A Giftastic Recap of NC State’s Baseball Season Thus Far

NC State was ranked #10 in the preseason:

Start out the season losing 3-0 to Canisius:

Then they win 14 of the next 15:

Lose 6 in a row (the FSU and Maryland series):

Then get swept by Miami:

Hey! A series win vs Clemson! Are things turning around!?

Except then they’re shutout by ECU and lose the series to Duke in dumb fashion:

Then the ‘Duel at the DBAP’ is cancelled by rain:

Carlos Rodon is 2-6:

Basically, this season is a disaster:

Giftastic Recap of NC State vs Saint Louis AKA A Terrible Thing That Happened

NC State moves on to the round of 64 to take on Saint Louis:

The Billikens open the game with 3 3s:

State battles back to a 25-16 lead:

Eventually pushing to a 30-19 lead with a 3 minutes left in the half:

Saint Louis’ defense the last 3 minutes:

State up 30-26 at the half:

Second half goes swell with State pushing out to a 16-point lead with 8 minutes left:

Then Saint Louis started pressing and NC State was all:

And State shot free throws like this guy washes a car:

Another tall white fellow from the Billikens made it a 2-point game with 48 seconds left:

Warren has a chance to make it a 3-point game:

St Louis ties it:

Game goes to overtime:

Saint Louis goes up 79-75:

TJ steals the ball, scores and fouled!

..but he misses the free throw to tie it:

State loses, 83-80:

Giftastic Recap of NC State vs Xavier, NCAA Round 1

NC State heads to Dayton to take on Xavier in the First Round/Play-In/Les Robinson NCAA Invitational:

As Kyle Washington scored 6 of State’s first 9 points:

How TJ Warren started the game:

When TJ picked up his second foul and looked like he hurt himself:

Matt Stainbrook had Vandy a lot like this:

NC State’s interior defenders were all like:

State goes into halftime up 34-28:

Found out Cat Barber wasn’t going to play the second half because:

When Xavier made it 39-37 and looked like they had all the momentum:

Then state pushed right back out to a 9-point lead:

Then Tyler Lewis and TJ Warren do this:

And Xavier is all:

Up 10, Vandy takes an uncontested 18-footer….

…and makes it!

NC State wins, 74-59!

NC State Makes the NCAA Tournament!

After losing to Duke:

Lunardi’s NCSU/NDSU screw up:

Looking at all the bracket projections today:

When Patrick Stevens (D1scourse on twitter) was the only one that had NC State in:

As the selection show was airing:

When State was announced as in:

Giftastic Preview of The #ACCTourney Final

1 Virginia
vs
3 Duke

What looks to be a hell of a basketball game is on tap today. Duke is playing some of its basketball of the season and Virginia remains the steady force it has been throughout the year. These teams only played once, at Cameron, with Duke winning by 4. This should be close throughout. I like Virginia in a close one.

Duke be like:

Virginia be like:


Record So Far: 7-6

Weather Moose be like:

Giftastic Recap of NC State vs Duke #ACCTourney

NC State takes on Duke in the ACC Tournament Semi-final:

The teams scored a combined 2 points in the first 3 minutes:

Duke pulls ahead 15-9:

The teams play crazy awesome basketball for the next 11 minutes:

Halftime and Duke is up 39-38:

A 45-45 tie 5 minutes into the second half:

Buuuuut Duke makes a 16-4 run:

NC State’s offense most of the second half:

and

State loses 75-67:

State’s NCAA Tournament hopes:

Giftastic Preview of Semifinal Saturday at the #ACCTourney

5 Pitt
vs
1 Virginia

Pitt is playing really well in the tournament, but almost choked away the game against UNC once Carolina turned up the defensive pressure. In their only meeting this year, Virginia squeaked out a 48-45 victory. Not too sure why, really, but I like Pitt in this one.

Virginia be like:

Pitt be like:


7 NC State
vs
3 Duke

State, who somehow survived Syracuse’s last possession, takes on Duke. Duke destroyed State earlier this year because Coach K hates Mark Gottfried with the fire of a thousand suns. Mainly because Coach K is a jerk. This game will be out of hand before we get to the under-8 of the first half. Duke wins by 20+.

NC State be like:

Duke be like:


Record So Far: 6-5

Weather Moose be like:

Giftastic Recap of NC State vs Syracuse at the #ACCTourney

NC State takes on Syracuse in a rematch of their epic game earlier this year:

The teams battle to a 7-7 tie initially:

Then State didn’t score for 4 minutes:

Vandenberg is actually an offensive force in the first half??

State goes into halftime up 28-25:

The teams battle to a 37-37 tie with 15 minutes left in the second half:

State makes a 13-3 run to go up 50-40:

Then Tyler Ennis almost singlehandedly brought Syracuse back to within 1:

Turner banks in a 3 to put State up 62-59:

TJ Warren puts State up 66-63 with 25 seconds remaining:

Syracuse’s last possession:


State wins!

Giftastic Predictions for Quarterfinal Friday

9 Florida State
vs
1 Virginia

Virginia lost only their second game in the ACC last week, losing to Maryland, who is awful, in overtime. FSU lost to UVA twice already this year, both times by 12 points. It’s about time for Virginia to fade away. I’ll take the Cavaliers by 6.

Florida State be like:

Virginia be like:


5 Pitt
vs
4 North Carolina

North Carolina sort of limped to the finish down the stretch in the ACC. Winning a few close games and losing by double digits to Duke. Pitt looks to be playing very well. Would like to think they can stop UNC. Don’t see any reason why they can’t. Take Pitt by a few.

North Carolina be like:

Pitt be like:


7 NC State
vs
2 Syracuse

Ah yes. Here we go again. NC State gets another shot after the really odd way the game ended up in Syracuse earlier this year. Syracuse has played like absolute dog shit since being gifted that victory, losing 4 out of their next 6. Expect the Orange to roll in this one by at least 15.

NC State be like:

Syracuse be like:


6 Clemson
vs
3 Duke

Tigers have absolutely no chance in this game whatsoever. Duke by 20.

Clemson be like:

Duke be like:


Record So Far: 3-4

Weather Moose be like:

Giftastic Recap of Miami vs NC State, #ACCTourney

State opens their ACC Tournament run against Miami:

Game opens with State making a 10-2 run:

Miami responds to make it 13-12:

TJ Warren uncharacteristically struggling a bit:

State goes into halftime up 26-21:

State pushes out to an 8-point lead to start the second half:

But alas…State poos itself and Miami takes a 33-32 lead:

State pulls away to a 51-44 lead with 7 minutes to go:

State goes cold AGAIN for 4 minutes and Miami takes a 53-52 lead:

Miami, thankfully, decides not to score for 3 minutes:

State wins, 67-58!


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