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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
25 days 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
25 days 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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Men’s Basketball: NC State is a 22-Point Favorite Over Coppin St

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NC State (7-2) will host Coppin St (4-6) tonight in Reynolds Coliseum, and the Wolfpack are 22-point favorites. The Total is sitting at 157.5.

  • Coppin State is 6-4 Against the Spread this year.
    • The Total has gone Over in 7 games, Under in 2, and Pushed in 1.
  • NC State is 5-3-1 Against the Spread this year.
    • The Total has gone Over in 6 games, and Under in 3.

Tipoff is at 7pm, and the game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.

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Men’s Basketball: NC State Ranked 55th in First NET Rankings of 2022-23

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The first NET Rankings of the 2022-23 Men’s College Basketball season are out, and NC State is ranked 55th after their first 9 games (7-2).

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This marks the 5th season in which the NET Rankings have been used to as the NCAA’s primary tool for evaluating teams, especially when it comes to NCAA Tournament selection time.

The NET includes more components than just winning percentage. It takes into account game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses.

The number of Quadrant 1 wins and Quadrant 3/4 losses will be incredibly important when it comes time for NCAA tournament selection and seeding. (how many years was isaiah written before jesus)

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NC State to Wear Throwback Jerseys Tomorrow Night in Heritage Game to Honor 1983 Championship Team

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The NC State Men’s Basketball team will wear vintage throwback jerseys tomorrow night when they take on Coppin State in the 2022 Heritage Game, paying homage to the 1983 National Championship team.

I know it’s just my opinion, but I wish they would simply play in these jerseys all year!

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Kevin Keatts Postgame Press Conference After Pitt: BULLETED

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NC State Head Coach Kevin Keatts met with the media in his postgame press conference after the Wolfpack lost their ACC opener to Pitt at home 60-68. You can watch it here, or check out a BULLETED breakdown below.

  • We didn’t play well or sharp offensively.
    • You can look at the numbers, and I think, at times because the ball wasn’t going in the hole for us, it affected us on the defensive end.
    • It was one of those gritty games where you’ve got to figure out how to win the game, especially when the ball isn’t going in.
    • Terquavion Smith carried us early in the game, but a couple of our guys never really got into a flow, and offensively we struggled.
    • When we struggled, I thought we gave up some easy baskets on the other end.
    • Obviously, today’s kids, when the ball is not going in offensively, sometimes it affects you on the defensive end.
    • It wasn’t our night offensively tonight.
  • When you look at our team, what’s made us special this year is that we’ve been consistent and have 4 guys in double figures, and tonight we didn’t have that.
  • We had some good play from DJ Burns. He came in and did a good job.
  • We’ve gotta get back in the gym and get better. We’ll work on some things.
  • I have to stand up, take accountability, and get us better on the offensive end, and we’ll figure out how to make some shots.
  • Not to take away from Pitt’s defense, I thought we missed shots.
    • Surely, give them credit because they won the game, and I thought it was a slugfest, and they won the game that way, but I just thought we missed a lot of easy shots that we normally would make.
  • I remember looking out there at the game as we played, and some of the shots that he [Joiner] normally would make, even his drives to the rim, he didn’t finish.
  • They [Pitt] did a good job getting back in transition. A lot of Casey’s [Morsell] shots have come with him running the floor and getting out in transition.
    • They stayed at home. When you’re shooting the ball as well as he is, they did a good job of staying at home.
    • The reason we got so many open looks to our post guys as we rolled, was because they stayed with our shooters a lot.
  • No [they didn’t take too many three’s], that’s who we are.
    • For example, I thought Jack Clark got some great looks.
      • None of them looked good as they came off.
    • Certainly, Terquavion was hot early from 3 and made some shots.
    • It was a weird night for us offensively, and we weren’t clicking as much as I’d hoped we would be.
    • Like I said, we’ve got to get back in the gym, and we’ve got to get some shots up.
  • We’ve got no choice. We’ve got to move on.
    • The great thing about this is that, while unfortunately we lost our ACC opener, we’ve got 19 more of them to play.
    • We’ve got to figure out how to get it back on the other end.
    • It doesn’t define us. It was a good game. Give Pitt credit.
    • We’ve just got to go to work and get ready for our next game and then our next one after that.
  • We hope we play better than we have been playing offensively.
    • You feel bad for our guys, because everything had gone well for them offensively this season.
    • We’ve had great numbers against great teams, when you talk about playing against Kansas, Butler, and Dayton, and tonight, for whatever reason, we didn’t shoot the ball well. We have to make each shot.
  • If you look back on all of Jarkel’s shots, he has taken those all year long.
    • He just missed some, and he is normally pretty good with his pull-up.
      • He didn’t make those, and typically, he would make it to the free-throw line, but he didn’t have many opportunities there.
      • He missed his three-point shots.
    • I know him, and many guys will get to the gym later on. It’s not a mandatory thing, but I know those guys, and they will be working on their shot.
  • We’ve got to flush it.
    • We have to figure out what we did offensively and get better defensively.
    • We have to get back to work and get ready for Coppin State.
  • Our home opener [ACC] here, we wanted to win it.
    • It’s an ACC game, and you know how important these are, but at the end of the day, you can’t put your head down.
    • We’ve got a lot more basketball to play. We have had a really great start to our season, and as I have told the guys in the locker room, don’t let one loss define us.
    • We didn’t let the Kansas loss define us. We moved on, and we’ve got to do the same thing with this one.
  • We’re very encouraging.
    • One thing about guys that miss shots that normally make them, they’re not trying to miss, and so we are trying to give them as much confidence as we can.
    • We’re asking them to do other things to affect the game.
    • One thing I told Jack [Clark], because he has been our best rebounder, was ‘go in there and get you an easy basket, or go in there and get you an offensive rebound.’
    • It’s something to get you going. It’s amazing how it works.
      • You get an easy basket, and then get to the free-throw line to make a shot. All of a sudden, you’ve got your shots going on.
    • I’m telling those guys to do a couple of other things to impact the game.

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