Virginia Tech Hokies vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack 2/2/19, Prediction & Odds

Heather Diaz
February 5, 2019

It was N.C. State's lowest scoring output in any game since managing 12 points in a win against Duke in the 1968 ACC Tournament, almost two decades before the implementation of the shot clock.

The 24 points scored by the No. 23 Wolfpack were the fewest points by a ranked team since the shot clock era began in 1985.

NC State's leading scorers, Torin Dorn and CJ Bryce, combined for just 12 points on 5-20 shooting. Markell Johnson led the Wolfpack (16-5, 4-4) with 14 points on 3-of-11 shooting including 2-of-9 from 3-point range plus 6-of-7 from the free throw line. A week to the day after hitting a buzzer-beating, 3-pointer to beat Clemson on this court, he shot 0 for 12, missing nine times from behind the arc.

Everyone else at PNC Arena was equally flummoxed, although not Virginia Tech (18-3, 7-2) coach Buzz Williams. In that tournament, which pre-dated the shot clock, N.C. State defeated Duke 12-10.

They committed only 10 turnovers, 3.6 fewer than their season average, yet still only scored 24 points! The senior came in averaging 14.4 points but left early from Wednesday's win at Miami with an injury, then showed up in Raleigh sporting protective boot on his left foot. Forward Kerry Blackshear (game-high 13 points and 13 rebounds) had nine quick points.

No. 23 North Carolina State was held to a stunningly low point total, beaten by No. 12 Virginia Tech 47-24 on Saturday in the Wolfpack's lowest-scoring output of the shot-clock era.

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N.C. State was not competitive the rest of the game yet Keatts said he did not think effort was a problem. And N.C. State's 16.7-per cent shooting (9 of 54) also now stands as the lowest percentage in the history of a league founded in 1953. "I just say we missed shots".

The Wildcats (18-4) have won 10 straight games and are 9-0 in the conference for the first time since 2009-10.

"We can tell that we miss some of his poise and everything", Blackshear said of Robinson.

Glancing up at the scoreboard late in Saturday's game at No. 23 North Carolina State, Ty Outlaw nearly couldn't believe how horrific it had gotten. "You never want to be part of a loss like that".

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