Saturday, April 27, 2024

Burns Leads NC State Past Lilliard, Leaving Just 2 Debut Games Left

 After the extensive preview, Weber State had an upset within reach at 47-47 with 16 possessions to play. However, D.J. Burns then scored on three straight possessions and on the fourth grabbed an offensive rebound and kicked the ball out to DJ Horne who nailed the 3-pointer with the benefit of Burns assist (the 20-sided die roll was lowered from 4 to 3 due to coming off an offensive rebound, and that fell just within Horn's 1-3 three-point made range. 

That made the score 56-51 NC State with 12 possessions to play. With six possessions to play, Burns scored and was fouled, hitting the free throw to make it 65-58 to put it out of reach en route to a 72-60 win.  NC State won the turnover battle 15-8, which could have been the difference in the game. Mohamed Diarra's five blocked shots were huge as well.

That leaves only four all-time great teams who have yet to be used in our Value Add Basketball Game, leaving two games between the new 2024 teams and new teams with a top 75 all-time player.  Right now it's three games a piece, so either the 2024 or all-time great players would need to win the remaining two games to take the series 5 games to 3.

The all-time great Oregon State 1990, ranked 153rd of all teams in the game, will be the favorite led by our 48th greatest player ever Gary Payton against Danny Wolf and 2024 Yale. It was actually John Poulakidas who scored 28 points to stun Auburn in this year's tournament to qualify this Yale team for the game with their first tournament win since upsetting Baylor in 2016. Yale is ranked 227th in our game.

In the other game it will be the 2024 team that is favored, with 212th Grand Canyon led by Tyon Grant Foster taking on 228th ranked Gonzaga 1981 lead by our 25th ranked player of all-time - John Stockton.

Pos      Weber State 2010     Pts  3pt  2pt  FT  Att  Reb  Stl  Blk  Fl    Actual Stats
1-PGDamian Lillard14224574026'2, 19.9 Pts
2-SGFranklin Session13053432116'3, 10.2 Pts
3-SFNick Hansen11310070116'4, 9.2 Pts
4-PFDarin Mahoney4020260426'8, 2.9 Pts
5-CSteve Panos8024480226'8, 10.6 Pts
PosHome BenchPts3pt2ptFTAttRebStlBlkFlActual Stats
1-PGLindsey Hughey4020410016'3, 7.8 Pts
4-PFKyle Bullinger2010012026'6, 8.7 Pts
5-CTrevor Morris4020030036'9, 4.9 Pts
 15 Turnovers605171119368814 
PosNC State 2024Pts3pt2ptFTAttRebStlBlkFlActual Stats
1-PGMichael O'Connell4020033046'2, 5.7 Pts
2-SGDJ Horne16331122026'1, 16.9 Pts
3-SFCasey Morsell10050081046'3, 11.1 Pts
4-PFMohamed Diarra6030090516'10, 6.3 Pts
5-CD.J. Burns17081180236'9, 12.9 Pts
PosHome BenchPts3pt2ptFTAttRebStlBlkFlActual Stats
1-PGBreon Pass2010010016'0, 1.3 Pts
2-SGKam Woods2010010016'2, 1.2 Pts
3-SFJayden Taylor11051212026'4, 11.2 Pts
4-PFDennis Parker2010020026'6, 4.7 Pts
5-CBen Middlebrooks2010241016'10, 5.7 Pts
 8 Turnovers7233036399721

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