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Raleigh, NC – Here’s a collection of post-game quotes from NC State basketball coach Kevin Keatts and Boston College basketball coach Jim Christian plus select players. NC State won the game over Boston College, 82-66

Head Coach Keatts
(Opening Statement)

“Like most of you guys, the first five minutes of the game, I was going to get up and leave because we had not scored. It’s weird. For whatever reason, we did not make shots early. I was okay with it because they only had six points. But by the end of the half, we ended up with 44 points. When you look at the first half, the two guys that were great were obviously Braxton (Beverly) and Sam Hunt. They did a tremendous job shooting the basketball. I think between the two of those guys, we made eight threes. I’m proud of these guys. Our main focus coming into this game was to defend the three-point line. Those guys lead the ACC in made threes in a game, and I thought we did a tremendous job holding them 4-for-25. When you look at Robinson and you look at Bowman, those guys are elite guards, the best backcourt team in the country and in the ACC, and I thought, for the most part, our guys stepped up to the challenge. We had some great contributions from a lot of people. It was good to see Malik (Abdul-Malik Abu) get in there and do some different stuff. I told the team after the game that when you’re not playing well, just root for your teammates, and I thought we did that. I’m excited this group has gotten to nine (ACC) wins, and it means a lot, especially on the home court.”

Head Coach Keatts
(On Sam Hunt’s play)

“I rested him for a bunch of games so he could run down the stretch. No, I’m kidding. I took the NBA approach with him. I just didn’t let him play for four or five games. No. I think he is shooting the ball well. Someone told me he is 10-for-13 in I don’t know how many games, but it’s Sam’s birthday. I didn’t know it. If I did, I would have found more minutes for him to play, but he’s been good. He’s been making shots for us. That shot he made in the corner by the bench was special.”

Coach Kevin Keatts

(On what happened to Markell Johnson’s hand during the second half)
“I have no idea. I don’t know if it was a fashion statement or not. I let the trainer deal with that. The only time I can tell you (is) if he can’t play. I’ll know that, but I don’t know that. If he comes up here, you ask him. Or I’ll ask him and tell you later on, but I don’t know.”

Coach Kevin Keatts

(On the team’s offensive explosion of 13 field goals in a row)
“I thought we made the right reads. When you look at us, 19 assists on 29-made field goals. We did a good job. They took our roll guy away with the corner man, and I thought our guards came off and found the corner shooters. We were able to step up and make shots. I thought we played well. We found a way to win when I didn’t think we were particularly sharp today. Even though, when you look at us, we scored 82 points, but we didn’t play a flawless game in all. We were a little rusty for whatever reason.”

Coach Kevin Keatts

(On what triggered the switch to go from 0-for-8 to 17-for-19)
“I think we had to score eventually, or we were going to be in trouble. What happens is that I don’t know we were 0-for8. I’ve got to go back and look at it. I do remember a couple of things. I remember Leonard (Freeman) coming in and thinking, ‘I’m going to get a lift.’ He missed a layup. We missed free throws earlier. We just didn’t play well. There’s no explanation for it, the first five minutes of the game. And then, like I said, we found a way to get 44 points to be in the half. If you look at the halftime score, we started out 6-0 and went into half 44-28. So I think we’re maturing as a team because obviously, earlier on in the year, I don’t think we could have come back from that when we didn’t play well.”

Coach Kevin Keatts

(On what this break until next Sunday’s game looks like)
“We’re going to rest tomorrow, and then I don’t know how much I am going to do on Thursday. I do know tomorrow we are 100 percent off. We may come back in on Thursday and do some film work, may get in the gym a little bit. But we’re locked in. I told our guys that it’s easy to say right now, ‘I’m banged up. I’m a little bit hurt,’ but who isn’t? Everybody in the country that’s still playing meaningful basketball has got some bruises, and certainly we’ve got to be able to play through some of that. Now, if you’re hurt, you’re hurt. I want our guys to be mentally strong at this point in the year.”

Coach Kevin Keatts

(On whether Lavar Batts is healthy)
“Lavar is healthy. It was more of just a coach’s decision. I needed some more shooters on the floor to make some shots to be able to open it up the way they were playing us. So he hasn’t done anything wrong.”

Coach Kevin Keatts

(On whether the corner is Sam Hunt’s comfort zone when shooting the three)
“You know what? He’s always been, if you go back and look at the young man’s career, he’s always been a very good three-point shooter. Sam Hunt’s been a very good basketball player in his career. He has over 1,000 points. So he’s always been able to make shots, but its tough. Tt’s rare that you can get a guy that can make corner threes. A lot of guys can make if from the top of the key. A lot of guys can make it from the wing, but the three-point shoot is tough from the corner. He’s been huge for us the last few games.”

Coach Kevin Keatts

(On the Louisville championships he was a part of and the banners being taken down)
“Well I found out today, obviously. We were getting ready for a shoot-around, and with social media, I found out today, and all I’m going to say on it is that I’m just disappointed.”

Coach Kevin Keatts
(On the importance of the win as March approaches for the team)

“I told you guys that this group of guys are in uncharted waters when we got to six wins, so now it’s getting deeper and deeper. Every win builds confidence, and I know you’re talking about ‘bubbles’ and all of that, but I don’t even talk about that. I don’t even know about all of the brackets that say where you’re at. I just try to win the next game. I’m excited. I don’t take it for granted. Our guys have played very good basketball. To have nine wins in this conference, it means a lot. I’m proud of these guys. I can’t think of a game where these guys didn’t give tremendous effort and played hard. In all of our games, I can’t tell you we’ve done everything right, but I can tell you we’ve played extremely hard.”

Coach Kevin Keatts
(On 20 wins being enough to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament regardless of what happens in the ACC tournament.)

“That’s not my decision. I believe we’ve done a lot of good things to be considered as an NCAA team.”

Braxton Beverly, Guard

(On turning everything around in the first half)

“We just picked our energy up. The energy comes from the defensive stops we get, so once we started getting stops and getting out and running, we started getting easy ones. Once that builds momentum, it feels like you’re not going to miss.”

Braxton Beverly, Guard
(On being on the NCAA Tournament Bubble and what this win means)

“These wins are huge. We’re trying to go make some noise in the tournament. We’ll keep doing what we’re doing now and keep getting wins.”

Braxton Beverly, Guard
(On the team starting cold and then getting hot)

“It was pretty crazy, but it shows the talent we have and the unselfishness we have. With all the assists, all the baskets we made, and everyone finding everyone for the best shot each possession, it works out pretty well.”

