Preview: North Carolina State vs. Pittsburgh

Posted on Jan 24 2018 - 11:27am by Cody Flavell
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Kevin Stallings and the Pittsburgh Panthers will look to grab their first conference win of the season against NC State. (Photo: Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire)

Wednesday night at 9 p.m., the North Carolina State Wolfpack (13-7, 3-4 ACC) will travel to Petersen Events Center and take on the Pittsburgh Panthers (8-12, 0-7 ACC) in another ACC matchup. This is the first and only matchup between the two teams on the season.

NC State previously lost a close 5-point game against No. 25 Miami on Sunday. Pitt’s last game was their second big loss to No. 5 Duke in two days back on Saturday.

Luckily, NC State isn’t quite as talented as Duke, despite the fact they beat Duke earlier in the year. The Panthers will still be the underdog heading into the game, though, as they likely will be the rest of the season.

Pitt will go into the game relying on Parker Stewart to keep shooting the ball lights-out from beyond the arc. He had 15 points against Duke and was 50 percent from three-point land. They will also need another solid game from Marcus Carr who had 12 points and played probably his best half of basketball in conference play Saturday during the first half.

Kene Chukwuka has been beginning to come around as a solid player down low and recorded career-highs in rebounds (eight) and steals (two) Saturday.

NC State will be led by Omar Yurtseven who was named ACC Co-Player of the Week. Yurtseven averaged 25 points a game and 65.6 percent shooting in the two games last week. He currently leads NC State in points, rebounds and blocks during conference play. Guard Torin Dorn is the only player who has started every game so far this season for the Wolfpack.

The Wolfpack are being led by Kevin Keatts in his first season as their head coach. He has the Wolfpack scoring 80.8 points, almost 15.5 more than Pitt, and they’ve already beaten the Duke Blue Devils previously this season.

Kevin Stallings is the Panthers coach. He has been highly scrutinized this season but has been trying to mold a bunch of young freshman into NCAA Division-I basketball players. It was known they would have some growing pains but the frustration has seemingly grown wider among fans.