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Allegations fly regarding chant directed towards N.C. State guard Tyler Lewis

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In the aftermath of their 98-85 loss at No. 4 Duke on Thursday night N.C. State fans and players were none too pleased, which is to be expected when your team loses a game.

But for some the anger stemmed from a chant alleged to be directed at N.C. State freshman point guard Tyler Lewis during the second half. While Duke fans in attendance (as well as some members of the media) say that the chant was “past your bedtime,” there were those on the N.C. State side who claim to have heard “how’s your grandma?”

Lewis’ grandmother passed away last Friday, one day before N.C. State lost 79-78 to No. 8 Miami in Raleigh, and according to his father in a post by Joe Giglio of the Raleigh News & Observer there was a small segment of fans who took up the derisive chant (the video of the alleged incident is in the post for you to judge for yourselves).

“It was mostly ‘Past your bedtime,’ but there was an instant when a brief number of students chanted about Tyler’s grandmother,” Rick Lewis said Friday. “It wasn’t the entire student section, I think a few tried to outdo themselves.”

If this indeed took place that’s a horrible thing to chant, but it’s important to note that this is a case of a few bad apples spoiling things for the entire group.

Just as bad, and this was also noted by the elder Lewis, is the fact that this situation has taken focus away from Lewis’ solid play with Lorenzo Brown out after suffering a sprained ankle in a loss at Virginia.

Averaging 3.2 points and 1.6 assists per game on the season, Lewis accounted for 14.5 points and 5.5 assists per game in the losses to Miami and Duke with just one turnover. While it’s obvious that Brown will be the starter when he returns, Lewis has taken full advantage of his opportunity and made a case for more minutes when that time comes.

“It’s kind of always in his mind that he has to beat the odds – size and his frame. And he has kind of that mentality right now,” said N.C. State head coach Mark Gottfried of his freshman point guard.

“He played against good pressure defense all night long, gets 13 points, six assists without a turnover. We’re learning there. The tough thing for us is that we’re not winning, but we’re learning that he can help us a lot. He’s done well.”

And for a team that essentially had one reserve (freshman T.J. Warren) seeing consistent playing time before Brown’s injury, this is a positive development for N.C. State.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: A Big 12 and a Big Ten showdown

Denzel Valentine
(AP Photo/Al Goldis)
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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 10 West Virginia at No. 6 Kansas, 7:00 p.m.

The last time these two teams got together, West Virginia actually knocked off Kansas in Morgantown. It was the third time in the last three seasons that WVU has beaten KU at home. So there’s some revenge at stake here. But there’s also the whole Big 12 title race, which West Virginia currently leads. If the Mountaineers win tonight, they’ll be up by two games on Kansas with the tie breaker and just seven games left to play. The Jayhawks regular season title streak could be over if that happens.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 18 Purdue, 7:00 p.m.

We think the Spartans are back to their early season form after wins over Maryland (at home), Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan. If Michigan State really wants to prove something to the college basketball world, they will go into West Lafayette tonight and get a win. Denzel Valentine vs. Raphael Davis will be fun.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR

  1. Pitt will pay a visit to No. 12 Miami in a game the Panthers could really use a win in. Pitt hasn’t been the most consistent team in the country and without adding a few quality wins they could be looking at the bubble.
  2. Duquesne will be paying a visit to No. 19 Dayton, who moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 thanks to VCU’s loss on Saturday.
  3. Georgia is right there on the bubble, and they will have a chance to try and push themselves into a better spot when they play at No. 22 Kentucky tonight.
  4. Creighton probably has to win out to have a shot of making the NCAA tournament, and that includes tonight, when they host No. 5 Xavier.
  5. No. 7 Virginia will be hosting Virginia Tech, who picked off the Wahoos in Blacksburg earlier this year.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 1 Villanova at DePaul, 8:30 p.m.
  • No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR POWER RANKINGS: Buddy Hield isn’t going anywhere

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) drives to the basket as LSU guard Antonio Blakeney (2) defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
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It’s Tuesday, which means that it is once again time for the NBC Sports Player of the Year Power Rankings.

And you’ll be shocked to find out that Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield is still No. 1 in those rankings. By a pretty wide margin.

The rest of the top 10?

They can be found here, at the CBT FaceBook page. Follow that page for the countdown: