Preview: NC State vs Miami

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NC State Travels to Miami

After having the past week off, NC State returns to ACC action as the Pack heads down to Miami for a Saturday afternoon contest. This is the first meeting between the teams this season, and last year each team won on its own home court. The Pack is coming off of a 68-54 upset of then-No. 23 Wake Forest last weekend, while Miami downed Virginia, 74-62, on Tuesday at home. The game will be broadcasted on Raycom with Tim Brant and Dave Odom.

The Series Versus Miami

Saturday’s matchup will mark only the 10th meeting between NC State and Miami. The Wolfpack leads the overall series 5-4, with a perfect 4-0 record when the teams have played in Raleigh. Miami leads 3-1 in games played on the Canes home court, and Miami also won the only matchup on a neutral court. The two teams split last season’s pair of games, with NC State winning 84-81 in overtime in Raleigh and Miami claiming a 72-64 home win to close out the regular season. In 2007-08, each team claimed one win, with NC State winning in overtime in Raleigh, and then Miami claiming a win in the ACC ├é┬áTournament. The Hurricanes won the lone game in 2007, winning at home, 80-65. NC State won both games against the Hurricanes during the 2005-06 season – winning by 12 (81-69) in Raleigh and then fighting to an 86-77 double-overtime win at Coral Gables. The two squads met just once in 2004-05, Miami’s first year in the ACC. The Pack fell, 66-67 in Miami. The only other game was played in 1939-40, a 46-35 Wolfpack win in Raleigh.

Last Time Out for NC State

Five Wolfpack players finished in double figures, as NC State defeated its third ranked opponent of the season, downing No. 23 Wake Forest 68-54 at the RBC Center last Saturday. Up 28-18 at the half, NC State shot 52.2 percent in the second half, including 5-of-7 from three-point range. NC State held Wake to 34.8 percent overall shooting from the field and forced 23 turnovers. Wake went 0-of-12 from three-point range, the first time a Pack opponent has failed to hit at least one 3-pointer in 633 consecutive games, dating back to a Jan. 27, 1990 contest against Maryland. Tracy Smith led the Pack with 14 points, while Denis Horner had his second straight double-double, 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Last Season Versus Miami

Each team won on its home court last season. Julius Mays hit the game-winning three-pointer with just 2.6 seconds left in overtime, lifting NC State to an 84-81 win at the RBC Center on January 27. The Hurricanes erased a 19-point second half deficit to take a 56-53 lead with 6:56 left, but Brandon Costner would tie the score at the end of regulation with a basket with 17 seconds left, and Miami missed a game-winning three of its own. Courtney Fells set a new career-high with 24 points, hitting a career-best six three-pointers, Costner added 21 points, and Farnold Degand had seven assists. NC State hit a season-best 14 three- pointers, and for the second straight game only had 10 turnovers. NC State would go 12:22 in the second half without a field goal, missing all 12 attempts in that span, as Miami defeated the Pack 72-64 in Coral Gables on March 7. The Pack held Miami to just 25.8 percent (8-31) in the first half, and took a 30-21 lead into the locker room, but the Hurricanes would start the second half on a 10-0 run. Javier Gonzalez hit a career-best five three-pointers, and led the Pack with 19 points. Courtney Fells sat out the game with a groin injury, and Trevor Ferguson replaced him in the lineup and scored five points in 25 minutes. Ferguson held Miami’s Jack McClinton to just 3-of-15 from the field, but McClinton hit all 16 free throw attempts and finished with a game-high 24 points.

Pack Strong Against Ranked Foes

NC State has fared well against ranked opponents this season, as the Pack has gone 3-2 in such games. The Pack pulled off wins at No. 25 Florida State and at home against No. 7 Duke and No. 23 Wake Forest (by a combined 35 points), and its two losses (No. 24 Clemson and No. 21 Georgia Tech) were by a combined five points. The Pack took out a pair of ranked opponents and came close to winning a third such game, all in a span of eight days in mid-January. The Pack faced three straight ranked foes, going 2-1 in those games. NC State started the stretch with a 88-81 win at No. 25 Florida State on January 12. The Pack returned home, and despite cutting a 18-point second half deficit down to one late in the game, fell 73-70 to No. 24 Clemson on January 16. The Pack then turned right around, and claimed a 88-74 win over No. 7 Duke on January 20, tying as the second-highest ranked foe Coach Lowe has beaten in his four seasons. NC State made another comeback run at No. 21 Georgia Tech, coming back from 13 down with 3:32 left, but fell 73-71 after a couple of misses in the final 10 seconds. Most recently, the Pack ended a seven game ACC losing streak with a 68-54 win over No. 23 Wake Forest at home on February 20. NC State’s three wins over ranked opponents this season have been an improvement from last year’s 1-6 mark against top-25 squads. In Coach Lowe’s first three seasons, the Pack complied a record of 6-17 against all ranked foes. NC State was 3-6 at home, 1-10 away, and 2-1 on a neutral court. Lowe’s home wins were against No. 3 UNC in 2007, No. 21 Miami in 2008, and No. 7 Wake Forest last season.

