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WATCH: NC State Women cruise past #9 seeded Kansas State 89-57. Advance to Sweet 16.

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NC State took out Kansas State 89-57 in the second round of the NCAA tournament. This gets the Wolfpack women to their fourth straight sweet sixteen appearance and has them taking on #5 sedded Notre Dame at 11:30am this Friday on ESPN.

This time it was Kayla Jones stepping up for 18 points, 5 boards and 3 assists to lead NC State. Perez was back at it, notching 15 points and Diamon Johnson continued her stellar play, also notching 15 points, but doing it from perfection from 3 point range (she was 5 for 5).

State’s defense was the difference-maker. They forced 16 turnovers and dominated on the glass 38-25.

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UNC Women’s Basketball Coach Banghart Calls NC State Fans “Classless”, Then Takes it Back

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Yesterday UNC Women’s Basketball Coach Courtney Banghart was asked on a podcast, who she liked beating the most, Duke or NC State.

Her response: “That’s like asking me who I hate less.”

I love it.

We don’t like you either.

She then followed that up by saying “NC State fans are so classless…I just don’t even like going there.”

Tell us how you feel Coach.

Banghart went on to say that she has more respect for Duke, but likes beating them because they are more “relevant.”

I find NC State’s back-to-back-to-back ACC championships “relevant,” but maybe that’s just me.

Then…wait for it…Banghart said that Wolfpack fans are “mean.”

Fan goals…rival coach thinks you’re mean to her and her team…check.

As the day went on, that portion of the podcast was removed, and Banghart issued an apology.

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A few thoughts…

I find it hilarious when someone calls a fanbase classless, and they think in doing so they maintain their class.

Also, don’t act like you didn’t mean what you said. You can apologize for what you said, but you said what you meant.

Coach Banghart…you didn’t offend us…the feeling’s mutual.

I’m sure all of the classless Wolfpack fans look forward to greeting you and your squad into our “small gym”, to play an “irrelevant” rival who has won three straight ACC Championships.

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At Final Four Media Day, Multiple NCAA Committee Members Acknowledge NC State’s Situation

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Friday night, UCONN faces off against Stanford. It should be NC State and everybody knows it.

At media day Thursday, here is what various members of the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee had to say about NC State’s situation in Bridgeport;

NOTHING

Oh my God you guys hahahahaha You thought NCAA would show sympathy?! hahahaha You thought they’d admit skewing the odds in the favor of a national powerhouse program?! hahahaha

NC State almost pulled off their biggest win since 1998, with 9k UCONN fans and multiple refs on their back. Add in what happened in Omaha, San Diego and even simple eligibility concerns in football, it’s been a rough year for NCAA beating up on State. Which is saying something because of the last, I don’t know how many years.

We could have literally wrote 15 April Fool’s Day jokes…which is in and of itself, an absolute joke.

Once again, from the bottom of our hearts, we hate you NCAA. You have let NIL become a runaway train, made transferring too easy and held no consistency in any judgement calls.

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Cunane Heads to WNBA – What Happens to Next Year’s Starting Five for NC State?

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Three months ago, Big Ickey announced he was entering the NFL draft to potentially go in the first five picks. Wednesday afternoon, his female counterpart made the same statement (via Instagram) with a similar draft projection.

Solid chance Cunane will go top-five, with many projections having her heading to the Big Apple…Just like Ickey…

 

What A Career

I mean what can you say about Cunane that doesn’t seem like you’re gloating?

Multiple;

-All-American
-All-ACC Season and Tournament
-Lisa Leslie Finalist
-Wooden Award Finalist
-Naismith Semifinalist
-State Records
-Beast Mode

She was the face of the program, especially these last two seasons. Humble, smiling, always going forward with max effort. A North Carolina kid that put NC State back on the basketball map. Now she’ll get rewarded with a top pick to go pro. Can’t wait to see her transition to an even bigger stage (especially if New York is in play).

 

Where Does State Turn to Inside?

Lots of folks think that State’s dominance in the ACC is over. Yes, big pieces are no longer part of this team, but the core is still very much strong.

Brown-Turner stays in starting five and could make a legit run at ACC Player of the Year if she can go a step or two up in her game
Jones -> Boyd
Perez -> Johnson
Crutchfield -> James/Hayes (James has the inside track)

Frankly, yes, there will be a learning curve, but the drop-off isn’t there. However, Cunane’s position inside slips a bit. Hobby and Hart can play minutes and take some of that burden, but here is where Wes Moore is going to be active in the transfer game. Wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if his transfer board just had two big circles around a true Center and another Forward with size.

