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Analysis: NC State 88, Stanford 79

Bright hit some shots; his teammates didn't

After Stanford went 5-of-21 deep in an 88-79 loss to NC State, coaches and fans may be analyzing high and low for solutions. But the answer is simple. Tonight, Stanford did everything well enough to win, save for the very act for which the game is named: putting the ball into the basket. With their size and D, if Stanford starts to hit open shots more consistently, this is a Sweet 16 team.

First half 16 to go: North Carolina State 10, Stanford 6 The ESPN2 announcers mention NC State is the most accurate shooting team in the country while Stanford is last in the Pac-12. NC State is ranked, at home, and plays in a far tougher conference, so my test today is whether Stanford can run with these guys. NC State is a tournament team, so even if the Cardinal don't win, do they look like...

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