#14 Miami at #19 NC State Gameday Headlines

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Brett Friedlander (starnewsonline.com)
N.C. State has opportunity to accomplish something special. But will it?

Coach Mark Gottfried offered up some words of wisdom to his N.C. State basketball team last March as it prepared to play Kansas in the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16 in St. Louis.

The advice has become even more profound today, as his Wolfpack stands at the unanticipated crossroads of expectation and reality.

“You always think, ‘Well, I’ll be back here again,” Gottfried said. “Hopefully you are. Hopefully your program is one where you’re in the Sweet 16 regularly. But it’s also very difficult. And so you don’t want to lose the opportunity.”

It’s an opportunity that seemed limitless for Gottfried and his veteran team this season.

Within moments of losing that hard-fought battle to the Jayhawks, State was established as the ACC’s team to beat in 2012-13. And that was even before star forward C.J. Leslie announced his decision to return for his junior year.

The prospects became even more promising after rival North Carolina lost its three best underclassmen to the NBA and perennial ACC favorite Duke – which was ranked No. 1 in the nation at the time – lost key senior Ryan Kelly to a long-term injury.

As Ray Kinsella said in the movie Field of Dreams, “There comes a time when all the cosmic tumblers have clicked into place and the universe opens itself up for a few seconds to show you what is possible.”

This is that time for the Wolfpack.

The combination of four returning starters, three incoming McDonald’s All-Americas and the misfortunes of its two most feared rivals has created a once-in-a-generation set of circumstances that is almost too good to be true.

And State is in the process of letting it slip away.

Brett Friedlander (starnewsonline.com)
Wolfpack preparing to face Miami without Brown

Lorenzo Brown still hasn’t been ruled out of N.C. State’s key ACC matchup with league-leading Miami on Saturday. But that doesn’t mean coach Mark Gottfried is optimistic about his injured point guard’s availability for the important game.

“Lorenzo obvious wants to play,” Gottfried said at a press conference Friday. “I’m certainly not going to endanger him by playing him if he can’t go. I wouldn’t do that to him or our team. We have to be smart about it.”

Brown injured his left ankle while driving to the basket 10 minutes into Tuesday’s loss at Virginia. He didn’t return to the game.

The good news for the Wolfpack is that x-rays taken Thursday were negative. On the down side, the ACC’s assists leader has yet to practice again and his foot remains in a protective boot.

Brett Friedlander (starnewsonline.com)
Five questions to ponder before tipoff

1. Can N.C. State beat Miami without Lorenzo Brown?

It’s possible, but it won’t be easy. Remember, Tyler Lewis was a McDonald’s All-America. He’s got the talent to run the Wolfpack’s offense – though in a different manner than the bigger, more experienced Brown. Rodney Purvis also has the ability to get the job done, even though he’s a natural shooting guard. Although someone else is going to have to pick up the slack in the scoring column since Brown is tied for second on the team in scoring – defense may be more of a concern against Miami’s quick and dynamic playmaker Shane Larkin. Even if everything goes right with its backup point guards, State is going to need Richard Howell to stay out of foul trouble, something that won’t be easy against the Hurricanes’ tall, deep frontcourt. It also needs Calvin Leslie to show up, not C.J. and it needs Scott Wood to have at least a decent shooting performance from the perimeter. That’s a lot of ifs, but it’s not that much of a longshot. Needless to say, though, coach Mark Gottfried’s team will be better with an effective Brown in the lineup.

2. Is Miami really this good?

Maybe not going 18-0 in the ACC good, but yes, the Hurricanes are certainly good enough to win the league’s regular season title. They’re deep, they’re versatile and they’re experienced … with no fewer than five seniors among their top eight players, including a pair of fifth-year guys. Six-foot-11 Kenny Kadji is one of the most underrated players in the league, an inside-outside big man with in the mold of Duke’s Ryan Kelly. Only with more athleticism. A healthy Reggie Johnson and fellow senior Julian Gamble give Miami a pair of relentless bangers inside. On the perimeter, Durand Scott is a talented slasher and the top active career scorer in the ACC while Trey McKinney-Jones and Rion Brown present a threat from the perimeter. Sophomore point guard Larkin brings it all together, averaging 12 points and four assists per game. And then there’s coach Jim Larranaga, who got George Mason to a Final Four and has helped turn the perennially underachieving Hurricanes into one of the ACC’s best. If not the best. Just ask Duke.

