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Dusan Mahorcic Enters the Transfer Portal

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On April 21st, NC State big man Dusan Mahorcic revealed that the ACC had approved his medical hardship waiver, giving him an extra year of collegiate eligibility.

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Then last night, news broke that Mahorcic had entered the transfer portal.

From what I’m hearing, the Wolfpack coaching staff offered Mahorcic a medical hardship. The expectation is that Dusan might not be ready until February, because he had a second surgery after the first. With a medical hardship, Mahorcic could go to school, practice, and rehab, but not play. Mahorcic wasn’t interested in this option.

We wish Dusan the best!

Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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Afterglow
Afterglow
10 months ago

All quiet on the Jaden Bradley front. I would have expected to have heard something by now if he were going to commit to Memphis. I also figured, all I have to do is post about Jaden Bradley questioning why we haven’t heard anything and… BAM! We’ll hear something like, ALL SIGNGS POINT TO MEMPHIS!

Rev
Rev
10 months ago

Papajohn… Don’t you think Rice will play the three? At 6’5” maybe 6’6” and somewhere in the 215 to 225 lbs he and Morsell would make an awesome combination. Not sure there are enough minutes to keep them both happy, but it gives us a bigger line up. I see Ross, Miranda, and D.Parker at the four.

Papajohn
Papajohn
10 months ago

With our history of injuries, committing a scholarship to a guy who might not play would be tough. I understand our position. But It’s sad that such a good teammate, and a good player, won’t be on the team again. We’ve got 6 guards, 2 small forwards, and 4 bigs. So we probably go for a big? I guess the Diarra kid from Mizzou is our primary focus. I’d buy another season ticket if we signed that PG from Bama, but I suppose that is off the table now. You could probably justify it since Rice will play the 4,… Read more »

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
10 months ago
Reply to  Papajohn

What’s wrong with the big kid from Tennessee – Olivier Nkamhoua, 10 pts 5 reb can play defense. He only has one year left but that’s just like Horne. He killed Duke in the playoff game.

Last edited 10 months ago by wolfpack74
Afterglow
Afterglow
10 months ago
Reply to  Papajohn

Why is Jaden Bradley off the table?

Papajohn
Papajohn
10 months ago
Reply to  Afterglow

We already have 6 guards plus MJ Rice – who’s probably positioning himself as a guard in the NBA, even though he’ll have to play PF here. At least at first.
As much as a 5 star, pass first, 3 year eligibility, PG is the dream (in my mind), I don’t think we have room. I hate the idea that we might ‘influence’ someone to leave to make room for him.

Last edited 10 months ago by Papajohn
Papajohn
Papajohn
10 months ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Disclaimer: I’m just making crap up, I have no idea. Just guesses on what might happen next. I’d love Bradley, but right now we’re betting on Burns staying healthy, cause it looks like nothing but question marks behind him.

Last edited 10 months ago by Papajohn
Afterglow
Afterglow
10 months ago
Reply to  Papajohn

I guess we’ll see. I’m betting Keatts is doing everything he can to land Bradley. Just my personal opinion though, and nothing more. It just seems like this offense does better with a true point guard. Maybe it’s coming down the the battle of NIL$$$ at this point, who knows.

Last edited 10 months ago by Afterglow
wolfpack74
wolfpack74
10 months ago

We need another scoring slasher like Seabron.

Afterglow
Afterglow
10 months ago
Reply to  wolfpack74

Seabron was amazing. I don’t know how he was able to slip in there and make some of the shots he made.

Rev
Rev
10 months ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Dude still doin it in the NBA. Guys like him don’t come around that often.

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Here is the 2024 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament Bracket

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The bracket for the 2024 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament is here. The 10th ranked NC State is the #2 seed in the tournament, and their first game will be on Friday at 5pm on ACC Network.

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The Wolfpack will play the winner of the Duke (7 seed) vs. Georgia Tech (10 seed)/Pitt (15 seed).

NC State defeated Pitt 83-47 on February 11th, and they defeated Georgia Tech 86-85 on February 18th.

The Wolfpack lost to Duke 58-69 on February 25th. NC State entered the game as 1.5-point favorites, but ended up losing in enemy territory.

Georgia Tech defeated Pitt 68-58 on January 7th. Duke defeated both Georgia Tech and Pitt this season, defeating the Yellow Jackets 84-46 on January 14th, and the Panthers on 69-38 on February 1st.

