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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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Thousands cheer as UNC basketball team returns to Smith Center after winning national championship http://chathamjournal.com/2017/04/06/thousands-cheer-unc-basketball-champions/ Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:48:58 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7533 by Will Rimer Chapel Hill, NC – More than 10,000 fans cheered and celebrated as the North Carolina men’s basketball team returned home to the Dean E. Smith Center Tuesday evening, a day after beating Gonzaga 71-65 to win the…

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by Will Rimer

Chapel Hill, NC – More than 10,000 fans cheered and celebrated as the North Carolina men’s basketball team returned home to the Dean E. Smith Center Tuesday evening, a day after beating Gonzaga 71-65 to win the National Championship.

Coach Roy Williams, who became just the sixth head basketball coach in the country with at least three national titles, told the crowd that each basketball season is a different journey and this season has been so satisfying for the players, staff and fans.

“We’ve had some good teams,” Williams said. “Now we have the best team.”

Williams, six players, Chancellor Carol L. Folt and athletics director Bubba Cunningham took turns praising the team and the fans, some of whom sported new 2017 national championship T-shirts at the welcome-home celebration.

“Coach, I know you never compare yourself to Coach Dean Smith,” Folt said. “I’m pretty sure he’s watching right now and is so proud of your legacy and history. Thank you.”

Folt also thanked the players and staff for being fantastic representatives of the University. She also praised Tar Heel nation — “the best fans ever,” she said.

Seniors Nate Britt, Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks and juniors Joel Berry, Justin Jackson and Theo Pinson also thanked the fans for tremendous and continued support, which they said helped motivate them to win the championship.

“We said we were going to bring it back, and y’all see that thing right there,” Pinson said, pointing to the championship trophy, leading to one of many raucous ovations from the crowd.

Tuesday’s celebration came exactly one year after the Tar Heels lost to Villanova in heartbreaking fashion on a last-second shot in the 2016 NCAA championship game.

“One year ago today was a very difficult time for us. There’s no doubt about it,” said Williams, who won his 76th NCAA Tournament game Monday out of the 100 he’s coached.

Last year’s disappointing ending was a big motivator for the team’s success this year.

“I asked them to use it as fuel, and they did that,” Williams said.

Players openly spoke about wanting redemption for last year’s loss, which they said put more pressure on themselves to succeed this season.

Each basketball season is a different journey with a different destination. From the outset, this team had chosen its destination — to be back in the NCAA title game and to have the confetti fall on them this time.

Last year, the team finished 33-7 and as runners-up in the NCAA Tournament. This year the team finished 33-7, but they are champions.

“We’re right where we want to be,” Williams said.

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UNC fans to welcome home the champion Tar Heels on Tuesday http://chathamjournal.com/2017/04/04/unc-fans-welcome-home-tar-heels-tuesday/ Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:41:44 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7529 Chapel Hill,NC – North Carolina will hold a welcome reception for the 2017 NCAA champion men’s basketball team on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Smith Center.  Doors will open at 5 p.m.  Admission is free and open to the…

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Chapel Hill,NC – North Carolina will hold a welcome reception for the 2017 NCAA champion men’s basketball team on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Smith Center.  Doors will open at 5 p.m.  Admission is free and open to the public. Concessions and Final Four merchandise will be available.

Celebration Public Parking

Public parking on campus is limited prior to 5 p.m. due to weekday business and academic use.  Limited parking will be available, in the following locations, but fans are encouraged to carpool, use the free celebration shuttles, walk or bike.

Public Parking is available in the following lots:

Manning Lot

Bowles Lot

Business School Deck

Craige Deck

Jackson Deck

Cardinal Deck

Disability Parking is available at Williamson Lot (shuttle to “A” Doors provided at no charge)

Celebration Shuttles

Carolina Livery will operate free shuttle service from two parking lots off Highway 54 and Friday Center Drive beginning at 5 p.m.  Shuttles will drop-off directly in front of the Smith Center until approximately 10 minutes after the start of the Welcome Home ceremony.  Return service to the two designated park and ride locations will commence approximately 30 minutes after the start of the ceremony.  Shuttle service from the Smith Center to the park and ride Lot will discontinue approximately 30 minutes after the end of the ceremony.

Campus Weekday Transit

Local and regional transit services will operate as normal on Tuesday, with the exception of a brief route reversal along Bowles Drive.  Because parking is limited on campus prior to 5 p.m., local transit may service as a viable option to parking on campus or riding the special celebration shuttles.