Akula Wolf (BackingthePack.com)
Miami Vs. NC State Preview: Pray For Mojo

Miami’s winning streak in league play is going to have to end Saturday for NC State to stay in the hunt for the ACC regular season title, and it looks like the Pack is going to have to win without Lorenzo Brown. This presents a number of challenges at both ends of the floor, obviously. Miami rarely turns the ball over, NC State is bad at forcing turnovers even with Brown, and Brown has State’s best steal rate by far.

Tyler Lewis will be on the floor a lot more, and there is no Jontel Evans to hide him behind, so to speak, this time. If his task is Shane Larkin, then that is a huge mismatch in the Hurricanes’ favor. I mean, Lewis has had problems staying in front of guards on the mid-majors we’ve played this season. We’ll just have to grit our teeth through those possessions.

The Hurricanes have been very 3FGA-inclined in league play, and they boast the top effective field goal percentage in conference games as well as the third-lowest turnover rate. On the plus side, they aren’t rebounding well offensively and this is an aspect of the game that NC State must win.

Some other good news–Miami is just seven deep. So this ain’t gonna be some Johnny Dawkins parade of humanity situation, which would be about the worst thing imaginable for a thin team down its point guard. Larkin went the full 40 against Virginia Tech on Wednesday, and Scott logged 37 minutes. I wouldn’t expect them to leave the court often on Saturday either.

Joe Giglio (N&O)
Whittenburg: Brown’s injury might reveal N.C. State’s potential to overcome

N.C. State likely will face first-place Miami today without injured guard Lorenzo Brown.

N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said his team must be able to respond without one of its best players.

A Wolfpack legend who knows all about key injuries called it an opportunity for the current team to get better.

“They haven’t gone through any adversity yet,” said former guard Dereck Whittenburg, one of the leaders on N.C. State’s 1983 national championship team. “That’s when you find out about a team and whether it will come together or fall apart.”

Whittenburg broke his right foot in January of the Wolfpack’s championship season, in a home game against Virginia. He missed 14 games but returned to help the Wolfpack make one of the most memorable runs in NCAA history.

“It’s part of basketball,” said Whittenburg, now an analyst for ESPN. “Every great team has to be able to handle adversity.”

Stephen Schramm (FayObserver.com)
Wolfpack getting used to handling adversity

Standing in front of a red backdrop with bright television lights and microphones aimed his way, N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried was fiddling with a pair of sunglasses.

During Friday’s news conference he was asked about today’s game against sudden ACC behemoth Miami and the ankle injury suffered by junior point guard and team lynchpin Lorenzo Brown. Despite the ominous subject matter, he gave off a vibe of breezy calm.

His hair was perfectly in place. He looked well rested.

That’s probably because, for Gottfried and his Wolfpack, this stuff is nothing new. A little bit of turmoil has been standard operating procedure all season.

“I just think things happen in life and you have to respond to it,” Gottfried said. “Our team has to respond right now.”

Those who follow N.C. State probably had a hunch that this season was never going to be a tranquil one. Lofty preseason rankings put the spotlight – and its accompanying pressure – squarely on the Wolfpack. A few losses in marquee early season games threw some doubt into the equation before a run of 10-straight wins – including a win over top-ranked Duke on Jan. 12 – restarted the frenzy.

Since then, it’s been three weeks of curveballs.

Bret Strelow (FayObserver.com)
ACC Layup Lines: Tricky week for Wolfpack

From the “Everything’s coming up Milhouse” category, N.C. State senior Scott Wood had a pretty memorable week, the loss at Virginia notwithstanding. Last weekend, he finally beat North Carolina for the first time, shedding some frustration and experiencing a feeling comparable to hooking up with Heidi Klum. Thursday, a video of a Scott Wood trick shot started making the YouTube rounds. Wood’s dunking skills are still debatable, but nobody in the league is better at off-the-wall scoring than him:


Let’s take a look at the slate of weekend games:

Crank up “Gangnam Style” for: Miami (16-3, 7-0) at N.C. State (16-5, 5-3)

If the Wolfpack had won at Virginia, Saturday’s game at PNC Arena would be a showdown between first-place Miami and second-place N.C. State, but coach Mark Gottfried’s offense sputtered late without injured point guard Lorenzo Brown in the lineup. Brown, who has a sprained left ankle, could miss Saturday’s game, meaning the ball-handling responsibilities would fall to freshmen Rodney Purvis (a combo guard) and Tyler Lewis (a true point guard). Purvis would be a better defensive option against Miami point guard Shane Larkin, who is playing at an all-ACC level.

