NC State Box Score Against Virginia Tech is an Utter Embarrassment

Virginia Tech’s Kerry Blackshear Jr. is fouled by North Carolina State’s Wyatt Walker right on Saturday in Raleigh N.C. More

Virginia Tech’s Kerry Blackshear Jr. is fouled by North Carolina State’s Wyatt Walker right on Saturday in Raleigh N.C. More

Nothing went right for NC State on Saturday. The Wolfpack's 24 points are the fewest in the shot clock era from a ranked team, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Tech has often employed a slower tempo this season, and the Hokies made sure to grind it out in the second half against the Wolfpack. "Everybody is really locked in ... breaking (the N.C. State) game down and learning from (the N.C. State game), then moving on to a really good team Monday". From an NC State perspective, it's the fewest amount of points since the Wolfpack beat Duke 12-10 in the 1968 ACC tournament.

Louisville is a slightly above-average team from beyond the arc, ranking 144th in percentage of points off 3s and 104th in 3-point shooting percentage.

Perhaps there was a sign that things were off when the school tried to honor the presence of program great David Thompson at PNC Arena by showing his image on the scoreboard in the first half- but instead zeroed in on 1980s player Ernie Myers (who started motioning to the camera that it was a mistake). Tech, which began Monday ranked No. 12 and could play with just seven scholarship players again if it's without point guard Justin Robinson for a second straight game, will try to end a 14-game skid in games against Louisville.

Naturally, the college basketball Twitter had too much fun roasting both teams for this game, but particularly N.C. State.

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"I've always been a big believer that when the shot goes up, you block out the person that you've been guarding for the possession", Mack said. A week to the day after hitting a buzzer-beating, 3-pointer to beat Clemson on this court, he shot 0 for 12, missing nine times from behind the arc. I thought it would get better in the second half, but obviously it didn't. "This is a different level, of course".

"The tenacity and the fight that our guys played with was remarkable", Hokies coach Buzz Williams added, quipping that the team might just stop for some celebratory ice cream on its four-hour bus ride home to Blacksburg, Va. "We weren't exactly firing on all cylinders on offense, either". The Hokies shot 16-for-45 from the field and actually had more turnovers than the Wolfpack.

Going into Saturday's game, NC State was third in the ACC in scoring (84.4 points per game), third in field goal percentage (48.4 percent) and fourth in three-point percentage (37.8 percent). "It's just, it's sad".

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