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NC State’s NET Report Heading Into Duke Matchup

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball team is ranked 42nd in the NET Rankings heading into their matchup against Duke tonight, who is ranked 24th. The Wolfpack’s final regular season game is a huge Quad 1 matchup in Cameron Indoor, where the Blue Devils haven’t lost all year.

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The Wolfpack are the 4th highest ranked team in the ACC in the NET Rankings.

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Rev
Rev
1 year ago

Seems weird to me that #7 UNC seems to have the easier game (BC/ Louisville) than #6 State (VT vs ND). Thoughts?

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago
Reply to  Rev

I think BC is the toughest team of the group right now. I’m more concerned about ND than VT but either could be a tough game. Good news is that they’ll likely have a tight battle so whoever wins will hopefully be a bit worn down.

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago

Looks like we’re a sixth seed, then. Right?

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Yes, that worked out well for us, we play winner of VT vs ND. I’ll take that. If we win we face a well rested Clemson team.

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago
Reply to  Dof87

To clarify, I’m just glad we don’t have to worry about playing Boston College.

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Dof87

ND is the one I don’t want to face but the reality is, the team can’t think any of that. But not being the underdog is somehow unsettling for me.

Last edited 1 year ago by Afterglow
Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago

So, since it’s safe to say Dusan won’t come back, what are the chances of him receiving a redshirt year and playing next year?

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Good question. I think the staff must feel like there’s a good chance or they’d probably push to play him. On the other hand he has already used his Covid year so NCAA might not be as forgiving.

Rev
Rev
1 year ago
Reply to  Dof87

And I read that he exceeded the maximum number of games typically allowed for a medical redshirt.

Rev
Rev
1 year ago

Since I am trapped inside while the storm front moves through WNC, I thought I would share this worry: State was 3 and 4 over their last 7 games. Doesn’t really give the impression that we are peaking at the right time, huh? The record does not make feel in any way confident as we approach the ACCT, much less, SelectionSunday.

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Rev

Now would be a really good time to start. The good, Joiner seems to have gotten back in shooting form, Morsel had an off game but over all has been fairly consistent. Clark is back. DJ didn’t have a great second half against Duke but faired okay and has been consistent all year. I think if T Smith can catch fire, maybe, just maybe…

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Lets all hope a week off after a long season, plus a healthy Clark will work in our favor.

We’ll need good performances from our bench, so that our starters aren’t under so much pressure to do it all.

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Dof87

Yep. The fact they have a week “off” to prepare is a good thing. My question is, what makes a team all of a sudden peak? When do you know they’ve peaked. Understandably, people could look at the 83 team and feel like they truly gelled. And to their credit, they did. But talk about heart attacks. They slipped into the tournament by mere inches by winning the ACC Tournament against insurmountable odds. Then managed to pull off (for the most part), come back after come back along with last second wins. Sure, they peaked as a team, but only… Read more »

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Things worked out well for us, although I hate playing the late game, we will face VT vs ND winner. Both teams we should be quite ready to handle.

Win that game and we face Clemson. A tough matchup but no way they hit 60 percent again. All we need to do is figure out how to defend their ball screen.

Rev
Rev
1 year ago

As much as I like this site, sometimes I get the feeling there are only four or five of us clicking on it. The complete silence rom the PI STAFF for days at a time, is discouraging because I have enjoyed hanging out with you guys for several years now. I truly wonder how long PI can hang on. Meanwhile, I absolutely hate our recent two game losing streak and desperately want to win not one, but two games in Greensboro. Terq is really in a scoring slump. If it is just other teams focusing their defense on Terq, then… Read more »

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Rev

I’ve wondered the same. I think this being an independent site means the staff have lives outside of this. They’re not pulling in mad bucks. I do remember when Pack Insider first came about, the enthusiasm was super high and the inside scoop seemed to come from more than one source. That was a good ten years ago and a lot can and does change in ten years. I’m sure there’s at least one hold over with new blood on the team now. I’m grateful for the articles we do get but wish the forum was back up because I… Read more »

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago

By the way, I knew ND was going to win one of those last two home games (UNC or Pitt) as a farewell present for Bray. They won Pitt, darn it.

