Cat Barber put the team on his back, saving the Wolfpack from an embarrassing home loss to High Point 76-73.
The junior PG not only poured in 26 points and dropped 6 assists, but he bailed them out with a step back 3 pointed that beat the buzzer and sent them to victory.
It wasn’t a very pretty win for the Wolfpack, who once again played poor perimeter defense on an undersized and undermanned team. However, this was a must win for State after the early loss to William and Mary, and they were able to eke it out.
The game ball most certainly goes to Barber who was good in every aspect in this one. He shot the ball well, paced the offense well and made the right plays at the right times all night long. Mav Rowan had a big second half to help State keep up with the hot hands of High Point. The freshman wing has been huge for this team and he just keeps getting better and better. The impressive thing with Rowan has been his play late in games. Tonight he was huge within the last 2 minutes, knocking down a big time 3 and two free throws when State was on the verge of collapse.
State also got another quality outing from Abu. After some very questionable performances, Abu has been back to his old self, dominating the boards and being the team’s go-to post scorer. He finished with 13 points and 9 boards, 5 of which were offensive.
There were times in this one where it looked like NC State was going to run away with this one, but sharp shooting from the High Point guards and some feisty play down low from John Brown kept them in it. They actually had the ball with less than 25 seconds to play and the game tied at 73. They called a timeout, but the inbounds was stolen by Cody Martin…and that is where the fun began….
Martin was fouled going in for the winning layup, but turned his ankle as he was fouled. He wasn’t able to walk on it, so High Point was able to choose a shooter for the Wolfpack. They, of course, chose Anya (who is shooting an abysmal 34%). He missed both, but Rowan swooped in to grab the tipped rebound. After a timeout, State was doing their best to get it back to Mav. He was heavily guarded, so Cat was on his own. He went off a screen, collided with it, regained balance, and stepped back for a fade away 3 that hit nothing net. Game…NC State.
Now for a little critique. This was most certainly a huge W for this team, but there are still some major areas of work that still need to be handled if this team wants to compete. As we’ve said over and over, this team needs to get better at trusting and running their offense. Gottfried’s offense works, but this team needs to buy in. They need to sell their fakes, cut harder, set up their screens and make sure they use them correctly. Those fundamentals really haven’t been seen for a few years now and it’s really hampered the early growth of Gottfried’s teams. Any State fan who has watched NC State oer the past few years have seen spurts where it clicks and buckets seem to come at will. Right now however, too often State is banking on hitting long 2’s and contested 3s to win basketball games. Tonight they were hitting for the most part, but that won’t be the case every night. Barber has definitely bailed this team out with his ability to create and that will likely be a consistent trend as we move forward. But if they want to really shock the world this year they are going to need to be a lot more efficient and a lot more disciplined when it comes to running their offense.
While the offense could use some work, the defense is what is really holding this team back. Maybe it’s because it’s early season and the team isn’t as focused as they will be for ACC games, but that honestly should not be an excuse. This team has a defense problem. Now, before you go off and say I’m being a bit rough on this team, hear me out. This team should be absolutely shut-down on defense. They have the size, the length and the athleticism to absolutely stifle teams. So when we see a team like High Point shoot 43% and 50% from beyond the arc, it’s hard to not be disappointed. Recovery and communication on ball screens need major improvement. Closing out on shooters and staying on grounded on shot fakes need’s serious work. A ball screen and a pump fake should not be able to throw this defense into complete chaos, but all too often it happens to them. If they shoot over your contest, then fine, but the entire defensive system collapses when a guy comes off his feet on a pump fake, or is too slow to recover from a ball screen. They were able to out athlete High Point in this one and escape with a win, but with quality opponents coming down the pipeline, State needs to get their focus and discipline on the defensive end in check pretty fast.
Overall, a win is a win. They can use this as a lesson, see it as a character building win and get ready for Mizzou this Saturday in Columbia.
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NC State Baseball Rankings Update After Another Undefeated Week
The NC State Baseball team is now 7-0 through two weeks of play, going 4-0 last week, defeating Coastal Carolina 16-4 on the road in a midweek game, and sweeping Belmont at home this past weekend (11-4, 7-0, 7-1).
The Wolfpack remain ranked 21st in the D1Baseball Top-25.
The Wolfpack moved up 11 spots to #19 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll, up 2 spots to #20 in the Coaches Poll, and up 1 spot to #24 in the Baseball America poll.
NC State will host Longwood today at 3pm in their next matchup.
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NC State Sticks at #21 After Opening Weekend Sweep
NC State’s Men’s Baseball team stayed put at #21 in the D1Baseball Top-25 after an opening weekend sweep of Wagner.
NC State also stayed put at #25 in the Baseball America’s new poll, and stayed put at #30 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll.
The Wolfpack will play Coastal Carolina on the road this Wednesday at
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NC State Picked 3rd in the Atlantic in the 2023 ACC Baseball Preseason Poll
The 2023 ACC Preseason Poll was released yesterday, and NC State is projected to finish 3rd in the Atlantic.
NC State finished 5th in the Atlantic Division in 2022, with a 14-15 record in Conference play.
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The Doak is getting its renovation…and NC State fans aren’t exactly loving it
I was just about to write a piece about the Doak renovation going down.
Feb. 17 is right around the corner and #TheDoak is looking nice 👀 #Pack9 #GoPack pic.twitter.com/w64471DPFj
— NC State Athletics (@PackAthletics) January 25, 2023
But while I was over on Twitter, I saw a ton of comments on it, all of them NC State fans, and almost all of them critical of the new look.
