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Men’s Basketball: NC State 76 Dayton 64: BOX SCORE

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NC State followed up a hard-fought loss to #3 Kansas with a very impressive win over a strong Dayton team. Jarkel Joiner led NC State with a season-high 27 points and Jack Clark led all Wolfpack players with 9 rebounds. State outrebounded the Flyers 34-28. Here is the box score.

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Rev
Rev
1 year ago

I agree with Afterglow… Smith played a sloppy game. EIGHT turnovers!

Thomas played a good game. Glad to see him come on.

Boy was I glad to see Mahoric return. Burns played well but he really needed a breather and Mahoric came back in with a vengeance.

Joiner is special. What a portal prize he has turned out to be.

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago
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Agree Joiner is special. He’s also doing a great job taking advantage when Smith is commanding of a lot of the defense’ attention. And Morsell as well. Joiners mid range pull up is deadly.

All three guards are playing really good defense and being disruptive.

It was nice to see LJ be solid when spelling Joiner. He’s really strong with the ball and not phased at all at the task.

Clark is finding his special place on the team as well.

We have so much good stuff to talk about this team, its really fun.

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Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago

I am glad Smith came back so don’t take this negatively. Like I’ve said before, in the games I’ve seen this year, it often feels like he tries to do too much. But moreover, he seems to be playing sloppy. Some of the mistakes he made today were headscratchers, like dangerous cross court passes, not taking care of the ball, or over dribbling. I know it’s early but thought I’d just mention it. I know with Seabron I thought the same thing but that was more a function of him catching up with his own speed. Maybe it’s some of… Read more »

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago
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Smith is asked to make plays, and he is certainly doing that. I’m not sure where the right balance for him is between carefulness and fearlessness, but it seems the latter is what makes him a great player. 8 turnovers is too many, but 6 assists is pretty awesome against that defense, in a game where Joiner had no assists. We were trying to play fast on offense to keep them from bogging us down, and that means multiple attempts at beating your defender on drives. I thought all our guards including Smith played really good defense overall. If our… Read more »

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Rev
Rev
1 year ago
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Playing Butler means playing Manny. Not sure I want to do that. Tired legs makes it difficult to hit threes.

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NC State & Kansas Will Play a Home-and-Home Series Over the Next 2 Seasons in Men’s Basketball

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According to Matt Norlander, NC State and Kansas have agreed to play in a home-and-home series over the next two seasons in Men’s Basketball.

The Wolfpack have played the Jayhawks 13 times in a series that date backs to 1958-59, with Kansas winning 12 of them. NC State’s lone victory over Kansas was in the first game ever played between the two on December 20th, 1958. The 4th ranked Wolfpack won 66-63 in the Dixie Classic in Reynolds Coliseum.

The last time the two teams faced one another was in 2022-23, when the #3 Jayhawks defeated the Wolfpack 80-74 in the Battle for Atlantis on November 23, 2022.

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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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