See the various transit service links for route information:

P2P Express Route

Chapel Hill Transit / Safe Ride Route

GoTriangle

Robertson Scholar Express (RSX)

Traffic Alert

Traffic along Fordham Boulevard, Columbia Street and Manning Drive is generally heavy between 3 and 5 p.m. due to normal weekday end of workday travel.  Traffic on Tuesday is expected to be heavier than normal due to additional celebration traffic. For this reason, fans are encouraged to carpool, or use alternate travel methods to limit the additional traffic. Advance planning and patience is appreciated to help Traffic Control Officers and Police Officers move traffic as expediently and safely as possible.

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ACC announces 2017 All-ACC Basketball team and postseason awards http://chathamjournal.com/2017/03/05/acc-announces-conference-team-postseason-awards/ Mon, 06 Mar 2017 04:23:21 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7354 Greensboro, NC – Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year Justin Jackson of North Carolina leads the official 2016-17 season award winners and All-ACC basketball team announced by the league on Sunday. Jackson, a junior from Tomball, Texas, was the…

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Greensboro, NC – Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year Justin Jackson of North Carolina leads the official 2016-17 season award winners and All-ACC basketball team announced by the league on Sunday.

Jackson, a junior from Tomball, Texas, was the choice of 24 members of the voting panel (15 ACC head coaches, selected media) that cast ballots for this year’s postseason honors. Wake Forest’s John Collins placed second with 15 votes.

The voting panel selected NC State’s Dennis Smith Jr. as the ACC Freshman of the Year.  Georgia Tech’s Josh Pastner was voted the ACC Coach of the Year, while Virginia Tech’s Seth Allen earned recognition as Sixth Man of the Year. Wake Forest’s Collins was voted the ACC’s Most Improved Player, and Georgia Tech junior Ben Lammers received the nod as the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
Jackson and Collins are joined on the All-ACC first team by Duke sophomore Luke Kennard, Notre Dame junior Bonzie Colson and Louisville sophomore Donovan Mitchell. Jackson, Kennard and Colson are also among the 15 college players that were named to the John R. Wooden Award national ballot on Saturday.
 
The 6-foot-8 Jackson is seventh among ACC scorers at 18.3 points per game, and his 85 field goals from 3-point range rank second in the conference.  Jackson also averaged 4.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game while helping lead the Tar Heels to a 26-6 overall record, the ACC regular-season title and the No. 1 seed for this week’s New York Life ACC Tournament at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Jackson has posted 16 games this season of 20-or-more points and has led UNC in scoring in 13 of the last 19 games. He has connected on at least five 3-point shots in five games this season and has 11 games with at least four made 3-pointers.
Duke’s Kennard is the only unanimous selection to this year’s All-ACC first team and leads the conference in scoring at 20.1 points per game. The Franklin, Ohio, sophomore ranks second among ACC players in 3-point field goal percentage (.450), sixth in overall field goals percentage (.504) and fourth in free-throw percentage (.847). He has scored in double figures in 30 of Duke’s 31 game, eclipsing the 20-point mark a team-high 16 times and registering three games of 30-or-more points.
Wake Forest’s Collins leads the ACC in field goal percentage (.623), ranks third among conference scorers with 19.1 points per game and is second in rebounding with 9.8 per contest. After averaging 7.3 points and 3.9 rebounds while starting one game as a freshman in 2015-16, Collins is a major reason the Demon Deacons (18-12) enter this year’s New York Life ACC Tournament on a high note and with a strong case for NCAA Tournament consideration. The West Palm Beach, Florida, sophomore has been a model of consistency, scoring 20-or-more points in 12 consecutive games late in the season – tops in the ACC this year and the most at Wake Forest in more than four decades. He has posted double-doubles in 15 games.
Notre Dame’s Colson leads all ACC players with 18 double-doubles this season, including 10 in conference play. The 6-foot-5 junior from New Bedford, Massachusetts, leads the league in rebounding at 10.4 per game and is the 10th leading scorer at 17.0 points per game. In leading the Fighting Irish to a 23-8 overall mark and a No. 3 ACC Tournament seed, Colson has posted seven 20-point, 10-rebound performances this year. All seven of those performances have come against Power 5 conference teams, including four ACC opponents.
Louisville’s Mitchell averages 15.9 points per game while leading the ACC in steals with 2.13 per outing, and the sophomore has been at his best during the stretch run of the regular season. Over the last 18 games, Mitchell is averaging 19.2 points per game and has made 55-of-132 3-point field goal attempts (.417). He has scored in double figures 23 times this season. The Greenwich, Connecticut, native has scored at least 16 points in 10 of his last 11 games and has nine 20-point games this season.
 

After being overwhelmingly chosen as the ACC preseason Freshman of the Year by the league’s media members last October, NC State’s Smith met expectations by ranking fifth among ACC scorers with 18.5 points per game and leading the league in assists with 6.3 per contest. Smith has also registered 60 steals in 31 games (1.94 per game), second among ACC players in that category. The Fayetteville, North Carolina, native became the only player in conference history to register two triple-doubles in the same season and has scored at least 30 points in an ACC-best four games.

