You may remember Norfolk State as the No. 15 seed that upset Missouri in last year's NCAA tournament. The Spartans didn't have a good offense last year--they don't this year either--but they exploded on Mizzou for 86 points in 64 possessions. Twice that season they were held to less than a point per possession by non-Division One opponents, but hey, that's March Madness for you.
In 5+ seasons, head coach Anthony Evans has yet to have an offense crack 200th nationally in efficiency, and that does not appear as though it will change this year. It doesn't help that he's had to replace several seniors off of last year's NCAA tournament squad.
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Still trying to mesh some talented freshmen with four returning starters, North Carolina State's lengthy homestand may have come at the right time.
The 25th-ranked Wolfpack return from a week off and look to keep improving on the defensive end Saturday night when they meet Norfolk State in the second of six straight home games.
Preseason favorites to win the ACC, the Wolfpack (6-2) were ranked sixth and opened 3-0 before a poor end to their November schedule. They lost by 20 to Oklahoma State in the Puerto Rico Tipoff championship and fell 79-72 at third-ranked Michigan in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. In between, they barely slipped past visiting North Carolina-Asheville 82-80 on Nov. 23.
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