A quick take on Syracuse's disappointing 35-20 defeat against North Carolina State Saturday afternoon, on Military Appreciation Day at the Carrier Dome:
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It's must-win time for North Carolina State and Syracuse. Time is running out on their postseason hopes.
Each team has to win two of three to become bowl-eligible, and one will be very disappointed on Saturday after they play in the Carrier Dome.
"That's a major goal we're fighting for," North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb said. "Just got to stick together, stay as a team, and hopefully everything will pan out the way we want it to."
N.C. State on Monday announced the signing of Markell Johnson, the No. 10-ranked point guard in the Class of 2016 according to 247Sports.com.
The 6-1 guard from Cleveland, Ohio, averaged more than 30 points and seven rebounds per game for East Tech last season en route to earning Cleveland.com's Boys Basketball Player of the Year award.
"He's an explosive combo guard who is extremely athletic and can play multiple positions for us," said NC State head coach Mark Gottfried. "He's a great addition to our backcourt and we look forward to Markell joining our program."
Johnson joins the talented incoming recruiting class of five-star guard Dennis Smith Jr., five-star Turkish center Omer Yurtseven, and Darius Hicks. The Wolfpack also hosted 6-8 power forward Ted Kapita, who has decommitted from SMU.
Thanks To Everybody That Have Been On My Side Through This Process I Have Decided To Join The Pack ✍������ pic.twitter.com/clshfGKMEQ- Markell Johnson (@kells_2017) June 20, 2016
Twins Caleb and Cody Martin will transfer from N.C. State.
Caleb finished fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 11.5 points per game, while Cody averaged 6 points per game. The twins are North Carolina natives.
The Wolfpack will now lose three of their top five scorers with point guard Anthony "Cat" Barber declaring for the NBA Draft.
Point guard Dennis Smith Jr. enrolled early at North Carolina State for the spring semester after he graduated from high school early, according to the News & Observer.
"It's a dream come true to for me, having grown up an N.C. State fan," Smith told the News & Observer. "For the way they recruited me, I was happy to show loyalty and commit. I'm excited to be a part of the program."
At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Smith is the projected No. 5 pick in 2017 by DraftExpress.com. He graduated in December from Trinity Christian in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
While playing for Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God Academy, Rawle Alkins is giving equal time to Tar Heel State schools North Carolina and N.C. State, and hopes to set up some official visits soon.
The 6-foot-5 Brooklyn native is also nursing an injured ankle but is slated to return home to New York for several games next month.
"It's funny down here with college basketball," he wrote in his latest USA Today blog, 'Rawle's Report.' "The fans here are crazy!
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State has already earned a spot in a bowl. The Wolfpack want a good one, and the best way to earn that is to keep winning.
North Carolina State begins a season-ending two-game homestand Saturday against a Syracuse team that gave No. 1 Clemson a scare.
The Wolfpack (6-4, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) reached bowl eligibility by beating Boston College last week, and now the goal is to move up the ACC's postseason pecking order.