Rivalry Week Headlines — Wolfpack vs. Yellow Jackets

Because when State fans think of which school(s) we hate we think….UNCDukeMaryland…Georgia Tech.

February 9, 2012

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Akula Wolf (BackingthePack.com)
Talking Georgia Tech With From The Rumble Seat

As we approach the re-match with Georgia Tech, I caught up with BirdGT at From The Rumble Seat. Turns out he doesn’t know what the hell happened in Raleigh either. Personally I expect it to happen again, whatever it was.

1.) What’s the best way to slow down Glen Rice?

The best way to slow down Glen Rice is to slow down his teammates. Tech is a very turnover heavy squad this season. If State can apply a lot of pressure in the 1st half and force some turnovers, they will easily negate Rice’s scoring. Tech has the 4th worst A:T ratio in conference play and the 3rd most turnovers in 2012 ACC play. Unfortunately, Tech’s primary handlers outside of GRJ, Mfon Udofia, Jason Morris, and Brandon Reed, have a combined assist:turnover ratio of 39:54. Press those three and Tech will give State some easy transition points.

The other frustrating aspect of GRJ’s game is that he doesn’t come on strong in the first half. He makes out like a bandit in a riot in the second half when the games are either close and Tech needs clutch shots or when Tech is down big and no one is guarding him. The first half is a mystery. Since December 22nd’s win over Alabama A&M, Tech has gone 2-10 and been outscored by about 7 points in the first half. The only leads Tech had at the half in any of those games were NC State, FSU, and BC where Tech went 2-1.

BirdGT (FromTheRumbleSeat.com)
Backing the Pack joins us with Info about the Wolfpack

FTRS: I think any outside observer looking in at State wants to know how things have been since the departure of Sidney. So how are things?

BTP: Much, much better. Fewer whistles, too. Apparently Sidney Lowe didn’t really care how hard his players worked during the offseason, or if they worked at all. Simply adding some additional structure to practices and getting the guys motivated to workout has made a difference. State also appears more organized at the offensive end, which is paying dividends as well.

Gottfried certainly has benefited from the schedule and the experience that Lorenzo Brown and CJ Leslie picked up last year, but I think his impact has gone well beyond that. At least so far.

GoPack.com
Men’s Basketball Travels to Georgia Tech

NC State begins a two-game road swing starting with Thursday’s game versus Georgia Tech. The game is set for a 7 p.m. tip and can be heard on the NC State Radio Network and seen on ESPNU.

The Pack is looking to even the season series following a 82-71 loss at home to the Yellow Jackets in January. NC State enters the contest riding a two-game winning streak after posting wins at Boston College (56-51) and at home over Wake Forest (87-76) last week. Tech enters the game following a 51-47 victory over BC at home on Saturday, which snapped a six-game slide for the Yellow Jackets.

With a win, the Pack can improve to 4-1 in conference road play and earn its 18th victory of the season, the most wins since the 2009-10 season when it posted 20 victories.

Ken Sugiura (AJC.com)
Georgia Tech faces N.C. State again

Georgia Tech’s game against N.C. State on Thursday night gave coach Brian Gregory reason to review the Yellow Jackets’ first game against the Wolfpack, an 82-71 upset win in Raleigh.

Given that Tech lost the next six games after that win, the replay left Gregory encouraged for an unexpected reason.

“We’re a much better team [now] than we were in that particular game,” Gregory said. “We do a lot of things much better.”

The Jackets’ Jan. 11 win over N.C. State was probably the most unlikely of the season. Tech played with superior effort, out-rebounded the Wolfpack 34-29 and made 31 trips to the free-throw line, the third most this season. The Jackets shot 9-for-15 from 3-point range, their only game this season higher than 50 percent, with Glen Rice Jr. scoring 22 points off the bench.

The weeks since that game have made clear that Tech played over its head and N.C. State played unusually poor, allowing the Jackets to cover up flaws. Gregory said that his players are creating better shots for their teammates and function better on defense, particularly in the half-court game.

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Andrew Skwara (accsports.com)
ACC Midseason Report Card

N.C. State (17-7, 6-3)

Analysis

The Wolfpack has made big improvement under first-year coach Mark Gottfried. State already has more ACC wins (six) than all of last year (five). Gottfried is getting more out of the team offensively and several players have improved. But the Wolfpack is still lacking quality wins. Only one of their ACC wins came against a team with a winning league record (Miami). A bad loss to lowly Georgia Tech at home puts an ugly blemish on State’s resume too.

Where They Need To Improve

Big games. At North Carolina, the Wolfpack played itsworst game of the year in a 19-point loss. They need to handle the spotlight better with a brutal three-game stretch looming that includes games with Duke and FSU and a rematch with UNC.

Grade

B: Gottfried deserves some substantial credit. Gottfried has less talent than Sidney Lowe had since former leading scorer Tracy Smith is gone, but he’s producing much better results. The new system is bringing out the best in the players.

RPI ACC Men’s Basketball

2 Duke (20-4)
8 North Carolina (20-4)
30 Florida State (16-7)
36 Miami (14-7)
44 Virginia (19-4)
55 NC State (17-7)
87 Virginia Tech (13-10)
94 Maryland (14-9)
133 Wake Forest (11-13)
142 Georgia Tech (9-14)
183 Clemson (11-12)
212 Boston College (8-16)

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Class of '98, Mechanical Engineer, State fan since arriving on campus and it's been a painful ride ever since. I live by the Law of NC State Fandom, "For every Elation there is an equal and opposite Frustration."

