The NC State Men’s Basketball team kicked off their 2023-24 season tonight, defeating The Citadel 72-59 at home. Below is the Box Score, followed by a breakdown by the numbers.
- D.J. Burns finished the game with 16 points, which led NC State. He was an incredible 8 of 11 from the field, starting the game 6 for 6.
- Point Guard Michael O’Connell was exceptional tonight, scoring 14 points, shooting 4 of 5 from beyond the arch. He also had 7 assists with 0 turnovers. I couldn’t have been more impressed with his performance in his first game for the Wolfpack (transfer from Stanford). The Wolfpack were +20 when he was on the court, which led the team.
- Big Fella Mohamed Diarra posted a double-double of 10 points and 14 boards in his first game for NC State (transfer from Missouri). Diarra also had 3 blocks. I heard Diarra could hit a trey, but I didn’t expect him to shoot six in the opener, making 2 of them.
- True Freshman Dennis Parker Jr.’s numbers in the box score don’t do him justice. He is everywhere, deflecting passes, blocking shots and grabbing rebounds. He didn’t look rattled at all playing in his first collegiate game.
- This was a very unselfish performance. The Wolfpack had 19 assists on 29 made field goals.
- Until the very last stretch of the game, Casey Morsell struggled immensely. His shots were forced, and he looked unnatural trying to create his own shots. He also had 3 turnovers. With that being said, he finished the game strong, and ended up with 9 points on 4 of 9 shooting.
- DJ Horne shoots the ball a lot. I noticed this watching his tape at Arizona State. Horne led NC State with 12 field goal attempts, making only 2 of them. To give him credit, he did have 6 rebounds and 4 assists (0 turnovers).
- NC State only took 7 free throw attempts. The Citadel took 24. The Wolfpack is going to have to find a way to attack the basket. They didn’t show much of that in their offense in the opener.
NC State 84 BC 78: BOX SCORE
NC State is a Slight Underdog in ACC Opener vs. Boston College
NC State (4-2) will play their first ACC game of the 2023-24 season tomorrow on the road against Boston College (5-2), and they enter the game as slight underdogs. The Wolfpack are 1.5-point underdogs, and the Total is 150.5.
- NC State is 0-2 Straight Up as underdogs
- BC is 4-1 Straight Up as favorites.
- NC State is 2-4 Against the Spread.
- BC is 4-3 Against the Spread
- The Total has gone Under in 2 games for NC State, Over in 3 and Pushed in 1.
- The Total has gone Under in 3 games for Boston College and Over in 4.
- NC State is 6-4 in their last 10 games against BC Straight Up.
- NC State is 4–6 Against the Spread in their last 10 games against BC.
- The Total has gone Under in 5 games, and Under in the other 5.
#5 NC State 70 Vanderbilt 62: BOX SCORE (with notes)
The 5th ranked NC State Women’s Basketball team improved to 8-0 tonight, defeating Vanderbilt 70-62 in the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge.
- Saniya Rivers scored 20+ points for the 2nd time this season, scoring 22 points on 8 of 14 shooting. She also chipped in 8 rebounds and 2 steals.
- River Baldwin posted her first double-double of the season. She scored 12 points and grabbed 10 boards.
- Aziaha James has now scored in double figures in 7 of 8 games, scoring 14 points tonight, shooting 6 of 10 from the field and 2 of 3 from beyond the arc.
- Freshman Zoe Brooks led the Pack in steals (4) and assists (4).
- NC State didn’t shoot well, making only 39% of their shots. Fortunately, they held Vandy to 34.3% shooting.
The Wolfpack will host Illinois State on Sunday at 2pm.
NC State Stat Leaders Heading into the ACC Opener vs Boston College
This Saturday, NC State heads to Boston College for the now-annual early ACC opener. The Pack will face off against the Eagles at 4pm on ACC Network. Here is where the team is statistically after 6 games.
- Casey Morsell leads NC State in scoring with 14.5 ppg.
- The Pack has 4 double-digit scorers this season. Morsell (14.5), Jayden Taylor (13.3), DJ Burns (13) and DJ Horne (11.2)
(Last season State had 4 double-digit scorers as well. Terquavion (17.9), Joiner (17), Burns (12.5) and Morsell (11.8))
- After their top 4 scorers there is a big dip. Parker comes in at 6.8, O’Connell at 6.3, and Middlebrooks at 5.5 ppg.
(Last season Jack Clark was 5th on the team in scoring at 9 points and Mahorcic was at 8.7. However, both guys missed a large chunk of the season.)
- Burns is leading NC State in rebounding this year at 5.3 per game. Diarra is next with 5.3 (but is currently hampered by an ankle injury.)
- O’Connell is leading NC State in assists with 3.3 per game, and Burns is up next with 2.5. PG DJ Horne is only averaging 2.
- LJ Thomas and Mike O’Connell are tied in leading the team at .15 assists per minute.
- Jayden Taylor is leading NC State in 3pt %, shooting an outstanding 45.8%, while Morsell is up next at 34.6%. Horne is close behind at 33%.
(LJ Thomas is shooting 50% from 3, but only has 2 attempts.)
- Burns is leading the bigs, shooting 56.5% from the floor, while Middlebrooks is close behind at 54.2%. Dennis Parker Jr is coming in at 45.2%.
- For the guards, it’s Casey Morsell leading the way at 44.6% from the floor, while O’Connell is next up at 43.4%. Taylor is shooting 42.4%, and DJ Horne is struggling a bit, shooting just 34.8% from the field.
- Jayden Taylor is turning the ball over the most at 1.8 times per game, while Burns is next at 1.7. Morsell is at 1.5 and O’Connell is at 1.2. DJ Horne has been doing a good job of protecting the basketball, turning it over just .3 times per game.