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NC State 74 Miami 68: BY THE NUMBERS

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NC State was in desperate need of a win this evening, and the Wolfpack got what they needed, defeating Miami 74-68 in PNC Arena, snapping a 3-game losing streak. Here’s a look at NC State’s victory BY THE NUMBERS.

  • The Wolfpack shot 48.1% from the field.
    • NC State has won every game but one in which they have shot 45% or better this season.
  • The Wolfpack shot 42.9% from three, making 9 from beyond the arc.
    • The last time NC State made nine 3-pointers was on January 13th, when the Wolfpack made 10 in a win at Louisville.
  • Senior Guard Michael O’Connell started for the 2nd time this season.
    • The other game O’Connell started was in the Wolfpack’s road win at Louisville.
    • NC State is 2-0 when Michael O’Connell is in the starting lineup.
    • O’Connell led the Wolfpack in assists (5) and steals (3).
  • Senior Guard DJ Horne led NC State in scoring with 24 points.
    • This marks the 9th time Horne has led the Wolfpack in scoring this season (Morsell is next with 5).
    • Horne was 7 of 14 from the field and 3 of 7 from three.
    • This was the 6th time this season Horne has scored 20+ points.
  • Senior Guard Casey Morsell had 17 points, shooting 6 of 9 from the field, and 3 of 4 from beyond the arc.
    • Believe it or not, this was the first time Morsell has hit three 3-pointers since he hit 4 in the win over Saint Louis on December 20th.
  • Junior Guard Jayden Taylor was the only other player that scored in double figures, scoring 12.
    • He also had three 3-pointers (3-9).
    • Taylor led NC State in rebounds (7) and blocks (3).
  • Horne, Morsell and Taylor each had 3 three-pointers.
  • Senior Forward DJ Burns had 3 fouls, and only played 13 minutes.
    • Juniors Mohamed Diarra and Ben Middlebrooks both played more minutes than Burns, playing 14 and 15 respectively.
  • NC State’s defense held Miami to 36.4% shooting from the field and 25% from three.
  • After last game, Wolfpack head coach Kevin Keatts emphasized that his team needed to rebound better.
    • I wouldn’t say that happened tonight, with Miami winning the Rebounding margin by +15.
    • The Hurricanes scored 19 second chance points (the Wolfpack had 8).
    • Miami had 20 offensive rebounds.
      • That’s the most by a Wolfpack opponent this season by 5.
    • With NC State defensively holding Miami to such a poor shooting percentage, they were close to not walking off their home court with a win due to failing to box out.
  • NC State pretty much led this thing from beginning to end, leading for 35:41.
    • Miami led for 1:50.
  • NC State was a 3.5-point favorite.
    • They covered the spread.
  • The Total was 154.5.
    • If you bet the Under, you were in good shape, with the two teams combining for 142 points.
  • NC State went with a small starting lineup, starting 4 Guards (Horne, Morsell, Taylor and O’Connell) with Burns.
    • Dennis Parker Jr. only played 6 minutes.

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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NCSUMets
NCSUMets
20 days ago

Keatts loves to play small and will no doubt do so again after the win over Miami. But what happens when the other team has even an average shooting night, while also outrebounding us by 15?

Diarra needs to play more minutes.

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
20 days ago

Need 10 more just like that.

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NC State NET Rankings Report After Syracuse Loss

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NC State lost to Syracuse 83-87 last night, and as a result, the Wolfpack fell 5 spots in the NET Rankings to #80. The Orange moved up 6 spots to #84.

(NCAA)

NC State is now 9th in the ACC in the NET rankings.

For a refresher on how the NET Rankings are calculated:

Using the quadrant system, which was in its fourth season in 2020-21, the quality of wins and losses will be organized based on game location and the opponent’s NET ranking.