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20 Responses to Rivalry Week Headlines — Wolfpack vs. Yellow Jackets

  1. Rochester 02/09/2012 at 8:28 AM #

    So Florida State has now lost to the two worst teams in the conference (at least by RPI) and beaten the two best. Hmmm. Hard to know what to expect out of them.

  2. BJD95 02/09/2012 at 9:18 AM #

    As I noted in my league-wide re-analysis…FSU is wildly inconsistent. It was very predictable that they would eventually lay another on-court turd – but I hoped they would save that for their visit to Raleigh. Damn it. Oh well, who’s to say they don’t have another bed shitting in them? :)

  3. 61Packer 02/09/2012 at 9:39 AM #

    The book on FSU to me is great interior strength, decent guard play and mediocre coaching. How else do you explain the Seminoles losing a game against the league’s weakest team? This was a game that would’ve put FSU atop the league.

    And look at us now. When was the last time we were in 2nd place in February?

    Tonight’s game is HUGE for us.

  4. Wufpacker 02/09/2012 at 9:44 AM #

    Clemson might be near the bottom as far as standings and RPI, but that game (at their place) should be of great concern. We’ll be coming off of the three game stretch against Duke, FSU and Carolina, and Clemson has the potential to do us some damage if we’re not playing well. Could be a classic trap game.

  5. bill.onthebeach 02/09/2012 at 10:04 AM #

    After last night’s instant classic in the Hole…. I am thinking that we might see the same kind of game again tonight in Hotlana…

    Who knows ???

  6. lax79 02/09/2012 at 10:45 AM #

    You’d think with all the African-American studies majors at the Hole, someone could have figured out that A. Rivers (African-American) was going to shoot the 3 ball. Oh well, must have skipped class that day.

  7. WolfBlood 02/09/2012 at 10:46 AM #

    Really need to get this one tonight, Go Pack!

  8. Rochester 02/09/2012 at 10:49 AM #

    I actually expect we’ll be quite focused tonight. Every man on the team knows we f’d up when GT came to Raleigh. I’ll guess they’ve had plenty of opportunity to study that tape. Might even be a little fresher, with four days off since the last game.

  9. DC_wolf 02/09/2012 at 11:22 AM #

    Any early lead on who’ll be reff’ing the game tonight? That may play a larger role than if Wood is on or not…

  10. SuperStuff 02/09/2012 at 11:50 AM #

    You got that right. They called a boat load of fouls against us during the GT game.

  11. ChemE79a 02/09/2012 at 12:24 PM #

    Actually Florida State losing to BC is not that surprising. Particularly since Donahue has slowed then down, BC is the closest thing in the ACC to the Harvard and Princeton teams that FSU lost to earlier. FSU’s biggest weakness is scoring out of the the half-court set. FSU is good enough at stopping the best of teams to win in a transition game where they have a chance to score. If they are forced to play half-court against a team that can score from the outside then they are very beatable.

  12. eas 02/09/2012 at 12:29 PM #

    FSU is the same team it has always been under Hamilton. Athletic, quick and tall. THEN add the other aspects if any Hamilton team…NO organization, inconsistent at best and not the best coaching. Man am I glad we have Gottfried!

    As for us, we are darn close to the big dance this year but more importantly the recruits coming in next year will be a great fit. I can’t wait for white chocolate to get here. We are heading in the right direction and have a coach who “gets it”. He brings a lot of media attention and in a positive way for a change. Great call Yow.

  13. DC_wolf 02/09/2012 at 12:36 PM #

    Actually, I wouldn’t mind our chances tonight if Wood is on, I think our winning pct. is pretty high when he is. Lousy refs or not – lets hope the WHOLE team shows up!

  14. Howler 02/09/2012 at 12:40 PM #

    Just took my first trip ever to the tarheelblog to see what the Holes would be saying about last night. Some of the funniest stuff ever….complaining about quick whistles on their guys and Austin Rivers’ “elevated sense of self”.

    Are pots and kettles still black?

    So happy to be a wolfpacker.

  15. Hungwolf 02/09/2012 at 2:02 PM #

    Howler is right. Hole fans are idiots. Refs let have UNC get two free points at end of half by not calling shot clock violation. UNC was able to push Duke players and get away with over the back like they have all season for much of the game. Not until Coach K complained to the officials in the second half about UNC pushing under the basket did the refs get tighter with the whistle. No other ACC team would have gotten that consideration from the refs. UNC is allowed a different set of rules under the basket and lead the conference in Offensive rebound. Despite camping out in the lane, not a single 3 second call on UNC last night either. No way Richard Howell or Leslie could push, shove, go over the back, or stand in the lane for two seconds and not get a whistle from an ACC ref. The different standards the refs have for UNC and everyone else in this conference is disgusting.

  16. Hungwolf 02/09/2012 at 3:49 PM #

    Zeller just scored for Duke again…..

  17. tuckerdorm1983 02/09/2012 at 4:48 PM #

    to teams out their playing the heels. Running Kendall Marshall into the ground during the whole game. Because he has no back up you hope that over time during the game he will get fatigued and you can take advantage of it

  18. Ashman87 02/09/2012 at 5:58 PM #

    We better not lose tonight.

  19. bleedingred08 02/09/2012 at 6:01 PM #

    is there a feed tonight for the game besides ESPNU ?

  20. Lunatic Fringe 02/09/2012 at 6:43 PM #

    Official, the 7th ranked class in basketball (snicker at ESPN’s latest rankings) has 3 McD AAs on the team.

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