Stephen Schramm (FayObserver.com)
Miami at N.C. State: Three to know

No. 14 Miami (16-3, 7-0) heads to PNC Arena to face No. 19 N.C. State (16-5, 5-3) on Saturday. The game can be seen at 4 p.m. on CBS.

1. Keep an eye on Tyler Lewis

While shooting guard Rodney Purvis and small forward T.J. Warren have made significant impacts for N.C. State this season, Tyler Lewis, the other member of the Wolfpack’s trio of high-profile recruits, has yet to do so. The 5-foot-11, 157-pounder has seen his playing time drop as the Wolfpack has leaned more on junior point guard Lorenzo Brown in ACC play.

But with Brown’s availability for today’s game doubtful thanks to an injured left ankle, Lewis will likely get a prime opportunity.

On Friday, Gottfried said Lewis and Purvis will handle the point guard spot if Brown can’t go. It should be an especially tough assignment as Miami point guard Shane Larkin has established himself as one of the league’s most dangerous players. He’s averaging 12.9 points per game, scoring 18 points in the Hurricanes’ blowout of Duke and dropping 25 against Virginia Tech on Wednesday night.

“I think it’s hard, especially when you’re in a situation like Tyler has been in with Lorenzo here,” Gottfried said. “Lorenzo is going to play a lot of minutes. It’s hard to get into the flow, all those things. I understand it. I played. I coached a long time. So, we’ll see tomorrow. We’ll see what happens with Lorenzo, if he can or can’t play. And these two guys need to be ready, which I think they will be.”

Lauren Brownlow (accsports.com)
ACC Weekend Preview, Feb. 1

No. 14 Miami (16-3, 7-0) at No. 19 N.C. State (16-5, 5-3 ACC)

Time: 4:00 p.m.
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play by play), Bill Raftery (color)

Key for Miami

Defensive rebounding.

Miami plays good first-shot defense, and N.C. State’s offense certainly hasn’t been as crisp as it’s normally been in recent games. But the Wolfpack has a real knack for getting timely offensive rebounds, and it is especially good at turning those into points most of the time. The teams that have been able to beat N.C. State have not let the offensive rebounds hurt them as much, and Miami has been good at doing that to opponents, too. Only two teams have double-digit second-chance points against the Hurricanes in ACC play. Miami can’t let N.C. State’s already-potent offense get second looks.

Key for N.C. State

Controlling the paint.

Miami hits the highest percentage of its two-point attempts of any league team in ACC games only, and N.C. State has struggled in defending two-point attempts, especially lately: the Wolfpack’s last three opponents have made 50% of their two-pointers (and N.C. State is 1-2 in that stretch). As much as Miami has improved, there are still times when the Hurricanes’ offense gets bogged down and starts taking three-pointers and bad, off-balance twos. N.C. State has to play good enough defense for that to happen.

Remember The Name

Shane Larkin.

Miami doesn’t need him to score a ton, but boy did he ever in the win at Virginia Tech, with 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting (5-of-10 from three). Larkin hadn’t played all that well on the road yet in ACC play and in a game that was tight throughout, he took over on offense. It’s too bad N.C. State point guard Lorenzo Brown is hurt – Larkin would be perfect matchup for Brown, another point guard who scores when he has to, plays good defense and rebounds well. But at best, Brown will be hobbled on a bad ankle and so in theory – which we all know is how games are played, of course – Larkin should dominate.

Remember The Name

Rodney Purvis.

If Lorenzo Brown can’t go, the freshman will likely be the one running the Wolfpack offense. Things looked shaky at times against Virginia with Purvis at the helm, but he’s plenty talented and certainly capable of doing it. He’s shooting just 4-of-16 in the last two games (1-of-9 from inside the arc) and averaging 6.5 points, and he has just one assist in that span (but just two turnovers). His three-point shooting has been a nice asset for the Wolfpack all season (41% on the year and 42.3% in ACC play). It will be interesting to see how much scoring Purvis will try to do if Brown can’t go and he’s at the point, or if Purvis will concentrate more on running the offense against a tough Miami defense. Either way, he’ll need to play well for the Wolfpack to stay in this one.

