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


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

Clemson lands 2017 guard

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Clemson landed a quality commitment on Tuesday as Class of 2017 guard A.J. Oliver committed to the Tigers. The son of Clemson women’s head coach Audra Smith, Oliver is regarded as a three-star prospect, according to Rivals, although some others view him as a top-100 caliber player.

The 6-foot-4 Oliver attends nearby Daniel High School and should have some time to get acclimated with the players and coaches before he sets foot on campus. A versatile guard who plays hard, Oliver showed that he can make plays with the ball in his hands this summer with the Upward Stars.

Oliver is Clemson’s first commitment in the Class of 2017 and it’s a strong start for head coach Brad Brownell.

Arizona’s Tarczewski out 4-to-6 weeks

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Arizona will be without senior center Kaleb Tarczewski for 4-to-6 weeks, the school announced on Tuesday. The 7-foot Tarczewski suffered a stress reaction and strained muscle to his left foot and he’ll have some time to heal before the main portion of the Pac-12 conference schedule.

The experienced Tarczewski was averaging 8.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game before going down with injury. Without the senior in the lineup, Arizona fell to Providence in the Wooden Legacy last week. Without Tarczewski in the lineup, the Wildcats could turn to center Dusan Ristic while forward Ryan Anderson has had some solid outings this season.

Missing Tarczewski for the rest of non-conference play will hurt but he’ll get to rest and recover for the stretch run while the Wildcats can mix in some new frontcourt pieces.