Smith is joined on the All-ACC second team by Florida State’s Dwayne Bacon (16.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg), Georgia Tech’s Lammers (14.6 ppg, 9.2 rpg), North Carolina’s Joel Berry II (15.1 ppg, 3.7 apg) and Virginia’s London Perrantes (12.8 ppg, 3.9 apg).
Pitt’s Michael Young (19.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg), Clemson’s Jaron Blossomgame (17.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg), Syracuse’s Andrew White III (17.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg), Miami’s Davon Reed (15.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg) and Duke’s Jayson Tatum (16.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg) comprise the All-ACC third team.
Georgia Tech’s Pastner, who won 167 games in his seven seasons at head coach at Memphis, was chosen the ACC Coach of the Year in his first year with the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech began the season having lost its top four scorers from the last season’s squad that tied for 11th place in the ACC and was tabbed for a next-to-last finish in the league’s preseason media poll. Instead, Pastner’s team will open play in the ACC Tournament on Tuesday following a 17-win regular season that includes victories over nationally-ranked conference opponents North Carolina, Florida State and Notre Dame.
Virginia Tech’s Allen has come off the bench in 24 of the 29 games in which he has appeared, averaging 13.1 points, 3.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds while playing close to 29 minutes per contest. The redshirt senior from Woodbridge, Virginia, has scored in double-figures 21 times and enters the New York Life ACC Tournament with 20-or-more points in three of his last seven games. Allen played pivotal roles in both Virginia Tech’s one-point wins over Clemson with a big steal and a 3-pointer in the final 1:31 in a road win Jan. 22 and the game-winning shot with 3.8 seconds left at Blacksburg on Feb. 21.
Georgia Tech’s Lammers leads the ACC and ranks third nationally with 3.32 blocked shots per game (103 in 31 games). The 6-foot-10 native of San Antonio, Texas, is third among ACC rebounders, with over two-thirds of his 284 total rebounds coming at the defensive end. Lammers has also been a reliable inside defender for the Yellow Jackets, who have limited their opponents to a collective .398 shooting percentage from the floor and 67 points per game.
NC State’s Smith and Duke’s Tatum are joined on the All-ACC Freshman Team by Florida State’s Jonathan Isaac (12.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg), Georgia Tech’s Josh Okogie (15.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg) and Boston College’s Ky Bowman (14.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg).
Virginia’s Isaiah Wilkins, Louisville’s Mitchell, Miami’s Reed, Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Duke’s Matt Jones join Georgia Tech’s Lammers on the 2016-17 All-ACC Defensive Team.
 
2016-17 All-ACC Teams, Honors
All-Atlantic Coast Conference
(5 points per 1st team vote, 3 points per 2nd team vote, 1 point per 3rd team vote)
 
FIRST TEAM                   School                      Points
Luke Kennard                   Duke                             *265
Justin Jackson                  North Carolina              256
John Collins                      Wake Forest                  255
Bonzie Colson                  Notre Dame                   253
Donovan Mitchell           Louisville                      231
 
SECOND TEAM                                                              
Dwayne Bacon                 Florida State                  141
Dennis Smith Jr.              NC State                          126
Ben Lammers                   Georgia Tech                 109
Joel Berry II                      North Carolina              102
London Perrantes            Virginia                             90
 
THIRD TEAM                                                                 
Michael Young                 Pittsburgh                        85
Jaron Blossomgame       Clemson                           67
Andrew White III             Syracuse                           67
Davon Reed                      Miami                               66
Jayson Tatum                   Duke                                  51
 
ALL-HONORABLE MENTION (10-or-more points)                  
Kennedy Meeks               North Carolina                34
Matt Farrell                      Notre Dame                     25
Zach LeDay                       Virginia Tech                   24
Jerome Robinson            Boston College                23
Jonathan Isaac                  Florida State                    20
Seth Allen                          Virginia Tech                   18
Jamel Artis                        Pittsburgh                        17
V.J. Beachem                    Notre Dame                     12
Steve Vasturia                  Notre Dame                     11
Tyler Lydon                     Syracuse                           10
                                                                                           
ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM                                                  
Ben Lammers                   Georgia Tech                   50
Isaiah Wilkins                 Virginia                             41
Donovan Mitchell           Louisville                         39
Davon Reed                      Miami                               25
Xavier Rathan-Mayes     Florida State                    19
Matt Jones                         Duke                                  19
                                                                                           
ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM                                                  
Dennis Smith                   NC State                            51
Jonathan Isaac                  Florida State                    51
Jayson Tatum                   Duke                                  50
Josh Okogie                      Georgia Tech                   49
Ky Bowman                      Boston College                32
                                                                                           
ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR                                          
Justin Jackson                  North Carolina                24
John Collins                      Wake Forest                    15
Bonzie Colson                  Notre Dame                        8
Luke Kennard                   Duke                                    5
Donovan Mitchell           Louisville                           1
 
ACC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR                                   
Dennis Smith                   NC State                            36
Jayson Tatum                   Duke                                    8
Josh Okogie                      Georgia Tech                      3
Ky Bowman                      Boston College                  3
Jonathan Isaac                  Florida State                       3
                                                                                           
ACC COACH OF THE YEAR                                             
Josh Pastner                     Georgia Tech                   24
Roy Williams                   North Carolina                   8
Mike Brey                         Notre Dame                        7
Leonard Hamilton           Florida State                       4
Danny Manning               Wake Forest                       3
Buzz Williams                 Virginia Tech                     3
Jim Larrañaga                   Miami                                  2
Rick Pitino                        Louisville                           2
                                                                                           
ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR                  
Ben Lammers                   Georgia Tech                   37
Isaiah Wilkins                 Virginia                               6
Kamari Murphy               Miami                                  4
Matt Jones                         Duke                                    3
Xavier Rathan-Mayes     Florida State                       1
Dennis Smith                   NC State                               1
Steve Vasturia                  Notre Dame                        1
                                                                                           
ACC MOST IMPROVED                                               
John Collins                      Wake Forest                    26
Ben Lammers                   Georgia Tech                   15
Matt Farrell                      Notre Dame                        9
Justin Jackson                  North Carolina                   1
Luke Kennard                   Duke                                    1
Donovan Mitchell           Louisville                           1
                                                                                           
ACC SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR                                   
Seth Allen                          Virginia Tech                   43
Tadric Jackson                 Georgia Tech                      4
Frank Jackson                  Duke                                    3
Marcquise Reed               Clemson                              2
Markell Johnson              NC State                               1
 
*Denotes unanimous

 

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ACSMA announces 2017 All-ACC Basketball teams and individual awards http://chathamjournal.com/2017/03/05/acsma-announces-2017-acc-basketball-teams-individual-awards/ Mon, 06 Mar 2017 04:08:48 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7349 Lewisville, NC – ACC Player of the Year Justin Jackson leads the 2016-17 Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) post-season awards and all-conference team announced on Sunday. Jackson was named on 20 of 49 ACSMA ballots to win the Player…

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Lewisville, NC – ACC Player of the Year Justin Jackson leads the 2016-17 Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) post-season awards and all-conference team announced on Sunday.

Jackson was named on 20 of 49 ACSMA ballots to win the Player of the Year award and was a unanimous choice for the All-ACC first team, along with Duke sophomore Luke Kennard. Wake Forest sophomore finished second in the Player of the Year voting, with 14 votes. He also made the All-ACC first team, along with Notre Dame junior Bonzie Colson and Louisville sophomore Donovan Mitchell.

Georgia Tech’s Josh Pastner won Coach of the Year honors in his first season in the ACC, edging out North Carolina’s Roy Williams, 15 votes to 14. Yellow Jackets junior Ben Lammers was voted Defensive Player of the Year, Virginia Tech’s Zach LeDay was named Sixth Man of the Year and Collins was voted Most Improved Player.

Jackson, a junior from Tomball, TX, finished seventh in the ACC in scoring, averaging 18.3 points per game. He was second in the conference with 2.66 3-pointers per game, in helping to lead the Tar Heels to their 31st ACC regular season championship.

Kennard, a sophomore from Franklin, OH, led the ACC in scoring, averaging 20.1 points per game. He also finished in the top ten in several other categories, including field goal percentage (sixth), 3-point field goal percentage (second), free throw percentage (fourth).

Collins, a sophomore from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, led the conference in field goal percentage (.623), finished second in rebounding (9.8) and third in scoring (19.1 ppg). He was the main reason the Demon Deacons won seven more ACC games this season than last.

Colson, a junior from New Bedford, MA, led the ACC in rebounding (10.4 rpg) and finished 10th in scoring (17.0 ppg). He was also a top ten producer in field goal percentage (fourth – .523), free throw percentage (ninth – .807) and blocked shots (sixth – 1.42 pg).

Mitchell, a sophomore from Greenwich, CT, led the league in steals (2.13) and finished 12th in scoring (15.9 ppg).

NC State freshman Dennis Smith, Jr., the ACC’s assists leader (6.26, to go along with 18.5 ppg) leads the second team. He’s joined by Pittsburgh senior Michael Young (19.9 PPG, 6.8 rpg), Florida State sophomore Dwayne Bacon (16.9 ppg), North Carolina junior Joel Berry, II (15.1 ppg) and Clemson redshirt senior Jaron Blossongame (17.3 ppg, 6.2 ppg).

