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For all of those who don’t follow us on twitter of Facebook , Kyle Washington is transferring. We don’t know where and really we don’t know why. Well, we do know why. Washington lost a ton of playing time to Freeman down the stretch and even though NC State was winning, Washington really kind of went from a starter to a guy playing less than 10 minutes per game.

Fans are going to choose sides here. Some will side with Washington and feel like he got a raw deal, others will side with Gottfried and talk about how State started winning when Washington went to the bench. I think the truth lies somewhere in between. Sure Freeman gave State a bigger, stronger, better rebounder in the post and yes that won them some games, but to totally disregard Washington’s value seemed strange to me. There were times when State would go ice cold and you’d be looking for Gottfried to try inserting KW for a spark. Sometime he did but sometimes he didn’t and that was what most likely lead to this decision.

So what now? Well, State now has a thinner front court. They have Anya, Freeman and Abu. Two of those three guys have trouble scoring, but they’ll at least have a backup in case of foul trouble or a guy gets hurt. With both Martins coming back State will have a lot of size and athleticism at the 3, so there is not a worry. The problem is now going to be finding offense in the front court. Abu is fine, but Freeman and Anya have a ways to go. With Abu prone to fouls you could have both guys on the court at the same time which means teams could really key on stopping backcourt scorers. Look for Gottfried to snag a post grad transfer or an under the radar recruit with a big body. State has gone from a deep team with tons of options to a thin group that needs to find their identity.

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wolfpack74
wolfpack74
8 years ago

blow000 Thank you for your comments.  I will take your suggestion and not reply until there is something positive to discuss.

blow000
blow000
8 years ago

If the NCSU athletic dept. followed your recommendations they would have a new coach and and A.D. every two years, and little respect from any viable candidates as the years tick by. Coach K,’s, Calipari’s, and Izzo’s don’t grow on trees. I understand your frustrations, but challenge you to post a positive comment every once and while, as all the negative ones become exhausting. Just like that annoying fan that sits behind you at the game and bitches the whole time. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
8 years ago

gopack wolfpack74 Sweet sixteen, big deal.

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
8 years ago

WolfpackBack gopack wolfpack74 That is completely wrong.  I get angry, upset, and frustrated, then I blow everything out of proportion.

WolfpackBack
WolfpackBack
8 years ago

gopack wolfpack74 Don’t worry about ‘ol wolfpack74. He blows everything out of proportion and then gets very angry and upset.

gopack
gopack
8 years ago

wolfpack74 Are you serious? I think you are being a little dramatic by saying this is worse than lowe or sendek. Although Gottfried has lost some talent to transfers, the last time I checked State has been to 4 ncaa tournaments in a row and two sweet 16s….I’d say rock bottom is a little harsh.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
8 years ago

I have mixed feelings about Kyle leaving. He was so disruptive to the offense most of the season with quick shots and at times became a black hole. On the other hand, he made some huge shots down the stretch in limited minutes that can’t be ignored.  I don’t know how many times I was yelling at the TV “no, no, no, yes”. I’m pretty sure I owe him for at least a couple of gray hairs. Kyle’s absence will likely be felt more next season due to the loss in scoring of Lacey/Turner. I imagine that Cat can score… Read more »

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
8 years ago

ThatWiggaJigga The word is obtuse.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
8 years ago

All quiet on the Eastern Front. Twitter has been quiet today. No news is good news.

ThatWiggaJigga
ThatWiggaJigga
8 years ago

^you are probably the most annoying fan I’ve ever met

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
8 years ago

There are probably 100 Freemans available out there. Let Gott go get them so we can hit rock bottom.

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Look…I know the odds of NC State’s Men’s Basketball team going to the NCAA Tournament is next to zero percent.

In fact, according to Bart Torvik, the Wolfpack have a 1.1% chance of making the Dance as an at-large bid.

Don’t accuse me of wearing rose colored glasses, because I’m not. The fact remains, it’s not over until it is over.

What would have to happen for NC State to make the NCAA Tournament?

More than likely, NC State would have to win out the rest of the way, in games against Boston College, @ FSU, @ UNC, Duke and @ Pitt.

Maybe there’s a scenario where the Wolfpack beats BC, FSU, Pitt and beats either Duke or UNC. In order for that to play out, I imagine the Wolfpack would have to make a splash in the ACC Tournament as well.

Or maybe NC State could earn a bid winning 4 of 5 if they all of a sudden put together astronomical offensive and defensive efficiency numbers, which thus far has killed their position in the NET Rankings.

Either way, you would need some legit Cardiac Pack vibes for this team to make the Dance.

Call me unrealistic, but I think NC State should be in the NCAA Tournament every single season. Historically speaking, heading into this season, NC State ranked 27th for the most wins in college basketball history. If I lowered the standard a bit to 75%, accounting for an off year every now and then, the program is still way off the mark.

Read into this what you will, but if the Wolfpack doesn’t go to the Big Dance this year, that means they will have only gone twice in the past 7 years, and in my opinion, that’s unacceptable.

With that being said…GO PACK!

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Notes

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  • Senior Center River Baldwin struggled, hitting 2 of her 9 shots.
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The Wolfpack will play at Duke on Sunday at 5:30pm on ACC Network.

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If NC State wins tonight, it will mark the 4th time that Moore has led the Wolfpack to sweep UNC in the regular season.

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NC State Women’s Basketball Head Coach Wes Moore is 1 of 15 on the Naismith Late Season Watchlist for the Coach of the Year Award.

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Moore was a finalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year Award in 2020-21 and a Semifinalist in 2015-16.

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