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Tennessee prevails over NC State 79-70

A swing and a miss

NCAA Basketball: Hall of Fame Series-San Antonio-N.C. State at Tennessee Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Game Summary:

Tennessee is a very good team. They are predicted to win the SEC, and have played one of the more difficult schedules in the country.

The Pack kept this game fairly close, down 3 at the half, the game was tied at 60 with 7:00 minutes left, but the Volunteers slowly pulled away. They were up by 2 with 5:00 left, up 4 with 4:00 left, up 4 with 3:00 left, up 5 with 2:03 left. At the same time the Pack went on a 3:49 scoring drought. Unfortunate timing.

Looking at the team stats, shooting percentages were about the same, turnovers the same, fouls the same, the major differentiator was rebounds, Tennessee led by 9, 40-31. Unfortunately our leading rebounder, Diarra (6.1 Rpg), was not at his best tonight.

Four Factors

Team Efg% TO % OReb% FTA/FGA
Team Efg% TO % OReb% FTA/FGA
NCS 51.5 13.9 30.4 30.2
UT 50.7 15.2 31.7 34.3

Overall Takeaways:

The Pack held Vol leading scorers Knecht (18 Ppg) to 2 points, and Aidoo (12.1 Ppg) to 4.

Tennessee got exceptional performances from unexpected players all game, which is the mark of a talented team.

  • After shooting just 35% in the first half, Tennessee shot 60% from 3PT in the second half, James hit 3-3 in the second half.
  • Tobe Awaka came off the Tennessee bench and got 12 rebounds, 9 in the second half, in only 18 minutes of playing time.
  • Zakai Zeigler averages 5.7 Ppg but scored 20 tonight. He averages 24.3% from 3PT, he shot 50% (4-8) in this game.

Wolfpack Player Highlights

DJ Burns 15 5 5 1 1
DJ Horne 16 4 2 3
Jayden Taylor 11 4 2

Individual Highlights

  • Kam Woods played in his first game for the Pack, played 18 minutes (5th most on the team), and was on the floor late in the game. He scored 9 points, had 4 rebounds, and was 2-2 from 3PT. He is going to help us this season.
  • DJ Horne led the team in scoring and steals, but only scored 3 points in the second half
  • DJ Burns led the team in assists and rebounding
  • Ben Middlebrooks had a very solid game with 3 points, 3 blocks, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal in only 8 minutes. He deserves more minutes.

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