The No. 25 Miami Hurricanes men’s basketball team visit the N.C. State Wolfpack having lost 3 of their last 4 and looking to even their ACC record at 3-3.
Miami-N.C. State basketball game time, information
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Date: Sunday, Jan. 21
Location: PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C.
What TV channel is Miami-N.C. State basketball on?
The Miami-N.C. State basketball game will air on the ACC Network.
How can I watch Miami-N.C. State basketball online?
The Miami-N.C. State basketball game will be streaming on WatchESPN.
Miami-N.C. State basketball preview
After a stint in the top 10 of the AP Poll, a recent swoon has seen the Hurricanes drop all the way to No. 25. They opened ACC play with a 67-53 win at Pitt on December 30, but have lost three of their last four to put themselves at 2-3 on the young conference season.
If the Hurricanes are to assert themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the conference, as well as the country, they will need to find a way to defeat higher-ranked opponents. Their last two games have been losses against No. 19 Clemson and No. 5 Duke, by 9 and 8 points respectively.
Despite facing an unranked team on Sunday, defeating N.C. State won’t be an easy feat. The Wolfpack handed Kevin Keatts a signature win as they took down Duke on January 6 and followed it up with a victory over Clemson on January 11. However, they couldn’t make it three in a row as they fell to No. 3 Virginia last Sunday.
In Miami’s loss to Duke on Monday, it was unable to overcome a monster performance by Gary Trent Jr. The freshman scored 30 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including 6-for-9 from three-point range. Despite placing four players in double figures and forcing 19 Duke turnovers, the Hurricanes’ inability to shut down Trent hurt them in the end as they dropped under .500 in conference play.
On the other side of the court, the Wolfpack saw itself bounce back from a loss to Virginia with a victory over Wake Forest on Thursday. Omer Yurtseven scored 22 points and added 8 rebounds in a 72-63 win at PNC Arena, which ended with an 11-0 run by the Wolfpack. Markell Johnson (13 points, 6 rebounds) and Torin Dorn (11 points, 4 rebounds) chipped in solid efforts as N.C. State evened its ACC record at 3-3.
According to Joe Lunardi at ESPN, though, N.C. State needs to prove itself a little more if it is to get into the NCAA Tournament.
Lunardi has the Wolfpack outside the tournament picture in his most recent Bracketology released on Thursday. The Wolfpack have a chance to move into the conversation, though. After a Wednesday night matchup at Pitt, they visit North Carolina on Saturday. Getting a win against the Hurricanes on Sunday, taking down Pitt and winning at North Carolina will certainly help their cause and give the selection committee something to think about.
Four players have averaged double figures for the Wolfpack this season. Allerik Freeman, who was held to just 5 points on Thursday, averages 14.3 points an outing to lead N.C. State, followed by Torin Dorn, Yurtseven and Lennard Freeman.