NC State is playing an impressive brand of basketball lately, leading to an unlikely five-game road winning streak. In each of those five games, NC State averaged better than 1.1 points per possession, which is an impressive run even considering that several of those opposing defenses were bad.
Against Notre Dame, the Wolfpack got just about whatever it wanted inside the arc while also taking really good care of the basketball. That was a winning combination.
State shot 63.2% inside the arc, which was its second-highest mark of the season (71.9% vs. BC in Raleigh is tops). Dereon Seabron was 7-10 on twos, Jericole Hellems was 5-6, and Cam Hayes was 4-5. And if you take DJ Funderburk (3-8) out of the equation, the team shot 70% inside the arc. Not bad.
The maturation of the freshmen has been a lot of fun to watch and super encouraging as well—it wasn’t long ago that the thought of Cam Hayes scoring 20 points would have felt crazy. Hayes, Seabron, and Shakeel Moore are making the best of getting meaningful minutes here down the stretch.