#7 NC STATE vs #2 SYRACUSE Preview (ACC Tournament Edition)

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Time: 7:00 pm
TV: ACCN, ESPN
Announcers:

Survive and Advance. That’s exactly what the Pack did last night by hanging on until the final 2 minutes and then pulling away at the end. The Pack showed something at the end of the game that they’ve lacked all season, mental toughness. After the Pack gave up the lead they buckled down and played smart ball and executed very well down the stretch. Now, the Pack gave up the lead because of mental breakdowns with inbounding, lazy passes, completely losing their men on defense, so don’t take this as they’ve turned any corner but it appears they were able to collect themselves and finish the game which is something they haven’t done often this year.

Miami Recap:

The Pack once again struggled on defense, giving up 44% Offensive Rebounding, making a team who struggles to shoot the ball effectively to make it look so dang easy, and many times players completely losing track of their man. The ironic part is it was their ability to cause TO’s that was a big factor in the win tonight.

Miami pushed, shoved, and grabbed Warren all night long and while it slowed him down he was still a monster out there but he needed help and it came in the form of Ralston Turner who was en fuego at times. Turner will never be uttered by anyone as a defensive player so his ability to score last night helped because as great as Warren is someone, several someones, need to be able to put the ball in the basket.

Survive and Advance to Friday night for a rematch against the Orange. I’m not going to rehash the end of game, there are enough threads on the site for that, what I’m going to cover first is what happened during the rest of the 39:45 of the game.

Syracuse Review:

NC State came in with a great gameplan to beat the Orange and it worked…sort of. The Orange only play 5 guys, yes a 6th man plays about 15 minutes but when you get down to it there are only 5 guys really involved, so no fresh legs coming in to spell or give them a shot in the arm of energy from the bench. The Pack was able to make it difficult for the Orange to score, holding them to a sub-100 ORtg, forcing bad shots, and limiting their offensive rebounding. On top of that they were able to effectively minimize Fair and Ennis by holding them to 20 pts collectively and both to a sub-80 ORtg. The Pack failed on offense though. They got a great game from Washington and Turner provided some help, while Warren was having an average day by his standards. Usually that would be enough to win but Syracuse is a Top 10 team and everyone needs to contribute, especially when scoring even if it’s only 6-8 points. So what was the unknown in the game that had a serious impact on the final outcome? Rakeem Christmas. Christmas not only doesn’t score much per game but he doesn’t even look to shoot each game, usually about 6 ppg from about 4 shots. The Pack had no answer for Christmas who appeared to be shooting into a basket twice as large as everyone else. Add on top of it he was a monster on the boards and seriously effected the Pack’s inside game. When Christmas wasn’t blocking shots he was altering them and for a team who gets their points from 2 ft in that explains a lot.

Friday’s Matchup

Congrats Pack, you’re effectively secured yourself a bid in the NIT by beating the Canes. Beating the Orange won’t get you into the tournament but you’ll be a lot closer to the bubble. If you can go out there and execute the same gameplan as last time except this time come up with an answer to Christmas, maybe box him out with Anya while the Pack is on offense. I’m begging everyone to please help Warren out, he can’t do it alone. Also, please try and focus for the full 40 minutes.

ADVANTAGE

Predictor
Because the Pack has gotten exactly what they’ve needed so far in seeding and matchups in order to give them the best chance of making the bubble, I predict NCStateShit happens tonight. We’ll see it. It’ll come in some form and everyone will recognize it for what it is.

KenPom likes the Orange by 7.

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  • #45970

    1.21 Jigawatts
    Keymaster

    Time: 7:00 pm TV: ACCN, ESPN Announcers: Survive and Advance. That’s exactly what the Pack did last night by hanging on until the final 2 minutes and
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    #45993

    Wulfpack
    Participant

    Something tells me we are going to win this one. Cuse has limped to the finish line, and Warren is unstoppable. If Turner is hitting like he was last night, watch out.

    I would not feel good, however, about a match up with Duke.

    #45995

    wufpup76
    Participant

    You should have picked us to win by 100 points.

    Why not?!

    If ever there was a ‘throw the kitchen sink at them’, this is it. Absolutely nothing to lose.

    #46001

    1.21 Jigawatts
    Keymaster

    You should have picked us to win by 100 points.

    Why not?!

    If ever there was a ‘throw the kitchen sink at them’, this is it. Absolutely nothing to lose.

    As for myself everytime I think and say the Pack will win they fail to realize a game was being played that day. If I bad mouth them or call a player out for poor performances suggesting their time be reduced they come out like gangbusters and shock us all with their play. So I’ll continue to predict losses.

    It’s only weird if it doesn’t work.

    #46002

    BJD95
    Keymaster

    YAYYYYYYY, Hipster Cat pic!!!!!

    #46004

    1.21 Jigawatts
    Keymaster

    Did you miss the BSW pic next to Buckets?

