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Tomorrow’s Elite Eight Game Will be NC State’s 3rd NCAAT Game Against an ACC Opponent

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NC State will play Duke, an ACC opponent, in the Elite Eight tomorrow night, but it won’t be the first time the Wolfpack has played a conference foe in the Big Dance.

This will mark the third time NC State has played against an ACC team in the NCAA Tournament.

Most recently, in 2015 the 8th seeded Wolfpack lost to #4 seed Louisville 65-75 in the Sweet 16.

The first time NC State played an ACC opponent in the Big Dance was in 1983, the year this current miracle run shares many parallels with, with this being yet another.

UVA was a #1 seed, and NC State was a #6 seed, and the game was in the Elite Eight. The Wolfpack squeaked out a 63-62 win over the Cavaliers, with Ralph Sampson missing a shot at the buzzer. After losing both games against Virginia in the regular season, NC State defeated them in the ACC Tournament on the way to a Conference Championship, and in the Elite Eight, on the way to a Final Four, and ultimately a National Championship.

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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WATCH: Pack Insider’s DJ Burns 2024 ACC Tournament Highlight Reel

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There would be no ACC Championship if it weren’t for Senior DJ Burns.

Burns averaged 15.2 points per game over the 5 games, shooting an absurd 62.7% from the field, going on to win the 2024 ACC Tournament MVP Award.

Check out Pack Insider’s DJ Burns 2024 ACC Tournament Highlight Reel.





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NC State vs. Duke in the Elite Eight was the Most Watched Game of the Men’s NCAA Tournament

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The 2024 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament has come and gone, but it’s still remarkable to note that the Elite Eight matchup between NC State and Duke was the most watched game of the entire tournament.

Elite 8: Duke/NC State: 15.1 million
Finals: UConn/Purdue: 14.8 million
Final 4: UConn/Alabama: 14.1 million
Final 4: NC State/Purdue: 11.45 million
Elite 8: Purdue/Tennessee: 10.39 million

The game between the two ACC crosstown rivals was the most watched Elite Eight game in the past 5 years. The 15.1 million viewers was more than all but 5 college football games last season.

Sunday’s NC State-Duke NCAA men’s basketball tournament regional final averaged a 6.4 rating and 15.14 million viewers on CBS, marking the most-watched Elite Eight game since Michigan State-Duke in 2019 (16.20M) and the most-watched basketball game of any kind, including the Final Four and NBA Finals, since the 2022 national championship (Kansas-North Carolina: 17.05M)

Since the wave of cancellations and postponements that decimated the industry four years ago, the Wolfpack’s win ranks fifth among basketball games behind the aforementioned 2022 title game, North Carolina-Duke in that year’s Final Four (17.66M), the 2021 national championship (Baylor-Gonzaga: 17.08M) and Gonzaga-UCLA in that year’s Final Four (15.39M). (Link)

(The above information was before the Women’s Championship Game between Iowa and South Carolina beat all of those with 18.89 million.)

 

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NC State Reaches Out to High Point Transfer Guard Duke Miles

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NC State has reached out to High Point Transfer Guard Duke Miles (6’3″/182).

Miles was 1st Team All-Big South this year, averaging 17.5 points and 3.6 assists, shooting 52.8% from the field and 36.1% from beyond the arc.

Miles spent his first 3 seasons at Troy, before transferring to High Point. He has 2 years of eligibility remaining because of the Covid year and a Medical Redshirt for the 2022-23 season, when he only played 6 games.

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NC State is 7th in the Final Winter Directors’ Cup Standings

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The Final Winter Standings for the Directors’ Cup were released today, and NC State is currently ranked 7th! In the Final Fall Standings, the Wolfpack ranked 19th.

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NC State finished the 2022-23 athletic year ranked 19th in the Directors’ Cup Standings, marking the 3rd consecutive year the Wolfpack has finished in the Top-25.

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