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NC State 82 Georgia Tech 76: BY THE NUMBERS

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After trailing by 1 at the half, NC State’s guards turned it up a notch to make sure the Wolfpack defended their home court against Georgia Tech this evening, defeating the Yellow Jackets 82-76. Here’s a look at the victory BY THE NUMBERS.

  • NC State managed to win a game in which their opponent shot better than them.
    • Georgia Tech shot 41.4% from the field, and NC State shot 37.7%.
  • How do you win a game when the other team shoots better than you?
    • You score 18 points off of turnovers (12 TO’s).
      • The Wolfpack didn’t shoot well, but they took care of the ball, turning the ball over only 4 times.
      • Georgia Tech only scored 4 points off of turnovers.
    • The Wolfpack also had more 2nd chance points (NCSU 18/GT 13).
  • Let’s not get it twisted, NC State might have been losing at the half, but they held the lead for all but 4 minutes of the game.
    • 34:14/4:05
  • NC State did shoot the ball better than Georgia Tech in the 2nd half, when it mattered most.
    • 44.4%/38.7%
  • DJ Horne continues to be a scoring machine for NC State, leading the Pack with 26 points.
    • He knocked down 4 threes (4-8) for the first time since January 13th, when he made 6 against Louisville.
  • Jayden Taylor had his best game in quite some time, scoring 21 points, making 3 three’s of his own.
    • This marks the 3rd time this season Taylor has scored 20+ points, with the last time being on December 6th against Maryland Eastern Shore.
  • Horne and Taylor really turned things up in the 2nd half.
    • Horne scored 16 of his 26 in the 2nd, and Taylor scored 13 of his 21 in the 2nd.
  • Casey Morsell had 15 points of his own, but almost all of those points came from 2-point field goals.
    • Morsell was 1-7 from three, but shot 6 of 13 from the field.
  • DJ Burns led the Wolfpack with 10 boards.
    • He shot 3 of 7 from the field and had 8 points.
  • Michael O’Connell started for the 3rd time this season, and led the Pack with 6 assists (1 TO).
    • NC State is 3-0 when O’Connell is in the starting lineup.
  • The Wolfpack had 14 assists on 26 field goals.
  • Georgia Tech lit up the nets from beyond the arc, making 11 of 27 (40.7%).
  • The Wolfpack failed to cover the spread.
    • They were 8.5-point favorites.
  • The Total went Over.
    • It was 146.5, and the two teams combined to score 158.

NC State will host Pitt next Wednesday at 7pm on ESNU.

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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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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