NC STATE BASKETBALL
Joe Giglio (N&O)
NC State grinds out 70-57 win over Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory, whose teams are noted for their defensive intensity, noticed a difference between the Wolfpackâ€™s defense from this game and the Jan.9 win in Raleigh.
â€œWhen they are dialed in, they are pretty good,â€ Gregory said. â€œThey have all the ingredients to be a good defensive team.â€
Being dialed in on a consistent basis has been an issue for the Wolfpack this season and there was a lapse in the first half, which allowed the Jackets to make a 16-4 run to cut a 14-point lead to 32-30.â€
â€œWeâ€™re a great defensive team when we want to be,â€ Brown said.
Five times in the second half, Georgia Tech made it a two-point game but the Wolfpack never relinquished the lead, in large part because of its defense.
â€œEverybody played good defense,â€ Leslie said. â€œWe were moving, we were over here and over there and all over the court when we needed to be.â€
With Virginiaâ€™s loss earlier Sunday, the Wolfpack moved into a fourth-place tie with the Cavaliers. N.C. State would lose any tiebreaker involving the Cavaliers because of its Jan. 29 loss at Charlottesville, Va.
Gottfried is only worried about his team with another win down and two ACC games to go.
â€œThe bottom line is that weâ€™ve got to take care of what we can take care of,â€ Gottfried said. â€œSo, it really doesnâ€™t matter what anybody else does.â€
Akula Wolf (BackingthePack.com)
NC State Overcomes Poor Shooting Performance To Beat Georgia Tech, 70-57
It wasn’t exactly the epitome of sexiness, but it was NC State’s most decisive road win in conference play, and victory is all the pretty I need anyway. Georgia Tech managed to stay within a possession or two for most of the second half, but there would be no late fade for the Wolfpack this time. Beginning around the seven-minute mark, NC State went on a 10-2 run that pushed its lead to 10 points with two minutes and some change remaining. A win was far from a given at that point, but the Yellow Jackets continued to struggle from the field and couldn’t mount a serious challenge. Tyler Lewis and Lorenzo Brown combined to knock down nine free throws in the final minute, and we were left mercifully with nothing to stress about.
Richard Howell was huge in the first half, and his timing could not have been better, what with Brown, Calvin Leslie, Scott Wood shooting a combined 1-10 from the field. The Pack didn’t make a single three-pointer in the half, so it’s a bit amazing that we had the halftime lead.
Georgia Tech was able to keep close on the strength of some outstanding offensive rebounding, and one reason why State was eventually able to take control of the game was its improvement on the glass over the final 20 minutes. Tech grabbed more than half their misses in the first half, but it was limited to 29.2% in the second. Tech definitely could have used a few more opportunities–the Jackets made just nine of 28 two-pointers in the second half. That is rather not good.
NC State Stays Hot, Beats Georgia Tech 70-57
Richard Howell scored 18 points – all in the first half – and North Carolina State continued its late-season surge in the ACC by beating Georgia Tech 70-57 on Sunday.
With Howell contained in the second half, C.J. Leslie scored 11 of his 13 points in the final 20 minutes as N.C. State (21-8, 10-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) took its fifth win in its last six games. T.J. Warren had 14 points.
With the win, N.C. State moved into a tie with fourth-place Virginia in the race for one of four first-round byes in the ACC tournament. Boston College beat Virginia 53-52 on Sunday.
N.C. State led by 14 in the first half. Georgia Tech (15-13, 5-11) fought back to cut the deficit to one point late in the first half and again early in the second half, but the Yellow Jackets couldnâ€™t complete the comeback.
NC STATE BASEBALL
No. 10 NC State knocked off Coastal Carolina 5-4 to win its second extra-inning game in as many days and to extend its winning streak to 10 straight.
The Wolfpack (10-1) scored in the first, but Coastal Carolina (4-6) evened the score in the bottom half. Another exchange saw the Pack score three in the fifth before the Chanticleers chipped away with one in the bottom fifth and two in the seventh to knot it up at 4-4. State finally emerged victorious with a run in the 10th to win 5-4.
Trea Turner had the game-winning hit in a 4-for-6 performance with two runs and one RBI. Turner scored in the first to improve to 15-for-15 on scoring when reaching with less than two outs, but saw his streak snapped on his single in the 10th. Sam Morgan came through as well with a 2-for-4 game including two runs scored.
