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NC State starts slow and loses at Virginia, 68-51

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NCAA Basketball: Syracuse at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

If we’ve seen it once, we’ve seen it four hundred times, which is UVA basketball choking the life out of its opponent. It took NC State more than 12 minutes to score 10 points in the first half Sunday night, and the rest of the contest went as you’d expect, with UVA rolling, 68-51.

The difference in opportunity at the offensive end is stark, even when going from a game against a good defensive team like Clemson to the Cavaliers. They are next level, and they once again showed why. The Wolfpack played poorly today, but a lot of that had to do with UVA’s relentless everywhereness.

Torin Dorn led NC State with 16 points on 7-12 shooting, and Lavar Batts added 12, but the Pack was only 2-16 from three and ended up with only five free throw attempts. NC State manufactured a decent amount of offense off of second-chance opportunities, but UVA was so good defensively on State’s first-chance shots, it didn’t matter.

The last week of results hasn’t changed the fact that NC State has a limited roster that can be exposed, sometimes in ugly fashion, and UVA is not a good matchup for this team. Movin’ on.