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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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John
John
11 years ago

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.

Winknudge_x2
Winknudge_x2
11 years ago

COACHING
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.

Jamesc
Jamesc
11 years ago

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.

Chasmanson
Chasmanson
11 years ago
Reply to  Jamesc

Hate to admit it but every year Sid is here it is the same problems.

Earl
11 years ago

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 »

Lookim
Lookim
11 years ago
Reply to  Earl

It falls on the coach.

Bobplant
Bobplant
11 years ago
Reply to  Lookim

Sid Lowe plain and simple he is the reason

Adamidon
Adamidon
11 years ago

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 »

Reg
Reg
11 years ago

Lorenzo Brown is projected as a 2?

Jeff C
11 years ago

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.

truthbknownreturns
truthbknownreturns
11 years ago

Why does this article not mention coaching as one of our problems?

plantboy
plantboy
11 years ago

Probably written by Lowe

Redmangroup
Redmangroup
11 years ago

Agree with pretty much all of this. I’ve been saying that their shooting woes have been the biggest reason they have failed

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
6 years ago

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 »

jayminb
jayminb
6 years ago

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 »

PackJunky
PackJunky
6 years ago

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 »

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NC State’s 2023 Baseball Schedule is Here!

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The NC State 2023 Baseball schedule is officially out!

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The Wolfpack finished the 2022 season with a 36-21 record, with a 14-15 record in ACC play, finishing 5th in the conference. NC State made it to the finals of the ACC Championship, and was criminally snubbed from appearing in the NCAA Tournament

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Dave Doeren’s Postgame Press Conference After NC State’s Loss to BC: BULLETED

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NC State Head Coach Dave Doeren met with the media for his postgame press conference tonight after NC State lost to Boston College 20-21. You can watch it here, or check out a BULLETED breakdown below.

  • I don’t know really what to say. I’m pretty down for these kids.
  • Obviously we didn’t play well enough to win. We didn’t coach well enough to win. I’ll always put that on me.
  • Turning the ball over 3 times in the 2nd half changed the game in their favor.
  • I hate it for these seniors. It’s a great group of young men. We didn’t get it done. Give Boston College some credit.
  • At the same time, we had plays there.
    • We got stuffed on 4th-and-1 on the goal line in the 1st half.
    • I thought Drake [Thomas] made a fantastic play.
      • I’m disappointed that a flag was thrown on a play like that. I thought it was a bang-bang play to win the game.
      • I don’t know how you throw that flag. It’s a really disappointing call by that official.
    • But there were other plays in the game that we could have made that it wouldn’t have come down to that, and we didn’t.
      • Other calls we could have made. It’s going to be a tough night. We’ll get back together tomorrow and regroup and work hard to finish.
  • We were 2 of 12 on 3rd down. I think that was the biggest thing.
    • They were doing a good job in coverage.
      • We had a hard time getting open. We tried to get open a couple of times down the field and gave up some sacks.
    • Their defensive end [Donovan Ezeiruaka] beat us multiple times.
    • If you turn the ball over 3 times and can’t convert on 3rd down, it’s hard to find a rhythm.
    • We were in negative-yardage situations several times in the 2nd half.
    • We did a poor job after those first 2 scores.
  • It hurts [Grant Gibson’s injury late in the 1st half].
    • Grant has played more football on this team than anybody on our roster.
    • He’s a leader. He’s a 3-time captain.
    • It hurt not having him in the middle. Dylan [McMahon] had to move inside. That’s obviously a key loss in the game.
  • I just told him [MJ Morris] that he’s going to learn a lot from this film. He’s going to learn a ton watching it tomorrow.
    • He’ll grow from it. He’ll be better as he moves forward.
    • These kinds of mistakes are going to happen with a young quarterback.
    • There were a lot of them, but not just on him. It wasn’t just things that he did.
    • There’s things that could have been done to help him more.
      • That’s a thing we’ve done really well the last 2 games. We helped him. We protected for him. We got open. We made plays.
      • It just didn’t happen tonight. He’ll definitely learn from that experience. He’ll grow from it and be better because of it.
  • They’re incredible people [this Senior class]. Incredible.
    • I love every one of them. I’m thankful that they’ve been in my life. I’m blessed to be their coach.
    • I hate that we didn’t get that win for them tonight.
    • They’ve done a ton for NC State and this program.
    • They’re going to have very successful lives because of the people that they are, not just the players. They are incredible people.
  • Obviously their quarterback [Emmett Morehead] made some key plays with his legs and his arm.
    • He gave his guys a chance to make plays.
    • He gave them a chance to win. He did turn the football over a couple of times, but we didn’t get enough points out of the turnovers that we created.
  • Obviously Zay Flowers was a difference maker.
    • He had 130 yards and 2 touchdowns. We knew he was special.