Quadrant 1: Home 1-30, Neutral 1-50, Away 1-75
Quadrant 2: Home 31-75, Neutral 51-100, Away 76-135
Quadrant 3: Home 76-160, Neutral 101-200, Away 135-240
Quadrant 4: Home 161-353, Neutral 201-353, Away 241-353
The number of Quadrant 1 wins and Quadrant 3/4 losses will be incredibly important when it comes time for NCAA tournament selection and seeding. (NCAA)

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Thoughts on NC State’s 83-87 Loss to Syracuse

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NC State’s (16-10/8-7) 83-87 loss to Syracuse this evening might have been the nail-in-the-coffin when it comes to the Wolfpack’s NCAA Tournament aspirations. They were barely on the bubble as it was, but this game and the next two games against Boston College and Florida State were “must wins.” On top of that, the Wolfpack probably needed to beat Pitt in the regular season finale, and beat either Duke or UNC.

With this loss, NC State will need a miracle. They will need to win the rest of their regular season games, which concludes with 3 consecutive Quad 1 games.

In regards to this evenings game, it’s hard to beat a team when you allow them to shoot 61.3% in the first half, and allow a guy who averages 11.3 points per game (Chris Bell) to sink 8 of 9 three’s at the halfway mark. Sure, you could make the excuse that they were just hitting everything they threw up, but the defense was lackluster, and they failed to adjust to a player with a hot hand.

What I’m about to say isn’t meant to describe a moral victory for NC State. With that being said, this team didn’t give up, and clawed back from a 15-point halftime deficit (16-point at one point in the 2nd half), to take a 1-point lead with 3:15 left in the game. That was the first time the Wolfpack had led since it was 2-0.

Senior DJ Horne was sensational once again, scoring 25+ points for the 5th straight game, matching what Cat Barber did back in 2015-16. Horne finished with 32 points, hitting 11 of his 20 field goal attempts, and an insane 6 of 8 from three.

Could you argue that Horne was fouled on the last play? I guess, but I wouldn’t have called it.

Three other Wolfpack players scored in double figures: Ben Middlebrooks (12), DJ Burns (12) and Jayden Taylor (10). Honestly, they all shot well. Middlebrooks had a double-double, with 10 rebounds.

Mohamed Diarra was solid with 7 points (3-6) and 8 boards.

Syracuse came back to reality in the second half, and ended up shooting 51% from the field, but the Wolfpack shot 47%. Both teams shot well. In fact, NC State actually scored more points off of turnovers, had more second chance points and had more free throws.

You simply can’t put yourself in a position to dig yourself out of a 16-point deficit. You can’t allow a guy to make 8 of 9 three’s in the opening half, with 6 of them being practically uncontested.

The Wolfpack have lost 3 of the last 4, and all 3 losses have been by 4 points or less. I wouldn’t say the Pack lost any of those three games due to a lack of effort. Rather, I would say it was primarily due to inconsistency, a lack of discipline and poor decisions in timely moments (Jayden Taylor’s TO with 1:13 left with the game tied).

With Wake Forest beating Pitt tonight, a Wolfpack win would have put them in 4th place in the ACC.

A big missed opportunity for the Pack this evening.

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NC State 83 Syracuse 87: BOX SCORE

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NC State has now lost 7 straight to Syracuse, falling to the Orange 83-87 in PNC Arena this evening. Below is the Box Score.

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DJ Horne is Looking to Continue His Streak of 20+ Points or More

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NC State is trying to stop a 6-game losing streak to Syracuse tonight, but Senior Wolfpack Guard DJ Horne is trying to continue a streak.

Currently, Horne has scored 20+ points in 5 straight games, which is tied with what Terquavion Smith did last year. If Horne scores 20+ points tonight, his 6-game streak will be the longest since 2015-16, when Cat Barber strung together 7 straight games of 20+ points.

Horne also has scored 25+ points in 4 straight games. If he does so again tonight, he will be the first player to do so since Barber did so in 2015-16, when he scored 25+ in 5-straight games.

What Horne has done in his coming home campaign has been nothing short of remarkable. He is shooting 43.4% from three, which ranks 2nd in the ACC. In his last 18 games, Horne is shooting 46.6% from deep. In ACC play, Horne is averaging 19.3 points per game, which ranks 2nd in the conference.

Here’s what Horne’s numbers look like over his 5-game streak of 20+ points: 26.6 points/51.8 FG%/48.8 3PT%.

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