 

Braxton Beverly, Guard
(On getting to nine ACC wins and if it exceeds expectations)

“We feel we can play with anyone in the country, as long as we come out and do what we know to do each and every night. We’re not really looking at it as exceeding expectations. We just see it as all the work we put in the preseason and throughout the season.”

 

Sam Hunt, Guard
(On coming off the bench to spark the shooting turnaround)

“My teammates did a great job of finding me in open spots, and I was able to knock down the threes. I’m glad I was able to give us a spark to give us the lead.”

 

Sam Hunt, Guard

(On if making shots is contagious throughout the team)

“Seeing your teammate make a basket, and then you get going and the next guy gets going…it’s not about one person. It’s about a whole team, so luckily we were able to make shots throughout the whole game.”

 

Sam Hunt, Guard

(On his shooting confidence over the past few games)

“My confidence is high, not just because of me but my teammates. They do a great job of telling me to shoot and finding me. We work out before practice, after practice, so my confidence stays because I’ve been putting in the time and effort.”

 

Sam Hunt, Guard

(On the successes coming in as a transfer)

“I said every week I’m really living the dream. I couldn’t imagine this, I couldn’t ask for this. I never knew what it was going to be like. I just knew I was going to be playing in the ACC. For us to be doing what we’re doing now, it’s a dream. We’ve got to finish up strong and then go into the ACC Tournament hot.”

 

Abdul-Malik Abu, Forward

(On tonight’s win and how big it is for the team)

“It was very huge. Every game is really important. We’re playing meaningful basketball right now, and we want to play in the tournament, and we’ve got the ACC Tournament to look forward to too, so we’ve just got to go out there and give an extreme effort every change that we get.”

 

Abdul-Malik Abu, Forward

(On what the games mean to him being a senior)

“It means everything to me. I want to go far. I want to play in the tournament again, survive and advance, but it’s just the little things that lead up to that.”

 

Abdul-Malik Abu, Forward

(On what the team needs to do to make it to the tournament)

“Just keep competing. We feel like we can play at a level and compete with some of the best teams in the country, so we’ve have to go out there every game and prove that and just keep building.”

Boston College Head Coach Jim Christian

(On what went wrong for BC in the first half)

“I think everything we did right in the first four minutes. We were very energetic at the point of the ball screen. We were getting back and matching in transition. We were containing the ball, and then we just stopped. We just stopped. We let some good shooters open. Once a couple of good shooters get going, that’s what happens. It was all transition, it was all ball screen, it was nothing else. A couple of one-on-one three-point shots. That’s been our problem. We have yet to understand that you have to play 40 minutes of basketball hard and compete to have a chance to win in this game. It’s not about shooting. The shots will eventually go in. We didn’t shoot the ball well, but we could have still had a chance if we played harder for 40 minutes. The lulls that we have, when the lead balloons to 17 or 18, and then we fight back, and then we give up another couple of layups. We just have to get tougher at that point. That’s really the truth, and I’m not taking anything away from them. They are a really good basketball team, and it’s always a combination of both, but from our perspective, if we can’t get tougher at those moments, you cut it to eight, you cut it to six, you give up back-to-back layups or dunks, then you’re not going to win in this league on the road. You’re not.”

 

Boston College Head Coach Jim Christian

(On concern at the start of the game)

“No. I mean, I thought we got great shots, and we just didn’t hit them. Like I said, I’m concerned with effort. I’m more concerned with the first ten minutes of the game effort we’re playing with. Shots will go in. Again, if you’re going to have a chance you have to make shots, so I’m more concerned with the effort.”

 

Boston College Head Coach Jim Christian

(On his team’s effort in the second half)

“I think it’s understanding that point. I think it’s understanding that you fought so hard to cut it to eight, and we gave up back-to-back layups. So that’s it, that these possessions, when they’re at eight, they’re really important possessions now. So all the work put into that point, you better play even harder there. If you watch the really good teams in our league, when they get a chance, when it’s at eight with six minutes to go or seven minutes to go, no easy shots are coming. They’re going to have to hit a tough one late clock. We gave up back-to-back layups and then a dunk in transition, which you guys miscommunicated. That’s the next step for us. If we want to be one of those teams, because then you can overcome bad shooting, you can overcome a Jerome (Robinson) going a whatever he went, 4-for-20, you can overcome all that if you understand that. Regardless of what happened previously, it’s eight. It’s eight. We had two guys bat the ball, and it went out of bounds. We had the ball in our hands. Those are plays you have to make if you want to win in this league. Again, I’m not taking anything away from them because they have to make the plays, and that’s a great thing for them, so I don’t want it to be one-sided because a lot of times guys come in here, and they tell their story, but they make all the good plays and they’re a good basketball team. They played great.”

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NC State Wolfpack surges past Boston College Eagles, 82-66 http://chathamjournal.com/2018/02/21/nc-state-wolfpack-surges-past-boston-college-eagles-82-66/ Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:22:46 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8446 Raleigh, NC – Braxton Beverly and Sam Hunt shot a combined 9-for-10 from three-point range, and Allerik Freeman put up a team-high 20 points as the NC State men’s basketball team powered its way to an 82-66 win over Boston…

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Raleigh, NC – Braxton Beverly and Sam Hunt shot a combined 9-for-10 from three-point range, and Allerik Freeman put up a team-high 20 points as the NC State men’s basketball team powered its way to an 82-66 win over Boston College inside PNC Arena Tuesday night.

With the win, NC State improves to 19-9, 9-6 in the ACC, while Boston College falls to 16-12, 6-9 in the ACC.

Allerik Freeman led the way in scoring for the Pack, with 15 of his 20 points coming in the second half. Beverly’s scored 16 on 5-for-6 shooting from the three-point line, tying his career high number of threes in a game and the most that he has knocked down in conference play. Torin Dorn and Hunt added 12 apiece, as Hunt went a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point range.

Despite missing its first eight shots, NC State shot 63 percent from the field in the first half. The Pack did not make its first field goal of the game until a Torin Dorn lay-up off an offensive rebound with 12:46 to play in the first half, but from that point on NC State hit 17-of-19 shots to end the half.

Both the Wolfpack and the Eagles started slow from the field. Boston College gained an early 6-0 lead on 3-for-10 shooting and held the Pack scoreless for the first 7:20 of the game. Abdul-Malik Abu got the Pack on the board with a free throw at the 13:40 mark and Dorn’s lay-up cut the deficit to 6-3. Dorn’s lay-up was the start of 13 consecutive made field goals for NC State as the Pack led by as many as 20 points in the first half.

NC State shot 9-for-9 from behind the arc in the first half and assisted on 15 of their 17 made field goals.