Tempo-Free Time

Everyone on N.C. State’s roster who plays has an ORtg of 100 or better except for freshman Tyler Lewis (94.7). … N.C. State’s Lorenzo Brown is still 36th in assist rate nationally but has a shockingly high turnover rate (22.0%). … Miami big man Julian Gamble is improved in many areas, but one of his more impressive stats is that he’s 270th nationally in turnover percentage (13.9%). … Reggie Johnson, in his limited playing time, is turning it over 20% of the time for Miami. The big man also ends 27.1% of Miami’s possessions when he’s on the floor.


Miami Win: Florida State winning the ACC Tournament last year, Miami taking a stranglehold on first place in the regular season this year…it’s official. The I-95/I-10 Highway is replacing Tobacco Road.

Miami Loss: The ACC is about to topple over with all of this top-heaviness! ACC back?

N.C. State Win: Typical Showtime State – play well in marquee games at home, lose to mediocre teams on the road. Yawn.

N.C. State Loss: THIS IS WHY WE DON’T TRUST THE WOLFPACK! No Lorenzo Brown? Doesn’t matter. Any other extenuating circumstances? No one cares.


N.C. State, 73-72.

Miami’s got to lose one at some point, right?

No. 19 NC State Faces Challenge Versus 14th-ranked Miami On Saturday

Unbeaten so far this season at home, N.C. State’s No. 19 men’s basketball team will face yet another big challenge on Saturday when it hosts No. 14 Miami at a sold-out PNC Arena.

The Wolfpack (16-5 overall, 5-3 ACC) has won all 12 of its home games this season, the most without a loss since the 2003-04 team won 14 straight at home to open the season.

The Hurricanes (16-3, 7-0) are the only ACC team remaining without a conference loss. That record includes four road wins against league opponents.

“I’ve said this for a long time, I think Miami has somewhat flown under the radar nationally, as one of the best teams in the country,” said NC State coach Mark Gottfried. “I think what stands out is their age and experience and the fact that they don’t rely on any young players or inexperienced players.

“I think it is a veteran team that seems to be playing this year with a tremendous amount of purpose and maybe a little chip on their shoulders from not making the NCAA Tournament last year.”

The Wolfpack is heading into the nationally televised 4 p.m. contest with some uncertainty with junior point guard Lorenzo Brown recovering from an injury he suffered in the team’s 58-55 loss at Virginia Tuesday night. Brown played only 10 minutes in the game, with freshmen Rodney Purvis and Tyler Lewis filling in at the point.

Brown has been receiving treatment since the team returned from Charlottesville, Va. Gottfried said Brown, the ACC’s leader in assists and second in steals, missed practiced on Thursday, but X-rays taken Thursday morning were negative.

“We’ll see how he feels [Saturday],” Gottfried said. “The probability in my mind for him to be able to cut and move and spring and jump is pretty slim. We have to prepare as if he is not going to play and then we will see.”

Gottfried wants to make sure there is no risk of further injury before Brown returns to action.

Inside Wolfpack Sports TV Show

On today’s episode of Inside Wolfpack Sports hosts Tony Haynes and Mark Thomas prepare State fans for the men’s basketball game against Miami. Also on the show, meet football offensive line coach Mike Uremovich and go behind the scenes with head strength and conditioning coach Jason Veltkamp.

Previewing Miami

In back-to-back ACC road games (not necessarily staying on the road between games), Miami is currently 6-13 in the first game and 5-13 in the second game. Three times Miami has gone 2-0 in twostraight road games, twice the Canes have won the first, lost the second, and 11 times UM has gone 0-2.

This year, Miami started ACC play with a 2-0 record on the road after defeating Georgia Tech and North Carolina. Last season, Miami started the year 0-2 on a swing trip to Virginia and UNC, but defeated Georgia Tech and Boston College back-to-back on the road later in the season.

The Hurricanes have not played on CBS since March 23, 2008 when Miami lost, 75-72, to Texas in the NCAA Tournament. Miami’s last regular season game on CBS was Jan. 26, 2003 when Miami lost, 54-49, to Syracuse. UM is 6-10 overall on CBS.

