The North Carolina State Wolfpack (19-8, 8-6 ACC) might be out of the race for the ACC regular season championship, but all is not lost as they look to improve on their record and NCAA Tournament resume. The Wolfpack are already a near-mortal lock for a pair of dancing shoes, so being out of the running for a conference championship isn’t a huge deal. But, winning to increase the odds for better seeding is.
It is odd though, that a team that has an actual name player(C.J. Leslie) has gone so widely unnoticed. And it isn’t like they aren’t one of the more entertaining teams to watch. North Carolina State scores the tenth-most points per game as a team in the country. But it isn’t all heat-checks either, they score their buckets in a pretty efficient fashion. For every two shots the Wolfpack take, they make one. For those who aren’t math majors at your local university, that is .50 percent from the floor, good for fifth-best in the nation.
However, as that stat points out, North Carolina State does miss. In fact, they miss once out of every two shots. So luckily for them, the Wolfpack average just over 37 rebounds per game (good for 67th in the nation). It must be nice that they can rely on getting the ball back, or taking it away from the opposition, by cleaning up on the glass.
This isn’t even mentioning how well the team shares the ball. NC State averages just under 14 assists per outing. While that number doesn’t scream teamwork, assists are a jaded stat that doesn’t include all which goes in to making the ball go into the basket. Still, it does show that North Carolina State isn’t chalk-full of gunners.
Leslie is North Carolina State’s star. He is the player everyone knows, and that is just fine and dandy. But people need to pay attention to how efficient a team the Wolfpack are. In one of the craziest college basketball seasons ever, efficiency is just as good as being great, making North Carolina State as dangerous as any team in the country come March.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone