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Gameday: NC State ready for big challenge at Wake Forest | Game Preview & How to Watch

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NC State Wolfpack @ Wake Forest
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Winston Salem, NC
TV: ACCN

Wake Forest sits tied with NC State at 6-4 in ACC play, however, the Deacs are coming off back-to-back losses. One at the hand of #10 Virginia (at home), and the other at Pitt.  But don’t let that fool you, the Deacs are good.

Wake is going to lean on Tyree Appleby, a 6’1 transfer from Florida. He’s really been the catalyst for them this season. He’s averaging 17.7 pts and 6 assists per game. He’s shooting 45% from the floor and 39% from long range. If I’m Wake, I’m attacking Burns with the high pick and roll, early and often. Appleby can get to the rim and finish or if you don’t hedge out far enough, he can hit the 3. He’s also a very good passer off the drive. That’s dangerous because Wake has guys who can knock it down if left open.

6’6 junior, Demari Monsanto is the other guy that Wake is going to lean on for scoring. He’s averaging 12 points per game and shooting 41% from 3. That said, NC State does have the guards to matchup with these guys. Joiner vs. Appleby will be a great matchup and Smith, at 6’4, can check Monsanto. That would leave Morsell to guard 6’4 Cameron Hildreth, who is Wake’s 3rd guard. He’s not very athletic and he’s not shooting it well from 3, but he’s averaging 13 points per game and plays very physical. Hildreth is an interesting player for Wake and can cause a lot of matchup problems due to his unique style. He plays like a 6’7 wing. He attacks, uses his body well and loves contact. However, at 6’4, he’s smaller than a lot of guys that take on that roll. Because of this, he’s probably a better matchup for Morsell than he is for Smith. We’ll have to see how Keatts plays that.

In the paint, Wake has Andrew Carr, a 6’10 versatile forward who can put it on the floor, back you down or hit the 3. He’s going to be a problem for NC State in this game. Gantt is your best bet against him due to his physical nature, but State doesn’t have a guy like Carr (esp. with Clark out).

Their big man is Matthew Marsh, a 7 footer who isn’t too versatile. He’s more of that slow, lumbering big. NC State has a big advantage with Burns in this one. Marsh has the beef to keep Burns from getting him too deep, but Burns’ quick spins and multiple pump fakes are going to cause problems for Marsh. Wake is last in the ACC in blocked shots per game.

The key for NC State is to bottle up Appleby and focus on getting quality shots. State is going to be quicker than Wake at a number of positions, so they’ll need to use that to their advantage. If Smith and Joiner can get to the rim, Wake really has no rim protectors, so the Pack can take advantage there.

The one thing that has us a bit worried in this game is Wake’s offensive style. They will run the pick and roll, but if you play up too much, they’ll also alleviate pressure with back cuts, which have hurt NC State this season (due to overplaying the passing lane). Wake also is good at finding open shooters when you help off. They are an unselfish team, and while they are 11th in the ACC in assists per game, they’ve had some success against teams that have allowed them to get drives into the paint.

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1 year ago

Gonna come down to final minutes. Gotta keep JJ fresh enough for the home stretch. That means Breon and LJ keep giving us some good minutes. Of course DJ needs to avoid foul trouble.

We can do this.

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It’s Not Over Till It’s Over

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Look…I know the odds of NC State’s Men’s Basketball team going to the NCAA Tournament is next to zero percent.

In fact, according to Bart Torvik, the Wolfpack have a 1.1% chance of making the Dance as an at-large bid.

Don’t accuse me of wearing rose colored glasses, because I’m not. The fact remains, it’s not over until it is over.

What would have to happen for NC State to make the NCAA Tournament?

More than likely, NC State would have to win out the rest of the way, in games against Boston College, @ FSU, @ UNC, Duke and @ Pitt.

Maybe there’s a scenario where the Wolfpack beats BC, FSU, Pitt and beats either Duke or UNC. In order for that to play out, I imagine the Wolfpack would have to make a splash in the ACC Tournament as well.

Or maybe NC State could earn a bid winning 4 of 5 if they all of a sudden put together astronomical offensive and defensive efficiency numbers, which thus far has killed their position in the NET Rankings.

Either way, you would need some legit Cardiac Pack vibes for this team to make the Dance.

Call me unrealistic, but I think NC State should be in the NCAA Tournament every single season. Historically speaking, heading into this season, NC State ranked 27th for the most wins in college basketball history. If I lowered the standard a bit to 75%, accounting for an off year every now and then, the program is still way off the mark.

Read into this what you will, but if the Wolfpack doesn’t go to the Big Dance this year, that means they will have only gone twice in the past 7 years, and in my opinion, that’s unacceptable.

With that being said…GO PACK!

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#6 NC State 70 UNC 80: BOX SCORE (with notes)

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#6 NC State was defeated by their rival UNC this evening, falling 70-80 to the Tar Heels. Below is the Box Score with notes underneath.

Notes

  • This game came down to shooting.
    • UNC shot 50.8% from the field and NC State shot 35.2%.
    • The Tar Heels shot an insane 52.4% from three, hitting 11 from beyond the arc.
      • The Wolfpack shot 9 of 27 from deep.
  • Junior Guard Aziaha James led the Pack with 24 points (10-24), and also grabbed 9 rebounds.
  • Senior Forward Mimi Collins had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.
    • The Pack needed to feed Collins. She was 3 of 6 from the field.
  • Junior Guard Saniya Rivers had 13 points (4-13), and knocked down 4 three pointers (3-6).
  • Senior Guard Madison Hayes had 11 points (4-12) and 9 boards.
  • Senior Center River Baldwin struggled, hitting 2 of her 9 shots.
  • The Wolfpack did manage to score 17 second chance points, compared to UNC’s 7.
    • They also made 11 free throws, compared to UNC’s 5.
  • UNC played extremely good defense, but NC State missed an obscene amount of shots around the rim.
  • The Tar Heels looked like the better team tonight, leading for 3/4th of the game.

The Wolfpack will play at Duke on Sunday at 5:30pm on ACC Network.

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#6 NC State Looks to Sweep Rival UNC This Evening

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The 6th ranked NC State Women’s Basketball team is looking to sweep their rival UNC this evening at 8pm on ACC Network. Back on February 1st, the Wolfpack beat the Tar Heels 63-59. At the time NC State was ranked 5th, and UNC was ranked 24th.

Since arriving in Raleigh, Wolfpack Head Coach Wes Moore has led NC State to a 13-9 overall record against the Tar Heels, but they are 4-6 in Chapel Hill under his watch.

NC State lost to UNC the last time the game was played in enemy territory, falling 46-57 loss in Carmichael Arena on January 15th of last year. In that contest, the Wolfpack were ranked 11th and the Tar Heels were ranked 22nd.

If NC State wins tonight, it will mark the 4th time that Moore has led the Wolfpack to sweep UNC in the regular season.

Historically, NC State holds a 63-54 advantage in the series against UNC, but they are 20-30 on the road.

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NC State’s Wes Moore is 1 of 15 on the Late Season Watchlist for the Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year Award

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NC State Women’s Basketball Head Coach Wes Moore is 1 of 15 on the Naismith Late Season Watchlist for the Coach of the Year Award.

Currently, Moore has led NC State from being unranked in the preseason polls, to #6 currently. The Wolfpack are 23-3, and numerous publications project them to be a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Moore was a finalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year Award in 2020-21 and a Semifinalist in 2015-16.

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