NC State vs. Miami: Full Game Preview
|NC State||C Leslie 15.0||R Howell 10.7||L Brown 7.2|
|Miami||S Larkin 13.9||R Johnson 7.2||S Larkin 4.4|
Miami (FL) meets NC State in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. ET and you can see it on ESPN or ACC Network. The Hurricanes beat the Wolfpack 79-78 on Feb. 2 and are 2-5 against them over the last four years.
In their last outing, behind 20 points from Shane Larkin, the Hurricanes defeated Boston College 69-58 on Mar. 15. With 13.9 points per game and 4.4 assists per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. For the Wolfpack, Scott Wood finished with 23 points in the 75-56 blowout of Virginia on Mar. 15. He contributes 2.9 rebounds per game in addition to his 12.4 points per game. Areas of strength for NC State include: effective field goal percentage at 54.0 and free throw rate at 41.0.
NC State StatSmack
- Kenny Kadji is ranked 7th in the ACC in blocks.
- Obviously, AP Voters agree that Miami is superior to NC State (Latest AP Poll: No. 9 vs. Not Ranked).
- Miami has a better scoring defense (60.4 allowed per game vs. 70.2 allowed per game) than NC State this season.
- Even computers respect Miami more. Miami has a better RPI this season than NC State (RPI: No. 4 vs. No. 31).
- Julian Gamble is ranked 4th in the ACC in blocks.
- Over the past 10 years, Miami has had more players drafted by the NBA than NC State (four vs. three).
- Miami has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (44 percent vs. 55 percent).
- Miami has a better record on the road than NC State this season (10-3 vs. 3-7).
- Miami players are more experienced than NC State players (20,462 minutes played vs. 17,821 minutes played).
- The Miami basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than NC State (73 percent vs. 60 percent).
|D+||Thomas de Thaey||9||5||2||0||0||0||0|