Last edited 1 year ago by Papajohn
Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago

Don’t really like a first game with Carolina in the ACC Tournament. Call me crazy but that just feels like all sorts of bad juju. Now, match up with them in the second game and I somehow like our chances better.

Last edited 1 year ago by Afterglow
Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

As far as I can tell, we will either be seeded 6 or 7, with UNC also either 6 or 7. So that means we will play a Tuesday winner from the 10 v 15 or 11 vs 14 game. Win that game and then we play one of the top 4 seeds with the double bye (likely UM or UVA but Sat games will tell). Only if we win that 2nd game would be possibly face UNC. I’ll pull for Duke over UNC, but if that happens, depending on other games, its possible we’d face Duke again in game… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Dof87
Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Dof87

I totally read that wrong. What you’re saying makes way more sense. Glad I read that wrong.

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Here’s the official situation.

We are guaranteed at least 7 seed
We can get a 6 seed if;

Case 1 – UNC loses to Duke

or

Case 2 – Pitt loses to Miami and Virginia loses to Louisville (then we win tiebreaker with UNC)

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Dof87

Good to know. Shows you I know nothing about brackets and such.

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

I found a good site that has lots of neat tourney seeding info and probabilities

Can’t post proper links here, but it is playoffstatus DOT com

There is one possible scenario where Wake winds up 7 and UNC 8

Last edited 1 year ago by Dof87
Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago
Reply to  Dof87

I think we’re probably going to end up in a situation where our second round games in both tournaments are going to be steep, uphill battles. But if we win either, the sky is the limit.
I’m not deluding myself that we could win it all, but these guys deserve something good in the post season. A S16 would be amazing. Let’s not end the season losing 4 straight.

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago
Reply to  Papajohn

I feel better about our NCAAT success prospects than the ACCT where we have to face a double bye team game 2. But a lot of bye teams have lost in the past……lets not be one of them.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago

We certainly have some important things to be fixed. Rebounding – We’ve got to get back to rebounding, both Clemson and Duke out rebounded us.Shooting – We’ve got to shoot better. As AG said, Smith has to take better shots without rushing. Even DJ didn’t shoot as well as he normally does last night. Clearly, we struggle when they shut down Smith. There are strategies to get him open.Passing – We average 13 assists per game, Duke held us to 6, Clemson 9.Fouls – The coaches need to figure out why the refs think we foul so much. Is it… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Papajohn
Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago
Reply to  Papajohn

re fouling; DJ has at least two fouls per game where he’s in decent position but brings his arms down over the shooter. Eliminate those and he’s not in trouble nearly as much. But we also have to prevent drives off ball screen allowing penetration and leaving DJ on an island too. Some reaches by T Smith and Morsell are attempts to stop penetration and protect DJ. Overall, we do foul more and that is OK with me. You can’t play intense defense and not have your share of fouls. I’ll accept that even if we reach a bit more… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Dof87
Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago

Smith’s shooting has been suspect. Not sure what’s going on with him. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, he forces his shot too much. He needs to let the game come to him. I don’t think he lost the game, but he was mediocre at best even when it came to doing other things as well. Morsell just had a completely off night. Not usual for him to miss everything. Joiner. Joiner. And Joiner. Clark, welcome back! Both you and DJ get honorable mention. Anyway, for having an off night all around, I’m surprised we lost by… Read more »

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Clark Joiner and Burns Are the glue of this team. Upward trajectory: Morsell. Even though he had a nasty night, I don’t believe for a second that we’ve seen anything close to last of him. He has been solid for us this whole season. I think Ross, LJ Thomas, Gantt and Pass will continue to give us solid minutes going forward but they seem consistent in their roles which is fine, IMO. Downward trajectory: Sorry, gotta say it. Smith. Please prove me wrong. If I had to pick a starting five, it would be: Joiner Burns Clark Morsell Gantt With… Read more »

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Oh yeah, I forgot to thank the refs for a truly evenly called game. Drum roll…
Duke 23 of 29 on foul shots, and NC State 7 of 8. Yep.