    #46006

    wufpup76
    Participant

    It’s only weird if it doesn’t work.

    True that, sir.

    #46007

    nav
    Participant

    State by 35. Why the hell not. Warren with 45 and Turner with 22.

    #46012

    mak4dpak
    Participant

    Maybe we declare this officially payback weekend. We owed Miami for the miserable loss at home. And we certainly owe Syracuse for blowing the game, then probably Duke, then UVA. Here’s to PAYBACK!

    #46013

    JohnGalt78
    Participant

    I’m really liking the “score your jersey” approach adopted by TJ and WBS last night:

    Cat 2
    Dez 5
    Freeman 10
    WBS 12
    Vandy 14
    An YEA! 21
    RTO-BSW 22
    Da Man 24
    KW 32
    142

    We hold em to 42 and there’s your 100 pt margin. Nothin to it!

    #46019

    wilmwolf80
    Participant

    I hope the team is prepared to play 5 on 8 the rest of the way. No way we get a fair shake tonight with the possibility of another Duke vs. Cuse match-up in play. The guys are going to need to play defense with their hands behind their backs, and even that might not be enough (see TJ’s fourth foul last night). I know we could win in a fair fight, and I still think we can win tonight, but the deck is going to be stacked against us for sure.

    #46024

    bill.onthebeach
    Participant

    Great TEAM Game by our Kids..

    Tonight … we just need to do the same and fix these red numbers….
    The Old Ghosts are in the Greensboro Coliseum!

    v. Miami… 3/13/14
    FGm – FGa – %
    Cuz 9- 18 50.0%
    Turner 7- 12 58.3%
    Lee 1- 2 50.0%
    Washington 2- 4 50.0%
    Everybody Else 5- 17 29.4%
    Team 24- 53 45.3%

    Rebounding
    Miami 30
    Pack 24

    Key Stats
    11 Assists by Barber and Lewis
    15 Turnovers by Miami
    8 steals by Pack

    Under the radar…
    Barber — 7 assists, 0 turnovers, only took 5 shots –made 2 in 22 minutes

    GOTT & Company grabbed the chessboard early and never gave it back…

    #ForEighteenYears? #WeGottDis.pack! #STATEment
    #46029

    BJD95
    Keymaster

    Did you miss the BSW pic next to Buckets?

    Shit, I totally did. That. Is. Awesome.

    #46038

    nav
    Participant

    Since I’m dreaming here, WHEN State beats Cuse tonight, does anyone here have a prediction on where our RPI might site?

    Baby steps, baby steps

    #46039

    ILPackfan
    Participant

    Well heck, I’m going to go with whipping Syracuse, Duke, and trouncing UNC in the final for the first ACC title since 1987. The Pack enters the NCAA with the automatic bid as a 9 seed, gets to the next round, upsets the #1 seed (probably Florida), and moves on to the Final Four.

    OR….

    The Pack wins the NIT title in 2014. Whichever.

    #46040

    nav
    Participant

    I also assume we want FSU to lose so that opens up one more possible NCAA at-large spot.

    #46043

    1.21 Jigawatts
    Keymaster

    FSU is an engima because them beating UVA makes them State’s 3rd Top 50 win (they are currently #51) but at the same time they are another bubble team ahead of the Pack.

    #46044

    1.21 Jigawatts
    Keymaster

    Any crazy superstitions out there people will be doing for the game to ensure a Pack victory?

    Remember, “It’s only weird if it doesn’t work.”

    #46046

    RedReid
    Participant

    I just wish Cat and Tyler could combine to be more of a scoring threat. If that happened it would open our offense up so much more. It hurts to know that we have two Micky D’s point guards that don’t shoot very well as of right now. I just feel it’s a confidence problem and that they are both capable of being efficient scorers.

    #46047

    redcanine
    Participant

    ^^I’m gonna get zooted off these NORCOs. It worked last night…

    BTW, who did we play?

    #46050

    VaWolf82
    Keymaster

    Since I’m dreaming here, WHEN State beats Cuse tonight, does anyone here have a prediction on where our RPI might site?

    It doesn’t matter. State needs top-quality, eye-opening wins. If State gets two Top-25 wins, RPI won’t be a problem.

    #46051

    Rick
    Keymaster

    BSW is going full Ralston Turner Overdrive tonight.

    #46053

    flattop83
    Participant

    ^ Ralston Turner Overdrive – excellent!

    #46058

    wilmwolf80
    Participant

    Any crazy superstitions out there people will be doing for the game to ensure a Pack victory?

    Remember, “It’s only weird if it doesn’t work.”

    My only thing for games this years is to not listen to the announcers. I play music during the game instead. Oh, and drink good quality bourbon, can’t forget the bourbon. I don’t know if those things really qualify as superstitions, but it helps my enjoyment of the game immensely.

    #46071

    redcanine
    Participant

    What’s Jerami Grant’s health status?

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