Miami Hurricanes vs. NC State Wolfpack Pick & Prediction JANUARY 14th 2023

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No. 16 Miami will aim to solidify its spot near the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference standings when it travels to Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday to face North Carolina State.

The Hurricanes (14-2, 5-1 ACC) are in second place, trailing only a surprisingly hot Clemson team. Miami came away with its only ACC loss last week when it fell 76-70 at Georgia Tech.

Miami bounced back Wednesday, topping Boston College 88-72 at home. Isaiah Wong led the Hurricanes with 22 points, while Jordan Miller had 19 points, six rebounds and five assists. Norchad Omier had 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Key for Miami was its sharp shooting. The Hurricanes shot 60.4 percent from the floor and 66.7 percent from 3-point range. The Hurricanes led by as many as 21 points.

"We played really good offense, both halves," Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. "We shared the ball very well, guys made shots. It's amazing how good you look when the ball goes in."

It was the seventh double-double this season for Omier, who transferred to Miami after posting 17.9 points and 12.2 rebounds per game at Arkansas State last season. Those stats helped him earn Sun Belt Player of the Year honors.

At 6-feet-7 from Nicaragua, Omier is averaging 13.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game this season through 16 games, all of which he has started.

Larranaga and his staff have been working with Omier on avoiding fouls.

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"Habits are very hard to break, and he has the habit of going after the ball," Larranaga said. "So, some nights, he's a terror on the backboards and great defensively, blocking shots, because he's going after the ball. But there's a part of the game where you have to have discipline. ... Be smart and avoid the potential for a foul. He did that in the last 10 or 12 minutes of the game."

Omier leads the Hurricanes in rebounding and blocks this season, and he is one of four Miami players averaging double digits in scoring. Wong leads the way in points with 16.3 per game.

Since losing at Miami 80-73 on Dec. 10, NC State (13-4, 3-3) has played extremely well, winning five of its last six games. That stretch included an 84-60 home win over then-No. 16 Duke on Jan. 4.

Most recently, NC State won at Virginia Tech this past Saturday 73-69. Terquavion Smith had 22 points while Jarkel Joiner added 21 points and eight rebounds. The Wolfpack won the rebounding battle 38-29 and scored 20 points off 11 Virginia Tech turnovers.

Since that loss to the Hurricanes last month, the Wolfpack haven't allowed an opponent to score more than 78 points.

"We've been able to put together three really good halves of basketball on the defensive end: the first and second halves in the Duke game and the first half at Virginia Tech (where) I thought we were really solid," Wolfpack coach Kevin Keatts said. "We're getting better. That's one of the things that we've really put a lot of work into."

The all-time series between NC State and Miami is tied at 14-14, with the Hurricanes winning the last three.

--Field Level Media

Miami Hurricanes vs. NC State Wolfpack Recap JAN 14TH 2023

Ernest Ross made a late layup and a free throw in overtime and NC State upset No. 16 Miami with an 83-81 victory Saturday afternoon in Atlantic Coast Conference action in Raleigh, N.C.

Ross had 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting and his crucial bucket in the paint with 30 seconds left gave the Wolfpack (14-4, 4-3 ACC) the lead for good.

After a miss by Miami (14-3, 5-2), Ross sank 1-of-2 free throws to account for the final score. The Hurricanes had possession with 12 seconds left but NC State's Jarkel Joiner stole the ball from Isaiah Wong.

Terquavion Smith scored 20 points to lead the Wolfpack and DJ Burns Jr. had 13 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Joiner added 11 points and Ross grabbed nine rebounds.

Wong led Miami with 25 points, while Norchad Omier had 13 points, 13 boards and five blocks. Jordan Miller had 13 points and Bensley Joseph added 11.

The Hurricanes lost despite shooting 56.9 percent from the field and 40 percent (6 of 15) from behind the arc. The Wolfpack shot 44.0 percent overall and 25 percent (5 of 20) from deep.

Perhaps the most telling stat was the turnover differential. Miami coughed the ball up 17 times while NC State squandered just four possessions. The Wolfpack turned those takeaways into 23 points.

Miami opened the game with a 9-4 lead, but NC State clawed back to tie the score at 28-28.

The Wolfpack ended the first half with a 14-4 run to take a 42-32 lead into intermission.

The Hurricanes used a 21-9 run in the second half to surge ahead 63-59 with 8:20 remaining.

Miami and NC State exchanged leads with under three minutes to play in regulation. With 27 seconds left, Miller sank a 3-pointer for Miami to tie the game. NC State's response -- a 3-pointer from Joiner at the buzzer -- missed the mark, sending the game into overtime.

The Wolfpack made only 1 of 11 shots from behind the arc in the second half.

--Field Level Media