In three games against ranked teams, Miami is 2-1 with wins over No. 13/14 Michigan State and No. 1 Duke and a loss to No. 4/5 Arizona. See the complete stat sheet on page 9 of the notes.

In those three games, Durand Scott is averaging 18.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 54.3 percent from the floor and 55.6 percent from distance. Kenny Kadji is right behind with 15.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks while shooting 62.5 percent from the field. Shane Larkin is averaging 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.7 steals while shooting 51.5 percent from the field and 43.8 from distance.

• UM is currently riding an eight-game winning streak. See the complete stat sheet on page 9 of the notes.

• Miami’s last eight-game winning streak was in 2009-10, when the Canes started the season 8-0, before losing to Boston College. UM went on to a 15-1 record before dropping four-straight ACC games and finishing the year 20-13 with a 4-12 league mark.

• In 2007-08, Miami started the season 12-0.

• The Canes have won four road games, all against ACC opponents.

• Miami has outrebounded six of eight opponents, posting a +4.8 margin. UM posted +12 against FSU and + 8 against Duke.

• UM has trailed at the half in four games, including being down by six points vs. La Salle, three at VT and by two points at UNC and BC.

• Miami has outshot its opponents 44.9 percent to 36.0 percent from the field.

• UM has made 2.0 more 3-pointers (7.8-5.8) per game.

• The Canes have posted 6.5 steals and 6.3 blocks per game, compared to 5.4 spg and 3.0 bpg by the opponents.

• Miami has outscored its opponents 308-235 in the second half.

• Four players are averaging at least 10 points and four Canes have at least 5.5 rebounds per night.

• Kenny Kadji leads the way with 15.3 points. Reggie Johnson has 7.3 rebounds in his three of eight outings during the streak.

Rece Davis (ESPN.com)
Supersized Regular-Season Bout In Bloomington

This weekend’s ACC headliner matches the team picked to win the conference against the team that might actually do it. There’s no greater juxtaposition between North Carolina State and Miami than how each dealt with its midweek trip to Virginia.

The Wolfpack couldn’t make enough winning plays down the stretch to beat UVa. The Hurricanes’ veteran squad had enough to hold off Virginia Tech and remain perfect in conference play. Shane Larkin, who dropped 25 on the Hokies, said of his dagger 3 late: “It’s always fun to shush a home crowd.”

Shushing NC State’s home crowd is much different. It seems the Pack’s transition game hits a higher gear in Raleigh. Both Jay Bilas and Seth Greenberg love the way NC State outlets the ball when running the break. Keep an eye out to see if the Canes can take away those passes and keep the Wolfpack from running.

Rush The Court
Top Recruit Julius Randle Praises Wolfpack

Right off the bat, Randle went and saw a nearly life-sized wall mural a Wolfpack fan had painted for him. He got a chance to hang with students Friday night and then absorbed the PNC Arena atmosphere for the big game. He used the word “loud” (or “loudest”) five times describing the fans. But then comes the part Wolfpack fans will love:

“I think the biggest thing I learned over the weekend was that if I came there they wouldn’t have to change anything about their system for me. It just fits me. Other coaches talk about what they’ll change for me, but with State they don’t have to do that. That’s big. All in all, I’d have to say that this was my best visit so far. I had a ball at Kentucky, and yeah they had Drake and everything, but this visit just had a lot more going on.”

When you go toe-to-toe with John Calipari in recruiting and come out with an advantage, you’ve done something right. NC State’s visit reduced Randle’s Kentucky visit to “yeah they had Drake and everything.” It definitely helped that there was a real game to attend and a rivalry one at that, but that’s still impressive. Now you definitely have to take blogs like these with a grain of salt: What high school kid wouldn’t love an official visit with the VIP treatment? That said, it sounds like Randle really bought into Gottfried’s system and the environment in Raleigh.

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14 Responses to #14 Miami at #19 NC State Gameday Headlines

  1. BJD95 02/02/2013 at 10:58 AM #

    No LiveBlog today, folks. I am too depressed about Zo.

    But as long as he is able to come back after the pending Duke massacre, we will still be on track to be a 5-6 NCAAT seed and make a deep run in March. All this NIT talk is really quite silly. Look at who the current bubble teams are, and get a chuckle. We are nowhere near that level of futility.