NC State’s lead fluctuated between 10 and 16 for a majority of the second half until BC cut the deficit to eight points, 74-66, with 3:13 to play. The Pack responded by holding the Eagles scoreless the rest of the game, closing the game out with an 8-0 run.

Boston College was led by Ky Bowman who finished with 21 points and five steals. The Eagles finished the game with 20 offensive rebounds and had 42-30 points in the paint advantage.

The Pack returns to action Sunday evening inside PNC Arena when it hosts No. 25 Florida State. The game will begin at 6 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU.

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Atlantic Coast Conference announces basketball players of the week – Week 15 http://chathamjournal.com/2018/02/20/atlantic-coast-conference-announces-basketball-players-week-week-15/ Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:00:07 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8485 Greensboro, NC – Duke’s Grayson Allen is the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week, while Syracuse’s Oshae Brissett and Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter claimed Co-Rookie of the Week accolades. ACC basketball weekly honors are determined by a vote of…

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Greensboro, NC – Duke’s Grayson Allen is the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week, while Syracuse’s Oshae Brissett and Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter claimed Co-Rookie of the Week accolades.

grayson allen player of the weekACC basketball weekly honors are determined by a vote of a 15-member media panel. The Blue Devils’ Allen was recognized for the second time this season. The ACC Rookie of the Week selection is the second of the season for Brissett and the first for Hunter.

Allen led Duke by averaging 22.0 points and 5.0 assists in a pair of key ACC wins last week over Virginia Tech and at No. 11 Clemson. Allen poured in a game-high 25 points on 7-of-15 from 3-point range with six assists in Wednesday’s 74-52 win over the Hokies. The seven threes matched a career-high.

The Jacksonville, Florida, senior followed that with a game-high 19 points in the 66-57 win at No. 11 Clemson on Sunday, knocking down 2-of-3 from 3-point range and making all nine of his free throws with four assists and four steals.

For the week, Allen was 13-of-27 (.481) from the field, 9-of-18 (.500) from 3-point range, 9-of-9 at the free-throw line, and totaled six rebounds, 10 assists and six steals. He has scored 67 points and shot .429 from 3-point range (12-of-28) over Duke’s current three-game winning streak. Allen became the 20th Blue Devil to surpass 1,800 career points during Wednesday’s win.

Syracuse’s Brissett averaged 20.5 points and 9.5 rebounds while shooting .556 from the field while playing an average of 35.5 minutes in a loss to NC State and a road win at Miami. Brissett delivered a career-high 25 points in last Wednesday night’s game against NC State at the Carrier Dome, and then came back with his 10th collegiate double-double (16 points, 12 rebounds) in Saturday’s 62-55 win over the Hurricanes.

Brissett, a 6-foot-8 native of Mississauga, Ontario, went a combined 6-of-13 from 3-point range in the two ACC games and was 5-of-6 from the foul line.

Virginia’s Hunter, a redshirt freshman from Philadelphia, tallied a game-high 22 points off the bench to lead No. 1 Virginia) to a 59-50 win at Miami. Hunter shot 8 of 16 from the field, 3 of 6 from 3-point range and 3 of 3 free throws.

Hunter had seven points to start a 13-0 run the first half and had 10 straight points to give the Cavaliers their largest lead of the game in the second half. He has led UVA in scoring in four ACC games and has tallied double figures in eight league games. He is averaging 11 points on 52.7 percent shooting along with 3.9 rebounds in all ACC games.

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Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame to induct five on Saturday http://chathamjournal.com/2018/02/14/wake-forest-sports-hall-fame-induct-five-saturday/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:35:36 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8425 Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University will induct five new members into its Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 17. The induction ceremony will take place at half time of the Demon Deacons’ home game with NC State. The five…

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Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University will induct five new members into its Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 17. The induction ceremony will take place at half time of the Demon Deacons’ home game with NC State.

The five new inductees include former football All-American Steve Vallos and 2005 ACC football Player of the Year Chris Barclay;, Rhodes Scholar and five-time All-American track and field athlete Michelle Sikes, field hockey All-American Lauren Crandall and former ACC golf champion John Gerring.

The five will be honored at a luncheon on Saturday at noon at Bridger Field House.

Former basketball star Chris Paul was voted into the Hall of Fame last year but has had to defer his induction due to his responsibilities with the NBA All-Star game this weekend.

All five inductees for the class of 2017-18 will attend Saturday’s ceremonies.

In addition, Tal Jobe will be recognized with the Gene Hooks Award. The Gene Hooks Achievement Award recognizes a former Wake Forest athlete, manager, coach or administrator who has exhibited traits of integrity, charity, leadership and who embodies the Pro Humanitate spirit that Dr. Gene Hooks, former Director of Athletics, exhibited over his 45 years associated with Wake Forest.

Jobe was a standout football and basketball athlete at Mebane High School and then at Eastern Alamance High following its opening in 1962. Tal played freshman basketball for the Demon Deacons in 1963-64 and graduated in 1967 with a degree in physical education. He spent 13 years teaching and coaching at Graham Middle School before going to Eastern Alamance High. He coached 69 different teams over his 32 years, leading Eastern Alamance to the 1991 state 3-A boys basketball championship and was inducted into the Eastern Alamance Hall of Fame. In 2004, Tal was inducted into the city of Mebane’s Sports Hall of Fame and in 2017 the gym at Eastern Alamance was named in his honor. He retired from the Alamance-Burlington School District in 2001 after 32 years and returned to Wake Forest where he served in the athletics department in a variety of roles including that of baseball clubhouse manager and working with game operations for multiple sports.,

Here is a brief look at each of the five inductees:

Chris Barclay

Barclay, Wake Forest’s all-time rushing leader, was the Atlantic Coast Conference football Player of the Year in 2005 when he carried the ball 218 times for 1,127 yards. He broke into the Demon Deacon lineup as one of just three true freshmen to see action in 2002. He led the team in rushing in 2003 with 1,192 yards and earned second team All-ACC honors. As a junior in 2004, Barclay had 1,010 yards on 243 carries and was named first team All-ACC. He capped his career in 2005 with another first team All-ACC selection and his recognition as the league’s Player of the Year.

For his career, Barclay finished with 4,032 rushing yards and set school records at the time for career points (240), rushing touchdowns (40), all-purpose yards (4,930), 200-yard rushing games (3) and 1,00-yard rushing seasons (3). He was the first player in ACC history to lead the league in rushing yards during the regular season in three consecutive seasons and was also the first ACC player with three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Named team MVP as both a junior and senior, Barclay is one of just three Demon Deacons to earn the award in back-to-back seasons, joining Norm Snead (1959-60) and Brian Piccolo (1963-64).