The third team consists of Georgia Tech junior Ben Lammers (14.6 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 3.32 bpg), Virginia senior London Perrantes (3.9 apg), Syracuse graduate transfer Andrew White, III (17.9 ppg), North Carolina senior Kennedy Meeks (9.1 rpg) and Boston College sophomore Jerome Robinson (8.7 ppg).

Thirteen of the 15 ACC schools are represented by at least one player on the first, second and third teams. Only regular season champion North Carolina has more than one player (three, one on each team).

Lammers was the leading vote-getter for Defensive Player of the Year as well as the All-Defensive Team. He’s joined on that team by Collins, Colson, Mitchell and Virginia junior Isaiah Wilkins.

Smith is only the second NC State player to win the Freshman of the Year award and the first since Hawkeye Whitney shared the award with Duke’s Mike Gminski in 1977. He received 41 of 49 possible votes to easily outdistance Duke’s Jayson Tatum. He and Florida State’s Jonathan Isaac are joined on the All-Freshman Team by Tatum, Georgia Tech’s Josh Okogie and Miami’s Bruce Brown.

ACSMA ACC All-Conference Teams
First Team 1–2—3 Points
Justin Jackson, North Carolina (Jr.) 49–0–0 *147
Luke Kennard, Duke (Soph.) 49–0–0 *147
John Collins, Wake Forest (Soph.) 45–4–0 143
Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame (Jr.) 42–6–1 139
Donovan Mitchell, Louisville (Soph.) 35–9–1 124
*unanimous
     
Second Team 1–2—3 Points
Dennis Smith, Jr., NC State (Fr.) 5–33–7 88
Michael Young, Pittsburgh (Sr.) 6–28–10 84
Dwayne Bacon, Florida State (Soph.) 4–25–13 75
Joel Berry, II, North Carolina (Jr.) 2–25–13 69
Jaron Blossongame, Clemson (RS-Sr.) 1–17–20 57
Third Team 1–2—3 Points
Ben Lammers, Georgia Tech (Jr.) 0–16–18 52
London Perrantes, Virginia (Sr.) 2–15–15 51
Andrew White, III, Syracuse (Gr. Transfer) 1–9–17 38
Kennedy Meeks, North Carolina (Sr.) 2–11–8 36
Jerome Robinson, Boston College (Soph.) 1–5—14 27
Honorable Mention 1–2—3 Points
Jamel Artis, Pittsburgh (Sr.) 0–5—9 19
Davon Reed, Miami (Sr.) 0–4—10 18
Zach LeDay, Virginia Tech (RS-Sr.) 0–0—17 17
Jayson Tatum, Duke (Fr.) 0–5—5 15
Matt Farrell, Notre Dame (Jr.) 0–3—9 15
Jonathan Isaac, Florida State (Fr) 0–4—6 14
Grayson Allen, Duke (Jr.) 0–3—8 14
Bryant Crawford, Wake Forest (Jr.) 0–3—5 11
Tyler Lydon, Syracuse (Soph.) 0–2—7 11
Seth Allen, Virginia Tech (RS-Sr.) 0–3—4 10
Defensive Team Votes
Ben Lammers, Georgia Tech (Jr.) 46
Donovan Mitchell, Louisville (Soph.) 37
Isaiah Wilkins , Virginia (Jr.) 26
Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame (Jr.) 18
John Collins, Wake Forest (Jr.) 13
Freshman Team Votes
Jonathan Isaac, Florida State 49
Dennis Smith, Jr., NC State 49
Josh Okogie, Georgia Tech 43
Jayson Tatum, Duke 42
Bruce Brown, Miami 29
Player of the Year Votes
Justin Jackson, North Carolina (Jr.) 20
John Collins, Wake Forest (Soph.) 14
Luke Kennard, Duke (Soph.) 9
Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame (Jr.) 4
Donovan Mitchell, Louisville (Soph.) 1
Michael Young, Pittsburgh (Sr.) 1
Coach of the Year Votes
Josh Pastner, Georgia Tech 15
Roy Williams, UNC 14
Leonard, Hamilton, Florida State 8
Buzz Williams, Virginia Tech 4
Danny Manning, Wake Forest 4
Mike Brey, Notre Dame 2
Rick Pitino, Louisville 2
Defensive Player of the Year Votes
Ben Lammers, Georgia Tech (Jr.) 28
Donovan Mitchell, Louisville (Soph.) 8
Bonzie, Colson, Notre Dame (Jr.) 5
Freshman of the Year Votes
Dennis Smith, Jr. 41
Jayson Tatum, Duke 4
   