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13 Responses to Preview: NC State vs Miami

  1. Wolfy__79 02/27/2010 at 1:05 AM #

    hopefully we’ll have success against one of the leagues’ worst defenses. no serious guard threats, no lock down defense.. maybe we’ll grab another win.

  2. NJpack 02/27/2010 at 4:40 AM #

    This is a critical game if we want to get out of finishing DFL and maybe get to our “upside” finish of 10th. Hopefully the light bulb has turned on for CJ Williams. We needed either him or Mays to step up this year and neither one has a regular basis, hence why we are in the DFL zone.

    Lowe needs to move Mays to shooting guard next year. He is not a PG, if you take the pressure off him having to run the offense, maybe he delivers more.

    By the way, in my insomnia I looked up the Georgia State stats, and Marques Johnson is averaging 2.6 ppg. He was a 4 star recruit when he originally committed to Tennessee. Talk about a guy who is not a PG.

  3. MA Wolfpack 02/27/2010 at 8:06 AM #

    I have no idea why people are so optimistic about this game. Miami is tough at home and our terrible guards will really struggle with Miami’s guards. They are much more athletic and stronger with the ball. Add in D Collins (who should be able to handle Smith 1 on 1) and I think it’s a double digit Miami win.

    Vegas agrees that Miami should handle us easily since they are 7 point favorites. If that does not seem like a lot, then realize that Wake is 7 pt favorites at home against UNC. I think either team pulling the upset is very unlikely. NCSU has a better chance @ VT IMO.

  4. BSIE80 02/27/2010 at 8:45 AM #

    We need Wood to go for 30 and put the game away early!
    Maybe Javi will do something since this is his high school area!

  5. 61Packer 02/27/2010 at 8:47 AM #

    I predict a Caning.

  6. JeremyH 02/27/2010 at 10:21 AM #

    ^^ yea, shave

  7. Wolfy__79 02/27/2010 at 10:35 AM #

    i have every reason to be optimistic! there’s no reason we can’t win this game. we are not overmatched.

  8. 4in12 02/27/2010 at 12:17 PM #

    I’m in Maryland and the game’s not on TV here. The Raycom Sports website says it will have streaming video – if anyone is interested.

  9. Wolfy__79 02/27/2010 at 12:51 PM #

    yeah, i’m going the 360 route… i’ll check the raycom sneetzls too. thanks though!

  10. PoppaJohn 02/27/2010 at 2:11 PM #

    Come on guys, let’s get two in a row!

    I’ve been wondering if our freshmen have hit the wall, you know, many more games than they are used to in one season.
    If so, the week off may be just what they needed.

    Of course that doesn’t explain our crappy guard play.

    GO PACK!!!

  11. wufpup76 02/27/2010 at 2:28 PM #

    Miami is not a good matchup for us, especially at their place … I’d be pleasantly surprised with a win.

    Plus everytime we think State has a winnable game they promptly go out and lose and often in spectacular fashion (sad but true).

    Go State … hopefully at the very least an all-out effort is in store.

  12. inhoc... 02/27/2010 at 2:57 PM #

    suckfest continues….

  13. Wolfy__79 02/27/2010 at 3:30 PM #

    in light of matchups and seeding concerning the ACC tourney. it looks like unless we can get ranked 6th or better, not possible, we may be better suited a 10th or 11th. under one of those seedings, we’d avoid the #1 seed but have to matchup against md on friday. i think we have a better chance against duke in the later ACC tourney games? IMO, the 11 seed show’s the most promise for our team.. even though i would like to put as much distance b/t us and last place as possible. 8,9, or 12 seedings and we dodge md completely?? yawl think that is the best way to go??

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