Lauren Crandall

Crandall (’07) was also a first ballot inductee. She was a three-time All-American in field hockey and a member of two of Wake Forest’s national championship teams in 2003 and 2004. A native of Doylestown, Pa., Crandall was the ACC Tournament MVP in 2006, a two-time ACC All-Tournament selection and a two-time NCAA All-Tournament selection. She earned first team All-ACC honors three times and was the first Wake Forest player to earn All-South Region honors all four seasons. Crandall was a first team All-American in 2005 and 2006 after earning third team All-America honors in 2004. Following her collegiate career, Crandall played for the U.S. at the Junior World Cup in Santiago, Chile in 2006 and led the team in scoring. She went on to become a member of the USA Field Hockey Olympic teams in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

John Gerring

Gerring (’57), originally from Union, S.C., was the Heritage Committee’s selection for Hall of Fame induction. Gerring played golf for the Deacons from 1953-57 and won ACC medalist honors in 1957 with rounds of 69-72-141 at Old Town Club in Winston-Salem. Gerring had entered the final round trailing teammate Sonny George by two strokes. Gerring’s efforts helped the Deacons win the 1957 ACC team title by eight strokes over North Carolina.

During the 1957 season, Gerring was Wake Forest’s medalist in five of seven home matches in an era where teams played dual matches rather than strictly tournaments. He was Wake Forest’s top golfer in 1955, ’56 and ’57 before serving in the Rifle Company of the United States Army following graduation.

John has served as a PGA golf professional for over 50 years. A member of the PGA Hall of Fame, Gerring was named the National PGA Professional of the Year in 1981. He has served as the club professional at a number of prestigious courses including Peachtree in Atlanta, the Atlanta Country Club, Sea Island Golf Club and Bloomfield Hills Country Club. Most recently, Gerring was inducted into the Carolinas Golf Association Hall of Fame.

Michelle Sikes

Sikes (’07) was elected in her first year of eligibility, is one of the most decorated student-athletes in Wake Forest history. A mathematical economics major, she received the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship in 2007, becoming just the third student-athlete in school history to earn the award. On the track, Sikes was just as impressive. The Lakewood, Ohio native won the NCAA Outdoor Championship in the 5,000 meters in 2007 with a meet and school record of 15:16.76, becoming the first Demon Deacon female student-athlete to win an NCAA individual track championship. She was the ACC indoor 5,000 meters champion in 2007 and won the outdoor 5,000 and 10,000 meters in 2007. Sikes was a five-time All-American and an eight-time All-ACC honoree, earning all-league honors three times in cross country, three times in outdoor track and twice in indoor track. To this day, Sikes continues to hold school records in the 1,500 meters, mile, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters. She was the ACC Performer of the Year at the 2007 outdoor championships and a four-time All-ACC Academic honoree. Sikes was the 2006-07 Marge Crisp Award winner as Wake Forest’s female student-athlete of the year. She earned the Edwin G. Wilson Scholar-Athlete of the Year award from Wake Forest in 2007 and was the recipient of the ACC Award for Excellence in Academics and Athletics that same year. Besides the Rhodes Scholarship, Sikes received the Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship from the ACC.

Steve Vallos

Vallos (’06) was elected to the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Vallos earned first team All-ACC honors at offensive tackle in 2006 as he helped the Demon Deacons win the ACC Championship. A native of Boardman, Ohio, Vallos earned first team All-America honors in 2006 from both Sports Illustrated and the Sporting News while being named a second team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation. He twice earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors in 2006 and finished his career with 48 career starts, the most-ever among Deacon offensive linemen. Vallos was a second team All-ACC pick as a sophomore and an honorable mention all-league honoree as a junior when he helped pave the way for ACC Player of the Year Chris Barclay. A seventh round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks in the 2007 NFL Draft, Vallos played seven seasons in the NFL with the Seahawks, Browns, Eagles, Jaguars and Broncos, earning a berth in Super Bowl XLVIII with the Denver Broncos.

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NC State Wolfpack heads North to face Syracuse http://chathamjournal.com/2018/02/13/nc-state-wolfpack-heads-north-face-syracuse/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:31:48 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8429 Raleigh, NC – The NC State men’s basketball team travels to Syracuse, N.Y. to face the Syracuse Orange Wednesday evening at 9 p.m. inside the Carrier Dome. The Pack are currently towards the end of a stretch of games where it…

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Raleigh, NC – The NC State men’s basketball team travels to Syracuse, N.Y. to face the Syracuse Orange Wednesday evening at 9 p.m. inside the Carrier Dome.

The Pack are currently towards the end of a stretch of games where it plays five out of seven games on the road. The Pack plays at Syracuse Wednesday and at Wake Forest on Saturday before closing the season with three of its last four games at home.

Wednesday’s game against Syracuse will be televised on the ACC Network with Tom Werme and Dan Bonner calling the action. The game will be shown in the Raleigh area on WRDC (My Network TV). Other stations in North Carolina showing the game are: WMYT-TV (Charlotte), WMYV-MyTV (Greensboro- Winston-Salem -High Point), WITN-D2 (Greenville-New Bern-Washington), WILM-IND (Wilmington). A complete list of network affiliates can be found here: http://theacc.com/sports/2017/12/9/acc-network-mbb-180214.aspx

NC State fans can also listen to Gary Hahn and Tony Haynes on the call on the Wolfpack Sports Network.

Pack Tracks

– NC State could not complete a season sweep of UNC-Chapel Hill on Saturday afternoon as the Pack fell to the Tar Heels, 96-89. The Pack had six players reach double figures, led by Torin Dorn with 21, and NC State forced 19 turnovers and had 12 steals in the game – both stats are the most for the Pack in an ACC game this season – but the Tar Heels scored 61 points on 78.1% shooting in the second half to win.

– The NCAA revealed the current Top-16 Seeds in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, Feb. 11. NC State has 4 wins over Top-16 teams (Duke – 7, Clemson – 9, UNC-CH – 12, Arizona – 15). The Pack is tied with UNC-CH for the most wins over teams in the selection committee’s Top-16.

– Markell Johnson had his double-digit assist streak snapped as he finished with nine against the Tar Heels. He had double figure assists in five straight games becoming the first player in NC State history to achieve this feat prior to UNC-CH. In 18 games this season, the sophomore has 141 assists and is averaging 7.8 per game. In eight ACC games, Johnson is averaging 9.4 assists per game (75).

– The Pack has had double-digit offensive rebounds in every ACC game, but two this season and ranks third in the ACC in offensive rebounds per game (13.08)

Yurtseven Finding Comfort Level in Sophomore Season

NC State sophomore center Omer Yurtseven came to college last season as a consensus five-star player, but the Istanbul, Turkey native had an up-and-down season as a freshman. Now, as a sophomore a confident Yurtseven is becoming the No. 1 priority on opposing team’s scouting reports.

