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NC State ready to face off against former center Manny Bates and Butler | Game Preview and How to Watch

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NC State Wolfpack vs. Butler Bulldogs
Time: 10:00 PM
Location: Bahamas (Battle 4 Atlantis)
TV: ESPN2

NC State takes on a 4-2 Butler team that is picked to finish in the middle of the Big East.

The storyline here is that Manny Bates, NC State’s former center, will be facing off against his old team. Bates left the NC State front court with a bare cupboard when he transferred. However, it has since been filled by two guys that NC State fans are really excited about in Mahorcic and Burns. Will Bates get the upper hand, or will the new look NC State frontcourt prove they’re better off without Bates?

Bates is averaging 12 points, 7 boards, and 3 blocks. That’s a tick-up from what Pack fans were seeing during Bates’s sophomore campaign and kind of what they expected last season before his shoulder injury. So no surprises here. Bates is an elite shot blocker who is decent in the post but will be motivated to prove he’s better off at Butler.

Meanwhile, he needs to do that without getting into foul trouble, as Butler is down a few bigs and will likely be suiting up just 8 scholarship players. Last night against BYU their starting 5 played almost the whole game.

While we are focused on Bates, Butler is really a guard-oriented team, playing 3 guys under 6’4 and with their 4 man coming in at 6’6. This team could cause fits for bigger, slower teams, but NC State is kind of built this way too. The Pack runs out 3 guards under 6’4 and their 4 man is 6’8 but plays more like a wing (Clark is quicker than Lukosious, their 4 man).

The main matchup to watch will be Jayden Taylor vs. Terquavion Smith or Casey Morsell. Taylor is averaging 16 ppg. Taylor has been their go to guy, able to score at the rim or from beyond the arc.

The one area of true concern with Butler is their ability to shoot it. Their 3 guards are all shooting over 40% from long range. This is a team that is going to drive, draw and dish and NC State has struggled at keeping tabs on shooters. They tend to get sucked in and leave shooters open on the perimeter. They need to stay home, close out under control and not allow for Butler to pump fake, drive and start putting pressure on the NC State bigs to stop rim runs.

Butler is a winnable game for NC State, and while the story might be Bates vs the Pack, it’s going to be more about who wins the guard matchup.

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Dof87
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2 months ago

OH yeah, I forgot about Manny being there. I wish him the best but not today.

Will be interesting to watch big body Burns batlle ball batting Bates.

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball Team is Having One of it’s Best Runs in the ACC Ever

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Heading into tonight’s Top-25 matchup between #22 NC State and #8 UVA, the Wolfpack are in the midst of one of their best runs in ACC play since the conference was formed in 1953.

The Wolfpack are 9-4 in the ACC, but they have won 8 of their last 9 conference games.

The last time NC State went on a run like this in ACC Regular Season games was during the 1972-73 and 73-74 seasons, when the Wolfpack went 12-0 in ACC play.

12-0 (1972 & 73-74)

12 of 13 (1958-59)

8 of 9 (2022-23, 1961-61, 1954-55)

7 of 8 (1974-75, 1969-70, 1964-65, 1955-56)

6 of 7 (2005-06, 1979-80, 1960-61, 1957-58)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#22 NC State is a 7.5-Point Underdog at #8 UVA Tonight

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#22 NC State is a 7.5-point underdog at #8 Virginia tonight at 9pm, and the Total is sitting at 137.

  • NC State is 19-5 Straight Up.
    • They are 11-11-2 Against the Spread.
  • UVA is 17-4 Straight Up.
    • They are 8-12-1 Against the Spread.
  • The Total has gone Over in 13 of NC State’s 24 games.
    • The Total has gone Over in 12 of UVA’s 22 games
  • UVA is 15-2 as the Favorite.
    • NC State is 4-4 as the Underdog.
  • NC State is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against UVA Against the Spread.
  • The Total has gone Over in 5 of NC State’s last 7 games.
    • The Total has gone Over in 4 of UVA’s last 5 games.
  • The Total has gone Under in 5 of the last 6 games between these two in Charlottesville.
  • NC State has won two in a row, and 3 of the last 4 against UVA.
    • Kevin Keatts is 3-4 against UVA. He is 2-2 at UVA.

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NC State is the ONLY Team in the Triangle Ranked for the 1st Time in 40 Years

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball team is back in the AP Top 25 for the first time in 4 years, landing at #22 in the Week 14 AP Poll.

NC State is ranked. Duke and UNC are not. Last time that was the case? December 27th, 1982. Over 40 years ago. It’s only the 6th time in 67 years that this has happened.

Anyone remember what happened that 1982-83 basketball season?

NC State won the National Championship.

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NC State Breaks Into the AP Poll, Landing at #22

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NC State is off to it’s best start in almost 2 decades, and they now finally have a number beside their name, landing at #22 in the Week 14 AP Poll.

This is the first time that NC State has been ranked in the AP Poll since January 28th, 2019, when they were ranked 23rd.

ACC Teams in the Week 14 AP Poll

8. Virginia
19. Miami
22. NC State
27. Duke
29. Clemson
30. Pitt

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