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NC State strolls past Little Rock for a 74-58 win

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The Wolfpack didn’t mess around on Saturday afternoon.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NOV 10 Detroit at NC State Photo by William Howard/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Little Rock occupies the middle territory of not-good-but-capable-enough-to-give-you-a-fright, but there was no scare in the offing on Saturday afternoon, thankfully. NC State never trailed in the game and led by double figures most of the day on the way to a painless 74-58 win.

Factors

Four Factors NC State Little Rock
Four Factors NC State Little Rock
eFG% 55.4 40.7
TO% 19.7 23.9
OR% 21.9 31.6
FTR 32.1 23.7

Efficiency and Pace

Team Pts Poss OFF_EFF DEF_EFF
Team Pts Poss OFF_EFF DEF_EFF
NC State 74 71 104.2 81.7
Little Rock 58 71 81.7 104.2

In what has become a recurring theme, C.J. Bryce was quite good in leading the Wolfpack offense. Bryce finished with 18 points on 7-11 shooting, including 6-10 shooting inside the arc. He came in hitting nearly 65% of his twos and has been the team’s MVP thus far.

Markell Johnson had himself a better day from the field, connecting on five of nine attempts on the way to 12 points. It was a balanced attack for NC State, with eight players scoring at least six points.

It wasn’t a good performance by either offense, but NC State’s marked advantage in shooting efficiency was enough to give the Pack a decisive edge despite not doing much on the boards or taking great care of the basketball. Shooting’s the most important aspect of the game for a reason, and sometimes that’s all you’re gonna need.

And State was excellent defensively, with the its sub-par performance on the defensive glass being the only thing warranting criticism. But State wasn’t terrible on the glass, and Little Rock fired off too many little bricks.