– On the season, ranks second on the team in scoring (13.8) and leads in rebounding (6.9), field goal percentage (59.9%) and blocks (43). In 12 ACC games, leading the team in scoring (15.8), rebounding (7.0), blocks (23) and field goal percentage (55.8%).

– In six ACC home games, Yurtseven is averaging 19.2 points on 59.2% shooting (50-of-84), including 46.7% (7-of-15) from three-point range. Also averaging 7.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks.

– Yurtseven had a career-high 29 points on 12-of-18 shooting, including 5-of-6 from three-point range in win over #19 Clemson on 1/11.

– Named Co-ACC Player of the Week on Jan. 22 after averaging 25 points on 65.7 percent shooting in a win over Wake Forest (Jan. 18) and a loss to No. 25 Miami (Jan. 21)

– One of 20 student-athletes to the preseason watch list for this year’s Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award.

Another Sophomore making an impact for the Pack

Omer Yurtseven’s fellow sophomore teammate Markell Johnson has also seen his impact on this year’s Pack team increase as well.

– Johnson leads the Pack in assists (141 / 7.83 per game) and steals (35 / 1.94 per game) this season. He’s currently on pace to finish with the highest assist per game average at NC State since Chris Corchiani averaged 9.6 assists per game in the 1990-91 season. His steals per game average would be the best mark at NC State since Clifford Crawford average 2.13 (66 in 31 games) in the 2002-03 season.

– Johnson has not played in the required 75% of games to rank in ACC stats yet (he missed 7 games for a violation of the Student-Athlete Code of Conduct), but his current stats would lead the ACC in assists and steals if he were eligible. His 3.14 assist-to-turnover ratio in ACC play would lead the league, as well.

– Has had three or more steals in seven of 18 games and seven or more assists in 12 of 19 games.

– Johnson had a career-high 20 points in the win at No. 10 UNC-Chapel Hill on 1/27. He added 11 assists for his second career double-double. He scored or assisted on 15 straight NC State points from the 2:58 mark of regulation through the 2:25 mark of overtime. He clinched the win with two free throws with :04 seconds remaining in overtime.

– Johnson has had double-digit assists in five straight games from 1/21 to 2/7. He’s the first player in NC State history to have five straight games of double-digit assists.

– In the last six games with Johnson back in the starting lineup, NC State has assisted on 135 of its 205 field goals (65.9%). In the seven games Johnson missed, NC State had 108 assists on 199 made field goals (54.3%).

Constant Defensive Pressure leading to Opponent Turnovers

– The Pack has forced 12 of 25 opponents this season into 16+-turnovers. Four times, the Pack has forced opponents into 20 or more turnovers in a single game. The last NC State team to force opponents into 20 or more turnovers four times in a season was the 2009-10 team. The last seven NC State teams (2010-11 team through 2016-17 team) only twice forced opponents into 20 turnovers. In Keatts first four games at NC State, his teams forced opponents into 21 (VMI), 24 (Charleston Southern), 27 (Bryant) and 22 (Presbyterian) turnovers.
– The 27 turnovers NC State forced Bryant into on Nov. 14 are the most turnovers the Pack has forced an opponent to commit since Mount St. Mary’s had 27 on Nov. 22, 2002.

– In 25 games, the Pack has forced 385 turnovers. The 15.4 turnovers forced per game ranks 36th in NCAA Dl and are the most forced turnovers by a team from the ACC.

– The Pack has a +3.30 turnover margin this season which ranks second in the ACC.

– In ACC play, the Pack is 6-1 when it has less turnovers than its opponents and 0-5 when it has more turnovers than its opponents.

Pack Already Have Most Steals Since 2012-13 Team

– With 197 steals in 25 games, the Pack has already surpassed last season’s total steals total of 162, as well as the 2015-16 (149), 2014-15 (138) and 2013-14 (173) NC State teams. The Pack is currently on pace to finish in the top-10 in season steals in program history.

– NC State leads the ACC and 40th overall in NCAA DI with 197 steals.

– NC State recorded 14 steals in the win over Bryant on Nov. 14. It’s the most steals in a game for NC State since the Pack had 16 steals in a win over Boston College on Jan. 19, 2012. It was a 192 game span between 14+-steal games for the Pack.

Nine Games Against Top-24 RPI Teams

–  Through games of Feb. 12, NC State has played nine games against teams currently ranked in the top-24 in the RPI. That is the most in the country. Saturday’s game against No. 10 RPI UNC-Chapel Hill will be the ninth game this season against a top-21 RPI opponent. 36% of the NC State’s games this season have been against top-24 RPI opponents. The Pack is 4-5 in those game.

Bench Production

–  NC State’s bench is averaging to score 22.9 points per game this season. The Pack’s bench has outscored the opponents bench, 572-407 this year.

–  NC State’s bench has outscored the opponents bench in 17 of 25 games this season.

–  The Pack’s bench has outscored the opponents bench in eight of 12 games in ACC play and has tied the opponents bench in scoring in two other games. Only Clemson (19-13) on 1/11 and Miami (33-30) on 1/21 have outscored NC State’s bench in conference play.

–  In the win over No. 2 Arizona at the Battle 4 Atlantis, NC State’s bench outscored Arizona’s, 39-6. Braxton Beverly had 20 points off-the-bench for the Pack in the win, while Omer Yurtseven had 11 points and a team-best nine rebounds.

–  Against Penn State, NC State’s bench outscored the Nittany Lions, 39-9. The Pack’s bench consisting of Yurtseven, Sam Hunt and Lavar Batts, Jr., combined to shoot 12-for-15 from the field (80 percent), including 9-for-10 from three-point range.

–  In the win at No. 10 UNC-Chapel Hill, Allerik Freeman came off-the-bench and scored a career-high 29 points, tying an ACC record for most threes with a miss, connecting on 7-of-7 from three-point range.

Winning the Turnover Battle

– The Pack is +80 in turnover margin. Pack has forced 385 turnovers and only turned it over themselves 305 times. +80 turnover margin is the second-best in the ACC. Major turnaround from last year. Last season, NC State finished the season -67 in turnover margin.

70 is the Magic Number

When the Pack scores 70 or more points this season, NC State is 16-4. When the Pack scores 69 or fewer points, NC State is 0-5.

