Slot to N. Both the Wolfpack and Orange lost puzzling out-of-conference watches nc state celmson football and fell to an Atlantic Division opponent. Despite winning three other tune-up games, both programs still have a lot to figure out about where they stand.
NC State Wolfpack vs. This is a group that is ranked 27th in the AP Poll and 26th in the coaches poll. Marcquise Reed is more of your prototypical guard.
He is super quick and loves to get into the teeth of the defense. He has a nice floater when he gets in there, but also does a great job of making the defense shift and then finding the open man.
Reed does the most damage when he gets into the paint and creates havoc. He likes to catch is on the perimeter or on the wing and face you up.
He can shoot and can score at the rim. Elijah Thomas is probably their best true big man. He only had 4pts vs Florida, 6 vs Temple their only loss and 8 vs South Carolina. After Thomas, Clemson is real thin in the middle. This is an area that NC State can really take advantage.
If State gets Thomas into foul trouble early, then game over. They need to go down low early and often. Playing inside out vs Clemson is going to be the key.
Get them in foul trouble and the advantage widens. Speed them up Clemson wants to play slow. They want to get into the half court and allow Reed to create havoc.
They want to run their sets and play possession basketball. This is not a team that is built for speed. NC State needs to force them to increase their tempo.
This is the second key to the game. Make them take quick, tough shots. Fluster them with the press and create turnovers.
Temple was able to do this to them and they walked away with the win. When Clemson plays fast, they play careless, and that is what NC State needs to make happen.
Al Freeman keep it rolling Freeman finally found his touch last game, scoring a career-high 25 points on shooting and from beyond the arc. With the bigs playing at a dominant level, all the Pack needs is one or two guys to play well on the perimeter.
We are predicting Freeman has another solid outing in this one.
Batts is big Freshman Levar Batts is starting to earn more and more minutes, and this is the type of game where NC State desperately needs him. Clemson has quick guards, but as a team, they like to play at a slow, half-court pace.
Batts is one guy that really can bring the defensive pressure for the Wolfpack. A great game from Batts will go a long way in getting NC State a win today.