One name to watch? Notre Dame’s Sam Brunelle. 6′ 2″ Forward from Virginia that State was interested in a couple years back. She’ll bring a load of awards and the potential to play closer to home. Would be a massive get for Moore and company. We’ll even throw this one out there too, Ra Shaya Kyle of Purdue. 6′ 6″ Center that entered the transfer portal and is a beast on the boards with solid blocking ability. Add two pieces like that? State is back in business

In short, Moore has options and after last year’s haul of Hayes and Johnson, he can sell the chance to be part of something special. Cunane will be the hardest to replace though, no doubt about it.

 

The 2022 WNBA Draft is April 11th.

 

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Vonwolf: Shoutout to NC State WBB and No, IDGAF About UCONN Football

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I’ve been on a sabbatical these last couple months (nicer way of saying life has been insane and I couldn’t find the time to sit down at a computer and type away disgruntled thoughts about all things NC State). That doesn’t mean I haven’t been stewing in my own tears.

If anybody EVER questions State Sh*t, good riddance to them. The wear and tear on my emotions are starting to really take affect of my overall health and wellness.

You know what makes it all hurt more? Stupid people.

 

WPN onto the next thing and I’m pissed…

Less than an hour after the game, folks are already onto the next thing. I saw multiple, MULTIPLE tweets about “Well just a reminder, State plays UCONN in football.”

Who gives a f*ck.

There is zero correlation besides the same schools meeting in an athletic event. Furthermore, comparing two of the best teams going at it for a Final Four birth and whatever the hell UCONN’s football program is, is laughable. If I wanted to get back at the steakhouse server for being rude to me, I wouldn’t go to McDonald’s and devour a cheeseburger.

I hope we whoop up on them, but only because we SHOULD whoop up on that sad program.

Then 12-hours later, we’ve already moved onto the Men’s team. Yes, the ones that set a program low for wins. The one’s that we repeatedly invested energy into before falling short. There is no doubt, PI and others are about to drop some hardcore rumors about how this program is going to be a bare cupboard soon. But can’t that wait?

Did Bates and Seabron have a bet on the women’s game that if they lost, they’d transfer? Can this be a story on Friday so I can lump my “F Men’s Basketball , I hate it here” weekend into one?

WPN was gifted one of the best runs in State history (clumping together this last 2-3 years), and we already have moved on. All we complain about is when are we going to win…we do…and we just move right on to the next thing.

 

Can’t we just say thank you to this State Women’s Basketball Team?

Again, my sabbatical of sorts came at an inopportune time. Wanted to spend more time digging into this WBB team for PI. In all honesty, hand to God, I watched just about every game.

Because this team was fun as hell team to watch.

If it wasn’t Cunane inside, it was Johnson showing unreal talent from the perimeter. When it wasn’t Perez and Crutchfield playing defense at top notch, it was Brown-Turner and Boyd getting their buckets. Up and down the lineup and through the entire coaching staff, they gave their heart and soul to a program that so badly wanted to breakthrough.

And just like everything State related, they got screwed.

Hearing 9k+ UCONN fans compared to our small subset behind the State bench was infuriating. Couldn’t have been more at a disadvantage unless the game was on UCONN’s campus. The NCAA continues to find ways to ruin events for fans but, much more importantly, the players that they are apparently suppose to protect and guide.

Yet, State still almost pulled it off.

Always fighting (because they had to with a Husky player on their back). Always giving everything they had. It was a proud moment, even though the ending result hurt like hell.

Three-straight ACC Championships, add in another regular season title. Continual runs deep into the NCAAT. They needed to get the Sweet Sixteen monkey off their back and they did. Huge, HUGE piece of the national championship path has finally been cleared.

Now I know we are going to be losing some program changing players, folks that we just simply can’t straight-up replace. But you don’t think Wes Moore is up to the task to reload again? They have the structure in place, watch out for three transfers to fill back up this roster nicely.

 

In the end…

The NCAA sucks. I’m tired of seeing the better State team lose, be kicked out, or simply not even play. Who cares about UCONN football and just let the MBB be for a hot sec.

Thank you ladies for everything. #GoPack

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