Look, I don’t know what’s going on here. Maybe it’ll look a lot better once it’s done, or maybe the grass will match up a lot better when it greens up. But right now, it’s a little jarring. Here is how it used to look…
And here is how it’s looking right now…
Doak Field renovation coming along. Sod and turf almost completed #accbaseball #pack9 #ncsu pic.twitter.com/SYKgmSQZhi
— Allen (@BigalnRaleigh) January 19, 2023
Again, I’m going to wait until it’s really done before I cast judgement, but I think the official tweet from the school marketing it and drawing attention to it, has people thinking it’s in it’s final form. And maybe it is. But I hope it’s not.
I remember this being shared a while back…
This shows grass in foul territory and dirt in the 1st/3rd baselines. So I’m not sure when this turf thing came along. And while we’re on the subject, aren’t we a turf management school? Shouldn’t we be turning up our noses at artificial turf?
Apparently, this is a thing now, where foul territories are artificial turf and fair territory is grass. Here is Mississippi State’s baseball field doing the same thing.
🔜 #NewDude pic.twitter.com/dCoqhCKxLI
— Mississippi State Baseball (@HailStateBB) February 15, 2019
Can’t say I like it there either, honestly. It just seems like one of those fads. Remember when everyone was going crazy with field/court colors?
School with a grey field and school with a glow in the dark basketball court meet on blue turf. Winning coach gets dumped with French fries. College athletics at its absolute best. https://t.co/crEKoeLKbX pic.twitter.com/Bpeod50Sy4
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 4, 2022
Good time to remind everyone that Memphis’ basketball court should be fired directly into the sun. https://t.co/jXpDbPQ7Iw pic.twitter.com/htyMv4sAXD
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) November 10, 2021
The worst basketball court in the history of the sport. Thanks a lot, Oregon. pic.twitter.com/842T5CYmIc
— Craig Miller (@junior_miller) January 30, 2022
Did anyone ever really like those? Do people like them now? Have they ever gotten a recruit to come to the school? Have they ever scared a recruit away?
I don’t know. You tell me. I’ll hold final judgment, but things NC State fans don’t seem like they’re going to follow along.
I think Kevin Holmes or should I say Kj would help them from the outside, I have seen him hit 15 three’s in a pickup game against football players that where playing him really tough…so I no he would help, becuase when Wood is off or can’t get his shoot off. He would..or they could put one on one side and one on the other and be like the offense Duke runs…to keep shooters out there for a short period to get some quick points.
You can show a dog a new trick, but it’s not until you train it that the dog does the trick. To paraphrase someone from another board: It all starts in October. If it’s not effectively drilled into a team since October, it won’t show up on the floor in February.
It all starts with the basics. Setting picks, Movement without the ball on offense, Shot selection. That all goes on one person. Coach. You have to get the basics down before you move on. I’m in Greenville and have watched a less talented team in ECU, but they are doing the basics to the best of there ability. That shows good coaching. Lowe days are done and we need to get a coach who will get the most from his players.
Hate to admit it but every year Sid is here it is the same problems.
The biggest problem I see is preparation and attitude. The majority of coaching is performed prior to the game. Studying game tapes, practicing different defensive and offensive schemes, working on weaknesses, etc. Lowe seems to do too much game time coaching with all his whistling and yelling. Just seems like someone trying to make up for poor preparation. On the player side, it’s like watching someone get punched in the face and they just sit there and take it over an over. The truly competitive players in any sport take it personally when someone shows them up. That should drive… Read more »
It falls on the coach.
Sid Lowe plain and simple he is the reason
While I can’t really dispute anything mentioned above, the time for excuses has passed. The two biggest weaknesses are outside shooting and defense. Neither of which is likely to be resolved in the time left in this season. If neither your #1 or #2 are a threat from the perimeter, it doesn’t matter how good your low post scorer is, they are going to have a hard time getting good looks at the basket. So Harrow and Brown are going to have to improve their outside shooting and not be afraid to take and make the open 3 point shot,… Read more »
Lorenzo Brown is projected as a 2?
Lets add Scott Wood to the mix. He’s done a great job shooting the ball but in order to keep the defenses honest he has to put the ball on the floor after faking a 3. If he can develope a 12 foot jumper on the dribble he will be deadly. Not only that but drive around to pull the defense to him to give someone else a wide open 3 or a layup.
Why does this article not mention coaching as one of our problems?
Probably written by Lowe
Agree with pretty much all of this. I’ve been saying that their shooting woes have been the biggest reason they have failed
PackJunky You are starting to blog just like me. For God’s sake, it was just High Point. Let’s storm the court, we beat High Point. When I was growing up, High Point was a joke. If you couldn’t get into a decent school, you went to High Point. It is amazing to see how far High Point has risen or is how low State has fallen. My god, it was just High Point. This team will be humbled during the ACC reagular season. How could anyone put this team into the Big Show preseason? Getting Smith and Bam Bam for… Read more »
I’m glad you mentioned executing the offense. These guys really don’t know how to sell their fakes or they are just too robotic in their movements with little creativity. Think back to when Richard Howell would slip the “corners” screen set for Scott Wood and Lorenzo Brown would find him for an easy dunk. The play is set for Wood, but he had the presence of mind to read the defense. Sometimes I think it’s more patience than effort. I see the wings even struggle with L cuts at the FT line sometimes b/c it’s very predictable. One issue I… Read more »
Shock the world?! I’d be shocked if this team makes the NIT. That was one of the most poorly played, and poorly coached games I’ve seen by a GOTT coached team. We had an ABSURD SIZE ADVANTAGE!! But did we get the ball inside? Very little, and only in the 2nd half when it was clear we were in a pickle. We should have been pounding the rock inside on EVERY PLAY!! Of course our bigs don’t know how to get position in the low blocks, and they don’t know how to score inside once they get it. But even… Read more »