Winning the Rebounding Battle

– NC State enters Wednesday’s contests vs. Syracuse having outrebounded eight of its 12 ACC opponents this season.
– Last season, the Pack was outrebounded in ACC play in 10 of 18 games.
– The Pack ranks third in the ACC, averaging 13.08 offensive rebounds per game (327 in 25 games). The Pack has had double-digit offensive rebounds in every ACC game except for two this season (9 vs. Miami on 1/21 and 7 vs. UNC on 2/10). NC State is only 2 offensive rebounds shy of the total the team had last season (329 in 32 games)

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Atlantic Coast Conference announces basketball players of the week http://chathamjournal.com/2018/02/12/atlantic-coast-conference-announces-basketball-players-week/ Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:34:55 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8418 Boston College’s Robinson, Louisville’s Nwora recognized Greensboro, NC – Boston College’s Jerome Robinson is the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week, while Louisville’s Jordan Nwora claimed Rookie of the Week accolades. ACC basketball weekly honors are determined by…

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Boston College’s Robinson, Louisville’s Nwora recognized

Greensboro, NC – Boston College’s Jerome Robinson is the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week, while Louisville’s Jordan Nwora claimed Rookie of the Week accolades.

ACC basketball weekly honors are determined by a vote of a 15-member media panel. Robinson and Nwora were both recognized for the first time this season.

The Eagles’ Robinson averaged 37.5 points and 3.0 rebounds as Boston College dropped a road game at Notre Dame and defeated No. 25 Miami at home. Robinson’s 46-point effort against Notre Dame tied for the fourth-highest ever in an ACC game and were the most ever by a visiting player in a conference game.

Robinson, who went 15-of-23 from the floor and 7-of-12 from 3-point range against the Fighting Irish, also tied the second-highest single-game total in Boston College history and registered the highest by an Eagle since Tyrese Rice also scored 46 versus North Carolina in March of 2008.

Saturday’s 29-point effort against Miami saw Robinson score 18 points in the second half. The Raleigh, North Carolina, junior scored six of the final nine points in a 9-0 run that closed out Boston College’s win. Robinson finished 10-of-15 from the floor and 8-of-9 from the foul line against the Hurricanes.

Louisville’s Nwora averaged 12.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, shot 59.1 percent from the field and made 7-of-11 three-pointers (.636) as the Cardinals won two of three games last week.

Nwora, who played an average of 16 minutes per game, scored a team-high 16 points with four rebounds and four steals as Louisville prevailed over Georgia Tech. The 6-8 forward from Buffalo, New York, totaled 13 points, six rebounds and two assists while connecting on 5-of-6 field goals as part of a balanced scoring attack as the Cardinals won at Pitt.

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Last week’s ACC basketball accolades http://chathamjournal.com/2018/02/12/last-weeks-acc-basketball-accolades/ Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:11:40 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8416 Greensboro, NC – ESPN’s Big Monday matchup finds Notre Dame traveling to No. 14 North Carolina for the second meeting of the year between the teams … the Tar Heels escaped with a 69-68 win at South Bend on Jan.…

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Greensboro, NC – ESPN’s Big Monday matchup finds Notre Dame traveling to No. 14 North Carolina for the second meeting of the year between the teams … the Tar Heels escaped with a 69-68 win at South Bend on Jan. 13 … UNC enters Monday evening’s game on a three-game winning streak, and Notre Dame has won two in a row … four ACC teams ranked in this week’s AP poll with Virginian moving up to No. 1, followed by Clemson at No. 11, Duke at No. 12 and North Carolina at No. 14 … Virginia Tech’s 61-60 win at then-No. 2 Virginia on Saturday marks the Hokies’ first win over a top-five team on the road since downing No. 1 Wake Forest on Jan. 21, 2009 … Virginia’s No. 1 ranking in this week’s AP poll is the Cavaliers’ first since reaching the top spot in December of 1982 … UNC’s Luke Maye has scored at least 31 points in three games this season, including a career-high 33 to go along with 17 rebounds in Saturday’s win at NC State … Notre Dame’s Matt Farrell, who missed the first meeting against the Tar Heels due to injury, enters Monday’s night’s rematch fresh off a career-high 28 points in Saturday’s win over Florida State … ACC Player of the Week Jerome Robinson of Boston College has averaged 37.5 points in his last two games … Louisville’s Jordan Nwora voted ACC Rookie of the Week.

By the Numbers
1 – Virginia is ranked No. 1 in this week’s AP poll for the first time since December 24, 1982 … the Cavaliers are the fourth team in the Top 25 era (1990-present) to earn a No. 1 ranking after being unranked in the preseason (Kansas, 1990; Syracuse, 2010; Baylor, 2017).

1 – Syracuse’s Ty Battle leads all Division I players in minutes played per game (38.6) … Battle averaged 29.5 points per game in two wins last week and leads the ACC in 20-point games (13) and is third in scoring (20.3).

1 – Notre Dame’s Matt Farrell leads the ACC in 3-point field goals per game (3.1) and over his last three games is averaging 21.0 points and 4.7 assists.

1-2 – North Carolina’s Luke Maye leads the ACC in per game scoring improvement (13.2), while Notre Dame’s T.J. Gibbs is second (11.6) … Maye has three 30/10 games and 12 games with 20 or more points, while Gibbs has scored 10 or more points in each of his last 13 games.

25 – Virginia’s Kyle Guy has made at least one 3-point field goal in a league-best 25 straight games and is tied with Duke‘s Gary Trent for second in the ACC in 3-point field goals per game (2.8).

25.5 – Per game scoring average of Boston College’s Jerome Robinson in ACC play, tying for the fourth-best league games only scoring average over the past 26 years … overall, Robinson leads the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage (.466) and ranks fifth in free throw percentage (.850).

91.3 – During its current three-game win streak, North Carolina is scoring at a 91.3 points per game clip while shooting .486 from the floor.

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UNC Tar Heels defeat the NC State Wolfpack, 96-89 http://chathamjournal.com/2018/02/12/unc-tar-heels-defeat-nc-state-wolfpack-96-89/ Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:51:22 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8403 Raleigh, NC – The NC State men’s basketball team came up short against No. 21 UNC-Chapel Hill Saturday afternoon, falling 96-89 in front of a sold-out PNC Arena crowd. With the loss, NC State falls to 16-9 (6-6 ACC), while…

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Raleigh, NC – The NC State men’s basketball team came up short against No. 21 UNC-Chapel Hill Saturday afternoon, falling 96-89 in front of a sold-out PNC Arena crowd. With the loss, NC State falls to 16-9 (6-6 ACC), while the Tar Heels improve to 19-7 (8-5 ACC).

Torin Dorn led the Pack with 21 points on 10-of- 15 shooting. Allerik Freeman followed him with 17 points, and Malik Abdul-Abu (12), Markell Johnson (12), Braxton Beverly (11), and Omer Yurtseven (10) joined them in double figures.

