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The Bridgeport Location isn’t an Issue, It’s NCAA Marketing/Support Bias

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It’s been a weird ten-day stretch for State Women’s Basketball team and fans. We would like to look ahead and talk how ridiculous a #1 seed can be a road underdog, but the Pack needed to take care of business first.

Well, now we’re here. And if you want to be angry, be angry at the NCAA’s inability to hide their biased views.

 

Bridgeport is Home to UCONN, Kinda

Just want to put NCAA rules out there to start. Current rules state, that a team can play tournament games in a venue as long as they have played no more than three home games in that venue during that season. It’s a little fuzzy on the women’s side, as the top-16 seeds host first and second rounds. But if UCONN had played in Bridgeport three times this year, it’d be an issue.

But they haven’t. Not even a single game.

The distance between Storrs, CT and Bridgeport is an hour and a half drive. So basically, imagine #2 seed State hosting #1 seed UCONN in Greensboro. Is there locational advantage? 100% But I also think that State fans would fight a little more for the “It’s not Raleigh, it’s not a true home game” viewpoint.

 

The Real Issue with the NCAA

Which brings us to the points that actually fire us up.

First, it’s well established that favoritism exists in the college world. It’s why we can’t watch live sports because Coach K’s last game has to run 680 times this calendar year. It’s why All-American and Coach of the Year Awards seemed skewed to a certain percentile of schools, and when State wins one, it’s due cause for major celebration.

The fact UCONN fell to #2 seed, but still finds a way to act as a #1, is just further proof that the NCAA is rigged for the big boys/girls.

Secondly, Fairfield University is right down the street in Bridgeport…but the banners in the arena show the regional is hosted by Fairfield AND UCONN. Why? Is it because they know more eyes will be on it? Does that even matter? The NCAA is just continually able to not read the room, it’s mind-boggling.

Third, STATE PLAYS A FREAKING MORNING GAME ON SATURDAY while UCONN rolls in at 2:30. How in the hell is that acceptable? How can the #1 seed and best up-and-coming program in the country get shafted by having to play a morning game? It’s the little details that NCAA conveniently forgets to take care of. Now, you could spinzone this and say, “If State wins, then you can put 1000% effort into scouting the next game, rather than focusing on your own business as a later game.” Regardless, I don’t like the time slot at all.

 

Moving Forward

At the end of the day, State needs to win. Once you get to the Sweet Sixteen, nothing is easy and you have to scratch and claw for every game. At this point, State has been burned by the NCAA far too often to be phased.

Should UCONN have been pushed elsewhere? Yeah. Should UCONN be the morning game? Absolutely. Should State get some kind of love from the NCAA at some point this century? Totally.

Let’s just win this damn thing and tell ’em to shove it.

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Women’s Basketball: #8 NC State 65 Georgia 54: BOX SCORE

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#8 NC State went down to Georgia tonight and came back with a 65-54 victory.

Senior Forward Mimi Collins scored a season-high 19 points (6-10 FG) and grabbed a season-high 8 rebounds, which were both team highs for the Wolfpack tonight.

The only other player in double figures for NC State tonight was Senior Center Camille Hobby (5-10 FG).

Junior Point Guard Diamond Johnson had a poor shooting night for a change (2-11 FG), but she did lead the team with 5 assists.

Sometimes you have to win the ugly ones. NC State managed to win a game in which they shot 33.9% from the field. That doesn’t happen too often, but it does when you hold your opponent to 31.7% shooting and force them to commit 19 turnovers.

The Wolfpack are now 8-1 and will play USF at home on Sunday at 2pm.

Below is the Box Score.

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Women’s Basketball: NC State Moves Up 4 Spots to #8 in Week 5 AP Poll

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After beating #10 Iowa last week on the road, the NC State Women’s Basketball team is back in the Top-10, moving up 4 spots to #8 in the Week 5 AP Poll. Ironically, they are tied for 8th place with UNC.

ACC Teams in the Week 5 AP Poll

 

5. Notre Dame
7. Virginia Tech
8. NC State
8. UNC
28. Louisville
31. Miami
33. Virginia
34. Duke
35. FSU

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Women’s Basketball: #12 NC State 94 #10 Iowa 81: HIGHLIGHT REEL

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The 12th ranked NC State Women’s Basketball team (7-1) beat #10 Iowa on the road in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge last night, defeating the Hawkeyes 94-81, proving they belong in the Top-10. You can check out the Box Score here. Highlights are below.

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Women’s Basketball: #12 NC State 94 #10 Iowa 81: BOX SCORE

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The 12th ranked NC State Women’s Basketball team (7-1) beat #10 Iowa on the road in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge last night, defeating the Hawkeyes 94-81, despite Caitlin Clark’s 45 points.

Junior Point Guard Diamond Johnson continues to be amazing, scoring a season high 22 points and a season high 9 rebounds, along with 4 assists. Johnson shredded the nets, shooting 8 of 12 from the field and 2 of 3 from deep. On the year, Johnson is shooting an insane 50.6% from the field and 53.5% from three.

Sophomore Guard Saniya Rivers had a breakout performance, scoring a career high 22 points, and had a team high 5 assists and a team high 4 steals. Rivers like Johnson, was on, fire, shooting 9 of 11 from the field and 3 of 4 from three point land.

Senior Guard Jakia Brown-Turner had 17 points, Senior Forward Jada Boyd had 12 and Senior Center Camille Hobby had 10. Both Boyd and Hobby also chipped in 6 rebounds each.

Below is the BOX SCORE.

The Wolfpack will remain on the road, playing at Georgia on Monday at 8pm.

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