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Previewing NC State’s Opponent: Pitt



NC State (15-7/7-4) will host Pitt (14-8/5-6) this evening, and the Panthers should not be taken lightly. After starting ACC play 1-5, they have won 4 of their last 5. Two of those wins are against Wake Forest and at Duke

Pitt’s last 5 games

@ Duke: 80-76

@ Georgia Tech: 72-64

@ Miami: 72-68

Wake Forest: 77-72

Notre Dame: 70-60

The Panthers are one of the better defensive teams in the conference, holding opponents to 66.8 points per game, which ranks 3rd in the ACC. They hold their opponents to 41.5% shooting from the field, which ranks 4th. Teams seemingly can’t hit three’s against the Panthers, with opponents shooting 30.1% from beyond the arc, which is tied for first in the conference.

Pitt also is punishing people on the glass, ranking 2nd in the ACC in rebounding margin (+4.7). They rank 2nd in the conference in offensive rebounds (12.1).

They also rank 6th in turnover margin (1.91) and 4th in assist/turnover ratio (1.4).

Be careful attacking the rim against Pitt. They lead the conference in blocked shots per game (5.05).

Senior Forward Blake Hinson is the leading scorer for the Panthers, averaging 18.0 points per game, which ranks 4th in the ACC. He’s 6’8″, and is shooting 42% from three, which ranks 4th in the ACC. No one is hitting more three’s than Hinson, who makes 3.4 per game, which leads the conference.

Freshman Carlton Carrington is Pitt’s point guard who leads the squad in assists (4.2), which ranks 6th in the ACC. He also is 2nd on the team in scoring (13.7). Carrington is a point guard with size (6’5″) who uses it to his advantage, averaging 5.1 rebounds per game, which is 2nd on the team.

Junior Guard Ishmael Leggett is the 3rd Panther player scoring in double digits, averaging 12.3 points per game and 5.4 rebounds, which leads the team.

A couple of miscellaneous stats on the Panthers:

  • They rank 19th in the nation at preventing their opponents from grabbing offensive boards.
  • They rank 33rd in not turning the ball over on offense.
  • They rank 25th nationally in three point defense.
  • They rank 9th nationally in blocks.



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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14 days ago

They are a better team than we are. So that’s the KK influence. Timeouts at the wrong time. Play was ok, but Burns should have just gone up strong and got fouled.

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NC State’s Wes Moore is 1 of 15 on the Late Season Watchlist for the Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year Award



NC State Women’s Basketball Head Coach Wes Moore is 1 of 15 on the Naismith Late Season Watchlist for the Coach of the Year Award.

Currently, Moore has led NC State from being unranked in the preseason polls, to #6 currently. The Wolfpack are 23-3, and numerous publications project them to be a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Moore was a finalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year Award in 2020-21 and a Semifinalist in 2015-16.

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NC State NET Rankings Report After Syracuse Loss



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.


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



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



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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