NC State Wolfpack vs. Florida International Panthers
Time: 9:00 PM
Location: Raleigh, NC
TV: RSN / ACCN
NC State takes on Florida International of Conference USA at 9pm in Raleigh as they look to start the season 3-0.
The Panthers are 2-0 on the season, with wins over Houston Christian and Florida National. This will be their first true test against a power 5 team. Last year they finished 15-17 on the season, finishing 2nd to last in the C-USA East division.
You can expect Florida International to be a guard-led team, with sophomore Denver Jones averaging 17.5 points per game (after avg. 12 in his freshman campaign) and freshman Arturo Dean averaging 16.5 pts per game. This is a team that is going to play fast and try to put up a lot of points.
While the guards score most of the points, their bigs aren’t anything to scoff at. The Panthers have a 7’1 junior center, Seth Pinkney, however, Pinkney is just 200lbs, so he’s going to give up 25lbs to Mahorcic and 75lbs to DJ Burns. It’s not likely he’s going to be getting great position on the block vs. a very strout NC State front line. Meanwhile the 4 position poses a little more complexity for NC State. 6’5 Nick Guadarrama will be giving up 3 inches to Jack Clark, but at 25olbs. he’ll definitely have the strength advantage.
Guadarrama transferred in this season from New Hampshire where he averaged 12 points and 5 boards last season, and while he only shot 30% from 3, he has previous seasons of 37% and 40% (so far he’s 0-6 this season). This guy is some weird hybrid that you don’t see very much in college basketball. He’s a tweener with a ton of mass and solid game both on the perimeter and on the block. This is a strange matchup that Keatts will have to figure out how to defend.
These early games are good for the Pack. Against Campbell they faced a smaller, faster big and tonight they’ll face a shorter, thicker forward. They likely won’t see either of these types of player in the ACC, but when you get to the end of the season in tournament play, its good to have a little experience against everything.
What we’re looking for:
– The main thing we want to see in this one is NC State showing the ability to defend the perimeter and not demand so much help side. That is crucial. As you saw against Campbell, when you leave college shooters open, they hit. NC State needs to challenge every shot and we’d like to see guys not overplay on help side, and hedge a little bit towards their man, trusting the on-the-ball defender to do his job.
– A little better shooting performance maybe. NC State needs Jack Clark and Casey Morsell to be consistent from downtown. These are two guys who are going to get open looks thanks to Joiner and Smith. If they can hit, things open up drastically for everyone else.
How to watch:
This game is on RSN, which means Regional Sports Network, which in the Triangle means Bally Sports South. Your ACCN stream is going to be blacked out in most of NC, so make sure you figure out a way to get Bally. However, if you are outside NC then you might get the game on ACC Network (on the ESPN app).
To get Bally Sports South you’ll need to subscribe to Direct TV Stream, as they are the only steaming cable package that offers them according to CordCutterNews.com. Otherwise, you’ll have to go the traditional cable or satellite route and get Direct TV or Spectrum (formally Time Warner Cable). If you’re not in the Triangle area, then you’ll have to check with your local cable provider to see if you can get it.
Some people tweet that they use a VPN to get around the blackout on ACCN, but we don’t know anything about that and don’t condone doing that.
It’s Not Over Till It’s Over
Look…I know the odds of NC State’s Men’s Basketball team going to the NCAA Tournament is next to zero percent.
In fact, according to Bart Torvik, the Wolfpack have a 1.1% chance of making the Dance as an at-large bid.
Don’t accuse me of wearing rose colored glasses, because I’m not. The fact remains, it’s not over until it is over.
What would have to happen for NC State to make the NCAA Tournament?
More than likely, NC State would have to win out the rest of the way, in games against Boston College, @ FSU, @ UNC, Duke and @ Pitt.
Maybe there’s a scenario where the Wolfpack beats BC, FSU, Pitt and beats either Duke or UNC. In order for that to play out, I imagine the Wolfpack would have to make a splash in the ACC Tournament as well.
Or maybe NC State could earn a bid winning 4 of 5 if they all of a sudden put together astronomical offensive and defensive efficiency numbers, which thus far has killed their position in the NET Rankings.
Either way, you would need some legit Cardiac Pack vibes for this team to make the Dance.
Call me unrealistic, but I think NC State should be in the NCAA Tournament every single season. Historically speaking, heading into this season, NC State ranked 27th for the most wins in college basketball history. If I lowered the standard a bit to 75%, accounting for an off year every now and then, the program is still way off the mark.
Read into this what you will, but if the Wolfpack doesn’t go to the Big Dance this year, that means they will have only gone twice in the past 7 years, and in my opinion, that’s unacceptable.
With that being said…GO PACK!
#6 NC State 70 UNC 80: BOX SCORE (with notes)
#6 NC State was defeated by their rival UNC this evening, falling 70-80 to the Tar Heels. Below is the Box Score with notes underneath.
- This game came down to shooting.
- UNC shot 50.8% from the field and NC State shot 35.2%.
- The Tar Heels shot an insane 52.4% from three, hitting 11 from beyond the arc.
- The Wolfpack shot 9 of 27 from deep.
- Junior Guard Aziaha James led the Pack with 24 points (10-24), and also grabbed 9 rebounds.
- Senior Forward Mimi Collins had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.
- The Pack needed to feed Collins. She was 3 of 6 from the field.
- Junior Guard Saniya Rivers had 13 points (4-13), and knocked down 4 three pointers (3-6).
- Senior Guard Madison Hayes had 11 points (4-12) and 9 boards.
- Senior Center River Baldwin struggled, hitting 2 of her 9 shots.
- The Wolfpack did manage to score 17 second chance points, compared to UNC’s 7.
- They also made 11 free throws, compared to UNC’s 5.
- UNC played extremely good defense, but NC State missed an obscene amount of shots around the rim.
- The Tar Heels looked like the better team tonight, leading for 3/4th of the game.
The Wolfpack will play at Duke on Sunday at 5:30pm on ACC Network.
#6 NC State Looks to Sweep Rival UNC This Evening
The 6th ranked NC State Women’s Basketball team is looking to sweep their rival UNC this evening at 8pm on ACC Network. Back on February 1st, the Wolfpack beat the Tar Heels 63-59. At the time NC State was ranked 5th, and UNC was ranked 24th.
Since arriving in Raleigh, Wolfpack Head Coach Wes Moore has led NC State to a 13-9 overall record against the Tar Heels, but they are 4-6 in Chapel Hill under his watch.
NC State lost to UNC the last time the game was played in enemy territory, falling 46-57 loss in Carmichael Arena on January 15th of last year. In that contest, the Wolfpack were ranked 11th and the Tar Heels were ranked 22nd.
If NC State wins tonight, it will mark the 4th time that Moore has led the Wolfpack to sweep UNC in the regular season.
Historically, NC State holds a 63-54 advantage in the series against UNC, but they are 20-30 on the road.
NC State’s Wes Moore is 1 of 15 on the Late Season Watchlist for the Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year Award
NC State Women’s Basketball Head Coach Wes Moore is 1 of 15 on the Naismith Late Season Watchlist for the Coach of the Year Award.
The leader of our Pack 🐺🐺
— NC State WBB 🐺🏀 (@PackWomensBball) February 21, 2024
Currently, Moore has led NC State from being unranked in the preseason polls, to #6 currently. The Wolfpack are 23-3, and numerous publications project them to be a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Moore was a finalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year Award in 2020-21 and a Semifinalist in 2015-16.