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

I noticed Duke can still flop and get away with it, while also undercutting guys going up for layups so much it spins them halfway around and somehow not getting called.

Last edited 1 year ago by Dof87
Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

I’m not sure we should have started Burns vs Duke. We really needed better interior defense and rebounding, Ebe and Ross are both more proficient in that area. The vast majority of Duke points were inside right at the basket, with guys blowing right around Burns and his lack of quickness highly exploited. Its a tough call because he’s scoring, but if he’s not hitting more than 40% and our opponent is hitting 55% in the paint its a net loss. Its not an easy call in my opinion. I think KK has strategically done well with DJ’s minutes most… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Dof87
Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Smith is in a scoring slump but don’t dismiss the attention opponents are putting on him to make his life difficult. Also, while he has a few unneeded fouls, his defensive intensity is excellent, not to mention him being our assist leader most games. His presence on the court makes it easier for JJ to do what he does. Assists from Smith to JJ happen more often than the other way around. Also, remember teams have learned how better to defend Smith over two years of playing against him, The reason we lost the game was 1) Rebounding. Thats it.… Read more »

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Dof87

I think a week off will do wonders for this team. I think Smith is in a shooting slump but I also think he can let the game come to him more. I agree with you, though on everything else you’ve said about Smith and admit to being a little harsh. Conversely, similar to Seabron, if he’s slows down a little and lets the game come to him, maybe passes on those shots he shouldn’t take, his point totals would go up and so too would his overall game production as well.

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Yes, definitely Smith is out of rhythm and needs to get back to that space. At Duke is a tough place to get your mojo back, but I was thinking he’d rise to the occasion. Honestly I think part of it is fitting in with JJ, in the sense that JJ is not a PG who creates shot for others, hence is very low assist numbers. There were two occasions in the second half I recall JJ driving into the paint and not seeing Smith open on the perimeter. JJ looks ahead to the basket even when the D is… Read more »

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago

Duke game is more important than I’d like it to be. It will be very interesting to see how we perform. We have been decent on the road, and we should be quite motivated after our performance against Clemson. We must establish a tough defensive stance early, if Duke gets off to high shooting percentage start we are doomed. I would not argue with having Ross, Gantt, Ebe play early to establish some defensive posture, then bring in DJ for a scoring punch. That also reduces risk of early fouling. I’m begging for Clark to be able to run, it… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Dof87
Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago
Reply to  Dof87

How often does this happen? We need heroics to save ourselves at the end of the season. I feared this would happen when I saw our schedule. Frustrating Agree with you. Duke is going to play physical, we need to match them right out of the gate. I don’t think we can repeat the last two patterns of getting down early and trying to come back. Like Clemson, Duke – especially at Cameron- is too good. Terquavion needs to play smarter. Resist the temptation to reach in when out of position, and step up closer to the arc when shooting… Read more »

Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago
Reply to  Papajohn

For clarity. I thought we were pretty much in the tourney. Is this a do or die game?

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Most still have us solidly in the tourney, but you never know what a Duke loss then a ACCT loss would do to us if some other teams start winning.

I think with a Duke loss we’ll be under pressure to win 1 ACCT game to lock up a spot.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago
Reply to  Dof87

Wouldn’t it be nice if they were more transparent about the selection process, so we knew for sure? If you look around, you see the optimists being pretty persuasive about us being in, and conversely, the pessimists are similarly persuasive that we’ve still got work to do.
Adding a Q1 win tonight certainly wouldn’t hurt.
GO PACK!

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