Wrap-Up and Preview: NC State and Virginia

UNC 86, NC State 74

Box Score

Is it a subliminal shot that we always seem to be little lax when it comes to putting up NC State wrap-ups? Maybe. But since the games have recently been put away by the waning minutes, that all the pre-game excitement gets lost. Anyway, for some late Friday, early Saturday reading. Some State and Virginia notes.

Takeaways from State

  •  It has been noted since Tuesday the way State’s inside presence was actually a presence. C.J. Leslie got John Henson out of his head long enough to put up 24 points, 14 of which came in the first half. Henson and Tyler Zeller had 14 a piece, but the fact that the rebounding totals were equal, with State out rebounding on the offensive end was a bit unexpected.
  • It was expected that Lorenzo Brown would have a good night, finishing with 18 points. It did happen to take him 21 shots though. Did anyone expect Kendall Marshall to add 22 points of his own though? State saw a lot of the above picture.
  • Harrison Barnes had a fairly complete game, although he did disappear for the second half of the first half, not that that should surprise anyone anymore.
  • How about that 10-19 from 3? Yeah, how about that.
  • Player of the Game – Kendall Marshall (22 pts, 13 asts)
These two teams last met after the Duke game. Since, UNC is undefeated while Virginia had a bad lose to Clemson and is ranked #25 in the AP poll.
  • Mike Scott has not slowed his roll. Scott is averaging 17 points and 8 rebounds a game and has a legitimate claim for ACC POY. Sorry, Tyler Zeller.
  • Offensively, that’s about all that goes on with UVA. Really though. They do shoot better than UNC percentage wise. Only thing is, UNC gets more possessions a game than UVA. The Cavs will obviously try to limit that for the Heels.
  • The Wahoos are one of the best defensive teams in the country. They kind of have to be considering they don’t score very well. UVA holds opponents to 52 points a game.
  • UVA also plays really well at home. The Cavs are 13-1 at home and UNC never seems to play well in Charlottesville.
  • This is how UVA ranks nationally: Scoring, 276th; Rebounds per Game, 255th; Assists per Game, 202nd; Field Goal Percentage, 54th.
  • This is how UNC ranks nationally: Scoring, 2nd; Rebounds per Game, 1st; Assists per Game, 5th; Field Goal Percentage, 58th.
Prediction: UNC 66, UVA 58