  2. rockpile 02/02/2013 at 11:47 AM #

    absolutely agree about not playing zo until the clemson game next weekend. make sure he is as healthy as possible and bring him back in a winnable game. also, there is a chance for purvis and lewis to grow which would help down the line. i see where miami is only a 1 1/2 point fav today which surprised me a little.

  3. TOBtime 02/02/2013 at 12:02 PM #

    We can beat this team. It’s going to take smart, hard defense and patience on offense. Tyler & Rodney have to shine in the shooting dept today though the bulk of that falls on Rodney if Tyler stays on the point.

  4. eas 02/02/2013 at 12:24 PM #

    Maybe Lewis will bring some of that White Chocolate play today. I like the kid and although no where near ZO in talent he plays the point well for a freshman. Our offense was much more efficient in the UVA game when Lewis was in.

    Maybe today will be his break out game!

  5. Wufpacker 02/02/2013 at 1:10 PM #

    Wee Baby Seamus will grow, figuratively at least. Vandy is the one that may or may not. He needs to. Or more appropriately, we need him to.

    I don’t expect it, but if he could play even decent defense today and contribute on the boards, we can beat Miami even without Zo. They’re an average perimeter team and we can limit them from there even with Lewis on the floor. Down low is where we’ll live or die.

    Here’s an interesting and somewhat surprising stat…we currently sit in the top slot in the conference for 3pt defensive pct. Whooda thunk it?

  6. choppack1 02/02/2013 at 1:33 PM #

    I like gott but I don’t have a lot of confidence in how he manages his bench, nor do I think he consistently demands effort or execution.

    We are in 4th place now because our d and execution have been crappy in 5 of our 8 games. With Lo browns injury, the umd and wake losses have put us in a less than desirable position.

    Huge game today.

  7. BJD95 02/02/2013 at 1:47 PM #

    I would give us a 10-15 percent chance to win today, and 2-3 percent on Thursday. Those are “sans Zo” figures.

    I would bet heavily on Miami with such a low spread. Take heart from that…I am a wretched sports gambler.

  8. Wufpacker 02/02/2013 at 2:00 PM #

    Despite no live blog, bcuz I sure ain’t doing it for basketball (I’ll end up getting myself banned), I thought the game thread might be better hosted here than on the new forums due to the page refresh issue over there so far (goes back to first page). Plus the main blog can always used the page views.

    If no objections I’ll open it up about a half hour before tip off.

  9. graywolf 02/02/2013 at 2:01 PM #

    I give us almost no chance of winning unless Lewis shows me 200% more than he has thus far. I am not looking forward to this game without Brown. I hope he\Lewis brings his A game but we have not seen any of the hype that an AA should provide for any team.
    If Brown is not 100% by thursday we are in big trouble in Durham…..hope i am wrong.

  10. BJD95 02/02/2013 at 2:04 PM #

    Sounds good, wuf. Thanks!!

  11. PackerInRussia 02/02/2013 at 2:18 PM #

    Maybe this will be like when a person loses one sense and all of the other senses kick into high gear to compensate. That’d be nice. Call me doom and gloom, but I am not optimistic about a win. I’m still staying up to watch it, though. Hopefully I’ll be glad I did.

  12. WeAreCured 02/02/2013 at 2:22 PM #

    I just hope that either Lewis or Purvis are allowed to make a significant effort without having their flow interrupted. If either of them can play a solid game and take care of the ball, we’ll have a chance. Free throws and boards will be big as always, but we certainly won’t have the luxury of being able to give away potential points at the line.

    We will win.

  13. wolfmanmat 02/02/2013 at 2:23 PM #

    For the guys complaining how Gott manages the bench: what is the suggestion? Play Vandy more or play a walk-on? There is no bench this year thanks to Ju-co/Amile/Painter. You can’t complain about how the bench is managed when Vandy is the 2nd guy up.

  14. wolfmanmat 02/02/2013 at 2:25 PM #

    ^That said- Lo Brown out for 2-3 games could be a good thing for this team in the long-term. Gets Lewis and Purvis some time at the point and hopefully gets us where Lewis can play more minutes later in the season without looking like he doesn’t belong yet.

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