Most Improved Votes
John Collins, Wake Forest (Jr.) 23
Ben Lammers, Georgia Tech (Jr.) 9
Matt Farrell, Notre Dame (Jr.) 6
Sixth Man Votes
Zach LeDay, Virginia Tech (RS-Sr.) 20
Seth Allen, Virginia Tech (RS-Sr.) 11

 

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UNC’s Joel Berry and NCSU’s Dennis Smith Jr. are ACC Basketball Players of the Week http://chathamjournal.com/2017/01/09/uncs-joel-berry-ncsus-dennis-smith-jr-acc-basketball-players-week/ Tue, 10 Jan 2017 04:57:56 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7109 Greensboro, NC – North Carolina junior guard Joel Berry II has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week, while NC State guard Dennis Smith Jr. earned Freshman of the Week honors. The ACC weekly honor…

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Greensboro, NC – North Carolina junior guard Joel Berry II has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week, while NC State guard Dennis Smith Jr. earned Freshman of the Week honors.

The ACC weekly honor is the third of the season for Berry (also November 14 and November 28), while Smith was recognized for the second time this year (also December 19).

Berry averaged 25 points and four assists in UNC wins at Clemson (overtime) and against NC State. He scored a career-high 31 points (23 in the second half and overtime) in the win at Clemson while connecting on a career-best seven 3-pointers in 10 attempts. Berry scored 19 of UNC’s 23 points in a seven-and-a half minute stretch in the second half, during which the Tar Heels built a six-point lead. His 12 field goals against the Tigers were another career high.

Berry had 19 points and a game-high tying five assists in just 23 minutes on Sunday as he led the Tar Heels’ 51-point win over the Wolfpack, UNC’s largest ever in an ACC game. Berry scored 12 points in the first half as UNC built a 33-point lead. He was 6-for-10 from the floor, 3-for-7 on threes and 4-for-4 from the line. He added five rebounds and two steals.

Smith recorded the second triple-double in NC State history and the first in ACC history by a freshman against an ACC opponent with 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds in the Wolfpack’s 104-78 win over Virginia Tech on Wednesday. Smith, was 9-for-16 from the field in the win. Smith’s 11 rebounds were a career high, and he also had a career-high with five steals in the win. The triple-double was only the 29th by ACC player in the 64-year history of the league.

Smith closed the week with 11 points and team-highs in assists (five) and steals (three) in the Wolfpack’s loss at North Carolina. For the week, he averaged 19 points, eight assists, eight rebounds and four steals in two games.

ACC basketball weekly honors are determined by a vote of a 15-member media panel.

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Raleigh, NC – The NC State men’s basketball team is back in action Saturday as it travels to play UNC-Chapel Hill at the Dean E. Smith Center on Sunday afternoon. The contest is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET.

The game will be televised on ESPN with Dave O’Brien and Jay Bilas handling the call.

Fans can also listen to the game on the Wolfpack Sports Network with Gary Hahn and Tony Haynes calling the action.

Pack Tracks

– NC State won its ACC home-opener, 104-78, over #21/23 Virginia Tech on Wednesday night. The Pack placed four players in double-figures in the win. Three players – Dennis Smith, Jr. (27), Terry Henderson (22) and Abdul-Malik Abu (20) all scored 20+ points in the win.

– Smith, Jr., recorded the second triple in NC State history on Wednesday. The freshman finished the game with 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds. It was the first triple-double for NC State in an ACC game. Smith is the first freshmen in ACC history to record a triple-double in ACC play.

– Smith Jr., has been playing at a high level for the Pack over the past six games. The ACC’s Preseason Rookie of the Year is averaging 21.5 ppg., on 57.3% shooting (43-75), including 55.2% (16-29) from three-point range. He also has passed out 53 assists in the five games (8.8 apg.) and has 17 steals (2.8 spg.) He has led NC State in scoring in five of the last six games and has led the team in assists and steals in seven straight games entering Saturday night’s contest.

– NC State is aiming for its second-consecutive win over a ranked opponent when it plays at UNC-CH on Saturday evening. The last time the Pack won back-to-back games over ranked opponents was the 2006-07 season. NC State won at 16th-ranked Virginia Tech, 70-59, on Jan. 31, 2007 and defeated 3rd-ranked UNC-Chapel Hill, 83-79, on Feb. 3, 2007.

Noting NC State

– NC State has held six of its last seven opponents to less than 1.00 point per possession. The Pack held McNeese State to 0.77 points per possession, tying the low-mark of the season (Appalachian State – 0.77). The Pack has held an opponent to less than 1.00 points per possession eight times this season. In the first eight games, five teams shot 45% or better, including four teams that shot over 50% against the Pack defense. In the last seven games, only two teams have shot over 40% against the Pack.

