But what’s happening with State — and what lies ahead — isn’t about a roster. It’s about a team and its coach.
Herb Sendek has shown himself a master of getting more from less by stressing defense and a ball-control offense. That approach worked so well last season that he was voted ACC coach of the year.
Now in his ninth season at State, he’s getting less from more. Against Miami and Virginia Tech, Sendek called timeouts to set up final shots. One was blocked by the side of the backboard, the other by a Tech defender. Against Duke, State looked capable of winning but didn’t seem to believe it could.
– Ned Barnett
News and Observer
January 21, 2005