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NC State 72 The Citadel 59: Breaking it Down By the Numbers

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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.

The Good

  • 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.

The Bad 

  • 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.

Matthew is Publisher and Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He is also the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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NC State Men’s Basketball is Tied for the 20th Most NCAAT Wins Since 2020

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According to College Basketball Report, NC State’s Men’s Basketball team is tied for the 20th most NCAA Tournament wins since 2020.

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Yes, I’m fully aware that all 4 of those wins took place in this years NCAA Tournament, but I don’t care. STATS ARE STATS!

ACC Teams with the Most NCAAT Wins Since 2020

1. Duke – 8
2. UNC – 7
2. Miami – 7
4. NC State – 4
5. Clemson – 3

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball Team Produced 2 of the MOST Watched Games of 2023-24, College or Pro

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The Basketball season is officially over, collegiately and professionally. Looking back at the data of viewers for Men’s & Women’s Basketball, as well as the NBA, the NC State Men’s Basketball team played in two of the Top-10 most watched games of the 2023-24 basketball season.

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NC State vs. Duke in the Elite 8 was the 2nd most watched basketball game of the year with 15.1 million viewers, trailing only Iowa vs. South Carolina in the Women’s College National Championship game. The Wolfpack’s game vs. the Boilermakers in the Final 4 ranked 9th, with 11.5 million viewers.

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DJ Burns talks keys to recent weight loss during Pre-Draft Workout with Pacers

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Pack fans have been wondering how after 2 years in Raleigh, DJ Burns finally figured out how to drop weight, and keep it off. He spoke to reporters during his pre-draft workout with the Pacers.

“Playing at the pace we played today. Doing the work we did today. I probably would have left out with a full body cramp a couple months ago.”

“Keep on improving my pace. Adjusting to the level and speed I’m going to have to play at, at all times.”

“Lots of running. Lots of figuring out which foods I can no longer have, which were almost all of them that I liked. So, just finding new ones that I do like that go along with the plan.”

“This is the third (workout), and I actually travel to Milwaukee tomorrow to workout with the Bucks. And then some more stuff being confirmed that I won’t speak on just yet.”

Burns has worked out for the Lakers, Pacers and Hornets up to this point.

Plus more…

Listen to the full interview above.

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DJ Horne reads his new children’s book “Why Not Me? Why Not Us?” to Wake County Students

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DJ Horne was a huge reason NC State overcame the odds to win the ACC Tournament this past season. Now he’s trying to pass on the ‘Why not us!?” psyche to elementary school kids.

Horne was at Jones Dairy Elementary to read his new children’s book “Why not me? Why not us?” to students yesterday.

This is a pretty cool moment for Horne, who attended elementary school in Wake County (Reedy Creek Elementary School). He now gets to go back and tell his story, in hopes of inspiring the next generation.

The book is based loosely on his life growing up, and the adversity he overcame to become a champion.

Pick up the book today at Amazon.

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