There were unusual aspects to the NC State-Miami game on Thursday night, and I am not referring to the officiating. Take, for example, the fact that the Wolfpack finished the game -9 in the turnover category. It’s not easy to win a game against a decent opponent when you are operating with that sort of deficit.
But it worked out, somehow.
Miami went to the free throw line 29 times but made only 16 of its attempts. And NC State was dominant on the glass, grabbing over 47% of its missed shots. The Hurricanes grabbed nine offensive boards total, or less than 22% of their misses.
State shot the ball well, and that combined with its offensive rebounding made it possible to overcome the turnover deficit. On the possessions that ended with a shot at the basket, NC State made the most of them. Miami ended up leaving way too many points at the free throw line.
The Pack closed out the game by out-scoring Miami by 12 over the final 10 minutes, erasing a seven-point deficit in the process. State has one of the deepest teams in the league, and Miami is among the thinnest. The slow burn of the Pack’s depth paid off in the end.