Miami 81 – NCSU 71 in the ACC Tournament Semifinals

It wasn’t in the cards from the opening tip for the Wolfpack today, as the Miami Hurricanes defeated the Wolfpack 81-71 in the ACC Tournament Semifinals in Greensboro. State got off to a very sluggish start — not getting off of the blocks scoring-wise until 5:25 had ticked off of the clock — and they never fully recovered from that initial drought. That was probably due to having a short bench and their third game in as many days, as the Pack looked like a group with tired legs playing against a top ten team looking to grab its first ACC hoops title.

While there are no real moral victories in tournament play, State has little to be ashamed of in this game today. Their mental intensity was there, the defensive effort was not lacking, and they did win the second half 42-40. In fact, the Wolfpack trimmed the Miami lead down to six midway through the second stanza, but just didn’t have the air to climb up the last bit of the mountain the first half left them to climb. In that woeful first twenty minutes, State missed its first five shots from the field, and committed three turnovers. Their first points came at the 14:35 mark when senior Richard Howell finally put the ball in the net, but by then Miami was almost at full sail and the Pack could never quite track them down.

Credit Miami’s defensive plan, as CJ Leslie was stymied much of the game by the Hurricanes, and by their own rebounding intensity. Miami is a team with great size, depth and speed, and it seemed like every Wolfpack parry was answered with a flurry of Hurricane baskets that put to rest the question of who’d be playing on Sunday for the ACC Championship. Durand Scott of the Hurricanes was the ‘Canes MVP, tossing in 32 points and making 5 of his 8 attempts from beyond the three point arc. Shane Larkin also had a decent day against State, canning 23 points, mostly from the free throw line.

For State, it’s now up to the NCAA Selection Committee as to where and who their next game will be. The Wolfpack is a certain at-large pick, but their seeding is very much in question — some have them as high as a ten seed in the Field of 64, while other prognosticators see NC State as a 7th or 8th seed in their Regional brackets. That position will leave the Pack with a gargantuan task if it wants to earn a Final Four berth. No matter what, however, to get to Atlanta, one will have to defeat the big dogs in the Dance sooner or later, and for State, that task may be at hand as soon as the weekend should it win its first round game.

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114 Responses to Miami 81 – NCSU 71 in the ACC Tournament Semifinals

  1. redcanine 03/16/2013 at 3:31 PM #

    Durand Friggin Scott. Wow!

    Miami sank all of their FTs down the stretch. They deserved this one.

  2. TheAliasTroll 03/16/2013 at 3:32 PM #

    It would be nice if CJL didn’t have the green light on 18 foot jumpers. This team would be a GREAT team if we didn’t try to “feature” him and instead used him as a role player. Oh well I’m not the coach.

  3. wufpup76 03/16/2013 at 3:32 PM #

    Even the opening tip went their way, as Leslie won it but the ball wound up in Larkin’s hands.

    Tough day today, but they didn’t quit. Miami’s defensive gameplan was really effective, and of course we didn’t help ourselves.

    On to the next one … Anxious for tomorrow night now.

  4. WeAreCured 03/16/2013 at 3:33 PM #

    Bummer. Durand Scott went off, Zo had a sub-par game, and Howell was probably 40%. Not even Unicorn Rainbow mind bullets can counteract those elements.

    I’m glad Purv was able to gain some confidence going into the Tournament. They should all practice their foul shooting for at least an hour and a half every day. Please.

  5. ILPackfan 03/16/2013 at 3:35 PM #

    Well, this was a frustrating game to watch today. Hopefully we get RH back on two legs instead of one and make a run the next couple of weeks.

  6. packalum44 03/16/2013 at 3:36 PM #

    Would be nice to have a game where we get beat and not have the cloud of BIASED officiating. So f’ing sick of this. I’m a wolfpack fan. I’m used to losing.

    We played like shit but Jesus Christ who knows what could have been. Couple whistles and swallowed whistles make a HUGE difference.

    Sometimes I think I’m crazy to complain about officiating but if we don’t stand up for ourselves, who will? Dorris Burke apparently. She mentioned officiating in this game and even noted that CJ was screwed up to 5 times in the previous game where he was T’d up.

    Miami is a very good team but SO ARE WE. Just pray we don’t get an 8/9 seed. I assume we will.

  7. Wufpacker 03/16/2013 at 3:39 PM #

    Lotsa things against us today (including ourselves at times, admittedly) and yet we still didn’t quit fighting and with a couple of breaks might could have pulled it out. I’m proud of them quite frankly.

    Disappointed, but proud of them.

    Miami is a very good team and did what they needed to do to win. Hope they beat the living shit out of whichever POS team they face tomorrow.

  8. wufpup76 03/16/2013 at 3:43 PM #

    Too late to wish for a black hole to develop in the center of the court in Greensboro and envelop both Maryland and the Holes??

    That would be quality viewing.

  9. PackAmy 03/16/2013 at 3:43 PM #

    Personally, I hope it’s a MD/Miami final and that the entire event at the Greensboro Coliseum is poorly attended.

    There are a number of things that we could have done differently to come up with a win however the terrible officiating against NC State makes absolutely no sense for the ACC.

