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Holding onto the ball isn’t always easy and winning when you don’t never is.

RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 11: NC State guard Lavar Batts, Jr. (3) steals the ball from Clemson forward David Skara (24) during the game between the Clemson Tigers and the NC State Wolfpack at PNC Arena on January 11, 2018 in Raleigh, NC.
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NC State’s media notes proudly point out the Wolfpack has forced opponents into 20 or more turnovers on four occasions this season. The previous seven State teams, six of them directed by Mark Gottfried, forced 20 or more turnovers only twice. Combined.

A survey of 2018 ACC squads reveal the overall rarity of 20-turnover outings, both by and for conference clubs. Rarer still are 20-turnover efforts within ACC play. Clemson forced 21 in an overtime victory over Louisville. Duke caused 22 in a win at Wake.

That’s it.

NC State isn’t the only league team that forced four opponents into at least 20 turnovers. Florida State did it too, with a pair early and a pair just before commencing ACC play in late December. NC State’s 20 efforts all came in the first four games of the season.

FSU itself committed 22 turnovers in a loss to Oklahoma State at mid-December. NC State had 21 around Thanksgiving against Tennessee, and Wake had 20 against Rick Barnes’ Volunteers around Christmas.

The Demon Deacons and Pitt’s Panthers are the only ACC squads that twice committed at least 20 turnovers in a game this season. The Deacs lost both, the Panthers won both.

In fact only Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech won this year when committing 20 or more turnovers.

ACC Teams with 20 or More Turnovers Forced, Committed
(Through Games of Jan. 26)
School Forced Committed
BC 1-W 0
C 3-W,W,W 0
D 2-W,W 0
FS 4-W,W,W,W 1-L
GT 0 0
UL 1-W 1-L
UM 1-W 0
NC 0 1-L
NS 4-W,W,W,W 1-L
ND 0 0
UP 0 2-W,W
SU 0 0
V 1-W 0
VT 1-W 1-W
WF 1-W 2-L,L