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The Pack travels to Winston for the return game in the series. State won the first game, but it was a memorable one for the Wolfpack for all the wrong reasons. NC State was cruising with a double digit second half lead, and then leading scorer (and best defender) Devon Daniels went down for the year with an ugly injury. Quick moment of silence on that one.
Since DD's injury, NC State is 2-4. Even prior to that, NC State was struggling. The Pack has not put together back to back wins since 2020.
Wake's got their own share of troubles. They enter the game at 6-10 (3-10) and are coming off a shelling at the hands of Duke. NC State can sadly commensurate, though Wake can at least say they took FSU to overtime in Tallahassee the game before. Both teams look at this game as one of the few winnable games left on their respective schedules.
In game #1, the Pack controlled nearly every statistical category outside of clearing the defensive boards, and turning it over too much. Both areas have been unfortunate themes this season.
If you're a WF fan, there is reason for optimism. They now have 6 ft. 4 senior guard Ian DuBose available. Dubose has been back for three games and scored 17 against BC, 18 against FSU and 10 against Duke while averaging almost 6 rebounds per game.
NC State should have an advantage inside, while Wake will be a bit more perimeter oriented. Both teams are playing at a snail's pace, but it'd be nice to see the Pack push the tempo and try to speed WF up. The Deacs don't force many turnovers, but commit them at a healthy rate so if pressured, they should give the ball up.
The computers like NC State by 1 point.