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NC State has the nation’s attention after taking #3 Kansas to the wire

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NC State was left for dead after last season. Keatts was all but finished at NC State and the media picked NC State to finish 10th in the ACC.

If you’re a long-time NC State fan, then you know that this is when you can expect one of those special seasons. When you’ve all but given up, they pull you right back in.

That seems to be in the early stages of happening as we speak.

After a pretty impressive 4 game run to open the season, NC State took the #3 team in the nation to the wire, at times looking like the more talented team. This hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Seth Greenberg on his postgame on ESPN stopped the Kansas hype for a minute to talk about NC State’s guards and how good they are. The ESPN broadcast also pointed out that NC State was picked 10th in the ACC and that’s just not going to happen with the amount of talent on this roster.

You also had Bill Self call NC State’s guards the quickest they’ll see all year and said Smith and Joiner are the quickest backcourt duo in the nation.

There are eyes on NC State now. Analysts starting to see what we’ve been talking about all preseason. Now it’s up to NC State.

With a great showing vs. Dayton today at 4pm (on ESPN News), the momentum will begin to pile up. Chatter about a true contender emerging in the ACC will ramp up. It’s up to the Pack.

There is no doubt that this group will be playing on tired legs. Joiner, Smith and Morsell played 35+ minutes in this one, but if there is a time to suck it up and change the narrative about this team, to make a statement that this team is for real, it’s today vs. Dayton.

Come out flat and lifeless and the Kansas game is just an aberration. The non-believers and blue-blood jockeys can laugh and say “I told you so.” But come out and cut Dayton’s throat, and suddenly those critics will get mighty quiet because the evidence will start mounting up that NC State has arrived.

Today will say a lot about this basketball team and will likely dictate the narrative going forward. Let’s just hope they understand the magnitude of today’s game and come out, not just to beat, but to bury Dayton.

A pasta eatin', Wolfpack lovin' loudmouth from Raleigh by way of New Jersey. Jimmy V and Chuck Amato fanboy. All opinions are my own and you're gonna hear'em.

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Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago

For the few realists in the Pack community, I think this was going to be the best case path all along. We were unlikely to beat Kansas. A good showing was what we wanted, and we got it. The rest of the OOC schedule looks manageable. 10 games until we host Duke to start 2023. Take two in the Bahamas, and Miami looks like the next tough one. I think we need to win at least 12 of these first 15 in 2022. That leaves 16, and if we can split them we’ll have 20 wins going into the ACCT… Read more »

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago

I wish we could have gone deeper than 8 vs Kansas but its not like our opponent won’t be on tired legs, and have a shorter turnaround time. Playing first game is a slight edge.

Lets grab two Vs there for the taking!

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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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