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Highlights and odds-and-ends from NC State’s win at Miami

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 27 North Carolina at NC State Photo by Jaylynn Nash/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

If only NC State could play Miami every game—the Wolfpack hit 1.1+ points per possession in both meetings this year, and State’s effort in Raleigh was its best of the entire season. The Hurricanes have been the cure for what ails.

Wednesday night was NC State’s fourth-best shooting performance of the season (UNCG, Wake, and Alcorn State being the top three).

In league play, Miami ranks last in eFG% defense (53.3) and 2FG% defense (52.2). NC State shot 57.3% overall and 55% on twos. The latter is impressive given that DJ Funderburk was hardly a factor (1-2 from the field). Manny Bates was a perfect 5-5 and CJ Brice shot 6-10 inside the arc.

Through 12 ACC games, NC State is scoring a hair under a point per possession, which is pretty disappointing given early-season expectations but not at all surprising given the team’s extreme cold streak in January.

NC State is 10th in eFG% and compounding that is the Pack’s significant drop-off on the offensive boards from a year ago. This is a spot where you can tell State is missing Torin Dorn. NC State is taking better care of the ball this year but that hasn’t been enough to compensate for going from first to 11th in offensive rebounding rate.

Not that this mattered in the least on Wednesday—shooting 57% tends to make offensive rebounding unimportant.