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NC State 64 Pitt 67: BY THE NUMBERS

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It’s next to impossible to win a basketball game shooting 40% from the free throw line. NC State shot 6 of 15 from the charity stripe this evening, while Pitt shot 90%, making 18 of 20.

Rarely is it ever that simple, but this evening, it was.

I’m not saying there weren’t other factors that led to the Wolfpack’s loss. Obviously there were, but NC State managed to shoot better than Pitt from the field (46.4%/42.3%) and from three (33.3%/23.8%), and still lost the ball game.

The Panthers had 3 more second chance points, but the Wolfpack had 10 more points off of Turnovers. NC State took care of the ball, turning it over only 6 times.

It’s hard to look at this game on paper, and realize you let one get away.

To give the Pack credit, they were down 13 points at one point in the 2nd half. They were also down by double-digits at one point in the 1st half, and came back to even it up as well.

This game would have been in the bag if Casey Morsell and Jayden Taylor could have managed to score more than 5 points combined, with the former scoring all of the 5. Morsell was 2 of 7 from the field and Taylor was 0-3.

As good as DJ Horne and DJ Burns were, they really needed either Morsell or Taylor to factor into the game offensively in some way.

Horne continues to be one of the best scorers and shooters in the ACC, scoring 20+ for the 3rd straight game. He finished the evening with 25 points on 8 of 14 shooting from the field, and 5 of 10 from three.

Burns had a season high 19 points, shooting 9 of 16.

With the Pack currently on the outside looking in when it comes to NCAA Tournament projections, this one hurts badly.

The season isn’t over, with 5 Quad 1 games coming up. With a loss tonight, it becomes imperative that NC State beats a couple of teams they shouldn’t beat on paper.

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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Inhoc...
Inhoc...
4 months ago

“Road wins are hard!” They said….

“But we’re 4th in the ACC!” They said…

And there’s those of us who knew better after watching the first few games…

I’ll be an optimist when this program is playing for seeding, and not a “last 4 in” spot.

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
4 months ago
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We are in the “last 20 out” maybe. These last games are the hardest. I think we will win two more games, maybe 3. At that rate we will not be invited to the NIT.

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wolfpack74
wolfpack74
4 months ago

Packpainforlife says: We don’t have a guard who can get by a defender and we don’t have a guard who can stop someone from driving by them especially if they are an opposing team freshman. They just light us up. Embarrassing, but we do have a whole team of guards. We need some real bigs for a change, and of course a new coach.

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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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