– After being outrebounded in five of the first seven games of the season, the Pack has outrebounded its opponents in six of its last eight games. NC State out-rebounded its last two non-conference opponents by 43. The Pack had a season-best +28 rebounding advantage over McNeese State (55-27) on Dec. 22. NC State has outscored its opponents in second chance points in six of the last nine games. The Wolfpack limited Fairfield to a season-low two second chance points on Dec. 18.

– The Pack has had more assists than turnovers in 12 of its 15 games this season. The only games where the Pack had more turnovers than assists was at Illinois on Nov. 29,  vs. Tennessee State on Dec. 10 and at Miami on Dec. 31.

Full Squad = Major Bench Production

After playing the first nine games of the season with at least one scholarship player missing, and sometimes two or three players  missing, the Pack has had its full complement of players for the last four games. Five of the last six games have produced NC State’s highest bench point production nights of the year as the Pack has scored at least 26 points off the bench five of the last six games. The Pack had three players score in double figures off-the-bench in the win over Appalachian State on 12/15 after having only three individual double-digit scoring performances off-the-bench in the first nine games. The Pack scored 46 bench points against Appalachian State, double its previous-best season performance to that point. In the first nine games of the season, NC State’s bench scored 95 points (10.6 per game) total. The team has scored 174 points (29) off-the-bench in the last six games. The Pack has had a player score in double-figures off-the-bench in six of the last seven games.

Balanced Scoring Attack

NC State has had five or more players reach double figures in scoring in five games this season. Last season in 33 games, NC State only had three games where five players reached double figures in scoring. The Pack had five players reach double-figures in wins over Georgia Southern (Nov. 11), St. Francis Brooklyn (Nov. 13) and Fairfield (Dec. 18) and had six players in double figures in the win over Appalachian State (Dec. 15) and Rider (Dec. 28). In the Jan. 4 win over Virginia Tech, NC State had three players (Dennis Smith, Jr., Terry Henderson & Abdul-Malik Abu score 20+ points). The Pack has had four different players lead the team in scoring this season: Terry Henderson vs. Georgia Southern, Creighton, Boston University, Tennessee State and Fairfield, Torin Dorn vs. St. Francis and Illinois, Abdul-Malik Abu vs. Montana and Dennis Smith, Jr., vs. Saint Joseph’s, Loyola (Chicago), Appalachian State, McNeese State, Rider, Miami and Virginia Tech. Through 15 games this season, the Pack has five players averaging in double figures.

Smith Sets PNC Arena Assists Record

Freshman Dennis Smith, Jr., set a PNC Arena record on Wednesday, Dec. 28 when he passed out 16 assists in the Pack’s 99-71 win over Rider. The 16 assists broke the previous record of 13 which was held by NC State’s Lorenzo Brown (vs. Duke on 1/12/13) and UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kendall Marshall (vs. NC State on 2/21/12).  The 16 assists are the most in a single-game by an NCAA DI player this season.

More on Smith’s Triple-Double

– Dennis Smith Jr.’s triple-double was the second in school history. (Julius Hodge – 11pts/12reb/10ast – vs. North Carolina A&T on 12/14/02).

– His triple-double is the 17th in NCAA DI this season and the 3rd by an ACC player. He is the only ACC player this year to record his triple-double against an ACC foe.

– Smith is the 7th freshmen in ACC history to record a triple-double. He is the only one of the seven freshmen to register his triple-double against an ACC opponent.

– In addition to the triple-double, Smith also had a career-high five steals in the win over the Hokies.

Getting Their First Run with the Pack

Counting Terry Henderson (who only played the first six minutes of the season last year before being injured and lost for the year), 71.2% of the minutes (2153 of 3025 minutes) played for NC State this season have been by players that did not play for the Wolfpack last season. Not counting Henderson, the Pack has had seven players make their NC State debut this season, including five freshmen. The five freshmen have played 1192 minutes this season, 39.4% of the total minutes played on the year. The freshmen class accounts for the highest percentage of minutes played this season for NC State.

Shooting Star

Sophomore guard Torin Dorn shot 50.5% from the field as a freshman at UNC-Charlotte in 2014-15 en route to being named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year.

Through 15 games this season, Dorn is 76-of-139 (54.7%) from the field to rank 4th in the ACC in field goal percentage. Dorn is the highest ranked guard on the field goal percentage list in the ACC. He is 56-of-97 (57.7%) on two-pointers and 18-of-38 (47.4%) on three-pointers. Dorn did not miss a two-point field goal attempt in the Nov. 13 game against St. Francis. He was 8-of-8 in the game on two-pointers. He also hit his first four field goals against Montana before missing a layup late in the first half to snap his streak of 13 consecutive 2-point field goals made.

