It’s likely Traore won’t be in the main rotation to start the season, but it wouldn’t surprise me for him to start seeing minutes at some point this season. He is 7 feet tall and can guard almost any position.

So is he a project player? Depends on your definition of that. I think this kid has all the tools necessary to be an eventual NBA talent. The question is, can he put it all together? He needs to bulk up, get more physical and just get more experience at a high level.

He’s got a 7’3 wing span. He can shoot it. He’s athletic, shifty, and has great footwork and coordination for a 7-footer. His handle is a little suspect, but he seems to have a pretty good court IQ. He looks like a coachable kid with a high motor. Pair that with his God-given tools, and well, Keatts and company may have just snatched up an eventual elite level talent under everyone’s nose.

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Another double-double for Jack Clark as NC State rolls past PR 81-69

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NC State moves to 2-0 in the Bahamas after using a strong 4th quarter to come back and beat Puerto Rico 81-69.

If you haven’t been following, NC State is in the Bahamas for their summer exhibition trip. They won their first game against Bahama Select 92-81, using big games from Terquavion Smith (26 pts) and a double-double from LaSalle transfer Jack Clark (who had a 12 and 13 double-double).

This was a close one, with NC State losing after 3 quarters, 55-52. However, Clark went off for 8 points and 3 rebounds in the 4th, leading the Pack to the 12-point victory.

This was Clark’s second double-double in two games for NC State as he finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Without any media coverage, other than what the team is providing, we can’t see exactly how Clark is scoring, but from what we can piece together, he’s doing it in a variety of ways. For instance, in this game he knocked down SIX 3s.

It’s got to be a fluke if a guy show shot below 30% from long range last season is suddenly hitting his 3s, right? Well, not necessarily. Clark has great form and a smooth release. He was actually projected to be a very good shooter coming out of high school. During his freshman season he shot 41% from 3 (for context, Scott Wood shot 41% for his career at NC State). Clark then kind of lost his touch during the next two seasons, shooting 28% and 29% respectively. So we were waiting and watching to see which Jack Clark showed up for Kevin Keatts. At this point, it looks like he’s found his form and is back to being a quality shooter.

According to GoPack.com, Ole Miss transfer, Jarkell Joiner, also had his second good game in a row. After notching 14 points and 3 assist in game one, the grad senior followed it up 16 points and 5 assists in this one.

Terquavion Smith added 9 points and 4 steals (while missing a significant chunk of the game with a leg cramp), while Casey Morsell finished with 11 and DJ Burns dropped 12 (8 in the 4th quarter).

NC State shot 56.3 percent in the second half, and 64.2 percent from three-point range.

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