Last night was awful all around. First off, NC State fell to rival UNC by 11. Secondly, it simply wasn’t a fairly officiated game (UNC went to the free throw line 39 times while NC State only went 12 times), and lastly Terquavion Smith went down hard on a foul and needed to be taken off in a stretcher.
The foul on UNC’s Leaky Black was excessive and warranted a Flagrant 2, which had him ejected from the game. It didn’t seem like Black was trying to hurt Smith, instead it looked like he was going for a block, swung and missed, hitting his head and sending him to the floor hard.
What are your thoughts on the Leaky Black flagrant 2 foul that ended up in Terquavion Smith leaving on a stretcher? pic.twitter.com/vy041TWGXa
— RoundBall Podcast (@roundballpod) January 22, 2023
Smith was down for almost 10 minutes with his legs squirming in pain. The good news was that there was movement, however, due to where the injury occured, no one could see much else.
From a few fan views you could see Smith down on the floor, but not moving his upper body, causing a lot of concern for everyone watching.
Scary sight in Chapel Hill… Wishing Terquavion Smith a quick recovery 🙏
— RoundBall Podcast (@roundballpod) January 21, 2023
He was taken off on a stretcher, tied down as if there was a serious neck injury that had occured. It seemed all but certain Smith was lost for the season as NC State confirmed that it was a neck and elbow injury. But most fans weren’t even worried about the season, but more for the future of Smith, who stayed loyal to NC State, postponing what is certain to be a future NBA career.
It was hard to focus on the rest of the game with Smith’s health hanging in the balance, but rumors started to swirl after the game that Smith had avoided the worst.
Rumor has it Smith is in good spirits at the hospital and should be released soon — it appears the stretcher was precautionary. Great news to hear.
— Ryan Williams (@RWilliams_IPS) January 22, 2023
Then overnight, Smith broke the silence with a tweet of his own.
I am fine appreciate all the prayers and concern ❤️
— Terquavion Smith (@Tgetsbuckss23) January 22, 2023
He also said this on IG…
So, at this point, this is all we know. It seems as if there is no long term neck injury, which was the biggest fear. However, when Smith says he’s ‘fine’ does he mean like fine as in, no injuries that will affect his career, or ‘fine’ as in he’ll be ready to roll Tuesday against Notre Dame?
Either way, this is great news. It looks almost certain Smith will play basketball again, the question now is, when?
NC State’s Men’s Basketball Team is Having One of it’s Best Runs in the ACC Ever
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)
#22 NC State is a 7.5-Point Underdog at #8 UVA Tonight
#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.
NC State vs. UVA
NC State is the ONLY Team in the Triangle Ranked for the 1st Time in 40 Years
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.
Wolfpack was 17th that week. UNC was unranked in two polls all year, Dec. 20 and Dec. 27. Duke was not ranked that season (Dawkins, Alarie, Bilis, Henderson were freshmen).
Other *cough* ACC teams on Dec. 27: Virginia (4), Louisville (13), Syracuse (14).
— Luke DeCock (@LukeDeCock) February 6, 2023
Before that: The preseason poll in 1973, the final poll in 1970 and Dec. 5, 1955. So this is the sixth time in 67 years.
Happened pretty often between 1952-55. NC State was ranked during the entire 1950-51 season while neither Duke nor UNC was.
— Luke DeCock (@LukeDeCock) February 6, 2023
Anyone remember what happened that 1982-83 basketball season?
NC State won the National Championship.
NC State Breaks Into the AP Poll, Landing at #22
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.
— NC State Men's Bball (@PackMensBball) February 6, 2023
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
22. NC State