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NC State Baseball Wins 1st Scrimmage Against Duke, Ties 2nd

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NC State’s Baseball squad was supposed to play the Ontario Blue Jays tonight in a Fall Scrimmage, but the game was cancelled. As a result, the Scrimmage scheduled for tomorrow against Duke, was moved up to tonight due to Hurricane Ian.

The Wolfpack defeated the Blue Devils 5-0 in the first 7-inning scrimmage.

Old Dominion Transfer Junior Carter Trice, batting in the cleanup spot for NC State, smashed one over the Left Field wall to give the Wolfpack a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning.

Trice was a Freshman All-American at ODU, also earning 2nd Team All-American honors, after hitting .355, 14 home runs, collecting 54 RBI’s, and posting a .426 OBP, and a .778 SLG. As a Sophomore last year, Trice earned 2nd Team All-Conference USA honors after batting .295, hitting 17 home runs and stealing 18 bases. His SLG was .755 last year.

In the 3rd inning, the Wolfpack hit two more home runs. Sophomore Shortstop Payton Green hit a solo shot, and Junior 1st Baseman LuJames Groover hit a 2-run shot.

Green added an additional RBI via a base knock in the 4th inning, giving the Wolfpack their 5th and final run of the 1st scrimmage.

Junior Oregon Transfer Rio Britton took the mound for the first two innings, and blanked the Blue Devils in both. Britton posted a 3.32 ERA in two years for the Ducks, striking out 53 in 54.1 innings, holding opponents to a batting average of .193.

Sophomore Jacob Halford was up next, and he also pitched 2 scoreless frames, followed by Freshman Dom Fritton and Junior Justin Lawson, who each pitched a scoreless frame.

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In the 2nd scrimmage, NC State trailed 3-0 in the 7th inning, but the Wolfpack didn’t give up. After Freshman Matt Heavner was hit by a pitch, Junior Texas A&M Transfer Kalae Harrison brought him home with an RBI double. Then Freshman Michael Gupton walked.

With two men on base, Freshman Isaiah Barkett brought both Harrison and Gupton home with a triple to right field, tying the game, which ultimately ended in a 3-3 tie.

Redshirt Senior Baker Nelson gave up 1 run in two innings, and Redshirt Junior Clemson Transfer P.J. Labriola, Freshman Andrew Shaffner, Sophomore Carson Kelly, and Junior John Miralia all saw action as well from the mound.

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Four of the Top 5 players in NC have committed to play for NC State Baseball in 2024

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With the recent commitment of Anderson Nance, NC State has now secured commitments from 4 of the top 5 players in the state North Carolina for the 2024 class.

Nance, who committed on Friday, was the biggest get. He was ranked #1 overall and possesses a low to mid-90s fastball and plus secondary pitches. He projects to be a front-line starter at some point in his career.

They also have a commitment from the #2 player in the state, Drake Purvis, who is a 6’0, 175lb lefty who can get his fastball into the 90s.

The #3 player in the state for 2024 is Truitt Manuel, a 6’2, 195lb RHP/OF who is also a star football player for Hendersonville.

The #5 player in the state is another RPH named Kaden Morris, who is a monster at 6’8, 220lbs. Morris committed in mid-August.

As you can see, NC State baseball is putting together a class of elite pitching prospects for 2024, all of whom come from North Carolina.

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