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NC State lost by 51 points to UNC as they looked like a middle school team compared to Roy Williams group. The offense was a non-issue as the Pack did not run a single set from the beginning. Carolina punked NC State as they took NC State out of their offense by picking up early in the half-court. The offense wasn’t the only issue as defensively the Wolfpack didn’t do anything to take Carolina out of their comfort zone.

Carolina went on to score 107 points, shoot 49% from the field, and 44% from three. UNC crushed State on the glass by a margin of 14, and ripped down 17 offensive boards. To put it bluntly, NC State was outperformed on every level of yesterday’s contest as one would expect when a team loses by 51. Let alone 51 to a so-called rival.

NC State world beaters one game and bottom dwellers the next. Inconsistencies in running a gameplan and having energy have tormented NC State as well as State fans. Frustration boils over as there needs to be more accountability throughout the program. The coaching staff, as well as the players, are at fault for yesterday’s performance.

All of the players in Red & White must take a long hard look at themselves and question their motives. It is a players responsibility to play with energy, focus, and heart. The coaches cannot get out there and play! Personally, I believe that players are more responsible for performances like we saw yesterday. NC State players were not tough enough to execute aginst UNC’s defense. They went off script shooting contested jumpers without ball movement. They turned it over 26 times and shot sub 37% from the field!

Coaches must create a culture that demands toughness and trust. The biggest issues I have is the effort level and the consistency with NC State basketball. Look at the premiere programs across the country and what you find is a consistent effort each night. Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, and the Villanova’s of the college basketball landscape give the same effort regardless of their opponent in front of them. NC State cannot say the same thing. NC State; however, seemingly find ways to play up or down to their competition. Or the Pack will follow big wins with head-scratching performances the next game.

After a loss like yesterday, NC State must recognize that they are only three games deep into the ACC schedule. They have plenty of time left to try and heal a loss like yesterday. I argue a loss like that will never heal or at least I hope our players never forget those feelings. Those feelings should be motivation to never play so lackadaisical, soft, and without a competitive fire again.

Talent is not a problem for NC State instead they need to show some grit, focus, and competitiveness to put themselves in a position to use it. Mark Gottfried has got to be better at getting through to his players to answer the call on the road in hostile environments. People will point the finger at Gottfried, and he is at fault; however, it is on everyone inside the NC State basketball program to not waste this season.

Losing one game in the ACC is never a reason to panic, but yesterday wasn’t just one game. It was a rivalry game and a chance to make real noise in the hierarchy of college basketball. It wasn’t, it showed the gap between NC State and Carolina is still significant. Pain is the emotion that runs through me as I type that.

NC State cannot forget what led to their dismantling at the hands of UNC yesterday. They cannot do anything about that performance but they can make sure it never happens again. The rest of the season will be a testament to what kind of character resides inside NC State basketball. It will also shape the future of NC State’s program.

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Wormncsu
Wormncsu
6 years ago

The only problem is who do you bring in to replace Gottfried. State has shown in coaching searches we are not a top destination for the upper esalon of coaches.

Martin
Martin
6 years ago

I realize that coaches can not go out on the court and play the game, but they are responsible for the personality, attitude, and effort of a team. It is okay to lose when giving your all but inexcusable when you go out and represent your school in the manner that our players so often do. Williams and Coach K would have lost their minds and sat every player. We need a coach to motivate

Ian
Ian
6 years ago

“They cannot do anything about that performance but they can make sure it never happens again.” Here’s my problem, they already did and it was against Miami. Fool me once as the saying goes. They’ve got me worried at this point.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
6 years ago

As I’ve mentioned before I was done before last season. We don’t need to see 2 more years of this crap to know what we have. This is the most talented and deepest roster maybe ever in Raleigh but if the coach can’t get them to play hard at minimum then what else needs to be said? I’ll return when we have a new coach. Until then best wishes to all Wolfpack fans.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
6 years ago

A friend of mine and fellow Alumnus who happens to be a lot more forgiving than me was using this season to make the final call on our beleaguered coach. I’m pretty sure I know which way he’s leaning.

Ballerman4452
Ballerman4452
6 years ago

This is a defining moment. State can either get back up and learn or stay down. This team has to mature quick since a third of the team will be gone next year and this is the first time state has had depth in a good while. I’ve been a state fan since I was 13 when Herb Sendek was the coach, and even then there was inconsistency. Someone needs to step up and change the culture and fast.

