The Hokies play NC State today in Cassell Coliseum at 2PM. The game is a Regional Sports Network telecast. For me that is AT&T Sports Pittsburgh. As usual the Hokies will be the shorter and younger team. NC States starting 5 are 6'11", 6'5", 6'0", 6'7", and 6'1". If Bryce is cleared from his concussion, he may start at 6'5".
NC State has the same overall and ACC record as the Hokies 11-4 and 2-2. They lost to Ga Tech at home to open the season and to Clemson at Clemson on Jan 4. They beat Wake Forest at Wake and Notre Dame at home. Their best win is over Wisconsin(receiving votes) at home.
NC State is a prolific scoring team, averaging 78.8 points per game in ACC play; but they allow 78.3 points per game. So I don't expect a repeat of the 47-24 win from last year. They shoot 44% overall and 37% from 3; they have 4 players that can shoot from beyond the arc; so Tech will have to be careful about whom they leave open if they decide to double down low. They have 8 players getting significant minutes, if Bryce can play. If Bryce cannot play, their bench is pretty short; and they have several players averaging 3 fouls per game. If we can force the offense and draw fouls, Tech could have a good night.
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I think we are better than NC State; but we are young and have been inconsistent. If we make our shots and play our typical defense, the game should go well for us. But this is a game that we cannot afford to shoot 25% from 3.