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NC State looking to stay unbeaten vs. Florida International | Gameday Preview and How to Watch

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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.

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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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