  10. MrPlywood 03/16/2013 at 3:47 PM #

    Huge sequence at 12:08, State cuts it to 6 on Woods’ 3. Scott (who else?) makes a 3 then TJ takes an early 3 and misses, Larkin gets 2 and just like that it’s back to 11.


  11. wufpup76 03/16/2013 at 3:48 PM #

    ^Plywood, Scott made that 3 AFTER an offensive rebound.

    Those really killed us today. A lot of things really killed us today.

  12. WolfTrack 03/16/2013 at 3:49 PM #

    Miami was a terrible matchup with Rich hobbled and us on our third game. My god do we miss that crew that transferred right now.

    Anyways I am proud of the heart they showed today, hope the boys can shake it off and make some noise next weekend.

  13. redcanine 03/16/2013 at 3:50 PM #

    We looked like this was our third game in three days. Today’s officiating wasn’t terrible. Pick any one of our 7 losses, and you’ll find worse officiating.

    Fifth seed sucks.

  14. Wufpacker 03/16/2013 at 3:52 PM #

    LOL @ CJL in presser in response to stupid question…impact of Miami’s offensive rebounds and 2nd chance points?

    “What are you asking me?”

    Question repeated with no clarifications.

    “You said it, they got ’em. Not sure what I’m supposed to say about that.”

  15. Alpha Wolf 03/16/2013 at 3:54 PM #

    While the officiating wasn’t the greatest today, I don’t blame the zebras for this loss. It was in part due to our seeding, facing a fresher Miami a day after a physical game against the Cavaliers, it was in part due to our not making any shots to start the game and it was in large part due to the Hurricanes’ strategy and play on their part.

    It just wasn’t in the cards today, and had we shouldn’t make excuses. Some days, no matter how good your team is, you just get beat.

  16. Alpha Wolf 03/16/2013 at 3:55 PM #

    And if you look closely at some of our wins, the officiating was terrible too.

    Just sayin’….

  17. Pack Mentality 03/16/2013 at 4:05 PM #

    Today was just proof that we just aren’t as good as the big dogs, period. Outside of the Duke game, we have shown that when the top teams show up they are better than us, starting with OK State. I’m not saying we suck, I just realize who we are. Hopefully we can make a sweet 16 run.

  18. Wulfpack 03/16/2013 at 4:10 PM #

    Miami was the better team today. We fought hard but made too many mistakes. Free throws again plague the Pack. Hope Howell heals up. We must have him full speed for any shot next weekend.

  19. Wulfpack 03/16/2013 at 4:17 PM #

    Heels look like they will be able to get by Maryland even with a sliced up Hairston. That Duke loss paved the way for them. I still expect Miami to beat UNC tomorrow, but it is going to suck to see all of that blue there when it could have been ours for the taking. This was our best shot in years, and we botched it. All I have to say is, as much as I hate it following the loss, Go Canes.

  20. choppack1 03/16/2013 at 4:18 PM #

    Some of us caught a lot of heat for criticizing the performance of this year’s squad and how they were handled.

    The fatigue you witnessed today is probably the main reason we lose like we did.

    If this team’s a 4 seed, I think we have the spring in our steps to take it to Miami. In the end, who knows…maybe we come out tight vs. Uva.

    Now, a likely 7-9 seed awaits us. This is the perfect seed to get “bounced” early. One win, one loss would be expected – and unfortunately, would sum up this year perfectly. I think we can compete with anyone in the country, but it sucks playing a 1 or 2 seed in the 2nd round.

    The good news is that our team knows what they are capable of if they defend and they rebound. We won’t have to play 3 games in 3 days again. We should be able to be fresh – if we can avoid foul trouble and injuries, we’ll have the horses to play with anyone.

  21. Alpha Wolf 03/16/2013 at 4:20 PM #

    All I know is that I would rather see Miami win than Carolina.

    Actually, Maryland is only down two with five left in the first. Would love to see the Terps play their way into the NCAA’s. I can respect that in a team and it would help the ACC’s finances overall.

  22. Wulfpack 03/16/2013 at 4:25 PM #

    The NCAA format suits us better as you play one and get a day off. We just have no bench, and any foul trouble with Howell or Leslie and we are behind the eight ball. I don’t see us as a 6 seed. More than likely a 7 or 8. Regardless, both games are going to be tough. No more gimmies.

    That FSU loss really hurt us. No doubt if we play that game off of 1 game as opposed to two we are fresher. Howell’s injury hurt. He just wasn’t the same today. Hope he gets some good care these next few days.

  23. Wulfpack 03/16/2013 at 4:27 PM #

    I want nothing of Maryland in the NCAAs. They are a classless bunch of a-holes. All of them. And you know they’d stick the middle finger to the rest of the ACC doing it. I’m not cheering for UNC by any means. But if it is Miami and Maryland, I hope the Canes torch them by 30.

  24. wolfonthehill 03/16/2013 at 4:30 PM #

    Agree with Alpha – just don’t let the holes win this thing. Need Maryland or Miami to take this home… really unbearable otherwise.

  25. Wufpacker 03/16/2013 at 4:38 PM #

    I’m a ‘Canes fan tomorrow regardless of who they face. Either winning it is equally unbearable to me.

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