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NC State’s OT Win Over #16 Miami By The Numbers



NC State’s Men’s Basketball team picked up a tremendous win over #16 Miami in overtime this afternoon, defeating the Hurricanes 83-81. You can check out the Box Score here. You can check out the Highlight Reel and Condensed Game here.

Here’s a look at the victory By The Numbers.

First off, everything finally clicked today for Sophomore Forward Ernest Ross. He had the game of his young collegiate career, scoring 17 points and grabbing 9 boards. He was an incredible 8 of 10 from the field.

DJ Burns flirted with a triple double, with 13 points, 9 boards and 7 assists. Not to mention, he also had 2 blocks. The Wolfpack was +13 when the big fella was on the field, which led the team.

Terquavion Smith had a team high 20 points (7-20 FG) and 2 steals.

Jarkel Joiner was the 4th player in double figures scoring, chipping in 11 on a poor shooting night (4-14).

Greg Gantt also had 7 points and 6 boards.

Alright, those are the individual numbers. Let’s look at some team stats.

How did NC State win a game in which Miami shot 56.9% from the field, and the Wolfpack shot 44%?

Well, for starters, turnover margin. The Wolfpack turned over Miami 17 times, and only turned the ball over 4 times themselves. Incredible.

Secondly, the offensive glass. NC State had 15 offensive rebounds compared to Miami’s 4. Ernest Ross had 6 and DJ Burns had 5. Brutal.

Despite not shooting as well as the Hurricanes, between turnovers and offensive boards, the Wolfpack took 14 more shots than the Hurricanes.

If you aren’t shooting better than your opponent, you have to win the turnover margin, and dominate the offensive glass, and they did.

NC State scored 23 points off of turnovers compared to Miami’s 7. The Wolfpack scored 16 second chance points compared to Miami’s 3.

That my friends was the difference in the ball game.

Also, remember when NC State wasn’t getting any production out of their bench? Those days seem to be over. The Wolfpack had 35 points from their bench (Ross – 17, Burns – 13, Thomas – 5), compared to Miami’s 20.

The Wolfpack picked up a much needed Quad 2 win over #16 Miami today, and they will look to keep the momentum going at Georgia Tech on Tuesday night at 7pm on ACC Network.

Matthew is Publisher and Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He is also the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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1 year ago

#16 Miami is a Quad 2 … what is wrong with this picture?

1 year ago

More numbers;

9 players contributed, 8 with double digit minutes.

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NC State Men’s Basketball 2024-25 Scholarship Breakdown



With the announcement of the addition of Forward Ismael Diouf yesterday, and news breaking that MJ Rice and Ernest Ross are no longer with the team this morning, here’s a look at the Scholarship Breakdown for the Men’s Basketball Team for the 2024-25 season.

Senior (1 Year of Eligibility)

Forward/Center Brandon Huntley-Hatfield
Forward/Center Ben Middlebrooks
Forward Guard Dontrez Styles
Guard/Forward Jayden Taylor
Guard Michael O’Connell
Guard Marcus Hill
Guard Breon Pass

Junior (2 Years of Eligibility)

Forward/Center Ismael Diouf
Guard Mike James

Sophomore ( 3 Years of Eligibility)

Guard/Forward Dennis Parker Jr.

Freshman (4 Years of Eligibility)

Guard/Forward Paul McNeil Jr.
Guard Trey Parker

NC State now has 1 scholarship available for the 2024-25 season. 

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Ernest Ross is No Longer on NC State’s Roster



According to a source, Senior Forward Ernest Ross is no longer on NC State’s roster.

On April 17th, Ross entered the Transfer Portal. On May 10th, Ross verbally committed to UTSA. Then on May 15th, Ross announced that he would in fact be returning to NC State for his final year of eligibility.

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.

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.

According to a source, Ross is leaving the program for personal reasons, that are non-basketball related.

Ross has 1 year of eligibility remaining.





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MJ Rice is No Longer on NC State’s Roster



According to a source, Sophomore Guard MJ Rice is no longer on NC State’s roster.

Rice transferred to NC State last offseason from Kansas, and only played in 9 games for the Wolfpack this past season, averaging 4.1 points in 8.8 minutes per game.

On January 24th, it NC State announced that Rice would be sitting out the remainder of the season, and that they would be submitting a waiver for the season to count as a Redshirt year.

Prior to the beginning of the  season, Rice stepped away from the program for personal reasons, and missed the first 7 games, before joining the Wolfpack against Maryland Eastern-Shore.

The Kansas transfer played in 23 games for the Jayhawks as a Freshman, averaging 2.2 points in 7.6 minutes per game. ON3 ranked Rice as the #24 overall player nationally in the 2022 recruiting class. They also ranked him as the #2 overall player in the Transfer Portal.

It was always ‘iffy’ whether or not Rice would be on next years roster, but he didn’t enter the Transfer Portal, and remained with the team on their magical run, and even after.

According to a source, Rice is leaving the program for personal reasons, that are non-basketball related.

Rice has 3 years of eligibility remaining.


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NC State Commit Ismael Diouf: VIDEO VAULT



NC State just landed a MASSIVE commitment from Canadian Forward Ismael Diouf (6’9″/215). Here’s a VIDEO VAULT of the new NC State big man.


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