Ryan Wilkins (2-0) captured the victory with a commanding 3 2/3 innings of hitless ball to finish the game. Grant Sasser stabilized the Pack after a rocky first inning, coming in as relief and shutting out Coastal for 3 2/3 innings.
NC State returns to action on Tuesday, March 5 with a 6 p.m. road test at Elon. Fans can follow along on Twitter via @NCStateBaseball, with live stats on GoPack.com, or over the airwaves on 88.1 WKNC.
NC STATE WOMENâ€™S BASKETBALL
The NC State women’s basketball team shot 60.9 percent in the second half to bring home a 63-47 victory at Clemson on Sunday in the final game of the regular season.
NC State (15-15, 7-11 ACC) will face Clemson for a third time this season when the two meet in the first round of the ACC Tournament on Thursday, Mar. 7, at 2 p.m., in Greensboro, N.C., at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Len’Nique Brown, Markeisha Gatling and Myisha Goodwin-Coleman each scored 14 points to pace another balanced attack for the Wolfpack. Lakeesa Daniel hauled in a career-high 11 rebounds, while Brown once again led in assists with six.
Jay Coleman, Mike DuMond, & Allen Lynch
NCAA Tournament “Dance Card
Below are rankings of all NCAA Division I men’s basketball teams through the games of Thursday, February 28, 2013, according to the “Dance Card” formula developed by Jay Coleman of the University of North Florida, Mike DuMond of Charles River Associates, and Allen Lynch of Mercer University.
The Dance Card is a formula designed to predict which teams will receive at-large tournament bids from the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee. To get the rankings shown below, we have removed the historical conference-related biases found in the past committee decisions on which the Dance Card was based. In other words, if the current committee is free of the same biases, its decisions should closely match the predictions below.
Last season the “biased” Dance Card correctly predicted 35 of 37 at-large bids (95%). The “unbiased” version correctly predicted 36 of 37 bids (97%), suggesting that last year’s committee closely followed the performance-related patterns of past committees, without also showing similar historical biases.
In addition to the Dance Card value and ranking, also shown is the probability that a team with the same profile would have gotten an at-large bid in past years, if today was Selection Sunday. (Although the bubble line reflects this year’s 68-team (37 at-large bid) field, the probability shown reflects a 65-team (34 at-large bid) Tournament.) The RPI ranks are from the old RPI formula, in which wins on the road and losses at home are weighted equally. This is the version of the RPI used in the Dance Card’s development, and the version used to generate the predictions in all past years.
Rank..Team…….Dance Card…..Chance of Bid….RPI Rank
2…….. Duke……. 10.4994… 100.00%… 1
8…….. Michigan… 8.7029… 100.00%… 14
9…….. Miami FL… 8.6950… 100.00%… 3
17……. Oklahoma St……. 5.1568… 100.00%… 26
29……. North Carolina St… 3.4191… 99.97%… 27
32……. North Carolina… 3.2911… 99.95%… 23
37……. Virginia…. 2.1406… 98.38%… 61
45……. Kentucky…. 0.9004… 81.60%… 48
THE BUBBLE BURST HERE
52…… Belmont… -0.3998… 34.47%… 38
61…… Arizona St…. -2.0477… 2.03%… 68
63…… Massachusetts… -2.8544… 0.22%… 56
66…… Maryland… -3.2157… 0.07%… 65
71…… Stanford… -3.8688… 0.01%… 64
75…… Florida St…. -4.8124… 0.00%… 71
103….. St. Bonaventure… -8.8364… 0.00%… 111
111….. Georgia Tech… -10.3503… 0.00%… 104
120….. Western Michigan… -11.6616… 0.00%… 132
127….. Clemson… -12.4678… 0.00%… 135
133….. Wake Forest… -12.9366… 0.00%… 128
152….. Boston College… -15.0635… 0.00%… 112
170….. Virginia Tech… -17.8923… 0.00%… 133
Jerry Palm (CBSSports.com)
2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament Prediction
Bracket updated on: Fri Mar 1 07:41:32 2013
Projected Champion: Miami (FL) (2)
At-large bids: Duke (2), North Carolina (9), North Carolina State (8)
Joe Lunardi (ESPN.com)
Updated: March 1st, 2013
Miami (1), Duke (2), UNC (7), NCSU (8), UVA (10)