One of Top-Scoring Trios in ACC

Freshman Dennis Smith, Jr., sophomore Torin Dorn and senior Terry Henderson combine to form one of the top-scoring trios in the ACC. The trio combines to average 49.5 points per game. Overall, Dorn, Henderson and Smith have combined to score 743 points this season, which is 58.6% of the points scored by NC State this year.

 

Top Scoring Trios in ACC                                                                                                                                             

School Trio                                     PPG            Team Points

Pittsburgh – Michael Young (22.7), Jamel Artis (21.4), Cameron Johnson (12.7)       56.8

Duke – Luke Kennard (21.0), Grayson Allen (15.9), Amile Jefferson (13.8)              50.7

NC State – Dennis Smith, Jr. (19.6), Terry Henderson (16.2), Torin Dorn (13.7)                 49.5       

 

Freshmen Running the Show

Freshman point guards Dennis Smith, Jr., and Markell Johnson run the show for the Wolfpack this season. The two players combined have 133 assists and 60 turnovers in 793 minutes of action this season. The two combine to average just 1 turnover every 13.2 minutes. Johnson (35 assists/13 turnovers) has a 2.69 assist-to-turnover ratio, while Smith (98 assists/47 turnovers) has a 2.08 assist-to-turnover ratio. Through 15 games, NC State is averaging 84.5 points per game and shooting 49.8% from the field. The points per game rank fourth in the ACC, while the field goal percentage ranks second. The two freshmen also rank 1st (Smith – 32) and 2nd (Johnson – 14) on the team in steals.

 

ACC Freshman of the Week

Dennis Smith, Jr., was named the ACC Freshman of the Week on Dec. 19, after averaged 19.5 points, 7.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in two Wolfpack wins the previous week.

He scored a game-high 22 points on 5-for-8 field goal shooting and 11-for-12 shooting from the foul line to lead NC State to a 97-64 win over Appalachian State. He added a game-high six assists and had all three of the Wolfpack’s steals.

Smith scored 17 points, passed out a season-high nine assists, grabbed five rebounds and added two steals and a blocked shot in a 99-78 win over Fairfield. The Fayetteville, N.C., native was 6-for-10 from the field in the game, including 5-for-7 from 3-point range. The five 3-pointers made were a season-high. For the week, Smith was 11-for-18 (.611) from the field, including 6-for-9 (.667) from 3-point range.

 
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Video: UNC basketball locker room celebration after win over Syracuse in Final Four http://chathamjournal.com/2016/04/03/video-unc-basketball-locker-room-celebration-win-syracuse-final-four/ Sun, 03 Apr 2016 19:19:48 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6070 Houston, TX – The North Carolina Tar Heels have advanced to the National Title Game. Watch head coach Roy Williams and the UNC players celebrate in the locker room after their victory over Syracuse. This video was provided courtesy of…

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Houston, TX – The North Carolina Tar Heels have advanced to the National Title Game. Watch head coach Roy Williams and the UNC players celebrate in the locker room after their victory over Syracuse. This video was provided courtesy of @UNC_Basketball on Twitter:https://twitter.com/UNC_Basketball

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Video: Marcus Paige talks about what title would mean to Roy Williams http://chathamjournal.com/2016/04/03/video-marcus-paige-talks-title-mean-roy-williams/ Sun, 03 Apr 2016 06:35:22 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6064 Houston, TX – Marcus Paige was asked what winning the NCAA Championship would mean to head coach Roy Williams, following UNC’s win over Syracuse in the Final Four. Paige said he couldn’t imagine anything could mean more to his coach,…

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Houston, TX – Marcus Paige was asked what winning the NCAA Championship would mean to head coach Roy Williams, following UNC’s win over Syracuse in the Final Four. Paige said he couldn’t imagine anything could mean more to his coach, given the tough few years that Williams has gone through.

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Video: Roy Williams 1-on-1 after Final Four win Over Syracuse http://chathamjournal.com/2016/04/03/video-roy-williams-1-1-final-four-win-syracuse/ Sun, 03 Apr 2016 06:22:04 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6061 Houston, TX – Roy Williams spoke to Jeff Fischel of the ACC Digital Network after UNC advanced to the National Championship game with an 83-66 win over Syracuse. Williams said the team fought hard and although he would like to…

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Houston, TX – Roy Williams spoke to Jeff Fischel of the ACC Digital Network after UNC advanced to the National Championship game with an 83-66 win over Syracuse. Williams said the team fought hard and although he would like to have been more balanced, the defense and inside game were strong against the Orange.

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