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NC State looks to stay hot vs. Campbell | Gameday Preview and How to Watch

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NC State Wolfpack vs. Campbell Fighting Camels
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Raleigh, NC
TV: ACCNX

NC State came out of the gate hot in their season opener, crushing Austin Peay in their biggest win since the 2018 season (99-50). Tonight they take on the Campbell Camels who are fresh off a 17-point win over St. Augustine.

Campbell is going to rely on senior guard Ricky Clemons who is an All-Big South second-teamer who led the Camels in scoring with nearly 10 points per game last season. Clemons is a 6’2 guard who can really do it all and many believed he’d leave in the transfer portal last season. That didn’t happen and he’s back, notching 13 points and 7 boards in game one.

The Camels are also returning Jesus Carralero, a 6’8 senior forward who averaged 9 points and 6 boards last year. And don’t sleep on Jay Pal, a 6’9 senior who led Campbell in scoring and rebounds against St. Augustine a few days ago. He scored a team-high 13 points and grabbed 8 boards and blocked 4 shots.

Overall, this Campbell team isn’t awful, but they are picked to finish 6th in the Big South. You can assume that they will be a little more talented than Austin Peay, but they still don’t have the horses to matchup man for man against the Pack.

Keys to the Game for NC State
NC State looked great in their first outing, but fans are waiting to see if they can sustain that type of play. If they can do that vs. Campbell, I think. you’ll see NC State fans start perking up and feeling a little more confident that this year’s team might actually be able to contend.  Here are our keys to the game…

– Another big game from Joiner and Smith
This is going to be the key for almost every game this season. Joiner and Smith are going to be the motor for this team. When they are purring, the Pack is going to be a tough team to beat.

– A good outing for Breon Pass
NC State has a ton of depth up front, but not so much in the backcourt. Joiner and Smith need to stay healthy because the backups here haven’t proven much yet. We love Pass and believe he’s going to be a real asset this season, but he had a pretty bad first game. He looked like he was trying too hard to make something happen and he just never could get it going. We’re looking for a bounce-back game from Pass. If he can become a quality backup PG early in the season, it will go a long way in allowing Keatts to keep Joiner and Smith rested.

– Keep up the defensive intensity
This is probably the best offensive team that Keatts has had since he was hired, but it also may end up being the best defensive team he’s had. Joiner is a hawk on the ball and Smith isn’t so bad either. Jack Clark seems to really have a knack for getting int he passing lane and his long frame will allow State to guard most 4s. We all know Morsell is a lock down guy as well. So there you have 4 really good defenders. Inside the Pack can go with a number of options, but Keatts seems to like the strength on D that Mahorcic brings to the table. If these guys can replicate their Austin Peay outing defensively, they’ll run Campbell out of the gym.

– Get Ernest Ross going
Ross is a key piece as well but struggled to stay on the floor with foul trouble in game one. He never really could get into a rhythm, but did have a few nice plays including a strong drive and a big block. We’d like to see him log some good minutes in this one since Keatts is going to need him this season, especially when they face more athletic frontcourts.

 

 


How to watch: This game is on ACCNX (like last game), which is basically the same as ACC Network. It’ll be streaming on the ESPN App which you’ll need a cable login to get access to.

 

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Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago

Hope we have another dominating performance. Campbell had a decent win in their first game so maybe they can slow us down a bit and challenge our halfcourt game.

Our offense will score, defense and rebounding are what I’ll be looking for most.

Rev
Rev
1 year ago
Reply to  Dof87

“ This is probably the best offensive team that Keatts has had since he was hired, ”. I just can’t get over that statement, and after only one game. Not that I want to disagree, but I have been so overly optimistic and disappointed in the past that I cringe seeing it right out there for all the haters to quote later.

Ok. Go Pack. Beat the Camels!

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NC State is Adding UMASS’ Brett Nelson as an Assistant Coach

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According to reports, NC State is adding UMASS’ Brett Nelson as an Assistant Coach.

Nelson was only at UMASS for 1 season under Frank Martin. Prior to that, Nelson was the Head Coach at Holy Cross for 4 seasons, posting a 27-84 record.

Prior to taking the Head Coaching mantle at Holy Cross, Nelson was at Marquette for 5 seasons, spending the first 3 as an Assistant Coach, and the final two as an Associate Head Coach. Prior to Marquette, Nelson also served as an Assistant Coach at Ball St., Drake, Arkansas and Marshall.

Before coaching basketball, Nelson played for the University of Florida from 1999-2003. He was All-SEC twice, and earned Third Team All-American honors. When he left Gainesville, he was the Gators’ all-time leader in three pointers made, and ranked 2nd in steals.

As a Senior in High School, Nelson was a McDonald’s All-American.

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Ernest Ross Announces He is Returning to NC State

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Power Forward Ernest Ross announced this morning that he is returning to NC State for his final year of eligibility.

 

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Last Friday, Ross committed to UTSA after entering the Transfer Portal on April 17th, but it looks like he had a change of heart over the past couple of days.

NC State has been in desperate need to add a Big out of the Portal. They have hosted ECU’s Ezra Ausar and Georgia’s Frank Anselem-Ibe, but neither of them have found a home yet. With the addition of Ross, NC State has added depth in the Frontcourt, and unless something changes, their roster is full with 13 scholarship players.

Ross played in 14 games this past season, averaging 3.4 minutes per contest. After playing in 34 games last season, averaging 11.4 minutes per contest, Ross saw his participation dip to a career low this season, but that didn’t for a second break his infectious personality. On the sideline, you could count on Ross every single game to be the heart and soul of the Wolfpack on the bench. To watch a player who played as little as he did, care as much as he did, makes me super proud that this young man represented NC State so well.

Ross was a consensus 4-star player in NC State’s 2021 recruiting class, with 247Sports ranking him as the #60 overall player nationally. ESPN ranked him as the #5 overall player in the state of Florida.

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A Matchup Between NC State & Marquette Next Season Might be in the Works

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According to NCAA.com’s Andy Katz, a matchup between NC State and Marquette next season might be in the works.

This past year, the Wolfpack defeated the Golden Eagles 67-58 in the Sweet 16 of the 2024 NCAA Tournament.

NC State and Marquette have played one another 6 times overall, with the Wolfpack holding a 4-2 lead in the series, winning the past two matchups.

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NC State Men’s Basketball Will Play in the 2025 Maui Invitational

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The NC State Men’s Basketball Team will be playing in the 2025 Maui Invitational, on November 24-26 in Hawaii. This will mark the first time that NC State has ever played in the Maui Invitational.

NC State will be joined by Baylor, Oregon, Seton Hall, Texas, UNLV, USC and Chaminade.

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