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There is Reason to be Frustrated

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If you are an NC State fan, it’s only reasonable that you’re frustrated with the state of the Men’s Basketball program.

Under Kevin Keatts, NC State has gone to the NCAA Tournament twice in 7 seasons. The Wolfpack didn’t win a game in the Big Dance in either of those appearances.

Keatts has led NC State to a 3-5 record in the ACC Tournament, failing to reach the semifinals a single time.

You could make an argument that his first season in Raleigh was his best (I don’t think it was), because the Wolfpack finished 5th in the ACC, which is the highest the team has finished in the conference under his watch.

2017-18 – 5th
2018-19 – 8th
2019-20 – 6th
2020-21 – 9th
2021-22 – 15th
2022-23 – 6th
2023-23 – 9th (currently)

Average finish: 8.3

(For context, in 6 seasons, Mark Gottfried’s average finish was 8.7.)

Over the past 7 seasons, NC State has been ranked in the Top-25 in only 8 polls (2 separate seasons), with the highest being on January 7th, 2019, when the Wolfpack were ranked 15th.

Under Gottfried, NC State was ranked in 13 polls (all one season). With Herb Sendek at the helm, the Wolfpack were ranked in the Top-25 in 5 different seasons, in a total of 35 polls.

Do I think Kevin Keatts is the worst coach at NC State in recent memory? No, that award goes to Sydney Lowe. In all reality, NC State’s record overall and in conference play is nearly identical under Keatts, as it was under Mark Gottfried and Herb Sendek.

(Overall/Conference)
Kevin Keatts – 58.3/48.3
Mark Gottfried – 58.9/45.3
Herb Sendek – 59.1/45.0

What’s the difference between Keatts and the other two?

A couple of observations.

Sendek finished his time at NC State with 5 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, and Gottfried started off his tenure with 4 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. The Wolfpack advanced to the 2nd round 3 times, and the Sweet 16 once under Sendek. Under Gottfried, they advanced to the 2nd round twice.

Sendek led NC State to the ACC Championship game 3 times (in 10 years), and the semifinals 4 times. Gottfried led the Wolfpack to the semifinals on 3 occasions. Heck, Sidney Lowe led NC State to the ACC Championship game once, and the semifinals on another occasion.

Is the NC State Men’s Basketball program worse off under Keatts than it was under the previous coaches? If you simply look at total wins and losses, that’s not necessarily the case, but when you look at the Wolfpack’s production in postseason play, there is no other answer besides ‘yes.’

Every now and then you have to be willing to eat crow. Years ago, I was of the opinion that Herb Sendek needed to go. Do I think that Sendek would have brought NC State back to where it was in the 80’s? I didn’t think it then, and I’m not certain my opinion on that has changed, but the past 20 years has proven to me that the grass isn’t always greener.

Call me nostalgic, but from a historical perspective, I believe NC State fans have right to expect their Men’s Basketball program to be successful…to consistently be ranked in the Top-25…to finish in the top half of the ACC…compete for conference championships…and go to the Big Dance on a regular basis.

There is reason to be frustrated.

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Madison Hayes Will Be Returning for Her Final Year of Eligibility in 2024-25

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Last night NC State Guard Madison Hayes was honored on Senior Night, but she also announced that she would be returning in 2024-25 for her final year of eligibility. She was honored alongside Center River Baldwin and Forward Mimi Collins, who are both out of eligibility after this season.

Hayes is in the midst of a breakout season this year, averaging 11.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, which are both career highs. She ranks 3rd on the team in scoring, behind the other two Guards in the starting lineup, Aziaha James and Saniya Rivers, who will also be back in 2024-25. Even though she is a Guard, Hayes leads the Wolfpack in rebounding. Her 44.1% Field Goal Percentage is the best of any of the Wolfpack Guards, and her Three Point Percentage of 41.7% is the best on the squad.

As a Senior in high school, Hayes was named a McDonald’s All-American in 2020, and she earned a spot on the All SEC Freshman team in 2021 as a member of Mississippi St. In 2021-22, she transferred to NC State, and played in 26 games off the bench, but earned a spot in the starting lineup last season.

Big news for the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball program!

 

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NC State 64 #9 Duke 79: BOX SCORE

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#9 Duke defeated NC State 79-64 in PNC Arena this evening. With one game remaining for the Wolfpack in the regular season, they are now 17-13 overall, and 9-10 in ACC play. Below is the Box Score.

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