The first half was a game of runs, as the teams traded momentum through the first 20 minutes of the outing. After UNC-Chapel Hill built up a 10-point lead (28-18) midway through the opening period, NC State fired off 19 unanswered points in just over seven minutes of play. In that span, the Pack held UNC-Chapel Hill to 0-of- 14 shooting and forced four Tar Heel turnovers.

UNC's Luke May takes ahot.The Tar Heels closed the half on a 7-0 run of their own as NC State took a 37-35 lead into the intermission.

Despite shooting 60 percent from the field in the second half, the Pack was met by an offensive explosion from the Tar Heels. Luke Maye, who tallied just six points in the first half, put up 27 second-half points on a 12-of- 14 shooting performance.

UNC-Chapel Hill missed just seven shots in the final 20 minutes on the way to knocking down 78.1 percent of its second-half attempts.

The Pack trailed for a majority of the second half, but an Abu dunk that turned into a three-point play brought NC State within two points, 85-33, with 1:33 to play. UNC-CH’s Kenny Williams nailed a three-pointer on the Tar Heels next possession though to push the deficit back to five and the Pack would never get any closer as North Carolina salted the game away at the free throw line.

The Pack snagged 12 steals in the loss, its second-most in a game this season and most in an ACC game, but the Tar Heels 56.3 percent shooting for the game and +17 rebounding margin proved too much to overcome.

Up next, NC State returns to the road next week as the Pack plays at Syracuse on Wednesday night. The game is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. and will be shown on the ACC Network.

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NC State Wolfpack falls to Virginia Tech, 85-75 http://chathamjournal.com/2018/02/08/nc-state-wolfpack-falls-virginia-tech-85-75/ Thu, 08 Feb 2018 12:35:48 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8384 Blacksburg, VA – The NC State men’s basketball team had its three-game win streak snapped Wednesday evening as the Pack fell to Virginia Tech, 85-75, inside Cassell Coliseum. NC State falls to 16-8, 6-5 in the ACC with the loss, while…

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Blacksburg, VA – The NC State men’s basketball team had its three-game win streak snapped Wednesday evening as the Pack fell to Virginia Tech, 85-75, inside Cassell Coliseum.

NC State falls to 16-8, 6-5 in the ACC with the loss, while Virginia Tech improves to 17-7, 6-5 in the ACC with the win.

The Pack trailed by 18 points early in the second half, but battled back to cut the deficit to six with over 10 minutes remaining in the game, but could get no closer.

Omer Yurtseven led NC State with 20 points, while Markell Johnson registered a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists. The 10 assists extend the sophomore’s double-digit assist streak to five games. Yurtseven and Johnson were the lone NC State players to reach double figures. Abdul-Malik Abu led the Pack with a game-high seven rebounds.

The game was back-and-forth for the opening 10 minutes with both teams exchanging the lead. A Torin Dorn jump shot with 8:50 left in the first half tied the game at 23, but Virginia Tech responded with a 12-0 run to take a 35-23 lead with 5:43 left in the half. The lead would grow to as many as 15 points before NC State cut it to 13, 47-34, at the break.

Yurtseven scored eight points in the first four minutes of the game, but picked up his second foul at the 15:24 mark of the first half.

In the second half, the Hokies extended the lead to 18, 55-37, with 17:22 to go, but the Pack would not quit as NC State responded with an 18-6 run over the next six-plus minutes to cut the deficit to 61-55. The Hokies scored the next six points to extend the lead back to 12 and despite another response from NC State to get within seven with 6:51 to play, Virginia Tech would not allow the Pack to get any closer.

Justin Robinson led the Hokies with a game-high 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the field. The 32 points are the most NC State has allowed an opponent to score this season.

NC State ended the game with a 34-27 advantage in rebounding, but Virginia Tech had a 56-30 points in the paint advantage.

The Pack returns to action Saturday afternoon as it looks for a season sweep of UNC-Chapel Hill when the two teams meet inside a sold-out PNC Arena at 2 p.m. The game will be televised on the ACC Network.

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Wolfpack visits Pittsburgh for midweek battle with the Panthers http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/24/wolfpack-visits-pittsburgh-midweek-battle-pitt-panthers/ Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:28:37 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8362 Raleigh, NC – The NC State men’s basketball team aims to even its ACC record Wednesday evening when it takes on Pittsburgh at the Petersen Events Center. The game is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. and will be a RSN telecast with Wes Durham…

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Raleigh, NC – The NC State men’s basketball team aims to even its ACC record Wednesday evening when it takes on Pittsburgh at the Petersen Events Center.

The game is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. and will be a RSN telecast with Wes Durham and Jason Capel on the call. A complete list of nationwide affiliates showing the game can be found here: http://www.theacc.com/sports/2018/1/16/mbask-rsn-180124b.aspx

Wolfpack fans can also listen on Wolfpack Sports Network with Gary Hahn and Tony Haynes calling the action.
2018 NC State basketball players
Pack Tracks
– NC State suffered its first ACC home loss on Sunday as 25th-ranked Miami defeated the Pack, 86-81. The Pack shot 54.4% for the game, its highest shooting percentage in an ACC game this season, but Miami shot 57.6%, including 10-of-19 from three-point range to win. Omer Yurtseven led the Pack with 28 points, one shy of his career-high, while Markell Johnson passed out a career-high 14 assists. The 14 assists are the third-most by an individual in PNC Arena history.
Omer Yurtseven was named ACC Co-Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 25 points a game on 65.6% shooting against Wake Forest and Miami. Yurtseven had 22 points, eight rebounds and 1 block in the win over Wake Forest on Thursday. On Sunday, he had 28 points on 12-of-16 shooting and added six rebounds and two blocked shots.
– Over the last five games, Yurtseven is averaging 20.2 points per game on 61.1% (44-of-72) shooting. During the last five games, Yurtseven has led the Pack in scoring and rebounding four times.
– The Pack has used seven different starting lineups in 20 games this season. Torin Dorn is the only player to start every game for NC State this year.