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
6 years ago
Reply to  Ballerman4452

Who’s leaving? Only Anya is a senior and maybe Henderson. The rest need to stay and learn how to play as a team because none are that talented to consider the NBA yet. It only looks like we have depth. Most are first year players that don’t play hard or together. However, the real problem is the coaching. No ability to develop players especially the bigs. Sorry to hear Wolfer96 is out.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
6 years ago

That was a fairly accurate breakdown. As mentioned the lack of effort is a real concern. But lacking discipline is nothing new for a Gott coached team. I saw guys walking back on defense when unc was pushing the ball in transition. Standing around after a score and giving up wide open shots. At some point these guys have to show a little pride.

Embarassing
Embarassing
6 years ago

This is type of game that players and coaching staff should come out and apologize to WPN. Except for one or two players, They should know it was embarrassing to wear Wolfpack jersey. 27% FT, 26 TOs, 51 margin loss is inexcusable. Team was out-coached, out-hustled, out-everything. This is recurring theme for Gottfried and co. Will Gott’s true team only come in March? WPN have to swallow poops til?

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NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game

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NC State improved to 19-5 overall, and 9-4 in the ACC, defeating Georgia Tech 72-64 in PNC Arena. How did they win: By the Numbers. Box Score. The ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel and Condensed Game are below.

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NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: BY THE NUMBERS

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Survive and Advance. Some days it’s just like that.

NC State found a way to win at home over Georgia Tech 72-64 with Terquavion Smith and Jarkel Joiner combining for a whopping 10 points, shooting 3-17. They each had 5 points, and entered the game ranked 1st (Smith) and 5th (Joiner) in the ACC in scoring.

How did the Wolfpack find a way to victory?

Burns. Ross. Morsell.

DJ Burns carried the team on his back, scoring 24 points (11-21 FG) and grabbing 8 boards. Ernest Ross reminded us once again what he’s capable of, coming off the bench to score 16 points, shooting 4 of 8 from the field. Most importantly, Ross was a perfect 7 for 7 from the free throw line. He also had 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.

The shots might not have been falling for Smith and Joiner, but don’t forget about Casey Morsell. He scored 17 points, making 6 of his 9 field goal attempts, and 4 of 7 from beyond the arch. He also had 5 rebounds and 3 steals.

Smith’s shot might have been off, but his passing game wasn’t. His 10 assists were a new career high, toppling his former best of 7 against Miami back in December.

Once again, NC State managed to find a way to win a game in which the other team shot better (44.1/41.9) than them. Heck, the Yellow Jackets out rebounded them (37-36).

How you ask?

Well, NC State forced Georgia Tech to commit 17 turnovers, scoring 11 points off of them (Georgia Tech had 5 points off of turnovers). Also, the Wolfpack had more offensive rebounds than the Yellow Jackets (12-10), scoring 11 second chance points (The Yellow Jackets had 7 second chance points).

Georgia Tech entered today’s game having won 4 straight against NC State in PNC Arena, and the Wolfpack found a way to snap that streak.

A 14-3 run by NC State in the final 4 minutes was enough for the Pack to seal the deal.

NC State will have a chance to pick up a Quad 1 win over UVA on the road on Tuesday night at 9pm.

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NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: BOX SCORE

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball team improved to 19-5 and 9-4 in ACC play today, defeating Georgia Tech 72-64 in PNC Arena.

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Where Does NC State Rank in Team Stats in the ACC Before Georgia Tech?

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Before NC State and Georgia Tech tipoff at 1pm, here’s a look at where the Wolfpack ranks in the ACC in team stats.

The Wolfpack lead the ACC in points per game, and rank 7th in points given up per game. As a result, NC State’s scoring margin is 10.13, which ranks 2nd in the conference.

The Wolfpack scores a lot, but it isn’t because they are one of the best shooting teams in the ACC, ranking 11th in Free Throw Percentage, 8th in Field Goal Percentage, and 8th in Three Point Percentage.

The reason that NC State leads the ACC in scoring is because of the way they attack the offensive glass, and the way they force turnovers. The Wolfpack forced 319 turnovers, which leads the ACC, and boast a 4.09 Turnover Margin, which also leads the conference. The Wolfpack also rank 2nd in the ACC in Offensive Rebounds. Not shockingly, they lead the ACC in steals, averaging 8.3.

The Wolfpack rank 9th in Assists, but rank 3rd in Assist/Turnover Ratio. NC State has turned over their opponent better than anyone else, and they also have done a good job taking care of the ball.

NC State ranks 2nd in Blocks and 3rd in Rebounding Margin.

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