Yurtseven Finding Comfort Level in Sophomore Season
NC State sophomore center Omer Yurtseven came to college last season as a consensus five-star player, but the Istanbul, Turkey native had an up-and-down season as a freshman. After a 12-point, 16-rebound performance against Pittsburgh on Jan., 17, the seven-footer never scored more than 10 points or had more than five rebounds in a game the rest of his rookie season. Now, as a sophomore a confident Yurtseven is becoming the No. 1 priority on opposing team’s scouting reports.
– On the season, ranks second on the team in scoring (13.6), rebounding (6.7) and field goal percentage (61.5%) and first in blocks (36).
– In seven ACC games, leading the team in scoring (16.7), rebounding (6.8), blocks (14) and field goal percentage (56.5%).
– The sophomore has been more involved in offensive end of floor this season. As a freshman, Yurtseven averaged 5.3 field goal attempts per game. This season he is averaging 9.4 field goal attempts per game.
– Yurtseven has 92 field goal attempts in seven ACC games this season. He only had 83 field goal attempts in 17 ACC games as a freshman.
– In four ACC home games, Yurtseven is averaging 23.8 points on 64.1% shooting (41-of-64), including 50% (7-of-14) from three-point range. Also averaging 6.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.
– Yurtseven had a career-high 29 points on 12-of-18 shooting, including 5-of-6 from three-point range in win over #19 Clemson on 1/11.
– One of 20 student-athletes to the preseason watch list for this year’s Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award.

Constant Defensive Pressure leading to Opponent Turnovers
NC State head coach Kevin Keatts came to Raleigh promising that his program would pressure the opponents full court and create turnovers.
– The Pack has forced half its opponents this season into 16+-turnovers. Four times, the Pack has forced opponents into 20 or more turnovers in a single game. The last NC State team to force opponents into 20 or more turnovers four times in a season was the 2009-10 team. The last seven NC State teams (2010-11 team through 2016-17 team) only twice forced opponents into 20 turnovers (2010-11 team forced East Carolina into 20 turnovers on 11/18/10 and 2016-17 team forced Virginia Tech into 20 turnovers on 1/4/17). In Keatts first four games at NC State, his teams forced opponents into 21 (VMI), 24 (Charleston Southern), 27 (Bryant) and 22 (Presbyterian) turnovers.
– The 27 turnovers NC State forced Bryant into on Nov. 14 are the most turnovers the Pack has forced an opponent to commit since Mount St. Mary’s had 27 on Nov. 22, 2002.
– In the first four games this season, the Pack forced its opponents into more turnovers than made field goals.
– In 20 games, the Pack has forced 312 turnovers. The 15.6 turnovers forced per game ranks 49th in NCAA Dl and are the most forced turnovers by a team from the ACC.
– NC State recorded 14 steals in the win over Bryant on Nov. 14. It’s the most steals in a game for NC State since the Pack had 16 steals in a win over Boston College on Jan. 19, 2012. It was a 192 game span between 14+-steal games for the Pack. NC State has 159 steals in 20 games this season, a mark that ranks second in the ACC and 49th overall in NCAA DI.
Lennard Freeman
Healthy Freeman Having Best Offensive Season of Career
NC State senior Lennard Freeman had offseason leg surgery prior to the 2015-16 season and after playing through pain, elected to have offseason leg surgery again prior to the 2016-17 season and sat out the year to recover.
– A career 3.6 points per game average coming into the season, Freeman has reset his career-high three times this season and is averaging 10.5points per game through 19 games. He opened the year with 15 points against VMI, had 20 against Bryant and then had 23 in the Pack’s win against Presbyterian.
– Freeman is shooting a team-best 67.5 percent from the field this season. Freeman would lead the ACC in FG percentage, but falls short of the minimum number of field goal makes to rank among ACC leaders.
– In 103 career games coming into this season, Freeman had only scored in double figures six times, he’s scored in double figures in 10 of 20 games this season.
– The game against Presbyterian on Nov. 16 was the 107th career game for Freeman. It was the first time in those 107 games that Freeman led NC State in scoring. Freeman led the Pack in scoring for the second time in his career with 19 points in a 103-71 win over South Carolina State on Dec. 2.

Winning the Turnover Battle
– The Pack is +67 in turnover margin. Pack has forced 302 turnovers and only turned it over themselves 230 times. +67 turnover margin is the second-best in the ACC. Major turnaround from last year. Last season, NC State finished the season -67 in turnover margin.

Freshman Braxton Beverly Shining in Freshman Season
– Freshman guard Braxton Beverly has seen his production go up as the Hazard, Ky. native has gotten more comfortable playing at the college level this season. Beverly wasn’t cleared to play for NC State this season until Tuesday, Nov. 14 after initially being declared ineligible by the NCAA.
– Beverly currently ranks second in the ACC with a 2.79 assist-to-turnover ratio. The freshman guard has had only two games this season with more turnovers than assists and has had one turnover or fewer in nine of the 18 games he’s played in this season.
– After only having 10 assists in the first six games of the season (1.7 per game), Beverly has 68 assists in the last 12 games (5.7 per game)
– For the season, Beverly is shooting 36.5 percent from three-point range, but he has been feast or famine from three-point range this season. He has not connected on a three-pointer in six of 18 games this season. In those six  games he is a combined 0-for-19 from three-point range. In the 12 games he’s made a three-pointer, he is averaging to hit 2.6 per game and is shooting 47.0% (31-for-66) from long-range.

Clutch Free Throw Shooting for Freshman Beverly
Freshman guard Braxton Beverly has been Mr. Clutch at the foul line late in close games this season. The Hazard, Ky., native is 24-of-27 (88.9%) from the foul line with less than four minutes left in the second half.
– In the win over No. 2 Arizona, Beverly went 7-for-9 from the foul line in the closing minutes. He knocked down two free throws with 3:21 left to give the Pack an 80-75 lead, made two more with 2:02 left to go up 84-76 and knocked down two more free throws with 1:48 to play to give NC State an 86-76 lead.
– In the win over Penn State, Beverly made two free throws with :52 seconds left to give the Pack a 79-74 lead. He made two more with :30 seconds left to give NC State an 82-76 lead.
– In the win over Clemson, Beverly made two free throws with :09 seconds remaining to give NC State a 78-73 lead. The Pack won the game 78-77 when Clemson missed a free throw with :01 second left.
– For the season, Beverly is shooting 89.5% (34-of-38) from the foul line and has hit 18 straight free throws.

70 is the Magic Number
When the Pack scores 70 or more points this season, NC State is 13-2. When the Pack scores 69 or fewer points, NC State is 0-5.

Shooting Success for Pack Trio
– NC State’s Torin Dorn, Lennard Freeman and Omer Yurtseven have all been efficient scorers for the Pack this season.
– Dorn is shooting 54.1 percent from the field this season (99-for-183) and has shot 50 percent or better in 13 of 20 games.
– Freeman is shooting 67.5 percent from the field this season (79-for-117) and has shot 50 percent or better in every game, but three this season.
– Yurtseven is shooting 61.5 percent from the field this season (115-for-187) and has shot 50 percent or better in 16 of 20 games, including 15 of the last 17 games.

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